Mallorca‘s most well-known and best maintained and signposted hiking trail spans the 90km length of the Tramuntana mountains. The route got its name from the construction method used to line the route which didn’t use cement but instead only stones which are precisely lain on top of each other using a special technique. As you walk along the Dry Stone Route you will also come across many constructions built like this such as wells, water canals and lime kilns. These are often away from the main trail which means you have to do a bit of exploring to find them, but this makes it all the more interesting.
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It is recommended you walk the Dry Stone Route, which takes you from Port d’Antratx to Pollença, in the given stages. The various parts vary considerably and range from easy to very difficult routes which can take between three and eight hours. On certain routes care is recommended and novice walkers, particularly those who are not familiar with the terrain, should start with a simple route or take a mountain guide with them. Good equipment/hiking gear is also necessary due to the stony ground and possible sudden rainfalls!
At the end of almost every section you will find a cheap, usually well-equipped, hostel (‘refugio’ in Spanish) which means you can walk at a relaxed pace from hostel to hostel each day without having to worry about finding a room for the night. These hostels are also intended for hikers, some have their own website which provides important information on their services and reservation whilst others need to be booked via the CAIB (Comunidad Autónoma de las Islas Baleares) website.
The best time of year for hiking, therefore also the busiest, is around spring and autumn. There is, however, enough shade on many of the routes which means you could also do it in the summer. If you do not have a car, prefer to leave it at home, or it’s just not possible to bring it with you, you can get to almost any of the bigger villages and towns in the Serra de Tramuntana by public transport (TIB).
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abcMallorca presents the four most scenic hikes of the Dry Stone Route. The hostels, which are often just outside the towns or villages, are given in brackets.
Easy routes – also suitable for hikers with little or no experience
1. From Deià (Refugio Can Boi) to Sóller (Refugio Muleta)
This is one of the most beautiful hikes on this difficulty level as you discover many sides of Mallorca in only three hours.
You start in the picturesque mountain village of Deià, walk along the sea and enjoy marvellous views. You then walk uphill and down again – stopping off at the beach at Cala Deià is also possible – and then enter the forest. Suddenly, you will no longer be able to see the sea and you will walk past villas which appear to stand in the middle of nowhere. You will also be able to see the dry stone brickwork as well as a few sheep which may cross your path before you finally reach your ‘refugio’, the Muleta, where the setting of the hiking hostel, in such a beautiful place and with stunning views, will take your breath away.
The hostel is not far from the north western lighthouse (Cap Gros). From here it is about 30 minutes to the promenade of Port de Sóller.
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2. From Port d’Antratx (no hostel) to La Trapa (only camping!)
This route begins in the exclusive port town of Port d’Antratx and offers memorable views of the sea and the Tramuntana mountains. The island of Sa Dragonera, a protected nature reserve just off the coast is, for example, as stunning as it is secluded. The fragrant scent of pine trees will accompany you and you will also be able to see two lime kilns which have been constructed using the dry stone technique, together with the odd lizard.
This route will take around three and a half hours at the end of which you will find La Trapa, monastery ruins which belong to the GOB (a Mallorcan ecologist group). Unfortunately, the building doesn’t yet house a hostel but you are allowed to put up your tent here after officially registering with the GOB.
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Medium and difficult routes – for more experienced hikers
3. From Estellencs (no hostel) to Esporles (Refugio Son Trias)
On this approximately five-hour-long hike, which takes you along the Mediterranean, you will pass three villages where it seems like time has stood still – Estellencs, Banyalbufar and Esporles exude a very special tranquillity and beauty which, along with their close proximity to Palma, makes them very desirable places to live for many Mallorcans. You will walk along the ‘Camí des Correu’, the old postal route between Esporles and Banyalbufar, and admire the fruits growing on the stone terraces here (unfortunately, most are too far away from the fence). The route is also good for a Saturday hike as this is market day in Esporles. The Son Trias hostel is around five minutes from the village centre and well equipped. Besides the dormitory, it is also possible to camp here.
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4. From Port de Sóller (Refugio Muleta) to Tossals Verds (Refugio Tossals Verds)
This hike is as challenging as it is diverse and fascinating. At the start you have the opportunity to walk through the beautiful small town of Sóller after which the ascent begins.
The eight-hour hike includes some of the highest mountains of the Tramuntana – L’Ofre and Colom – as well as breathtaking canyons – the Barranc de Biniaraix. Passing the idyllic villages of Biniaraix and Fornalutx, after a strenuous ascent you will reach the Cúber and Gorg Blau artificial reservoirs which provide the water – which they get from the rainfall in the mountains – for Palma. This provides an impressive panorama and a side of Mallorca that few tourists get to see. You can, if you like, also leave the Dry Stone Route and walk to the picturesque Sa Calobra bay which featured in the film Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
And, at the end of this long route, you will find a true idyll far removed from civilisation and stress – the Tossals Verds hostel.
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