Mallorca has two mountain ranges with more than 5 summits over 1,000 meters high. There have been guided mountain tours for over three decades, with increasing popularity over the last five years. Nowadays there is something for anyone. Depending on level of skill, one can opt for a leisurely mountain walk, suitable for children as well, a rigorous hike for more advanced hikers, or a challenging climb which one should only attempt with suitable equipment and a mountain guide who knows the terrain.
One can walk through oak forests, over mountain ranges full of boulders or through valleys of fruit trees, all with many vantage points to look out over the spectacular sea or countryside. Furthermore, one can hike throughout the whole year and into areas only reachable by foot. For some routes it is advisable to select months with little rain, and it is recommended that one head for the beach instead during the scorching heat of July and August (though summer hikes are still possible during the early morning hours with plenty of water and sunscreen).
There are organized hiking holidays incl. accommodation and daily hikes on various routes, or one can opt to book a single-day guided mountain tour or hike on their own. Whatever the choice, it is always advisable to carry a guide book or maps of the route with you. There is plenty of information about hiking on Mallorca on the internet, and many books available on the subject in a variety of languages. Detailed maps abound with descriptions of adventure hiking tours and routes as well as anecdotes and drawings. If you walk on your own, be aware that nearly all mountain regions are privately owned, because more than 800 years ago the entire island was divided into private property.
Crossing some areas or plots can be forbidden, and sometimes one will come across a path that suddenly ends at a locked gate. The current initiative of the Balearic government, however, intends to support the private owners financially if they permit visitors to pass through their property, and the money flows directly into the nature protection of the island.The spectacular Sierra Tramuntana mountain range covers from the northwest of the island to the north. There stands the highest mountain, Puig Major, at 1445 meters, and also the well-known mountain canyon Torrent de Pareis. In the east lies the Sierra de Llevant with its hills, mountains of over 500 meters, and steep cliffs. Both mountain ranges have good access by roads and footpaths and one can often find well-tagged routes.
But this is not often the case and it is easy to lose direction. Even the most experienced hikers have had to be rescued by the Guardia Civil or fire-brigade, so make sure to start with a good map or an experienced guide. Pay attention to proper footwear, opting for a firm sport shoe or a good hiking boot, depending on the terrain. It is best to carry a light rain jacket with you as this can also protect one from cold wind. The weather in the mountains can change suddenly, even in summer, so consider carrying a sweater with you as well. Headgear, provisions and sufficient water supply are equally important, as well as a first- aid kit. And be sure to carry any litter back with you, so that you can help to preserve the beautiful nature of this island and enjoy its many hiking paths time and time again.
The north and northwest of the island are the ideal places for hikers. We have compiled some suggested outings for various levels of fitness.
There are a wealth of walks around the area from easy to strenuous. The best thing about starting and finishing in Lluc are the two restaurants. Try the one in the main building it has a great atmosphere, especially in the evenings when all the walkers who are staying there relax and enjoy their dinner. They serve excellent Mallorcan cuisine in generous portions, which is a perfect way to end a perfect day in the mountains.
Go for an early walk and return for breakfast then go to the cloisters and listen to the choirboys practise at 11 am. It is a real treat.
Just past Lluc coming from Pollensa direction. You can stop off for a great Sunday lunch (Roast lamb or rabbit with onions are delicious) after a walk through the valley. For serious walkers this is the start of the track to Sa Calobra. Make sure you check for water levels before the walk as heavy rainfalls mean you may have to swim under water to continue your journey.
Keep going past Escorca and you will eventually reach the two reservoirs. There are some lovely strolls around them. At the second one you can cross the damn and keep going, you will eventually reach a plateau where you can sit on the edge and look down over the valley of Sóller. A perfect spot for a champagne picnic on a sunny winters day.
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