Holidu have recently carried out some interesting research on the top 10 rated hiking routes in Majorca (as rated on AllTrails). Below I’ve cherry-picked the three that sound most appealing to me, with a route for every level of hiker – my thinking is that there’s an easy route I could do with my wife and 1-year-old son, another more moderate hike I could do on my own, and another I could do with a friend.
If you’ve ever been to Mallorca (or Majorca as its known in the local dialect) then you will have seen the many hikers and cyclists who flock to this paradise Spanish island from all over the world. From the craggy pine-carpeted cliffs that hug the coast to the dramatic peaks and valleys of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, Majorca is an idyllic destination for those who believe the good life should include a healthy dose of outdoors adventure. Oh, and of course the island’s blissful year-round climate makes it an obvious choice for anyone wanting to escape the drudgery of winter in the UK.
Whenever I’ve been to Mallorca in the past, it’s always been about exploring the food, wine and culture, about kicking back, relaxing and indulging. But I dream of returning one day to fully enjoy the hiking and biking routes. This is where I’ll be starting, and where I suggest you do too.
NB: See the full list of hiking routes in Mallorca on the Holidu website, as well as other tips for visiting this Balearic beauty.
1. Ruta de Pedra en Sec – Variant al Puig de Maria
Beginner-friendly / ~5km / ~2hrs
Translating as the “Dry Stone Trail”, the Ruta de Piedra en Sec unravels itself along Majorca’s gorgeous west coast via the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. It’s so beautiful that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a nice-and-easy 5km route that’s walkable in about two hours and is ideal for all levels of hikers, even complete beginners.
Bonus tip: The route passes near the cutesy village of Pollença, which I’ve been to before and highly recommend.
2. La Trapa Ruin Loop
Moderate / ~8km / ~3hrs
For those who are used to hiking, this 7.6km circular walking route fringes the ruins of “La Trapa” near Port d’Andratx. It’s also the favourite route of local ornithologists, and if you keep your eyes peeled you will spot a wide variety of different birdlife.
Bonus tip: A stroll through the old town of Sant Elm is also a must.
3. Ermita la Victoria – Penya des Migdia – Talaia d’Alcudia
Expert / ~10km / ~ 4hrs
A popular route among fit and experienced hikers, this route starts in Ermita de la Victoria and swoops round the eastern frontiers of Alcudia. It’s a good 10km stretch, making it a bit too hard on beginner hikers, but it’s actually the technicality of the terrain (in parts, at least) that earns it its “expert” status.
Bonus tip: The “Fontanelles Saddle” is a shady snug of olive trees and is the perfect spot to stop, rehydrate and contemplate the dramatic vistas behind and before you.
There’s a reason I’ve been to Mallorca so many times: I love it. Yes it’s an island, but it’s big enough to keep you busy for a good week or so. And there’s enough on offer to keep you coming back for more. Check out my following posts for more of my tips on what to see, do eat and drink in Mallorca, and of course some advice on where to stay.