It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. ~ Sir Edmund Hillary
During the quieter and cooler months of the year, Mallorca becomes a paradise for fans of the Great Outdoors. Hiking and walking are exciting ways to explore the island, all for the price of a pair of sturdy comfortable shoes, a little backpack with sunscreen and a light jacket and a water bottle! Let the Affordable Mallorca team be your tour guides to hikes all over the island, so you can choose the ones that best suit you!
Mallorca's Mountain Ranges #
Mallorca has two mountain ranges: The lower Serra de Llevant in the northeast with its highest peak, the Puig Morei, standing at 564 m; and the Serra de Tramuntana running all the way along the northwest coast of the island. It has an overall length of 90 kms, is up to 15 kms wide in some areas, and covers approximately 30% of Mallorca's territory. Its highest peak is the Puig Major with 1,445 m, followed by the Penyal de Migdia with 1,398 m.
UNESCO World Heritage Site #
In 2011, the Serra de Tramuntana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the cultural landscape category with a view to the wealth and diversity of its scenery - partly natural and partly man-made -, with holm oak and pine forests alternating with farmland, terraced olive groves and citrus or almond tree plantations in the valleys. All of this in combination with the most spectacular panoramic seaviews that make Mallorca a true hikers' paradise.
The Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve as well as a number of other protected areas of special interest (Áreas Naturales de Especial Interés - ANEI), the marine reserves of the island of El Toroand the Illes Malgrats, and the natural monuments of Torrent de Pareis and Fonts Ufanes all form part of the Heritage Site. In addition, there are several public estates that can be visited, some of them featuring signposted routes and shelters for hikers.
Millennia of agriculture in an environment with scarce resources has transformed the terrain and displays an articulated network of devices for the management of water revolving around farming units of feudal origins. The landscape is marked by agricultural terraces and inter-connected water works - including water mills - as well as dry stone constructions and farms. ~ Unesco World Heritage Website
The Best Routes #
The Balearic Government invested millions of euros for manicured and safe trails that connect the entire island. If you wanted to walk, camp, visit native villages and see the absolute beauty, off the path from mass tourism, you can follow this guide and discover what makes Mallorca unique from other places in the world.
Another reason to follow these manicured trails is the safety. Mallorca has limestone formations that periodically create sinkholes. Some happen in streets after massive rainfalls but others are in the woods, unseen until some falls into one and is lost...forever. Be safe, walk the trails, enjoy the beauty, take photos and send them to us. We love to see your journeys.
Sa Trapa and the Galatzó: Coastline to Mountaintop
One of the most spectacular views of the western coastline with local flora and fauna.
The GR221: The Longest Trail on the Island
Connecting the coast to mountains, hiking through valleys with native bees and other native species.
Lloseta to Santa Llucia
A Saint's Walk through Villages and Strenuous Terrain - Central and Inland
Randa to Santuari di Cura
Three of the most well-known Hermitages (Ermitas) on the island with Papal recognition of sacred spaces. You'll have an spiritual experience.
Santa Maria to Orient
This inland trail harkens back to the island's roots and rural beauty. Many believe this area is a sacred portal to other realms.
The Archduke Way
Great details in this article that are useful since the trail isn't clearly marked in places. Stunning western trail.
Guell to LLuc on the Night of the Pilgrims
During the month of August, every night, this is a Modern Pilgrim's dream. Details on how to join.
Great team sport - An overview of rock climbing on Mallorca.
Free Guided Hike on Ancient Road to Sóller
Step back in time as you walk this path - northern area of the island full of sweet scenes through the villages.
Plans for the Future #
A new hiking route is planned along the coastal line in the of south of Mallorca: the Route of the Lighthouses, or, in MallorquínLa Ruta dels Fars. It will run all the way from Cap Salines to Andratx where it will connect with the GR221, or Dry Stone Route, that runs through the Serra de Tramuntana. It will lead past six old lighthouses: Colónia de Sant Jordi, s'Estalella, Cap Blanc, Cap Enderrocat, Porto Pí and Cala Figuera, the Porto Pí lighthouse being one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the world.
A second new route is being studied, leading from Artà to Cap Salines through Manacor, Felanitx and Ca’s Concos. Getting all the necessary permissions and setting up the new paths will take at least two years, but once these two hiking routes are added to the existing network, you'll be able to get around the entire island in your walking boots.
Affordable Mallorca Tip: It's a good idea to download Consell’s free mobile App “Hiking in Mallorca”. On your next hikes, it will give you an exact position, tell you whether the path you're on is public or private, and point out which sites of architectural or cultural importance are close by. >>
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By Ulla Rahn-Huber
4 January, 2023