7 of Majorca's most spectacular walks & unforgettable hikes
Over the last few years, there's been a concerted effort in Majorca* to make outdoor activities, including walking and hiking, more plentiful as well as areas and trails more accessible. And it's with good reason.
With incredible mountains, verdant pine forests, mesmerising coastal paths and beaches, plus a host of rural retreats, guest houses and stopover points stretching the length and breadth of this Balearic Island*, there are few places better to lace up your walking boots and put your best foot forward.
What's more, there are plenty of guided hikes and walks if you don't feel confident venturing out alone.
Weatherwise, you can hike any time of the year, but spring and autumn are the most popular, as summer temperatures can soar making many walks uncomfortable at best. With that in mind, here are seven Majorcan walking routes for all interests and levels.
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Ruta de Pedra - Dry Stone Route
No guide to walking to Majorca would be complete without the Ruta de Pedra.
This 90 km walking trail crosses the island from Port d'Andratx in the southwest to Port de Pollença in the northwest, traversing the famous Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
It's possible to walk the complete route comfortably in about eight days if you're an experienced hiker.
That said, the route is very handily split into sections, some better for beginners such as Pont Romá in the town of Pollença to Port de Pollença, which is mostly downhill and over lower-lying plains.
Incidentally, the route's name comes from the dry-stone cobbles that pave much of the way.
Deià to Port de Sóller
It would be remiss to walk in Majorca and not take in the sights of the coastline. This comfortable four-hour trek is on the gentler side of things and clings mainly to the coast.
Start in the pretty town of Deià, a favourite hideout for artists of all kinds, from David Bowie to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Robert Graves to Charlie Chaplin.
Load up on water for a journey that winds down through olive groves and offers far-reaching views of the Med. Look skywards and you might catch glimpses of Majorcan black vultures, eagles and ospreys.
When you finally reach the seaside resort of Port de Sóller, treat yourself to a late lunch at one of the many fish restaurants that line the promenade, before jumping on the vintage train up to Sóller town.
Peninsula de Llevant Nature Park
The action is not all just in the west of the island. Head east to enjoy the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, a dedicated reserve of more than of 16 sq-km.
You'll find plenty of hiking trails here for all levels, many of which are circular loops allowing you to easily return to your start point.
There are both mountainous routes through the Artà Mountains and coastal routes leading to secluded bays on the Cap des Freu, a cape that juts out to the into the Mediterranean.
Look out for tortoises, hedgehogs and pine martens on the way. If you're here on a Tuesday, stop by the weekly market in Artà for food and crafts.
The Talaia is the highest point on the Alcúdia cape, which makes it an ideal place to take in the views of the surrounding countryside and sea.
This one is a bit tricky and you'll need to be sure on your feet, but you'll be rewarded with views over the bay of Alcúdia and a backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
The walk from the coast up through the pine forest and past old ruins and viewpoints is well signposted. Don't be surprised to be joined at some point of your journey by the resident mountain goats.
Ease tired limbs and cool down with a dip in the sea at Cala Moreya in S'Illot after you make your descent.
Maioris Decima to the Delta
This pleasant coastal walk starts in the town of Maioris Decima on Majorca's south coast on the Bay of Palma.
It'll take you a little under an hour to get to what locals call the Delta, a cove protected by rocks creating a sort of natural pool.
There's no beach here but the rocks are pretty flat, so you can lay a towel and soak up the sun before or after you've taken a dip in the clear water.
The route back takes a bit longer as it's uphill, but you can stop on the way for views back over the bay to Palma in the distance.
It might be one of the most popular walks for visitors to Majorca, but there's a good reason that people have been making the ascent to the castle ruin of Puig d'Alaró for decades.
Quite simply, it offers the most classic all-round views of the island, from olive groves and fruit trees to panoramic sights of the mountains and plains, and over the city of Palma.
When you reach the castle, you'll enter through a fortified gate that dates from the 15th century, but it's thought that there has been some sort of fort here since the 10th century. Try to go early on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
Palma city walk
If urban exploration is more your vibe, then the island's capital has plenty to offer. Over the centuries, Palma has had Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and Spanish rulers, and each has left its mark on the port city.
Start your walking route at Palma's imposing cathedral, commonly known as La Seu, which was built in the 14th century on the orders of King James I.
When you've finished ogling the flying buttresses and Gaudí's renovations, head to the old town, where you'll walk down the narrow streets laid out by the Islamic rulers.
There are plenty of shops, cafés and bars to hop in an out of to get a taste of the city, or alternatively pop into the baños árabes, the remains of the original Arab baths.
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