Discover Mallorca’s mountainous limestone interior on it’s most renowned hiking route.
Explore the rugged wilderness and ravines of the Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca’s backbone.
Walk among fragrant citrus orchards, terraced vineyards, olive groves and pine forests.
Stay overnight in the 13th Century Lluc Monastery, Mallorca’s most sacred pilgrimage site.
Take a nostalgic ride on the vintage railway from Sóller to the coastal village of Port Sóller.
Walk Mallorca’s GR221 – The Dry Stone Route
The GR221 – otherwise known as the Dry Stone Route – is Mallorca’s most renowned long distance hiking trail. It was created to give hikers the opportunity to experience rural Mallorca while enjoying the sensational mountain and coastal views offered by this sunny and beautiful Balearic Island. The Dry Stone route begins in the northern village of Pollença, then follows ancient limestone paths and mule tracks for 140 km through typical Mediterranean scrub and the evergreen forests of the rugged Tramuntana mountains, before emerging at the southern fishing village of Port d’Andratx.
The Dry Stone Route is an exploration of Mallorca’s rugged natural beauty and fascinating rural heritage. 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. The stone terraces of Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011.
On this long-distance hiking trail, you will cross the island of Mallorca from north to southwest, passing through idyllic artist villages and remote monasteries. Far away from the seaside tourist resorts, you will walk to the sound of distant church bells, often with only nimble-footed mountain goats for company. The pleasant sea breeze and scent of orange and lemon groves are a delight for the senses. Taking in dramatic sea cliffs, hidden coves and jagged limestone mountains, the GR221 offers a tantalizing glimpse of pre-tourism Mallorca.
|6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
|From €950 per person sharing*
*A high season supplement will apply during busy booking periods.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.
|You will stay in very comfortable 3*** and 4**** hotels, as well as one night in the Lluc Monastery and one night in the Refugi Tossal Verds*. All rooms have private bathroom facilities apart from Refugi Tossal Verds, where only dormitory rooms are available.
*Please note that Refugi Tossal Verds is very popular and can be. In case it is fully booked for your preferred dates, we will book you as an alternative accommodation into the Lluc monastery, the route description will be adapted accordingly.
The standard hotels of this trip are listed below. If any are unavailable, we will book an alternative hotel of a similar standard.
|Availability: Start Saturday (from 24/2 – 22/6 and from 7/9 – 19/10) or Monday (from 22/4 – 17/6 and 9/9 – 7/10).
The best periods for a hiking tour on the GR 221 are from February to June and from September to October. Early spring provides the spectacular sight of the almond blossoms carpeting the meadows, while autumn sees the interior’s vineyards take on a gorgeous golden hue.
|The difficulty level of this tour is rated as moderate to challenging overall. You should expect the daily walking stages to take around 4½ to 8 hours. A good basic level of fitness is required. You will follow mountain trails, some of which are rocky and uneven, so surefootedness is essential.
Day 1: Arrival in Port d’Alcúdia
Port d’Alcúdia is a popular resort town and holiday destination on the northeast coast of Mallorca. After settling into your accommodation, you can warm up for your upcoming hike on the GR221 with a leisurely stroll along the sandy promenade.
Overnight: Port d’Alcúdia.
Day 2: Pt. Alcúdia to Lluc Monastery
Distance: 13 km | Ascent: 630 m | Descent: 250 m | 4½ hrs approx.
Your day begins with a short transfer to Pollença, from where you follow a historic pilgrimage route through a verdant valley of almond and olive trees towards Lluc monastery. You are soon introduced to the impressive Tramuntana mountains, and you will enjoy views of the Puig Tomir – the highest peak in the northern part of the mountain range at 1,104 metres. More adventurous hikers can even take a detour to climb to the summit. Your last section to the monastery takes you through holly oak forests with stupendous views back towards the coast.
Overnight: Lluc Monastery.
Day 3: Lluc Monastery to Refugi Tossal Verds
Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 830 m | Descent: 780 m | 5 hrs approx.
Today’s route leads you along historic terraced paths. As you ascend into the mountains, you will pass some old pits that were once used to store snow in the winter. Continuing across an almost alpine mountain landscape, you will reach the Coll des Prat mountain pass. This is the highest point of your route, situated at 1,200 m elevation at the foot of the mighty Puig de Massanella. The Coll is the perfect place to take a break and enjoy the view to the neighbouring island of Menorca. From the pass, the path leads you past an old spring to the beautifully located mountain hut Refugi Tossal Verds where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Refugi Tossal Verds, Escorca.
Day 4: Refugi Tossal Verds to Port Sóller
Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 770 m | Descent: 1,250 m | 6 hrs approx.
You are now in the the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, surrounded by the highest peaks on the island. Fragrant rosemary- and juniper bushes accompany your path around the Tossal-Verds massif all the way to the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs. At the Pass de L´Ofre, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the lakes and peaks of the Tramuntana. Along the route to Sóller, you follow the terraced path through the impressive gorge of Biniaraix. You finally descend to the Sóller Valley, where you are surrounded by fragrant citrus fruits. It is worth spending some time exploring the old streets of Sóller before taking the old tram to your coastal accommodation in Port Sóller.
Overnight: Port Sóller.
Day 5: Port Sóller to Valldemossa
Distance: 24 km | Ascent: 1,310 m | Descent: 900 m | 8½ hrs approx.
The longest stage of the GR 221, but also one of the most beautiful. From Port Sollér, the path leads you along Mallorca’s wild and romantic west coast. You can enjoy countless panoramic views – onto the glistening Mediterranean Sea, the jagged cliffs and the Tramuntana mountains in the background. The landscape and light of the Mediterranean are at their most glorious here, which explains the attraction of this area to artists ever since it was “discovered” by 20th century landscape painters.
As you reach the secluded cove of Cala Deia, we highly recommend sampling the local tapas in the tavern situated on the cliff face above the sea before continuing along the panoramic Archduke’s Trail (Camí de s’Arxiduc) to Valldemossa. Upon reaching Valldemossa, you can walk in the footsteps of Chopin through the busy alleyways of this beautiful, honey-coloured mountain village.
Day 6: Valldemossa to Banyalbufar
Distance: 17 km | Ascent: 690 m | Descent: 980 m | 6 hrs approx.
You begin today by following the old postal route Cami des Correu via a rocky mountain crest to the charming little mountain village of Esporles. At the country estate La Granja you can experience how people lived and worked on the island in the olden days. This area was inhabited and cultivated by the Moors in the 10th century, who created around 2000 terraces on the mountain slopes and a sophisticated irrigation system of aqueducts which still work today. Uniquely beautiful is the descent to Banyalbufar, featuring endless terraced gardens which were known as “the Gardens at the Sea” by the Moors. This historic town offers wonderful views of the surrounding olive groves and the azure-blue Mediterranean.
Day 7: Banyalbufar to Port d'Andratx / Surroundings
Distance: 22 km | Ascent: 760 m | Descent: 720 m | 7 hrs approx.
Via the terraced gardens of Banyalbufar, the GR 221 takes you past olive groves and through pretty country estates into the rustic village of Estellencs, situated on the slopes of mount Puig de Galatzó. This is an ideal spot for a lunch break, with many inviting cafés and taverns. The second part of your route takes you first along the coast, before you ascend to the Coll des Pinotells. You then descend once again to the tranquil valley of Es Capdella. An included transfer will take you from there to your accommodation in the chic coastal town of Port d’Andratx.
Overnight: Port d’Andratx / surroundings
Day 8: La Trapa & Sant Elm loop walk
Distance: 18 km | Ascent: 480 m | Descent: 830 m | 6 hrs approx.
Your last walk on the GR 221 is a fittingly panoramic finale. A short morning transfer takes you to the start of your route at the Coll de sa Gramola. From here, you proceed to the former Trappist monastery of La Trapa. This is a day of truly wonderful coastal vistas, with the spectacular view over the ‘dragon island’ La Dragonera a particular highlight. As you reach the charming coastal village of Sant Elm, you can refresh yourself with a dip at the beach before following yet another scenic path back to Port d’Andratx
Overnight: Port d’Andratx / surroundings
Day 9: Departure
Your walking holiday on Mallorca’s GR 221 comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.
Getting to Port d’Alcúdia
Departure from Port d’Andratx
|There is a regular bus service from Port d’Andratx to Palma de Mallorca (Line 101, travel time less than 1 hour). Check rates and schedules at www.tib.org. Once in Palma, take a shuttle bus to the airport.
|A taxi from Port d’Andratx to the airport to Port d’Alcúdia costs about €60 and takes 40 minutes approx.