Discover Mallorca’s wild and spectacular northwest coast
Walk along scenic coastal paths with the turquoise Mediterranean as a backdrop
Experience the quiet charm of the island’s rural hinterland
Explore the alleys and restaurants of Sóller and Valldemossa
Fresh orange juice served at the estates, especially for walkers
Self-guided walking holiday in Mallorca
Mallorca is rightly famous for its stunning beaches lapped by the turquoise Mediterranean sea. Away from the playas, however, the island’s landscape is surprisingly wild and untouched. The top spot for a walking holiday in Mallorca is undoubtedly the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the northwest of the island. These limestone mountains form a dramatic landscape of peaks and deep valleys, largely undiscovered except by hikers. Well-marked routes lead you through dramatic mountain landscapes, across private estates with orange, almond and olive trees and down to rocky coastlines interspersed with quiet, sandy coves.
Nestled in this stunning scenery the true gems of Mallorca can be found: Charming honey-coloured villages such as Sóller, Deia and Valldemossa offer glimpses of a slower pace of life that seems to belong to a bygone age. Taking in the quiet charm of Mallorca’s hinterland as you walk from one picturesque hilltop village to another, you will surely understand why the region’s unique cultural and geographical features have been inscribed by UNESCO on to its World Heritage List.
This self-guided walking holiday in Mallorca is also available as an 8-day trip, with 2 extra walking days and 2 overnight stays in Pollença on the north of the island. Please contact us for info and prices.
|6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS||From €650 per person sharing*
*A high season supplement will apply during peak summer periods.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.
||The hotels listed below have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November. 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.|
Day 1: Arrival in Valldemossa
Beautifully set on a gentle rise in an idyllic valley of olive, oak and almond trees, Valldemossa is steeped in old-world charm. Most visitors come to see the old Carthusian monastery, which was a favourite haunt of composer Frederic Chopin and writer George Sand. The town’s cobbled, tree-lined alleys and impressive villas reward aimless wandering, and the views over the surrounding valley and mountains are spectacular.
Valldemossa can easily be reached by public bus from Palma de Mallorca.
Day 2: Circular walk from Valldemossa
Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 700 m | Descent: 700 m | 6 hrs approx.
Your first walk is a hugely popular circular route from Valldemossa on the Archduke’s Trail (Camí de s’Arxiduc), an impressive dry-stone path along the ridge between Deia and Valldemossa. The path was built in the late 19th century at the demand of the Archduke Luis Salvador, for no other purpose than to offer an easily walked route along the mountain backbone whilst enjoying amazing views over the north western coastline.
There is restricted access to this area, so a permit is required to walk the Archduke’s Trail. We will arrange this permit for you. Should there be no permits available, you will follow an alternative route nearby. Both options include sweeping views and an optional ascent to a peak
Day 3: Deia to Port Sóller
Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 280 m | Descent: 440 m | 5½ hrs approx.
Beginning after breakfast with a short transfer to the idyllic artists’ colony of Deia. Starting from here along a cobbled path through the olive groves, this is a delightful and relatively easy walk to the coastal town of Port Sóller. Your route follows the coastline, through quiet Mediterranean woods (pines, oaks and madrone trees) and across a private estate where the owners serve delicious fresh orange juice to walkers.
Overnight: Port Sóller
Day 4: Cala Tuent to Port Sóller
Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 650 m | Descent: 610 m | 6 hrs approx.
After a taxi transfer to Cala Tuent, a summer village with a lovely quiet beach, you begin your 6-hour walk. Your first follow the coastline to Port Sóller and then by way of the farm at Balitx d’Avall, situated among orange groves and olive orchards in one of Mallorca’s most remote valleys.
Overnight: Port Sóller
Day 5: Circular walk from Port Sóller
Distance: 7.5 km | Ascent: 270 m | Descent: 270 m | 3 hrs approx.
From the port, you do a steep ascent to the cliffs which form a natural breakwater overlooking the bay. At the top, you have lovely views from ‘Torre Picada’, along the rocky coastline to the tiny island of S’Illeta just offshore. From the peak, you do a steep descent along a ravine to reach ‘Sa Punta Llarga’, a promontory which affords a lovely vista point back from sea level.
Overnight: Port Sóller
Day 6: End of arrangement
Your trip and our services come to an end after breakfast. Why not finish your holiday by taking the vintage railway to the historic capital city, Palma de Mallorca. Spend an afternoon exploring its labyrinthine streets, palace courtyards, art museums and elaborate gothic cathedral before departing for home.
Getting to Valldemossa
Departure from Port Sóller
|There is a bus from Port Sóller to Palma de Mallorca (Line 211). Departures are every 1½ hours (travel time aprox. 40 minutes). Check rates and schedules at www.tib.org. Once in Palma, take a shuttle bus to the airport.|
|Alternatively, for a unique experience at the end of your holiday, you could take the vintage railway from Sóller with its mahogany panels and brass fittings, in operation since 1912. The journey time to Palma is 1 hour and costs €32. Timetables available here.|
|Direct taxi transfers from the last accommodation to the airport or harbour can also be arranged.|