With its wonderful Mediterranean climate, crystal-clear waters, and dreamy coastal towns, it's no wonder that Mallorca is one of Spain's most popular destinations. However, far from sunlounger-clad beaches, there’s a different way to discover the varied charms of this paradisiacal Balearic island.
One of the great attractions of Mallorca is its interesting geological relief, characterised by the Tramuntana Mountain Range that shapes the northwest of the island. This limestone massif is the cradle of the highest Mallorcan peaks, which reach almost 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) in height. Where the mountains meet the sea, they form steep cliffs and rocky coves that contrast with the peaceful golden sandy beaches in the south of the island.
The Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route) is a long-distance footpath that crosses the entire Tramuntana Mountain Range from west to east. The common thread of this itinerary is the paths and stone walls built by the ancient farmers using a technique without cement or mortar. These paths are an example of the wisdom and ingenuity of the people who lived here, who adapted to the conditions and built walls and paths that allowed them to cultivate even the steepest lands.
Walking along these ancient stone paths, you'll discover the north of Mallorca’s varied landscapes: rugged cliffs, shady holm oak forests and centuries-old olive groves. You'll also explore some of its most beautiful villages, such as Valldemossa, Deià, and Sóller. The Tramuntana Mountain Range is a special place that reveals the island’s traditional past and cultural landscape.
The route is divided into nine stages between 10 and 25 kilometres (6-16 mi). Some of the stages are quite steep, as the terrain is very rugged in places. You’ll need to be relatively fit to take on this adventure and have some experience of multi-day hikes in the mountains.
Some sections of the Pedra en Sec Route aren’t waymarked and are still in the process of being developed. In the stage descriptions, I indicate the route conditions, as well as accommodation and restaurant options at the end of the day. You’ll have to camp on some nights, as the route is not officially complete, with some refuges yet to be built at the end of each stage. Don't forget to check the state of the shelters before starting the route and to book in advance, especially in the summer months.
This route is best in spring or autumn when temperatures are milder and there are fewer tourists. In summer, it can be very hot and you’ll need to protect yourself from the sun on the exposed sections.
Don't forget to bring enough water and food for the stages in the more remote rural areas where it’s more difficult to find refreshment points. Good shoes, comfortable clothes, a swimming costume for a dip in the emblematic Mallorcan coast, and a sleeping bag are the essential items for this route.
The start point is the coastal village of Port d'Andratx, which is easily reached by car or bus from Palma de Mallorca. The end point of the Ruta de Pedra en Sec is the village of Port de Pollença, from where you can take a bus back to Palma de Mallorca.
On your way through the stone paths of the Tramuntana Mountain Range, you’ll discover captivating landscapes and traditions that'll make you want to return to Mallorca time and time again.
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Last updated: September 25, 2023
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The Ruta de Pedra en Sec starts at the town of Port d'Andratx, in the southern foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. This first day is short but has strong ups and downs.
The path quickly begins to climb up rocky mountains, offering you extensive views of the Mediterranean and the island of Sa Dragonera…
Although this stage is still in the process of development and signposting, it is possible to do it and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that await you along the way. The section is quite flat at the beginning, but the unevenness increases as you get closer to Mount Mola de s'Esclop.
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This beautiful stage truly lives up to the route's name: “Dry Stone”, as the GR 221 runs here along old stone paths in the shade of almond, olive and lemon trees.
Between the mountains and the sea, the Ruta de Pedra en Sec takes you to discover some of the most charming towns in this part of the island…
Like the second stage, this section is also still in the signaling process. But that does not mean that you cannot enjoy the paths and the incredible landscapes that await you between Esporles and Deià.
Alternating paved tracks and old stone paths, the GR 221 reveals another charming town in the Tramuntana…
As you have a short and peaceful day of walking ahead of you, I recommend that you enjoy the various charms of Deià before beginning the stage. Strolling through its cobbled streets, going to its viewpoints or simply having a drink in one of its squares is the best way to start the day.
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A beautiful stage that begins by going through the so-called “valley of the orange trees”. This is not poetic license: walking through the valley of Sóller you will be surprised by the number of orange groves that stretch out before your eyes.
The city of Sóller is well worth a stop to discover its beautiful…
The Ruta de Pedra en Sec continues through the rugged landscapes of the northeast of the island, where the highest peaks of the Tramuntana mountains can be found. This is a purely mountaineering section that runs through hills and peaks with impressive views.
The first half of the stage consists of a…
The penultimate stage of the Ruta de Pedra en Sec approaches the eastern end of the Sierra de Tramuntana with a gentle route that runs mostly downhill.
Old dirt and stone paths take you through peaceful holm oak forests where you can breathe peace and nature. From time to time the trees give way to beautiful…
Your adventure through the wonderful Tramuntana mountains comes to an end with this stage that reunites you with the Mediterranean Sea after several days of walking between mountains and rural roads.
The Route runs flat until it reaches Port de Pollença, where a beautiful bay welcomes you to this pretty…
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