Mallorca, thousands of people are drawn to the picturesque sandy beaches, the cozy towns and the famous bars and clubs. Apart from sky-rise hotels and crowded beaches, however, Spain's largest Mediterranean island offers coastal hiking paths, towering summits—and picturesque mountain landscapes.
The Serra Tramuntana, named after the sometimes fierce north and west winds, rise above the west coast to an altitude of over 4,000 feet (1,300 meters). On the steep slopes of the grey peaks, you will find countless terraces where oranges, lemons and olives are still cultivated, while countless hiking trails lead you through the valleys, gorges and up to the highest peaks.
More than 50 peaks of the Tramuntana mountain range are over 3,200 feet (1,000 meters) high. To their summits, you'll find unspoiled hiking trails and steep climbs, the likes that even experienced Alpinists will be thrilled to hike on. Thanks to Mallorca's mild climate, the island is also an attractive hiking destination whenever you visit, with the highest peaks still being accessible in winter. And once you're up there, the views are spectacular: You'll be able to see right across Mallorca's central plain, over to the coastlines and to the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.
While Mallorca is famous for being a top summer destination, these hikes are especially exciting in winter. Perhaps unexpectedly, at these heights, snow commonly falls—something that turns these mountainous walks into real outdoor adventures. And once you summit—when the fresh Tramuntana wind whistles around your ears—you will experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the island that few ever experience.
To help you experience the most challenging hikes and beautiful coastal trails on your visit, we have selected seven routes for you. These hikes are especially beautiful during the off-season as, at this time of year, you'll truly be able to experience real solitude and enjoy the Mallorcan landscape at its most undisturbed.
The Puig de Massanella is the highest, freely accessible summit of the Tramuntana mountains. At a height of 1,364 meters, it is about 80 meters lower than the closed Puig Major, on which there is a military radar station, but despite everything, it offers an incredible view from its summit. While the summit ascent in spring, summer or autumn is already a tight mountain hike, the summit storm in winter becomes a great alpine adventure when it is snowing.The climb starts at Pass Coll de Sabataia, which can also be reached by bus. If you come by car, you should start early in the spring and fall during the weekend and during the main winter season because there is only a limited supply of parking.First, it goes on wide trails up to the Finca Comafreda. At the entrance is a small ticket booth, because the owner of the manor raises a small entrance fee for walking through his lands on the way to the summit. The entrance fee is six euros and is charged all year round. Over a stony and natural path, it becomes slowly steeper up to the pass Coll de sa Linea. From here the trail gets steeper and steeper. In winter, you can reach the snow line before the tree line, but the rocky path provides a stable surface even in wet conditions.After about four kilometers, you will reach a fork in the road. The right path leads straight and very steep up to the summit plateau. In several places you have to take your hand to help, so the path is especially suitable for experienced mountain hikers. All others simply take the left path and climb up in comfortable serpentines.Above it goes over the high plateau to the last summit climb. Already here you can enjoy a unique mountain landscape, but the view from the summit is simply unique. After you have seen enough, it goes the same way down to the starting point.
This tour starts on the secluded pebble beach Cala Tuent. Even in summer, few visitors make the long journey across the Serra Tramuntana and in spring or winter you can experience absolute solitude.You park your car at the beach parking lot and stroll over the unspoiled beach. The beach is located in a unique valley and is surrounded by huge walls.From the beach, the old shepherd's path leads you through a pine and olive tree forest up to the pass Coll de Polla. From this point the path climbs moderately and leads you along the steep coast with a magnificent view. Again and again, you will meet wild goats, who look around curiously for you.After three kilometers you pass a branch that would lead you down to an old hydroelectric power station at sea level. You follow the path straight ahead and climb steeply through a holm oak forest.To get to your destination, the old farmstead on the promontory of Sa Costera, you have to take care of the branch in the forest. Do not follow the signpost towards Soller, but a provisionally painted red arrow on a rock.From this point the way is quite rustic, but good to follow. From the half-ruined homestead you have a great view and you can stop here to enjoy your brought food.The way back is the same way and just before the finish you can reward yourself at the restaurant Es Vegeret above the beach with a long break. In summer, of course, there is still a jump in the refreshing Mediterranean.
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Below the famous mountain village of Deià you will find the narrow, rocky bay of Cala Deià. The bay seems to come from a pirate movie and especially outside the bathing season you can enjoy real loneliness here. The waves roll peacefully against the rocks and you can listen to the calling gulls.From the small bay, a trail leads along the rocky cliffs to Soller. Our tour takes you along the coast over the scenic trail to the small village of Lluc Alcari and on the same way back to the starting point.Thanks to less altitude, the hike is perfect for relaxing between the strenuous mountain tours and simply enjoying the picturesque landscape. Numerous resting places invite to breaks. In the shade of the pine trees, you can see the turquoise sea and the wild rocky coastline.On the way back, you will always have new perspectives in the narrow bays and on the rocks before you reach your starting point in Cala Deià again.It's best to drive to the starting point of the hike. There are plenty of parking spaces but they are only free during winter. The cafes and restaurants of Cala Deià are also closed in winter. The rest of the year, you can reward yourself for your hike perfectly before you start your return journey.
Even off the Serra Tramuntana you can experience first-class hiking adventurers in untouched nature. Just a few minutes drive from Alcúdia is the Victoria Peninsula. Access to the northernmost tip is not allowed for private individuals, but the rest of the peninsula awaits you with varied nature and three mountain peaks.This tour takes you to the rarely visited Puig del Romani, which awaits you on its secluded peak with a first-class panoramic view.You start at the romantic monastery Ermita de la Victoria, where you can park your car easily. On a wide trail, it goes through a pine forest, until you turn onto a narrow trail. Below the steep slopes, it goes along to a branch. Head right up to Puig del Romani and continue straight to a lookout point and the summit of Penya des Migdia. Over narrow paths it goes up to the summit. In any case, it is worth taking a break up here to enjoy the unique view. On the same way it goes back to the main hiking trail. You follow the trail up to the highest point of the peninsula, the Talaia d'Alcúdia. Several narrow trails lead up the slope between the dissgras and small pine trees before you rejoin the regular trail. Instead of going to the summit, it's a long and even descent to Pass Coll des Baix.Along the way, you'll always come across Majorca's native inhabitants, the brown wild goats. They usually look interested and then squirm off. At the rest area on the Coll des Baix you can take a break before wandering through a sprawling pine forest and through a romantic valley back to the starting point.On the tour, there is no Einkehrmöglicheit and no fresh water. Provision, sufficient liquid and above all stable shoes are obligatory, so that you can enjoy the dreamlike tour to the fullest.
High up in the Serra Tramuntana and directly below the highest mountain of Majorca is the Cúber reservoir. The deep blue lake is surrounded on all sides by towering mountains and offers a unique mountain panorama.The tour starts at the parking lot on the north shore of the lake and leads you on a comfortable hiking trail around the reservoir. Here you can enjoy the view of the mountains and meet sheep, donkeys and cows as they graze peacefully in the countryside.Once at the southern end of the lake, follow the GR-221 long-distance hiking trail and slowly ascend through the quiet valley towards the Puig l'Ofre. Shortly after the pass with its distinctive wrought-iron cross you leave the GR-221 and turn left. So far, the way up only moderately, from this point, it goes up steeply. Pay close attention to the cairns, because there are several trails that lead through the dissgras. Shortly below the summit there is a short Kraxel section, which is not a problem in dry weather. On top of the summit you have a stunning view of the surrounding landscape.You descend the first few meters from the summit on the same route and then follow the narrow path to the north. Before going up to the next mountain, the path bends left and leads you back down into the valley. On the way back, hike back to the starting point at the Refugi de Cúber and on the eastern shore of the dam across the dam.On the hike, there is no refreshments or fresh drinking water. In addition to hiking boots are thus sufficient food and drinking water duty on this tour.
The Puig Tomir is located in the northern part of the Tramuntana Mountains and clearly dominates the surrounding mountains with its height of 1,103 meters. From the summit you have a fantastic view of the highest peaks of Mallorca and especially the mountain ranges of the Formentor and the Victoria Peninsula.The tour starts at the free parking of Refugi Son Amer. The trail briefly crosses the country road, then continues through a forest to the summit. At first, the trail increases only moderately, but as soon as you reach the tree line, it is visibly steeper. As you climb up to the summit, you pass a short climb, which is additionally secured with chains and iron steps. In dry weather, however, the site is not a problem and is overcome quickly and safely.From the summit you can enjoy a unique all-round panorama and up here you can perfectly enjoy a break to enjoy the view to the fullest. If you want to shorten the tour a bit, you can go back the ascent path. Otherwise, follow the path that winds slowly down the north side of the summit. At the junction between Puig Tomir and Puig de Ca you turn right onto the path and walk back through rocky landscape to the starting point.Also on this tour, it is important that you have sufficient drinking water and supplies before making your way to the top.
On top of the table mountain Puig d'Alaro on the eastern edge of the Tramuntana mountains are the remains of a rock fortress and a small, former monastery. Several trails lead up and this tour starts northwest of the summit on the MA-2100 road. Below a private olive grove, there are a few parking spaces directly on the road.You follow the signpost of the GR-221 long distance hiking trail in the direction of Alaró and it first goes through a gate in the extensive olive grove. Close the gate behind you, so that the sheep do not explode. The path leads you over the terraces with the countless olive trees in the direction of the mountain and into a holm oak and pine forest.Slowly the trail gets steeper and soon you reach a parking lot below the summit. Here you follow the signpost in the direction of Castell and climb over rustic steps below the steeply rising cliffs on towards the summit.On top of the summit plateau are the impressive remains of the fortress. The path leads you through the entrance tower to the former monastery, where today a cozy mountain hut is housed. Thus, this tour is one of the few mountain tours in Mallorca, where you can find a real rest stop. On the small forecourt, enjoy the unique view of the plain far below you or explore the plateau and marvel at the unique panorama of the Tramuntana summit.The descent is the same way back to the starting point.The path is sometimes quite steep and it goes on the climb over rustic cobblestones. It's best to put on hiking boots or similar sturdy shoes on the tour.