Meet the map-makers of Mallorca
Paddy Dillon has been exploring Mallorca, much helped by his Alpina maps. No other maps come close to their level of detail, or include so much useful information for walkers.
Q. Who makes the best maps of Mallorca? A. Editorial Alpina http://www.editorialalpina.com/en/
Q. But who pulls all the information together? A. Jaume Tort and his hardy band of collaborators
I first met Jaume ten years ago, when Editorial Alpina had asked for his help making a series of walking maps covering the mountains of Mallorca. I was stunned at the level of detail, especially as I was struggling with very poor military and IGN maps, which showed hardly any of the paths I was trying to follow.
Over the years, Jaume has been assisted by a tough group of walkers, who regularly criss-cross Mallorca and report the fine detail of paths and tracks. I joined them on an ascent of the steep and rocky Penyal des Migdia, one of Mallorca's highest mountains, which lies close to a mountain top military base where access is forbidden. No problem for these guys. They know which bits are off-limits, and they know how to link steep, stony paths and rocky scrambles to reach the summit.
The amazing thing... apart from stunning views in every direction... was that we weren't the only people on the mountain. Despite the forbidding slopes, several small groups of walkers were converging on the summit, and all seemed to be armed with Alpina maps.
Anyone walking the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana will see people clutching Alpina maps, and almost all the walkers in the Sóller valley now carry copies. Jaume has recently expanded Alpina's mapping into the gentler central plains, as well as along stretches of coast offering easy walking with great views.
I'm using all the Alpina maps to explore Mallorca now. No other maps come close to their level of detail, or include so much useful information for walkers. Just before I left Mallorca at Easter, Jaume was busy stocking shops and hotels with Alpina maps. They sell like hot cakes... more and more of them every year!
Paddy Dillon has written guides to walking and trekking in Mallorca, published by Cicerone.
GR221 - The Drystone Route
Guidebook to walking the GR221 Drystone Route (Ruta de Pedra en Sec) traversing Mallorca's Serra de Tramuntana between Pollença and Andratx. Following rock, paved paths and mule tracks between welcoming villages, the 140km (87 mile) trek is in 10 day stages and showcases the island's forests, mountains and drystone structures.
Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.