Mountain Walking in Mallorca
50 routes in Mallorca's Tramuntana
By Paddy Dillon
Guidebook describing 50 full and half-day walks in Mallorca's mountainous northwest. Ranging from 5.5km to 24km, the routes showcase the outstanding natural beauty and mountain heritage of the Serra de Tramuntana. Potential bases include Pollença, Sóller, Valldemossa and Andratx, and most walks are accessible by public transport.
SeasonsThe best and most colourful season is spring, before the summer heat makes walking difficult. Autumn is usually fine, while winter is possible, but wetter, with snowfall possible on the highest mountains.
CentresPort d'Andratx, Sant Elm, es Capdellà, Calvià, Puigpunyent, Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Bunyola, Alaró, Caimari, Lluc, Pollença, Port de Pollença, Alcúdia
DifficultyThe mountains of Mallorca feature some very rough and rocky terrain, and at times it is necessary to walk slowly and carefully, and be prepared to use hands to scramble. Ropes are useful in places such as the Torrent de Pareis, but care is needed on all walks.
Must SeeOutstanding limestone scenery and coastal vistas, the island of sa Dragonera, Torrent de Pareis gorge, lofty peaks, ancient paths, drystone heritage, wildflowers and birdwatching
This guidebook presents 50 half-day and day walks in Mallorca's Serra de Tramuntana, the striking limestone range that stretches along the northwestern flank of the island. Whilst the region promises breathtaking scenery and some fantastic walks, there is also some potentially challenging terrain, making guidance when choosing, planning and walking routes all the more valuable. As many involve steep ground, navigational challenge and hands-on scrambling, they are primarily geared towards those with some experience of mountain walking.
Comprehensive route description is illustrated with 1:25,000 Alpina mapping and each walk includes a statistics box to aid route selection. Useful contacts are listed in the appendix. There is also background information on history, plants and wildlife, plus language notes in native Catalan and Castilian Spanish. The routes are spread across the Serra de Tramuntana, with characterful towns and villages such as Sóller, Deià, Fornalutx, Valldemossa and Pollença serving as potential bases for a walking holiday.
Ranging from 5.5km to 24km, the carefully selected routes showcase the region's rugged limestone peaks, mountain and coastal vistas and rich mountain heritage manifested in numerous drystone constructions, charcoal-burning sites and irrigation systems. Highlights include the lush island of sa Dragonera and the dramatic gorge of Torrent de Pareis. The majority of walks are accessible by public transport and many can be linked, opening up further possibilities for exploration.
Serra de Tramuntana
Brief history of Mallorca
Travel to Mallorca
Travel around Mallorca
When to go
Food and drink
Using this guide
Sant Elm, es Capdellà, Calvià, Galilea and Puigpunyent
Walk 1 sa Dragonera
Walk 2 Port d’Andratx and Pintal Vermell
Walk 3 Sant Elm, La Trapa and s’Arracó
Walk 4 Mola de s’Esclop from Ses Fontanelles
Walk 5 Mola de s’Esclop from es Capdellà
Walk 6 Mola de s’Esclop from Boal de ses Serveres
Walk 7 Puig de Galatzó from Boal de ses Serveres
Walk 8 Puig de Galatzó from Font des Pi
Walk 9 Puig de Galatzó from es Capdellà
Walk 10 Calvià to Galilea and Puigpunyent
Walk 11 Camí Vell d’Estellencs and Camí de Superna
Banyalbufar, Esporles, Valldemossa and Deià
Walk 12 Banyalbufar and Mola de Planícia
Walk 13 Banyalbufar, Port des Canonge and Esporles
Walk 14 Esporles to Valldemossa
Walk 15 Valldemossa and Talaia Vella
Walk 16 Valldemossa, Puig des Teix and Camí de s’Arxiduc
Walk 17 Valldemossa to Deià
Walk 18 Deià coastal walk
Sóller, Port de Sóller, Fornalutx and Biniaraix
Walk 19 Camí des Rost and Camí de Castelló
Walk 20 Sóller, Fornalutx and Mirador de ses Barques
Walk 21 Mirador de ses Barques to Cala Tuent
Walk 22 Port de Sóller and Puig de Bàlitx
Walk 23 Serra d’Alfàbia and Cornador Gran
Walk 24 Fornalutx, Monnàber and Portell de sa Costa
Walk 25 Penyal des Migdia
Bunyola, Orient, Alaró and Santa Maria
Walk 26 Puig de s’Alqueria from Bunyola
Walk 27 Bunyola and Penyal d’Honor
Walk 28 Vall de Coanegra and Santa Maria
Walk 29 Alaró, Orient and Puig d’Alaró
Walk 30 Serra d’Alfàbia from Orient
Cúber and Tossals Verds
Walk 31 sa Rateta, na Franquesa and Puig de l’Ofre
Walk 32 Cúber, Pas Llis and Tossals Verds
Walk 33 Puig des Tossals Verds and Morro d’Almallutx
Walk 34 Cúber, Tossals Verds, Solleric and Alaró
Walk 35 Cúber, Puig de Massanella and Lluc
Santuari de Lluc, Escorca and Caimari
Walk 36 Torrent de Pareis
Walk 37 Puig de Massanella from Coll de sa Batalla
Walk 38 Puig d’en Galileu from Lluc
Walk 39 Caimari and Puig de n’Ali
Walk 40 Caimari, Camí Vell and ses Figueroles
Walk 41 Puig Tomir from Lluc
Walk 42 Mossa, Puig Roig and Lluc
Walk 43 Lluc, Binifaldó and Menut
Pollença, Formentor and Alcúdia
Walk 44 Lluc to Pollença
Walk 45 Mortitx and Rafal d’Ariant
Walk 46 Pollença and Puig de Maria
Walk 47 Serra del Cavall Bernat
Walk 48 Formentor and na Blanca
Walk 49 el Fumat and Cala Murta
Walk 50 Penya des Migdia and Talaia d’Alcúdia
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Public transport
Appendix C Useful contacts
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Top marks for listening!
This guide is a massive improvement over Paddy Dillon's previous guide because the route maps are full scale 1:25000, and (best of all) there are GPX tracks to download. This will save me many hours of work (and guesswork) in preparation for my trip. I did once suggest that Paddy should start including GPX tracks with his guides, so top marks for listening!
Clive S, by email
Perfect for anyone looking to combine sun, sea and mountains.
Perhaps best known for its beach holidays, Mallorca is starting to attract more and more people in search of warm weather hiking with fantastic island views. The mountains of the north offer solitude and spectacular views in equal measure, and Cicerone author Paddy Dillon has detailed some of the region's best routes in Mountain Walking in Mallorca. Inside the book, you'll find details of 50 walks that crisscross the island's major massif, the Serra de Tramuntana, taking in high ridges, gorges and the lower slopes. The routes, aimed at experienced walkers, are perfect for anyone looking to combine sun, sea and mountains.
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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.