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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.
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This guidebook describes the GR221, a 140km (87 mile) long-distance trail through northwestern Mallorca, from Port d'Andratx to Pollença. Also known as the 'Ruta de Pedra en Sec' ('the Drystone Route'), the GR221 is a celebration of Mallorca's limestone heritage, taking in many historic drystone structures as it traverses the rocky peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana. Following old stone-paved paths and mule trails, it showcases the region's beautiful landscape of mountains, forests and cultivated terraces, as well as its spectacular coastline.
The GR221 can be walked in 1–2 weeks, although the guide also covers 3 alternative start-points and 3 alternative finishes, which would allow for a shorter trek. The main route is presented in 10 stages of 8.5–20.5km (5–13 miles), with a handful of optional detours to bag neighbouring summits. Detailed route description is accompanied by 1:25,000 mapping and inspirational photography, plus a wealth of information on local points of interest. Accommodation and travel are also thoroughly covered: the trail boasts good transport links and plentiful facilities on route, with accommodation in welcoming mountain villages and the occasional refugi. A comprehensive introduction offers the opportunity to discover more about the region's diverse plants and wildlife and unique history and culture, and an English-Spanish-Catalan glossary can be found in the appendix.
With a favourable climate and stunning scenery, the Serra de Tramuntana has much to tempt the walker. The GR221 Drystone Route represents an ideal way to explore this fascinating World Heritage Site.
The total distance in the Route Summary Table was incorrect. The updated table is available here.
A small section of mapping was omitted from Alternative Start B. The corrected stage is available here.
|Serra de Tramuntana|
|GR221 – Ruta de Pedra en Sec|
|Brief history of Mallorca|
|Plants and wildlife|
|Travel to Mallorca|
|Travel around Mallorca|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|Walking the GR221|
|Using this guide|
|GR221 – The Drystone Route|
|Stage 1 Port d’Andratx to Sant Elm|
|Stage 2 Sant Elm to Ses Fontanelles|
|Stage 3 Ses Fontanelles to Estellencs|
|Stage 4 Estellencs to Esporles|
|Stage 5 Esporles to Valldemossa|
|Stage 6 Valldemossa to Deià|
|Stage 7 Deià to Sóller|
|Stage 8 Sóller to Tossals Verds|
|Stage 9 Tossals Verds to Lluc|
|Stage 10 Lluc to Pollença and Puig de Maria|
|Alternative start A s’Arracó to Ses Fontanelles|
|Alternative start B es Capdellà to Estellencs|
|Alternative start C Calvià to Estellencs|
|Alternative finish D Sóller to Cala Tuent|
|Alternative finish E Tossals Verds to Alaró or Orient|
|Alternative finish F Lluc to Caimari via GR222|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Glossary|
|Appendix C Public transport|
|Appendix D Accommodation|
|Appendix E Useful contacts|