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Trekking in Mallorca

GR221 - The Drystone Route through the Serra de Tramuntana

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.

Seasons

Possible nearly all year round, but it can be very hot in summer, while rare winter snowfall can cover the paths on the higher parts.

Centres

Port d'Andratx, Sant Elm, Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Tossals Verds, Lluc, Pollença, Peguera, Calvià, Puigpunyent, Alaró, Caimari

Difficulty

Mostly on clear paths and tracks, but some of these can be rough and stony underfoot, and occasionally steep. Some parts require careful route-finding, though many stretches have been signposted and waymarked. The whole route can be completed by anyone with a little previous long-distance walking experience.

Must See

Serra de Tramuntana, Sa Dragonera, La Trapa, Puig de Galatzó, Puig des Teix, La Granja, Vall de Sóller, L'Ofre, Cúber, Tossals Verds, Puig de Massanella, Lluc Monastery, Puig de María, Castell d'Alaró
ISBN
9781852848507
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Published
Published
18 Apr 2017
Reprinted
13 Mar 2023
Edition
Second
Pages
216
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.00cm
Weight
250g
Overview

A guidebook to trekking the GR221 – also known as the Drystone Route – through the spectacular mountains of Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana. Best suited to those with some experience of long-distance walking, the route is mostly on clear paths and tracks, but some of these can be rough underfoot, and occasionally steep, and some sections require careful route-finding.

The main route extends 141km (88 miles) from Port d’Andratx to Pollença and is described in 10 detailed stages of between 9 and 20km (5–12 miles). Also included are alternative starts from s’Arracó, es Capdellà and Calvià, and alternative finishes to Cala Tuent, Alaró, Orient, Caimari and Port de Pollença.

  • 1:25,000 Alpina mapping for each stage
  • Extensive information on public transport, accommodation and refreshments, including accommodation listings
  • Optional detours to climb neighbouring peaks
  • Advice on preparation and planning
  • History, plants and wildlife and local points of interest

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By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 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 television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.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.

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