Trekking in Mallorca

GR221 - The Drystone Route

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9781852848507
Published
18 Apr 2017
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Second
Pages
216
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
240g

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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.

Seasons 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 Centres
Port d'Andratx, Sant Elm, Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Tossals Verds, Lluc, Pollença, Peguera, Calvià, Puigpunyent, Alaró, Caimari
Difficulty 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 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
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852848507
Published
18 Apr 2017
Edition
Second
Pages
216
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
240g
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    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
    Accommodation
    Language
    Money
    Food and drink
    Water
    Walking the GR221
    Emergencies
    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
    Alternatives
    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

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    Pre publication update:

    Errors have been noted in the map coverage for Alternative Start B and in the total distance row in the Route Summary Table. Please find links to the corrected material below.

    ftp://cfilestore:@ftp.cicerone.co.uk:21212/Updates/183-184.pdf

    June 2017

    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.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.

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