Trekking in Mallorca

GR221 - The Drystone Route

By Paddy Dillon

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.



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.


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


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
18 Apr 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • 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

    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

  • Updates
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    MAY 2019

    Refuge Booking Page 27:
    The website for booking municipal refuges along the GR221 has changed. Please refer to

    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.

  • Reviews
    A truly great walk and a pleasure.

    Just to let you know that I have just finished this truly excellent route accompanied by Paddy’s book. The potential access issues noted for some of the earlier walks on the route now seem to have gone away and there was no issue with access or offending signs.

    The best refugis were undoubtedly the Conseil De Majorca ones and the toughest were Ses Fontanelles (absolutely freezing) and Son Trias (incredibly smelly pillows etc).

    A truly great walk and a pleasure.


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Paddy Dillon

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 extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. 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, Africa 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.

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