Walking in Mallorca
Classic Mountain Walks in Mallorca
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The 80 varied walking routes in this guidebook cover 4 areas around the island of Mallorca - Pollenca and the north, The Central Mountains, Andratx and the south, and the Serra de Llevant. Explore Mallorca's diverse terrain - from rugged mountains to remote valleys and breathtaking cliff coastlines.
- Year round, but expect to get pretty hot in summer. Over 300 sunny days per year. Climate in spring, autumn and winter gives ideal conditions.
- Good tourist infrastructure in the southern part, but the best walking is in the north and west. Bases include Cala de Sant Vicenc, Port de Pollenca, Soller, Port de Soller, Banyalbufar and Port d'Andratx.
- A full range from short and easy to long mountain traverses with some scrambling. Something for everyone.
- Must See
- The weather, spring flowers, outstanding limestone terrain.
Walking in Mallorca is written for the experienced mountain walker, used to walking in mountains in all seasons. It provides a selection of walks of all degrees of difficulty, and should enable even those limited to a short holiday to make the best use of their time.
Circular walks have been described whenever possible, but sometimes it is necessary to return the same way to the starting point.
Most of the walks depend on the use of a hired car, but Mallorca does have an excellent public transport system too. Some walks can be done directly from Cala de Sant Vicenç, Pollença, Port de Pollença, Sóller, Port de Sóller, Valldemossa, Esporles, Banyalbufar, Andratx and even Palma.
- A full introduction gives advice on walking on Mallorca and details facilities around the island.
- Mapping reflects the reclassification of Mallorca’s road numbering system.
- Language notes in native Catalan and Castilian Spanish enable visitors to make the most of their visit.
Scope of this Guide
Accommodation and Travel
Choice of Base
Climate and Weather
Brief Geological History
Surface Features Today
The Parc Natural de s’Albufera
The Black Vulture Recuperation Programme
Pine Processionary Caterpillars
Equipment and Clothing
Grading and Route Information
Walkers’ Country Code
Department de Natura i Medi Ambient
Area 1 Pollença and the North
Walk 1 Platja des Coll Baix
Walk 2 Penya Roja and Talaia d’Alcúdia
Walk 3 Talaia d’Alcúdia via ses Fontanelles
Walk 4 El Fumat and Roca Blanca
Walk 5 Cala en Gossalba
Walk 6 Cala Murta and Castellet
Walk 7 Na Blanca
Walk 8 Vall de Bóquer
Walk 9 Serra del Cavall Bernat
Walk 10 Serra de la Punta
Walk 11 Puig de l’Aguila
Walk 12 Mola
Walk 13 Puig de María
Walk 14 Rafal d’Ariant and Torrent de Mortitx
Walk 15 L’Havanor and Coll des Vent
Walk 16 Circuit of Puig Caragoler
Walk 17 Circuit of Puig Roig
Walk 18 Es Cosconar and Torre de Lluc
Walk 19 Cuculla de Fartàritx
Walk 20 Puig de Ca
Walk 21 Puig Tomir
Walk 22 Es Camell (Camel Rock)
Walk 23 Binifaldó and Menut
Walk 24 Lluc to Pollença via Camí Vell
Walk 25 Caimari and Ses Figueroles
Area 2 The Central Mountains
Walk 26 Torrent de Pareis
Walk 27 Puig de Massanella
Walk 28 Canaleta de Massanella from Font des Noguer
Walk 29 Canaleta de Massanella from Mancor de la Vall
Walk 30 Puig des Tossals Verds
Walk 31 Circuit of Tossals Verds
Walk 32 Puig de Sa Rateta and Puig de l’Ofre
Walk 33 Cúber and Comasema circular walk
Walk 34 Castell d’Alaró
Walk 35 Alaró–Orient circular walk
Walk 36 Penyal d’Honor
Walk 37 Sa Gubia and Pas de sa Fesa
Walk 38 Serra d’Alfàbia
Walk 39 Puig des Coll des Jou
Walk 40 Es Cornadors
Walk 41 Portell de sa Costa
Walk 42 Cúber and Barranc de Biniaraix
Walk 43 Fornalutx and Biniaraix
Walk 44 Mirador de ses Barques from Sóller
Walk 45 Mirador de ses Barques and Sa Costera
Walk 46 Cala Tuent and Sa Costera
Walk 47 Puig de Bàlitx from Port de Sóller
Walk 48 Circuit of Puig de Bàlitx
Walk 49 Ses Puntes and Torre Picada
Walk 50 The Lighthouse and Punta de Sóller
Walk 51 Deià Coastal Walk
Walk 52 Sóller to Deià via Camí de Castelló
Walk 53 Port de Sóller to Sóller via Camí de Castelló
Walk 54 Punta de Sa Foradada
Walk 55 Es Teix and Sa Galera
Walk 56 Es Teix and the Camí de s’Arxiduc
Walk 57 Sa Moleta de Pastoritx
Area 3 Andratx and the South
Walk 58 Banyalbufar and Port des Canonge
Walk 59 Banyalbufar to Valldemossa
Walk 60 Puntals de Son Fortesa from Banyalbufar
Walk 61 Puntals de Son Fortesa from Puigpunyent
Walk 62 Sa Granja to Banyalbufar
Walk 63 Galatzó via Pas des Cossi
Walk 64 Galatzó from Puigpunyent
Walk 65 S’Esclop
Walk 66 La Trapa from S’Arracó
Walk 67 La Trapa via Coll de sa Gramola
Walk 68 Sant Elm to Port d’Andratx
Walk 69 Port d’Andratx to S’Arracó
Walk 70 Sa Dragonera
Walk 71 Puig d’en Garrafa
Walk 72 Portals Vells and Morro d’en Feliu
Walk 73 Puig d’en Saragossa
Walk 74 Circuit of Puig d’en Bou
Walk 75 Serra de na Burguesa
Walk 76 Talaia de son Jaumell
Walk 77 Torre d’Albarca
Walk 78 Bec de Ferrutx and Ermita de Betlem
Walk 79 Puig Morei
Walk 80 Randa
Appendix 1 High Level Walk from Andratx to Pollença
Appendix 2 Alphabetical Reference Section
Appendix 3 Language Notes and Topographical Glossary
Appendix 4 Further Reading
Appendix 5 List of Sketch Maps
Appendix 6 Routes List
Appendix 7 Table of Mountains and Tops over 1000m
One of the best maps for getting around the island is the AA Island Map: Mallorca, at a scale of 1:75,000 (which is actually a Kompass map in an AA cover). It shows walking routes, but it is not accurate enough to be used as a walking map, and is best used as a motoring or cycling map and to aid general exploration of the island.
Originally, the only decent maps of Mallorca were the Mapa Militar, or Military Maps series. In recent years the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) has published topographic maps of Mallorca at scales of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000. These are part of the Mapa Topográfico Nacional (MTN) series, and referred to throughout this guidebook by the reference MTN50 for the 1:50,000 scale, and MTN25 for the 1:25,000 scale. The names following each reference are the names of the individual sheets.
Up-to-date information on IGN mapping can be checked on the website www.ign.es.
Three new maps, published by Editorial Alpina, at a scale of 1:25,000, are far and away the best to use in the Serra de Tramuntana. The three sheets are: Mallorca Tramuntana Nord, Mallorca Tramuntana Central and Mallorca Tramuntana Sud. Together they cover nearly three-quarters of all the walks in this guidebook, including most of the walks numbered 13 to 74. The relevant sheets are mentioned, where appropriate, in the route information box at the beginning of each walk.
Another 1:25,000 Alpina map, called Mallorca Nord, was added to this series recently. It covers the northern and north-eastern headlands of Mallorca, including walks 1 to 12, and 76 to 79. A splendidly detailed 1:15,000 Alpina map, called Vall de Sóller, covers walks 32, 33 and 40 to 53 inclusive.
These maps show more walking routes, greater detail and better use of place names than any other maps available. They were created using Spanish IGN mapping and local expertise, including that of Mallorcan hiking guide Jaume Tort.
Alpina have also produced a ‘Mallorca Hiking Guide’ incorporating a pack of seven handy maps at a scale of 1:50,000. These cover the same area as the 1:25,000 maps, but also extend further westwards. As a set, they cover all the walks in this guidebook, except 72–75 and 80. The maps are indexed A to G and mentioned where appropriate.
Maps can be purchased in Mallorca at La Casa del Mapa, Costa Santo Domingo 11, Palma de Mallorca, 971–225945. Maps can also be obtained in advance from Stanfords, 12–14 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9BR, 0207–8361231; the Map Shop, 15 High Street, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0HJ, 01684–593146; or Cordee, www.cordee.co.uk.
The Mallorca Tramuntana map, published by Freytag & Berndt at a scale of 1:50,000, only covers the central part of the Serra de Tramuntana. It marks many walking routes, but the information is not always accurate and the map should not be used on its own.
Street plans of Palma can be obtained free from tourist information centres, and a variety of street plans are often found in a wide range of free tourism publications. There is usually no need to buy a more detailed street plan, though these are available from many bookshops and newsagents.
GPS users should select the datum ED1950 on their units, and use either the IGN or Alpina maps.
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Conservation above Valldemossa
Walks 55, 56 & 57 each follow a path on a slope north of Valldemossa. The path enters an area where a conservation project is now in place. Access is permitted, but a permit has to be obtained in advance, and at weekends priority will be given to local people. Permits are required for any route passing Font de s'Abeurada, Pla des Pouet and Talaia Vella. Email [email protected] to apply for a permit, as far in advance as possible, giving the date of your proposed visit, the route you intend taking and the number of people in your group, up to a maximum of 15. If any discussion is required in relation to a permit, telephone +34 608 973 083 or email [email protected]
Walk 18 Es Cosconar and Torre de Lluc. This route is now too overgrown beyond the Quartier des Carabiners to the viewpoint above the torre. It is an out and back route, so may still be enjoyed up to this point.
In the last line of the route description for Walk 69, the route to follow to make a circular route should be Walk 68, not Walk 66(a).
The following websites have changed:
Walking in Mallorca/Maps
www.mfom.es/ign has changed to www.ign.es
Walking in Mallorca/Guided Walking
www.outdoormallorca.com has changed to www.facebook.com/outdoormallorca
The bus website http://tib.caib.es has changed to www.tib.org
We are grateful to one of our readers for the following information.
Walk 37 Sa Gubia and Pas de sa Fesa – The stile in the cleft of Pas de sa Fesa is broken. Gates on the descent are locked and difficult to pass. Use the route description for the ascent, then retrace steps for the descent.
Walk 71 Puig d'en Garrafa – On the descent via Coma de s'Ermita, gates are locked and difficult to pass. However, the alternative ascent route via Comellar de Can Pau can be reversed to offer a descent.
Walk 21 Puig Tomir – The gate at Menut is closed to vehicles, but walkers use a pedestrian gate. On the descent from Coll de Fartàritx, the track is fenced on both sides, so look left to spot a stile.
Walk 63 Galatzó via Pas des Cossi – There is a small car park at the entrance to the Son Fortuny estate.
Readers possessing copies of 'Walking in Mallorca', dated 2004 and earlier, may again follow Walk 13(a) through Ternelles, though Castel del Rei remains closed. A permit has to be arranged in advance by visiting the website www.ajpollenca.net. Click on 'Visite a Ternelles' and follow the instructions.
Walk 27 Puig de Massanella – The latest fees for access are detailed at www.puigdemassanella.com.
Walk 55 – A stile giving access to the summit of Es Teix bears a notice forbidding access, but many walkers have found no problem crossing it to reach the top. However, it is no longer possible to continue and descend to Sóller.
Walk 56 – As above, despite a forbidding notice, walkers report no problem reaching the summit of Es Teix.
Walk 65 S'Esclop – The descent described in the book is now impassable. Don't do it. Instead, reverse the ascent route.
Walks 48 and 49
The urban area of Port de Sóller had been pedestrianized. The tram and bus terminuses have been moved, and some of the street signs removed.
Thanks to David Roberts for providing the following directions for walkers starting out on Walks 48 and 49:
'Leave the tram terminus in Port de Soller and walk 200m south along the seafront to a obvious dual carriageway. Go along this to the first roundabout and take the left turnoff along Av 11 de Mayo, continue along this route onto carrer de Belgica, climbing high above the port. At the first hairpin bend when the road goes sharply left, go straight ahead on a narrow path...'
'Mallorca, for many years a byword for sun-and-sangria holidays, has a far more desirable, largely secret side. In its off-peak season many walkers have, since the 1970s, delighted in its rugged mountains and network of ancient mule tracks.
This book by the late June Parker, and Englishwoman who fell in love with the island's hidden side during the height of the rapacious package holiday era, was one of the first to extol in English the delights of Mallorcan walking. Originally published in 1986, it has become a classic. This new version, updated, contains clear and concise descriptions of 57 routes ranging from easy strolls to tough long-distance treks both through and over the main mountains. All walks are graded and the high-quality uncluttered maps are excellent.'
(Irish Mountain Log / Winter 2007)
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.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over a score of books to his name. He lives on the fringe of the Lake District, and has walked, and written about walking, in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and many parts of Europe, as well as Nepal, Tibet, and the Canadian Rockies. Paddy walked all of June Parker's routes, amending them and the accompanying maps as necessary where conditions had changed over time.
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