Walking in Mallorca

Classic Mountain Walks in Mallorca

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9781852844882
Published
26 Jun 2014
Edition
Fourth
Pages
384
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17.2 x 11.6 x 2.1cm
Weight
460g

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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.

Seasons Seasons
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.
Centres Centres
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.
Difficulty Difficulty
A full range from short and easy to long mountain traverses with some scrambling. Something for everyone.
Must See Must See
The weather, spring flowers, outstanding limestone terrain.
Availability
Temporarily out of stock
ISBN
9781852844882
Published
26 Jun 2014
Edition
Fourth
Pages
384
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.1cm
Weight
460g
  • Overview

    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.
  • Contents

    Introduction
    Scope of this Guide
    Accommodation and Travel
    Choice of Base
    Climate and Weather
    Brief Geological History
    Surface Features Today
    Flora
    Birds
    Other Wildlife
    The Parc Natural de s’Albufera
    The Black Vulture Recuperation Programme
    Pine Processionary Caterpillars
    History
    Cultivation
    Rural Industries
    Equipment and Clothing
    Maps
    Grading and Route Information
    Access
    Walkers’ Country Code
    IBANAT
    Department de Natura i Medi Ambient
    Mountain Rescue
    Guided Walking
    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

  • Maps
    Maps

    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.

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    Mallorcan roads can be very scenic and quite exciting to walk, let alone drive (Walk 54)

    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.

  • Updates
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    January 2016

    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]

    June 2015

    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.

    May 2014

    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

    Appendix 2

    The bus website http://tib.caib.es has changed to www.tib.org

     

    March 2013

    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.

     

    October 2012

    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.

     

    March 2012

    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.

     

    Summer 2010

    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.

     

    October 2008

    Walk 65 S'Esclop – The descent described in the book is now impassable. Don't do it. Instead, reverse the ascent route.

    November 2016

    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...'

  • Reviews
    '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)

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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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June Parker

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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