Walks and Hikes in Mallorca, information on the best hikes in Mallorca. We also provide a guiding service to make the most of your hiking holiday
Mallorca is a paradise for walkers, the Tramuntana Mountains run the whole length of the island, rising to over a 1000m in height. The west coast offers great opportunities for quiet coastal walks away from the crowds. Mallorca also has the famous long distance path the GR221, The Ruta de pedra en sec (The dry stone route) This starts in Andraxt in the South and finishes in Pollenca in the north. The route is is over 90km long. Mallorca has in total nearly 200km of maintained paths.
Below is a small selection of walks/hikes on offer. We have plenty of other options from short coastal hikes to mountain summits. We can arrange a private local guide to show you the less visited parts of the island. If you are a small group or family, hiring a walking/trekking guide is an ideal way to take the stress out of the day.
PUIG DE GALATZO
For most people this is an achievable mountain summit rewarding the walkers with splendid distant views and impressive rock scenery. Height gained is between 500m and 850m depending on route choice and can be arranged as a linear shorter route or a circular mountain day
Galatzo is the highest mountain in the south west of the island with its summit at 1027m. It is the easily identifiable pyramid shaped peak seen from the vicinity of Andratx and the south west coast. Its stands alone and therefore the entire hike commands outstanding views of the south of the island.
- Galatzo via Pas des Cossi : Circular Mountain Route
- Time 5-6 hours, Summit 1027m, Height Gain 860m
- Galatzo from Puigpunyent : Return via same way
- Time 3-4 hours, Summit 1027m, Height Gain 530m
THE ARCHDUKE WALKWAY
This walk above Valldemossa and Deia is one of the most popular stages of the GR221 and mallorca’s dry stone route. It is without a doubt one of the most stunning walks on the island. The walkway follows the summit ridge with spectacular views down to the sea.
- Height Gain: 520m
- Summit reached: Puig Es Caragoli 945m
- Area: North West Mallorca in the Tramuntana mountains
- Circular route from the village of Valldemossa
- Distance 13km
- Time: approx 5hrs
We start our walk in the centre of Valldemossa, and soon head uphill through the woods along stony old mule tracks. We continue steeply uphill for some time with an occasional breather, and fabulous look-out points with sweeping views of Palma in the distance and the coast beyond Valldemossa. Once on the summit ridge the Archduke’s walkway gives stunning panoramic views of the coast and surrounding Tramuntana mountains. Along the way there are many examples of the old forest dwellers’ settlements and old lime kilns along the way, so this walk is a great opportunity to learn about Mallorca’s rural history.
Rock and Ride can arrange guided walking tours of the Archduke walkway for groups and individuals. Please get in touch with us to find out more about guided walking tours in Mallorca.
Deia to Soller along the coast
This is a linear coastal walk between Deia and the Port of Sóller. It is a relatively easy walk with very little ascent and descent. We will begin are walk in the charming village of Deia and finish at the beach in the port of Soller.
- Time: Approx.3 and half hours,
- Height Gain: 250m
- Grade: Easy
- Area: North West Mallorca in the Tramuntana mountains
- Linear walk can be undertaken in either direction
- Distance 10km
- Alternative section via Cala Deia or the town of Soller
The walk follows what once was the old road that connected Deia with Soller. It was a vital trade route between the two and is now a restored stone path for most of the walk. It is also part of Mallorcas GR221 or Dry Stone Route. After having our packed lunch we continue towards the coast passing through lovely farmland and finally reaching the La Muleta Refuge and Lighthouse. We then follow the windy lane down to the Port of Soller.
Torrent de Pareis
The Torrent de Pareis is one of the most impressive gorge walks in the Mediterranean and without a doubt the most sought after hiking tour in Mallorca. This is usually done in the dry season and is done in normal walking kit.
The limestone scenery is outstanding with breath taking views, high steep walls, caves and bizarre rock formations. The tour starts in Escorca and descends into the Lluc gorge coming from the Lluc Monastery. We follow this for a short way until we reach a point where Gorge Blau enters on the left hand side. This is the point known as Sa Fosca. From here the Torrent de Pareis starts. (The word Pareis means couple / together, this is the coming together of the two canyons ) We stay following the main canyon navigating a route between huge boulders sometimes the size of houses. We continue to follow a route down the canyon through obstacles and short drops until finally we reach the beautiful cove of Sa Calobra.
Difficulty: Lots of scrambling over large boulders
Duration: 4-6 hours depending on conditions, groups size and ability
This excursion involves some awkward climbing over large boulders, a safety rope is essential in places as a hand line. It should only be undertaken by persons in good physical condition.
Warning: Conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, even in Mallorca. It is important to be well prepared for sun, cold winds and rain. If you are walking in the mountains of Mallorca without a guide it is important that you know how to navigate in low/no visibility. You will need lots of water, wind + waterproof clothing, good quality walking shoes or boots (the terrain is very rocky….twisted ankles are common on the rough tracks) navigation equipment (compass or gps) and know how to use it. If you are using a gps you must also carry a compass in case your battery runs flat, a very common occurrence.