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Mallorca: Palma and the Serra de Tramuntana

  • 8 Night Route

    Price From: £980
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Where the mountains meet the Mediterranean

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Valdemossa

Valdemossa

Soller

Soller

Palma cathedral

Palma cathedral

Biniaraix orange valley

Biniaraix orange valley

Alaro landscape in blossom

Alaro landscape in blossom

Gorg Blau from above Cuber

Gorg Blau from above Cuber

Galatzo olive press

Galatzo olive press

Along the Archduckes path above Deia coast

Along the Archduckes path above Deia coast

Vista from Banyalbufar

Vista from Banyalbufar

Cami de Correu

Cami de Correu

Terraces above Banyalbufar

Terraces above Banyalbufar

Palma Cathedral

Palma Cathedral

Archdukes bridle path above Valldermossa

Archdukes bridle path above Valldermossa

Barranc de Biniaraix

Barranc de Biniaraix

Price: £980
Nights: 8
Grade:
Walk: 2¾ - 8½ hr/day
Max. party size: 10

Travellers Reviews

Just wanted to let you all know it was one of the most enjoyable holidays we have had.

The scenery was breathtaking and every day was a new adventure and always a challenge. Route description was very clear although the Garmin came in handy on a few occasion. Your choice of hotels were brilliant and my favourite was Valldemosa.

Brian Atkinson, Stockton, September 2016

Loved the hotels - characterful, charming and with generally spacious rooms.

Lovely food all round. Very well thought-out route and very clear walking instructions. No negatives.

David Lowe, London, March 2016

All aspects of this holiday were excellent.

The walking was lovely and interesting and dramatic in places (the permission to walk through an area being carefully conserved by a trust provided the best day of walking - thank you). Some of the views down to the sea are stunning and on two days of strong wind looked particularly exciting. The hotels were all of a high standard for quality and for the delightful welcome by those that are family run. All the pick-ups were on time and courteous. There was much interest on the walks as a result of man's careful involvement in the past, and specifically in Valdemossa.

Jeremy Goad, Hampshire, February 2016

More independent feedback
About the Route

At a glance

8 nights (7 days walking) - the full route. Add extra nights in any hotel.

How much walking?

Full days: 7½-23km per day, 2¾ - 8½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 7½-16km per day, 2¾-5¾ hrs

Max. Grade:

The olive groves and dramatic sea coast of undiscovered Mallorca

This stunning walk shows to perfection two unspoilt faces of the island of Mallorca. Spend an evening in the relaxed and historic capital – Palma – and explore its labyrinthine streets, palace courtyards, art museums and elaborate cathedral before heading for the hills – the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. These limestone mountains form a dramatic landscape of peaks and deep valleys, largely undiscovered except by walkers. The fauna and flora are undisturbed and early spring (late January/early February) walkers can have the added bonus of almond blossom time.

Much of the route we have selected is on the GR221 so navigation is easy, allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking views and dramatic landscapes. This is a route that can be enjoyed as a winter break (mild, though occasionally rainy), for the spring flowers or for autumn colour, and its extended season will suit those who can’t get away during the more conventional walking season.

Discover the other face of Mallorca – remote, high and wild, but with unequalled hospitality and wonderful food, and as far away from the seething crowds as it’s possible to be.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary and Emma

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.

Route Highlights

  • Sophisticated Palma and its gothic cathedral
  • Winter blossoming orchards and orchids
  • The Postman’s Path and the quirky La Granja museum
  • The Archduke’s Path to Deia
  • The alleys and restaurants of Soller
  • Alaro Castle ruins and Es Verger restaurant for your finale
  • Mallorcan warmth and hospitality
  • Birdwatching during spring and autumn migration

We Recommend

Why not spend an extra night in Soller/Fornalutx and hire a bike from Tramuntana Tours. Explore the Soller valley and its byways, ride down to Port Soller for a swim.

How much Walking?

Full days: 7½-23km per day, 2¾ - 8½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 7½-16km per day, 2¾-5¾ hrs

Well-marked paths and good signage; Valldemossa to Soller hard, scrambling, vertiginous for some (both avoidable). Highest point on route: 900m.

Medium: Full route: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 635m per day (400m-1000m). Using shortening options:  CUSs 572m per day (400m-725m)

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route (except optional Soller circuits)

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: January, February, March, April, May, October, November

Other possible months: June, September, December

This is a route that can be walked throughout the autumn, winter and spring, though the summer is too hot.   The last two weeks in January and the first two in February are almond blossom time. However, the island is green – because it can rain at any time, particularly in the winter months – so make sure you are properly equipped. The wettest month is October, with heavy showers, often interspersed with sunshine. In low season (November, December and early January) it can be difficult to find a full choice of restaurants open but there should be something open in every village every night, but you won’t necessarily have a full gastronomic experience. Avoid Easter (we won’t be able to get you in).

Note: from April to September the route is busy and it is normally not possible to arrange one-night stays in Estellencs and Banyalbufar (nights 2 and 3). Instead walkers normally stay two nights in Banyalbufar and use the local bus to enable all described walking to be done.

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Soller

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrival day

Arrive in Palma and check into your hotel. Stroll around the town, visit the Gothic cathedral and why not try tapas before dinner?

Day 2 - Es Capdella to Estellencs

After a short taxi transfer to the village of Es Capdella, your first walk begins gently enough as it passes the Finca Galatzo (a historic estate house well worth a visit) and then winds its way up to the head of the Galatxo Valley, for views of the Med. It’s then down to Estellencs for a night in a boutique hotel on the edge of the village. (Medium: 4¾ hrs, 14km, CUSs 670m)

Day 3 - Estellencs to Banyalbufar

Explore rural Tramuntana by heading off the GR 221 for a short while to pass the Font de s’Obi and the Planicia estate before finally descending to lovely Penny’s hotel in Banyalbufar. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring the village and tasting Banyalbufar’s unique Malvasia wine. (Easy-medium: 3¾ hrs, 10km, CUSs 485m)

Day 4 - Banyalbufar to Esporles

Note: the GR221 between Esporles and Valldemossa is currently closed, and there is no alternative path, so a transfer is at present necessary between Esporles and Valldemossa. We are working with the Mallorcan authorities to reopen the route. Until then, the time saved walking will give you a chance to relax and explore Banyalbufar and its ancient terraces, and the cultural town of Valldemossa. 

A steep climb up from Banyalbufar over its ancient terraces is rewarded by a wonderful woodland path, the ‘Cami des Correu’ (The Postman’s Path), all the way to Esporles. En route you’ll pass La Granja museum and restaurant and here we highly recommend a visit. After a short taxi ride to Valldemossa, visit its monastery, home to Chopin and George Sand or just relax on your hotel terrace. (Easy-medium: 2¾ hrs, 10km, CUSs 485m)

Day 5 - Valldemossa to Soller/Fornalutx

It’s said that rewards come only after some effort and, following a stiff climb out of Valldemossa, there can be no greater prize than the amazing 360 degree views from the Archduke’s trail perched high atop the ridge. It’s then a spectacular descent into Deia, a picturesque village, once home to Robert Graves, and a perfect stop for lunch. (Medium-hard: 10km, 4¾hrs, CUSs 600m). You can then bus to the fine old town of Soller, worthy in itself of an afternoon perambulation; or, if you’re hardy try a longish ramble through undulating Mallorcan countryside before joining the ‘Cami de Rocafort’ down to Soller (Full route Hard:  23km, 8½ hrs, CUSs 800m). For those staying in Fornalutx, it’s another 4 km/1 hr gentle walk (or take a ten minute taxi) before reaching your hotel.

Day 6 - Soller/Fornalutx circuit, or rest day

A day of choices depending on your energy levels. You could simply spend the day in Soller exploring the town and the port, using the tram that links the two. In addition, you can try one of Jes’s suggested short and easy walks around this lovely valley. Really experienced walkers (good weather only) can try the full Fornalutx circuit which, starting up the canyon known as the “Barrancs de Biniaraix”, climbs to the Col de l’Ofre, winds its way north across the mountain top and then descends steeply through the Portell de Sa Costa to Fornalutx/Soller. A steep and tricky descent in places, over some scree and fallen trees, but worth it for the spectacular views. (6 hrs)

Day 7 - Cuber to Alaro

Continue on with a short transfer (included) to Cuber lake. From there, it’s an easy walk to the Tossals Verd refuge along mountain trails past Gorg Blau, whilst enjoying some very dramatic views. The walk then takes you through the magnificent Sollerich estate and then gently downhill into Alaro, with its bustling village square, lined with excellent restaurants. (Medium: 5½ hrs, 17km, CUSs 555m)

Day 8 - Alaro Circuit

A celebratory circuit from Alaro, taking in its castle perched precariously on the cliff edge. The path winds up to the hidden Orient Valley (see gallery), before climbing up to the castle ruins, with spectacular views across the mountain peaks. Don’t miss Es Verger restaurant, famed for its slow roasted lamb cooked to a traditional recipe (and where sheep roam freely!), before a gentle descent back to Alaro for your last night. (Medium-hard: 18km, 5¾hrs, CUSs 700m).  Shorter/easier version medium: 15km/4¾hrs/CUSs 600m)

Depart for home

By taxi to the airport (included) – or back to Palma for a few more days sightseeing?

Travel Information

ARRIVING BY AIR

The only airport on Mallorca is Palma. Best intercontinental flights involve a change at Barcelona (daily flights to Palma).

Flight information can change rapidly. Please do check for yourself directly with the airlines’ websites before finalising any booking with us and do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

Land by: No limitations

Return flight earliest: No limitations

Flights from UK and Eire airports:

Belfast Intl Easyjet (seasonal);
Birmingham Thomson (seasonal, not daily), Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily), Ryanair (not daily), Monarch (seasonal);
Bristol EasyJet, Ryanair (seasonal), Thomson (seasonal, not daily), Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily);
Dublin Ryanair (seasonal, not daily), Aer Lingus (seasonal, not daily)
Edinburgh Easyjet (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (seasonal, not daily), Ryanair (seasonal), Jet2 (seasonal, not daily);
Glasgow Easyjet (seasonal, not daily) Thomson (seasonal, not daily), Thomas Cook, (seasonal, not daily), Jet2 (seasonal, not daily);
Liverpool Easyjet (not daily)
London City BA (not daily),
London Gatwick Easyjet, Norwegian (seasonal, not daily), Monarch (not daily), Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (seasonal, not daily);
London Heathrow BA (not daily);
London Luton Easyjet, Thomson (not daily), Monarch (seasonal);
London Southend EasyJet (seasonal);
London Stansted Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomson (seasonal, not daily);
Manchester Monarch (not daily), Easyjet (seasonal, not daily), Jet2 (seasonal, not daily) Thomson (seasonal, not daily), Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily), Ryanair (seasonal);
Newcastle Easyjet (seasonal);

Flights do not run daily, so check the airport websites before fixing your start and end dates.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

For a shorter holiday option, consider starting or ending at Soller (train conection with Palma).

 

Getting to the start of the walk

Getting to the start of the walk:
The first hotel is in the capital Palma, and the last in the village of Alaro.

PALMA AIRPORT:

Outward: shuttle bus 20 minutes, or taxi from rank direct to hotel. Pay locally.
Return: taxi from Alaro to airport (40 mins) included in holiday price.

Full transfer advice, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

This route is a little upmarket in terms of accommodation, all hotels being “boutique” in the best sense of the word, from the Hotel San Lorenzo in Palma, through two little gems in Estellencs and Banyalbufar (try the paella at the latter), to Es Petit at Valldemossa (spectacular views) and the remarkable Ca’n Reus at Fornalutx. Petit Hotel Alaro is a fitting finale.

Note: from April to September the route is busy and it is normally not possible to arrange one-night stays in Estellencs and Banyalbufar (nights 2 and 3). Additionally in December and January our Estellencs hotel is closed.  Instead walkers normally stay two nights in Banyalbufar and use the local bus to enable all described walking to be done. See 7 night option.

Palma – Hotel San Lorenzo: (B&B)

Night 1

Palma – Hotel San Lorenzo: (B&B)

Boutique hotel, with pool, in the fishermen's quarter of the old town.

Estellencs – Sa Plana: (B&B)

Night 2

Estellencs – Sa Plana: (B&B)

Bijou historic pension, with pool, on the edge of the village, under Paquita's expert eye. Husband Tomeu is a winemaker. Closed Nov to Jan incl.

Banyalbufar – Hotel Son Borguny: (B&B)

Night 3

Banyalbufar – Hotel Son Borguny: (B&B)

A pretty little hotel with the enthusiastic Penny as host. Excellent kitchen with local specialities.

Valldemossa – Es Petit Hotel: (B&B)

Night 4

Valldemossa – Es Petit Hotel: (B&B)

Best hotel in the village. Great views from the terrace. Gonzalo is a fine host.

Soller – Can Isabel: (B&B)

Night 5 & 6

Soller – Can Isabel: (B&B)

Beautifully furnished townhouse. Closed Nov to Feb incl.

Soller – Cal Bisbe: (B&B)

Night 5 & 6 (Upgrade)

Soller – Cal Bisbe: (B&B)

International style hotel in the centre of the town. Pool.

Alaro – Petit Hotel Alaro: (B&B)

Night 7 & 8

Alaro – Petit Hotel Alaro: (B&B)

Completely renovated former Finca Rustica in the heart of Alaro, with pool.

Alaro – Hotel El Nido (B&B)

Night 7 & 8 (Upgrade)

Alaro – Hotel El Nido (B&B)

Tastefully refurbished, family run B&B in a quiet street in Alaro with pretty garden and pool.

Prices

Price: £980 for 8 nights

Total 8 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, luggage transfers, transfer to start of Day 2 walk and from Alaro to airport (or Palma) at the end.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated (e.g. for taxis), and may vary with exchange rate fluctuations – check with On Foot for your guaranteed price.

Savings and supplements

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £300

Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £195

Larger Party Saving (on identical itinerary) – £120 off per person (except first two)

 

Add Ons

Extra nights in any hotel: Check with On Foot Holidays (seasonal pricing applies)

Upgrade hotels available in Palma and Soller: Check with On Foot Holidays (seasonal pricing applies)

Guiding services by Jesca Scott: Price on application

Travellers Reviews

Just wanted to let you all know it was one of the most enjoyable holidays we have had.

The scenery was breathtaking and every day was a new adventure and always a challenge. Route description was very clear although the Garmin came in handy on a few occasion. Your choice of hotels were brilliant and my favourite was Valldemosa.

Brian Atkinson, Stockton, September 2016

Loved the hotels - characterful, charming and with generally spacious rooms.

Lovely food all round. Very well thought-out route and very clear walking instructions. No negatives.

David Lowe, London, March 2016

All aspects of this holiday were excellent.

The walking was lovely and interesting and dramatic in places (the permission to walk through an area being carefully conserved by a trust provided the best day of walking - thank you). Some of the views down to the sea are stunning and on two days of strong wind looked particularly exciting. The hotels were all of a high standard for quality and for the delightful welcome by those that are family run. All the pick-ups were on time and courteous. There was much interest on the walks as a result of man's careful involvement in the past, and specifically in Valdemossa.

Jeremy Goad, Hampshire, February 2016

More independent feedback
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Jesca has lived in the foothills of Mallorca's beautiful Tramuntana mountains for eight years with her husband and young family. A keen hiker all her life, combined with a background in the preservation of historic buildings....

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