“An eight day, small group guided walking holiday with five full days of moderate moseying around Mallorca’s marvels.”
Palma | Walking in Tramuntana Mountains | Puerto Sóller | Cala Deiá | Deiá | Biniaraitx | Es Cornadors | Valldemossa to 'S'Atalaia Vella' path | Cala Tuent | Stay in Lluc Monastery | Muleta de Binifaldo |
Description of Mallorca walking holiday in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Like so many of Spain’s islands, Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands, has superb walking trails and mountainous trekking that is far away from the tourist hubs and hotel chains. That is not to say that there aren’t plenty of bathing spots en route. There are, and with expert local guides to lead you to idyllic coves where you can swap hiking boots for flip flops, shorts for swimsuits, this Mallorca walking holiday is a treat for those who love both surf and turf.
The island’s Tramuntana Mountains have a wonderful variety of ancient mule trails and bridle paths that pass through traditional rural villages boasting medieval churches, serene squares and perfect café con leches. There is nearly always a soothing breeze as you stroll through olive or lemon groves, something that is also enjoyed by resident birdlife with falcons, vultures and osprey often seen hovering over the island’s iconic rugged peaks.
With six days of guided walking between four to six hours a day, this is considered a moderate level of walking holiday on coastal or gently undulating paths, although there are some gentle climbs – albeit always worthwhile. Such as to Mirador den Quesada, a great lookout point reached after a rocky trek up through ancient fields and oak forests. Or along the Archduke's bridle path which was named after one of the Habsburbs, Archduke Ludwig Salvator who came here in 1867, fell in love with it and stayed, researching and writing about the island’s prolific flora and fauna. The other high is for the end of the trip, ascending Puig d'en Galileu at 1,181m, one of Mallorca’s highest peaks. Overlooking the Lluc Valley, this is also home to a beautiful monastery where we spend two nights in a place where the sunsets and silence are second to none. The rest of the nights are spent in one location, in a hotel in Puerto Soller with easy access of the beach.
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Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.
Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Responsible tourism: Mallorca walking holiday in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Activity: Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts. Also in visiting landmarks like the Lluc monastery, we are contributing to their upkeep.
Water: Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. In the Mallorcan mountains, there are plentiful springs at which you can re-fill.
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation & Meals: We spend the first part of the week in a locally staffed hotel in Puerto Soller and the remainder in the beautiful Lluc Monastery. Staying in the monastery is particularly special- it promotes Spanish culture and they engage in energy saving practises. Being blessed with a Mediterranean location, this area is rich in locally sourced or grown produce and so meals will be made generally with ingredients fresh from the area. Breakfasts and packed lunches include things like fresh fruit, tomatoes, peppers, olives, cheeses, bread and ham. Where meals are not provided, we encourage locals to engage with locals and support small businesses by eating at community restaurants.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.