Mallorca walking holiday in the Balearic Islands, Spain

“An eight day, small group guided walking holiday with five full days of moderate moseying around Mallorca’s marvels.”

Highlights

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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Environment
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.
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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.

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Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Summiting the mountains & seeing the beautiful views & wildlife

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be challenged. The slopes are steep

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we ate locally & stayed in non chain hotels

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9/10

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our excellent guide and the group dynamic - even the frequently disappointing wet weather did not spoil the experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and be prepared for last-minute changes to the itinerary due to adverse weather. In October, take a waterproof poncho - just in case!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - we filled our water bottles daily, usually from springs, so we did not buy plastic water bottles. Our guide bought locally all the ingredients for our picnics, and we ate in small local venues; we used public transport whenever possible. The guide was very knowledgeable about flora and fauna and took us to a small museum about the Serra de Tramuntana, where we learned about the local environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good - we learned a lot about the local environment, culture and cuisine; the walks were varied and interesting, and having two centres (hotel and monastery) added an extra dimension.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Discovering that Mallorca is far more than a package holiday destination. Stunning scenery in the mountains along the coast and friendly people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Would be hard walking in the height of summer due to heat

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As far as the first hotel goes, not so sure. No obvious arrangements for recycling. Staff were local. Second hotel at monastery is local, recycling bins in room. Food appeared to be local. Guide was local and passionate about his country and the environmental protection. Money from tourism goes to protect the area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great trip with good walking, a couple of days a bit tougher but nothing that people with good fitness levels couldn't manage. No scrambling fortunately!

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