Mallorca walking holiday in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Optional single supplement £270.
Minimum age 16.
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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3 Reviews of Mallorca walking holiday in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Nicola HUBBARDSummiting the mountains & seeing the beautiful views & wildlife was the most memorable part of our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by Sheila ScottVery 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by Cherry Shelton-MillsDiscovering that Mallorca is far more than a package holiday destination. Stunning scenery in the mountains along the coast and friendly people. Read full review
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 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.
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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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.
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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