Majorca is celebrated as one among Europe’s most popular walking and hiking destinations and the geography and landscape of the Island is picture-perfect for the same. With a cultural and special charm of its own, the sun shining out for as many as 300 days a year coupled with the unique and spectacular sceneries the place offers, Majorca turns out to be an ideal place for anyone who has penchant for walking and hiking.
The majestic peaks at Majorca rise to over 4000ft tower above the island and serve as a perfect background to the coastal walkways here. Together, they gift travellers stunning views. A stroll through the vineyards, orchards and deserted country lanes has all that it takes to provide incessant enjoyment for travellers who love walking and hiking.
The best routes are sited on the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range on the north coast of the island. The Sierra de Llevant range of hills is another popular walking zone lying towards the east of Majorca. Routes along the coasts which lead to well-preserved and unspoilt beaches like Arta, Manacor turns out to be equally delightful for people who visit the area.
Another path travellers can opt for starts from the Arta Mountain range to Lluc which covers a distance of over 90km. The route begins at the town of Arta, meanders its way through the Llevant Nature Park and then through the chapel of Betlem. It then runs along a coastal path with beautiful views leading to Son Serra de Marina, where the path goes inland heading to Santa Margalida. This path is not only one of the long distance route networks in Majorca but is also one among the most important religious sites.
As a sign of remembrance and acknowledgement of the dry-stone walking heritage the area boasts of, the people of Majorca as well as travellers to the area promote walking on the dry-stone paths. These dry stone paths are one among the easiest way of covering almost the entire territory by foot and delighting in the landscape that comes accompanied with the history, art, tradition and legends of the region.
For travellers who feel like taking a break from the routine walks along the coastal and mountain routes around the island, the route starting from the village of Deià that descends to the cove of the same name following the path along the coast to lucalcari Cove and then returning to the village of Deia would be interesting. If that doesn’t look quite right on your chart, try the Olive oil route, sidelined with the sculpted trunks of olive trees which transform it into a genuine work of art.
Hiking routes in the area are as numerous as the walking routes. There is a trail that starts from the recreational Port of Andratz which ends in the coastal village of Sand Elm, passing close through a castle with the same name. For nature lovers, the S’Albufereta Nature Reserve – Pollença route is a treat. The patches along the coast here that are devoted to farming and cattle breeding serve as areas of great interest thanks to their bio-diversity which is excellently conserved. The Mondrago-Santanyi route has a great variety of landscapes such as winding river torrents which flow out into beautiful beaches and oak woods which abound in orchids. The area also has the richest bird life in Majorca.
Equally adorable is the S’Albufera route. A large part of the land, Albufera conserves its natural characteristics intact making it a privileged place with important environmental worth.
Tip: With a variety of options to choose from do remember to be fully equipped with all the essentials you need for a long walk. Do not forget to get a suitable walking footwear with a hard sole and good grip. Worn with thick mountain socks it can make walking and hiking even more enjoyable. Pack your backpack with at least 1 liter of water per person to avoid dehydration; sunscreens and hats can also be useful of you are hiking or walking during the summer season.
So, stretch your legs and get ready for a long walk or hike through the impeccable lanscape and mountains of Majorca!