Active Hiking Holidays on Mallorca

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Mallorca has much more to offer than mass tourism and party beaches. Thanks to the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range, the landscape of the Balearic Island is varied and a popular destination for hiking and nature enthusiasts. If you want to enjoy an active holiday on Mallorca, there are countless hiking trails to explore.

Here is a collection of great hiking spots on Mallorca for those looking for some outdoor activities on their next trip.

Pick a Holiday Home You’ll Enjoy Coming Home To

Hiking holidays can be extremely rewarding, but they also cost a lot of energy. That is why many people shy away from active holidays. They would rather spend their free time relaxing than walking around all day. And that’s a fair point: a good balance between exhaustion and winding down is the best strategy when it comes to a hiking holiday. Booking a Letting for Mallorca Holidays with Holidu can give you just that.

Pick a charming holiday home you will enjoy spending time in!

This way, you are not tied to a plain one-room bedroom in a hotel you can use for little more than sleeping. Having a comfortable home with a Spanish atmosphere makes it more fun to come back home to, and it might give you the right space to spend a day or two taking breaks from your active holiday.

Hiking Spots on Mallorca

There are many hiking trails on Mallorca. Prepare beforehand and research which route sounds the most interesting. It is best to get a good hiking map and a charged phone with GPS since the markings for the official trails are sometimes few and far in between.

Some trails lead through private property. The owners usually allow hikers to pass. Some areas are off-limits. If you happen to meet someone who might be the owner, greet them with a friendly “Bon dia!” and “Puedo pasar?”, asking whether you are allowed to pass through the area.

If there are signs on a fence, both “Prohibit pasar.” and ”Prohibido el paso.” mean “Passage prohibited”. Keep an eye out for “Vedat privat de caça.” or ”Coto privado de caza.” These signs and a sign with black and white diagonal blocks let you know the area is part of a private hunting ground.

●     Serra de Tramuntana

The island’s impressive mountain range has some of the more challenging hiking trails. The Ruta de pedra en sec is one of those. It spans multiple days and is split into 8 parts. The whole route reaches from Port d’Andratx to Pollenca on 129 km over cobblestone roads through old mountain villages and olive groves.

●     Albufera Nature Park

The Albufera Nature Reserve is in the northwest of the island. It consists of a freshwater lake and its surrounding wetlands with various landscapes, which makes it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Make sure you visit the information desk before you start your hike. They hand you a flyer that is both full of information and functions as a permit to be in the reserve. There is a 13 km circular path through the area that will take you around 3 to 4 hours to complete.

●     Formentor

The peninsula Formentor lies in Mallorca’s north and is sparsely inhabited. It is full of rock formations and quiet coves, which you can explore on a circular trail (9.5 km) for about 3 to 4 hours. Since it is rocky and includes valleys and hills, it is a bit more demanding. To reach the trail, you will have to pass through a 250 m long dark tunnel. Taking a torch to this spot will be helpful. Once you have reached one of the many coves, you can enjoy some time on the beach – so, pack your bathing suit.

When to Book a Hiking Holiday on Mallorca

The weather on Mallorca is typically warm and sunny and allows you to go hiking all year round. However, there are some locations and date combinations that are more convenient than others:

The best time to go hiking on Mallorca is in the spring, from February to the end of May. The temperature is mild, and the island is growing greener, giving you more spectacular landscapes to explore.

The mountain range Serra de Tramuntana is the coldest and rainiest area on the Island. In the summer, the temperatures in the flatlands can be up to 104 °F/40 °C. Now is the time to stick to the mountains.

  • Keep in mind that it might be cooler, but it is still summer, so prepare by taking plenty of water with you and shielding yourself from the UV rays with clothing and lotion.

The rest of the island cools down to bearable temperatures from Mid-September to November. Now is the time to avoid the Serra de Tramuntana, where it’s likely to storm and rain.

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