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6 hiking trails for this winter in Mallorca.
Mallorca's natural beauty and terrain makes it hiker's Paradise
One can walk through pine forests, over mountain ranges full of boulders or through valleys of fruit trees, all with many vantage points to look out over the spectacular sea or countryside.
Here 6 entertaining routes, of all levels, to do this winter, spring, summer ...
Puig de Massanella from Lluc Monastery.
Puig de Massanella is not the highest peak on Mallorca – that’s Puig Major, an inaccessible military zone – but at 1,364m (4,475ft) above sea level, it is the highest accessible peak, and from the top there are spectacular views across the island. There are a few starting points: the route from Lluc Monastery is a challenging circular route starting in an oak forest and involves the option of climbing to the summit of Puig d’en Galileu on the way – worth the extra slog if you’re up to it. It’s a full day’s worth of hiking (about eight hours), and some parts of the trail are very well marked or signposted, while others are much more unclear, so a decent map is a must.
Soller to Cala Deia.
Sóller is a hugely popular hiking, area with many fantastic trails starting from the town or the surrounding area. There are two three-hour circular routes taking in picturesque villages such as Fornalutx and Biniaraix, where you can stop for refreshments before ambling on. These routes, old bridle paths, are easy to walk – and incredibly beautiful. For a longer hike combined with a swim, head to the coves such as Cala Tuent or Cala Deia. The four-hour hike from Sóller to Cala Deia is not too challenging.
Camí de l’Arxiduc.
At around 11km in total, this route needs most of a day blocked out to complete, but the rewards are significant. It’s one of several routes mapped out by conservationist Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, who spent years studying local wildlife on Mallorca in the late 19th century. This route provides some of the best views of the Tramuntana Mountains you’ll find anywhere, snaking through Ses Puntes, over Puig de Teix and more. The route is sometimes locally described as the Archduke’s path, and his old refuge at Talaia Vella even features along it. It’s a long trek, but you’ll be walking along a ribbon of Mallorcan history.
Puig de Sant Martí from Alcúdia
The Puig de Sant Martí is a mountain that is framed to the southwest of Alcúdia, and that you can discover on a simple and pleasant walk. This circular excursion begins and ends in the Plaça de la Porta de Mallorca, in Alcúdia. From there, you have to leave this town to the west and take the road to Església or Pla d’en Beltran, which runs parallel to the road from Alcúdia to Palma de Mallorca. Ascend for 20 minutes until you reach the detour that goes up to the mountain (the detour is on the left and, on the right, there is the Poble Nou village, which gives the road its name). The climb to the top takes no more than a quarter of an hour, and the distance between the two summits of the Puig Martí is covered in about 10 minutes.
Cove and village of Estellencs.
On our circular hiking trails in Majorca, the evocative village of Estellencs could not be missed, just a short distance from the western coast of Majorca and in the Tramuntana mountains. With a population of just 350 inhabitants, its streets are a haven of tranquility and an invitation to travel back in time. The route, which starts in the old town, will allow you to contemplate the tower of Tem Alemany and the church of Sant Joan Baptista, with a fortified appearance. To get to the nearest cove, the Estellenc cove – closed between Ses Pedrisses and La Pedra del Vicari-, you can go down the winding road to the sea, which passes through a residential tourist complex. Once in the square, and if your trip to Majorca takes place in summer, you can take the opportunity to take a refreshing swim. To return, simply go back the way you came.
Salt Des Frue.
Es Salt des Frau is a natural waterfall just a few kilometres from Orient. It is on the road between Bunyola and Alaró, in the middle of a beautiful forest. You will find a wooden sign which shows us the beginning of the excursion. The waterfall you will reach in about 20 mins walk. It´s a very recommendable and easy excursion.
The excursion follows a stone path surrounded by beautiful countryside and you will keep walking through the shady forest of pine trees, olive trees, holm oaks and orange and citrus groves. The trip can be done at any time of year apart from the summer, when due to the lack of rain the river is likely to dry up.
The Salt des Freu consists of two 10 meter high waterfalls and a few smaller waterfalls (411 metres above sea level). The waterfalls come out of coloured rocks and flow into turquoise and emerald green streams. Atmosphere is like in a mystical tale cause only few sunlight passes through the tree tops.
The pools between the waterfalls is perfect to take a swim and the areas around the water are perfect for a picnic. The spot is popular with canoying, as well you can walk, swim, paddle or climb.
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