Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana
Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana
Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana
Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana
Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana
Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana


Trip Overview

Hike the spine of Mallorca (also known as Majorca) along the glorious Serra de Tramuntana, the GR221. It's an incredible route that ranks among the top treks to do in your lifetime. Imagine wild limestone mountains rising up above a jade green sea, with pine trees sculpting the horizons. Quintessential Majorcan villages with whitewashed houses and gorgeous trails where you will hardly see a soul - that's the Serra de Tramuntana. Situated in the Western Mediterranean in Spain, the island has been a passing point for navigators since Antiquity, giving the landscape a rich and varied history.

Highlights

  • Traverse the Northern Mallorcan coast & mountains
  • 8 Days walking totalling 120kms
  • Climb the highest trekking peak - Puig de Massenella
  • Characterful and historic Mallorcan coastal villages
  • Stay overnight at the famous Lluc Monastery
  • Luggage transported for you

 


Memories from our trip to Mallorca will stay with me forever. Walking along the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range during our point-to-point walk with its stunning views.  Moorish terraced hillsides… to cliff top viewing points that took our breath away…meticulous planning with great care taken for everyone’s needs which is why we keep coming back. It was our 8th trip with Tracks and Trails.

Itinerary

  • point
  • airport
  • transfer
  • Today you arrive in the Balearic Islands ready to start your journey. You will most likely choose to fly to Palma de Mallorca, the capital. The city itself is worth a visit, and arriving a day early allows you to enjoy exploring the shops and alleyways. From here, you need to travel west to the picturesque fishing village of Port d'Andratx, where we will spend the first two nights. Please see arrival notes under 'Getting there'. Overnight Port d'Andratx.

  • This morning we begin with a stroll along the waterfront before the gentle climb through the villas to the high ground above the Port. Here we truly begin our walk, as we enter the pine forests and take the mountain trail that will lead us eventually to Col de Sa Gramola. Today is a great introduction to the type of terrain we will find along the length of the Serra; dry rocky trails, hillsides studded with pines, and bushes, and views to a green sea. After reaching the Coll des Vent, we head northwards across the mountain side until we drop down to reach the lovely seaside village of Sant Elm where an ice cream stop is usually welcome! The village was the landing point of the Catalan expedition to conquest Mallorca in 1229. From here it's upwards to higher ground with fabulous views of the shapely island of Sa Dragonera National Park. Our day continues high above the sea until we reach our final pass at Coll de Sa Gramola where we will be picked up by taxi and taken back to Port d'Andratx for a second night.

    Distance: 18km / 6hrs moderate walking.

  • Setting off from the Coll we have a short downhill before our climb of the day into what feels like wild, unspoilt terrain. On the route we will pass remote farm houses and rocky pasture lands where the local people graze their flocks in the springtime. As with much of the Serra de Tramuntana there is a feeling that few hikers venture along today's trail, and it is unusual to meet other groups. The route is barely distinguishable, with just the occasional rocky cairn to indicate that we are still following the GR221. All the while the views stretch to the Mediterranean in the west, and to the mountains of the Serra to the north. Eventually, the path gains the ridgeline and we climb steadily to our high point of the day at 800m. It provides time to reflect on the local name for the GR221 - Ruta de pedra en sec, Dry Stone Route - which pretty much sums it up! It owes its name to the local craft of constructing dry stone walls without the use of mortar, with the stones ordered according to a tried and tested technique. This method is used for houses, wells, underground springs, snow huts, paths, canals, tanks, and of course paths! We finish our day by traversing under the limestone peak of Moleta de S'Esclop, then dropping downwards to the village of Estellencs where we spend the night. The town is a typical jumble of houses between steep and narrow streets, really lovely.

    Distance: 15km / 5-6hrs difficult walking.

  • Today is a gentle stage with panoramic views, and time to enjoy an old royal route that joined the towns of Estellencs and our destination at Esporles. We walk on paved and terraced bridle paths, passing stately homes of the nobility, such as Son Serralta, Es Rafal and Es Collet, and the other families who continue to be part of the history and economy of the area. Leaving the village of Estellencs via a steep descent, we take the trail towards Banyalbufar, working our way past the historic 'grand' houses of the past. An old stone opening leads us into the holm-oak wood and a well defined bridlepath. Holm-oaks, with their evergreen leaves, are to be found all over the Serra and provide welcome shade on hot summer days. We follow the line of the coast north-eastwards until we arrive at a pass offering splendid views of the Planicia valley, while in the background the peaks of the Serra - Punta de Soller, Sa Foradada, and Puig Major, the highest peak in Mallorca. Arriving at the beautiful terraced village of Banyalbufar is a highlight of today with its ancient houses and views to the sea. Easy to see why you would want to settle there! Leaving the village we climb east towards our destination at Esporles, enjoying the last of the 'Cami des Correu', the name given to the royal way which dates back to 1401.

    Distance: 15km / 5.5hrs moderate walking.

  • Leaving the ancient village of Esporles we climb steadily this morning until La Mola de Son Pacs which gives a surprising diversity of habitats; limestone hills, deep watercourses, woods, rocky outcrops and fissures. In the past the woodland provided raw materials for road building, coal mining, lime working, as well as land and supplies for the shepherds, hunters, and lumberjacks. It's a true walk into history with a sense of prehistoric and Islamic times. Today is a slightly longer day. After our climb we are rewarded with views out to the sea and a cliff top resting point to reflect on our efforts! We continue through woodland, first keeping our height and then starting to descend. We have constant reminders of the land-use of previous generations. At the end of our descent we find the gorgeous village of Valldemossa where a coffee/ice-cream stop is a must! This is the village of composer Frederic Chopin and Aurore Dupin. Aurore, a French novelist who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand, had a much publicized affair with Chopin. Valldemossa is without doubt a rather romantic village! From here we have another climb up and over the mountain to our destination at Deià, yet another 'gem' of a village.

    Distance: 20km / 6-7hrs difficult walking.

  • We're in no rush to leave Deià with its typical steep narrow streets and ancient houses, as we have a short day of walking to our destination at Port de Sóller. Deià has been and still is a refuge for painters, writers and musicians, among them author Robert Graves who penned 'I,Claudius'. He spent much of his life in Deià and his mortal remains lie in the village cemetery. The cove at Deià is stunning with jade green/blue waters, and if you are an early riser a pre-breakfast stroll to the sea is to be recommended! Our walk today has views of the Llucalcari coastline, and the village of Deia itself which seems trapped in a time warp surrounded by palms and wild flower meadows. We aim to arrive at Port de Sóller by early afternoon, giving plenty of time to explore the Port, take a boat ride, or simply lie on the sandy beach and soak up the sun.

    Distance: 13km / 4hrs easy walking.

  • An easy start to a long day with a ride on the only operative tram in Mallorca, a true relic from the past! After a short journey we arrive in the town of Sóller, where we disembark and begin our hike. Its a lovely start to the day strolling the ancient streets and wandering through the adjoining villages, before we begin our climb through a spectacular rocky gorge. Much of the path is paved and feels ancient, passing as it does by the raised waterways and irrigation channels that for centuries have fed the pastures and communities. We follow the Barranc de Biniaraix, an old stone path made up of 2,000 stone steps, which leads us deep into the valley of Ofre, overlooked by the rock formation of the same name. Arriving at the Coll de L'Ofre we are rewarded with views to the green waters of the Cuber Reservoir below us, and views of the islands highest peak, Puig Major. After reaching our second pass of the day, the Coll des Coloms, we drop onto the south side of the Serra until we reach the ravine of the Torrent d'Almadra, where we climb a spectacular rocky ledge to ascend the Pas llis. A good handrail is in place which makes it easy! Contouring round the mountain we arrive at the very lovely Rifugio Tossals Verds, a traditional stone mountain refuge set amid orchards. A fantastic place to spend the night.

    Distance: 24km / 6-7hrs difficult walking.

  • The way now crosses the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana: the limestone mountain range with its sculpted ridge lines, views to the sea, and the fascinating 'snow huts' built into the mountain. Today we have the big peaks - the Puig Major, which is the highest mountain in Mallorca, but is not accessible due to a military installation on its summit, and the one we will be aiming to climb, Puig de Massenella, the highest trekking peak. Leaving the Rifugio we have a steady climb towards our high pass along ancient trails, and past natural fountains, through the oak woods until we break off the trail and head for our summit. The route to the peak of Puig de Massanella is rocky and rugged and requires some easy scrambling. If you wish to 'sit out' the climb you can enjoy time at the pass, though we would urge you do the mountain as the views from the summit at 1365m are truly spectacular. It's back down to the Coll de n'Argento and then we begin our route to the Monastery of Lluc where we will spend the night. En route there are up to twelve examples of the traditional 'snow huts', Les Cases de Neu, where the snow was collected during the winter and then stored for many months. In Mallorca the first reference to obtaining ice from snow was recorded in 1564! We overnight at the famous Monastery of Lluc.

    Distance: 15km / 5hrs difficult walking.

  • The Monastery of Lluc has long been considered the spiritual heart of Mallorca, and it is here you can learn about the history and culture of an island people. The Monastery, dating to the 13th century, is unique in the Serra de Tramuntana and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today's trail is a gentler walk than previous days, and begins by climbing through the oak woods, to the Son Amer Refuge: another fine example of the stonework of the local craftsmen, and which has connections dating back to the Templar Knights. On our way through the forest we see further fine examples of stonework, in particular the 17th century raised irrigation canal of the S'Ermita spring. A reminder of the importance of the ability to channel water to the fields and the livestock. We finish our GR221 of the Serra de Tramuntana by walking along the river valley to the ancient town of Pollença. The town is situated between two small hills: the Calvari with its 365 steps that takes you to the oratory that crowns it, and Mount Maria at 325m. The town is very lively and is a great place to spend our final overnight.

    Distance: 18km / 5hrs easy walking.

  • This morning we take a private transfer to Palma airport, which is included in your trip fee. We will aim to arrive at the airport for 1000hrs. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your flight departure times. If all guests are due to fly out later in the day then we can consider a later transfer to the airport. Otherwise, you are welcome to take the local bus service at a time which suits you. You may choose to spend another night in Palma, or extend your trip for a few days on the beach!

We always aim to complete the proposed itinerary, however it may be necessary for our guides to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details.

St Lluc monastery

Auberge

Overlooked by the Puig de Massanella mountain, the St Lluc monastery is a haven of tranquility and comfort. The bright, spacious rooms all have private bathrooms and central heating, with several offering magnificent views to the mountains.

Hotel Maristel

Hotel

In a traditional Mediterranean-style building, this stylish hotel sits amid forested hills overlooking the sea. Well appointed rooms overlook the sea or the mountains, with marble floors, original works of art and many with a balcony or terrace.

Rifugio Tossals Verds

Refuge

The Rifugio Tossals Verds is a traditional stone mountain refuge set among orchards, offering a fantastic place to spend the night.


  • If choosing to travel by air you can fly to Palma de Mallorca, often known simply as Palma, from a range of airports across Europe. Flights are usually frequent from the major cities of Europe. Palma is in Spain! If you are planning to drive you can take a ferry from mainland Spain. Once you have arrived at Palma, you will travel to our meeting point in the lovely Port d'Andratx. There are regular buses to Port d'Andratx - you will take a bus/taxi from the airport to the main bus station in Palma and from there it is approximately 1.15hrs to Port d'Andratx. Buses are regular throughout the day and timetables can be found here. They run approximately every hour, and sometimes every half hour.

  • Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. As we will be travelling in the mountains, you must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. For further details, please ensure you have carefully read the Insurance section of our website.

  • This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We take a maximum of 10 clients.

  • Summer mountain weather can vary considerably. It is generally good in the Alps with lovely days, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

  • Due to the specialised nature of our trips, we work with a select number of partners to help ensure your trip reaches its minimum group size to be guaranteed to run. The companies we work with reflect our own ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer to our guests. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 20 Apr - Sun 28 Apr
Code: MAL1 19
Price: £1595 Book
Sat 04 May - Sun 12 May
Code: MAL2 19
Price: £1595 Book
Sat 25 May - Sun 02 Jun
Code: MAL3 19
Price: £1595 Book
Sat 07 Sep - Sun 15 Sep
Code: MAL4 19
Price: £1595 Book
Sat 21 Sep - Sun 29 Sep
Code: MAL5 19
Price: £1595 Book

What's Included

  • The services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • All accommodation on a half board basis during the trip
  • 8 nights in cosy and characterful local hotels - these are 2/3* and with en suite facilities
  • 1 night in the world famous Monastery of Lluc, again very comfortable and modern facilities
  • 1 night in a traditional Majorcan Rifugio at Tossals Verds in dormitory style accommodation. It may be that private bedrooms are available in the Rifugio which will incur a supplement and requires early booking. Please ask us if you are interested in this option
  • Transfer back to Palma airport from Pollenca at the end of your trip

What's Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Beverages, including alcoholic drinks

Memories from our trip to Mallorca will stay with me forever. Walking along the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range during our point-to-point walk with its stunning views.  Moorish terraced hillsides… to cliff top viewing points that took our breath away…meticulous planning with great care taken for everyone’s needs which is why we keep coming back. It was our 8th trip with Tracks and Trails.

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At a Glance

From Price £1595
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 10 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 17
Maximum Altitude 1365m
Countries Visited Spain
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