There are few ways to make the natural wonders of a destination more satisfying than exploring them on your own two feet. Luckily for visitors to the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Balearics have a wide variety of trails to try.
From newbies to experts, everyone can find a good way to stretch their legs and take in some incredible natural vistas while hiking in Mallorca.
Hikes in the Northwest
Thanks to the peaks and valleys of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, the northwestern part of Mallorca is the most popular spot on the island for hiking. Don’t let the crowds deter you; there are amazing experiences awaiting those willing to strap on their hiking boots and find them.
Fornalutx and Biniaraix
If you’re new to hiking—or just want something quick and manageable rather than a day-long ordeal—you might consider the circular hiking route that cuts through Fornalutx and Biniaraix. The main natural sights of the hike come from the rolling hills and swaying trees surrounding the two quaint villages.
The hike is only four-and-a-half miles long, and takes about two hours to complete, leaving plenty of time for detours. Spend a minute or two exploring the winding streets and rushing waters of the Torrent Biniaraix river, or savor the quaint, old-fashioned architecture of Fornalutx over a cup of fresh-squeezed fruit juice.
More experienced hikers will likely flock to the northwest’s Alfabia Ridge hike. The mountainous, circular trail is long and steep, covering over 12 miles and taking between seven and eight hours to complete.
The journey begins in the bustling village of Sóller, and over a gradual climb of 3,000 feet, takes you up rocky, rugged terrain. The rewards are more than worth the struggle: the top of the ridge affords stunning views of Sóller Valley on one side and Orient Valley on the other.
Even more sights await in Biniaraix Gorge on the way back. Treat yourself once you’re back in Sóller. Decadent desserts at Giovanni L. Eiscafe and savory treats at Ca’n Pintxo taste better than ever after a long hike!
Hikes in the Northeast
The northeastern part of Mallorca is much less popular than the other parts of the island and less populated in general. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit—fewer people means you’ll have the mixture of mountainous and coastal views all to yourself!
Intermediate hikers will no doubt want to visit the Victoria Peninsula. A four to five-hour trek over seven miles, the Victoria Peninsula hike is a great way to spend a morning—especially if you’re staying in a condo in nearby Alcúdia, where you can rest your sore muscles on the soft, sandy shores of the area’s gorgeous beaches!
The adventure begins at The Beach Bar S’Illot, though we suggest saving celebratory drinks until after the hike comes to an end. Following the road to the Ermita de la Victoria monastery (another attraction you should check out when you have time), the trail will start to break up, which makes pathfinding something of a challenge at times. On top of that, a brief stretch of the trail is best for those who do well with heights.
With the protected Balearic goats living in the area keeping you company, you’ll eventually power through, and your jaw will drop at the rewards: stunning views throughout the hike, and the small, secluded beach of Platja des Coll Baix. Treat yourself to a few minutes of its soft, yellow sands and crystal-clear waters before continuing onwards.
The Cala Ratjada Circuit
Looking for something less intense? The Cala Ratjada Circuit might be more your speed. The two-hour hike is just under four miles long, and begins—and ends—in the bustling coastal town of Cala Ratjada.
The hike will take you on a winding trail by the lighthouse nearby, before leading you through sandy pathways and detours into adjacent coastal towns. Laugh as you watch cormorants dive for fish, and take in the sweeping ocean views—they say you can see the neighboring island of Menorca on clear days.
Once you arrive back in Cala Ratjada, treat yourself to a celebratory visit to one of the town’s many exciting venues, including the bar Chocolate.
Hikes in the Southwest
The southwestern portion of the island is dominated by Palma, Mallorca’s capital (and most densely populated) city. Indeed, the whole southwest side of the island is far more populated than the north, but that doesn’t mean natural beauty is far away.
From the beaches tucked away on the coastline to the southern stretches of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, there’s more than enough to keep amateur explorers occupied!
The Cap de Cala Figuera
The Cap de Cala Figuera is an easy enough hike for beginners. Just over six miles long, the three-and-a-half hour hike begins and ends in the lovely Cala el Mago area.
The trail is long, but easy, with pathfinding as simple as following the signs and stone cairns scattered throughout. You’ll walk through:
- Small, scattered beaches
- Gorgeous geological wonders like sand caves and rock formations
- A picturesque lighthouse
The hike will provide you with views of the whole of the Bay of Palma, and can be wrapped up between lunch and dinnertime.
The Puig de Galatzo
The Puig de Galatzo hike is a full hour quicker and two miles shorter than hiking Cap de Cala Figuera, but the conditions of the trail make it more appropriate for experienced hikers than novices. Nevertheless, Puig Galatzo is one of the most accessible mountain hikes on the island.
You’ll depart from the hillside village of Puigpunyent (hopefully after treating yourself to something sweet at Café La Vila) before following a stony trail that winds through the woodlands. Intermittently throughout the 1500-foot climb, you’ll have to scrabble on rough terrain, but rest assured that incredible views of the mountains, the western coastline, and the city of Palma itself await you at the summit.
Featured image courtesy of Morfheos
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