Do you want to try for hiking in Mallorca Span in this year ? Let’s expore it. The Balearic Island of Mallorca (also spelled Majora) is located in the Mediterranean Sea, between Ibiza and Menorca. It’s famous for its beach resorts, sheltered pine-fringed coves, serpentine roads, holm oak and pine forests, olive and citrus groves, and charming mountain villages.
The Serra de Tramuntana mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dominate the entire west flank of Mallorca. It’s a rugged limestone mountain range which attracts hikers, cyclists, and climbers in spring and fall, when temperatures are mild and rainfall is minimal.
The best hiking trails in Mallorca are concentrated in the Tramuntana mountains. From Sant Elm on the south-west coast to Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of Mallorca, you’ll find a mix of both well-signed trails as well as unmarked trails. This Mallorca hiking guide only highlights trails that are signed and/or waymarked.
Mallorca offers remarkable trail variety: there are coastal trails, forest trails, mountain trails, and canyon trails. We were dazzled by the island’s lush scenery, picture-perfect coves and towns, and effortless charm.
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Mallorca Hiking Map
Where to Stay in Mallorca for Hiking
The best base for hiking in Mallorca is Sóller. If you have sufficient time, we recommend dividing your time between two, or even three destinations.
Northwest (Central Tramuntana Mountains): Sóller, Port de Sóller, Valldemossa, or DeiàNorth: Port de Pollença Southwest: Sant Elm, Calvià, or Port d’Andratx
Sóller is located in a bowl-shaped valley in the central Tramuntana Mountains. It’s the ultimate base for hiking in Mallorca. During your stay, we recommend prioritizing the Barranc de Biniaraix – Cornador Gran peak hike, Puig des Tossals Verds circuit trail, and Cúber to Puig de l’Ofre peak hike.
Sóller is situated 3 km inland from the coast and Port de Sóller, which means that the coast is just a short drive, or bus ride away.
Beyond its fantastic location, Sóller is a delightful and vibrant town with no shortage of cafés, gelaterias, restaurants, bars, and shops. Head to the atmospheric main square of Plaza de la Constitución, next to Sant Bartomeu church, for an Aperol, coffee, or El Petit’s very tempting Sóller Bomb (orange juice with ice cream).
Hotel on-site parking is rare. We recommend reaching out to your accommodation in advance to inquire about parking. Some hotels offer paid parking in a location nearby. A lot of people park on the main road ma-11, just outside town, and walk in. The estate hotels outside of town have on-site parking.
Look for accommodation in Sóller.
Budget | Hostel Sóller – Albergue Juvenil is a charming and clean hostel and bar in Sóller perfect for trekkers and backpackers. Double rooms and dormitory beds are available. Breakfast available (7 EUR). Note: if you’re staying in the dormitory rooms, you can either sleep in your own sleeping bag or rent sheets for 5 EUR.
Midrange | Hotel El Guía is a small (24 rooms), traditional Mallorcan hotel and restaurant set in the old town of Sóller, a short walk to Plaça de sa Constitució Square. It’s possible to book a parking space (10 EUR/day) in advance.
Midrange | Ca’n Abril is a cheerful, family-run guesthouse in Sóller. This top-rated accommodation stands out with its central location, kind and personable service, and the plentiful and generous breakfast, served in the local bakery. They offer paid parking in a nearby car park on a first come, first served basis
Midrange-Luxury | Designed with imagination and great attention to detail, the family-run Ecocirer Healthy Stay is an intimate boutique hotel with six rooms in Sóller. A nutritious, homemade, vegan and vegetarian-friendly breakfast is served daily. Private parking is available nearby with reservation (8 EUR/day).
More midrange options: Soller Plaza, Casa Bougainvillea, and Hotel Ca’l Bisbe.
Luxury | Finca Ca’s Curial – Agroturismo – Adults Only is an estate hotel surrounded by citrus groves just outside the town center of Sóller. Guests love the secluded location, extensive grounds, spacious rooms, swimming pool and poolside honesty bar. Breakfast is included and on-site parking is free.
Luxury | Owned by the same family for 750 years, Finca Cas Sant is a historic estate in Sóller, set on gorgeous grounds, walking distance to the old town of Sóller. Finca Cas Sant offers 13 rooms and suites, two seasonal swimming pools, and free parking.
More luxury options: Hotel L’Avenida and Ca’s Xorc Luxury Retreat
Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença (Puerto de Pollensa) is a pretty seaside town situated on the Bay of Pollença in Northern Mallorca. It’s one of the best places to stay on the island, because you have access to both the sea and the mountains. The Tramuntana Mountains and Cap de Formentor form the backdrop of this lovely destination, making it the perfect destination for swimming, cycling, and hiking.
During your stay, we recommend hiking to Cala Boquer along the easy Camí de Cala Boquer trail. You can also spend a full day exploring the secluded coves and popular viewpoints of Formentor Peninsula. And, while in the north, take a day trip to Alcúdia peninsula to hike the Talaia d’Alcúdia Circuit Trail and to visit the historic, walled city of Alcúdia.
Hotels in Puerto de Pollensa do not have on-site parking, only free streetside parking.
Budget | Hotel Eolo is a seafront hotel in Port de Pollença, situated just across from the port. Rooms are small, but spotless. Stay here for the central location, excellent breakfast, bike storage, and friendly staff.
More budget options: Hotel Villa Singala and Mar Calma Hotel
Budget-Midrange | The lovely Hoposa Bahia, a converted 19th century summer house, is situated on the Puerto Pollensa promenade, just a few steps away from the beach. Stay here for the outstanding beachfront breakfast, the sea views, and the proximity to Playa Puerto de Pollensa.
Midrange | La Goleta Hotel de Mar – Adults Only is a cheerful and modern seafront hotel with a fabulous rooftop area with plunge pool and great breakfasts. Welcome extras included beach towels, secure storage, tools and washing area for cyclists.
Luxury | Hoposa Pollentia – Adults Only is a boho chic beachfront hotel, situated just south of the town center (10-15 minute walk). Designed to impress, this stylish hotel flaunts a seafront outdoor lounge and bar, rooftop terrace and fresh water pool, beautiful breakfast room, and lovely albeit small rooms. Guests enjoy the atmosphere, quiet location, and rich breakfast. You can also eat dinner here.
More Luxury options: Hotel Illa d’Or & Club Apts 4* Sup and Hotel Llenaire
Look for accommodation in Port de Pollença.
When to Hike in Mallorca
The hiking season is October – May. Though, the best time to hike is in Spring (March – May) and Fall (October – November). Summer is not recommended because of the heat.
Mallorca has both signed routes and completely unmarked routes. When we first arrived, we struggled on several hikes, because waymarks were either scarce or completely nonexistent. So, we made a concerted effort to just select well-marked and well-signed routes. This guide only recommends such routes, because we don’t want anyone to feel lost, or confused about where to go.
That being said, it’s important to use a mobile trail app, so you can navigate with greater confidence. At times, it can be easy to go off trail, because there are lots of divergent paths and goat paths.
Trail Signage and Waymarking in Mallorca
Trails are signed with wooden trail signs and direction posts. Sometimes, paths are also marked with cairns and splashes of paint (red or blue).
Trail signage and waymarking isn’t consistent across Mallorca.
Some trails are very well-signed and others are not at all.
Terrain and Difficulty
The best hikes in Mallorca are concentrated in the Serra de Tramuntana, a limestone mountain range. The terrain is sometimes very rough, rocky, and uneven. It’s important to walk slowly and carefully. Some hikes even require some scrambling.
It’s very similar to hiking in the Southern/Northern Limestone Alps in mainland Europe. If you have experience hiking in limestone/karst terrain, then the hiking in Mallorca is very moderate.
However, if you’re not accustomed to hiking in limestone mountains, then it’s an adjustment. You have to be extra cautious, because of the rugged nature of the rocks. Hiking poles like Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles are tremendously helpful.
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Easy Walks in Mallorca
Camí de Cala BoquerCúber Reservoir Circuit Trail
Moderate Hikes in Mallorca
Deià – Cala Deià – Cala LlucalcariCastell d’Alaró Cúber to Puig de l’Ofre Mirador d’en Josep Sastre and the La Trapa Ruins
Moderately Difficult Hikes in Mallorca
Archduke’s TrailTossals Verds Circuit TrailTalaia d’Alcúdia and Platja des Coll Baix Circuit Trail Cornador Gran
More Mallorca hikes we did:
Volta des General – Camí de BaixCala en Gossalba and Fumat, Cap de Formentor Puig d’en Farineta, Cap de Formentor Cala Portals Vells to Far de Cala Figuera Hotel Continental – Can Costa – Casa de s’Estaca Cala Pi Coastal Hike
1. Camí de Cala Bóquer
Bordered by the hills of Serra del Cavall Bernat and Es Morral, the secluded Cala Bóquer cove is a stunning coastal destination for a short excursion in northwest Mallorca.
The Camí de Cala Bóquer trail is a blissfully easy and straightforward hike through a nature reserve in the Formentor Peninsula.
You can start this hike anywhere in Port de Pollença, or at the Bóquer car park, just off the Ma-2200 highway (see map).
At the car park, locate the “Camí de Cala Bóquer” trail sign and follow the wide gravel road north. Soon you’ll come to a black metal gate, which indicates that dogs, camping, and fires are strictly prohibited.
Pass through the gate and walk to the estate building. After another gate, the trail leads to a striking rock formation and then continues to Vall de Bóquer valley. The valley trail is mostly level and lined with dwarf fan palm and rosemary. You’ll see and hear goats everywhere.
Several footpaths etch the valley, none particularly better than the other.
As you approach the coast, the trail divides at Coll de Moro. The left path leads to Cala Bóquer beach and the right path to the cliff edge. We recommend taking the right trail to the cliff edge for spectacular coastal views.
From the lookout area, there are several paths which lead to the pebbly beach of Cala Bóquer. These paths are not manicured, so expect some loose rock and thicker vegetation.
From the beach, continue up the valley to Coll del Moro and back to the estate and car park.
2. Cúber Reservoir Circuit Trail
Some of the very best hikes in Mallorca begin at Cúber Reservoir, including the Tossals Verds Circuit Trail, the Puig de l’Ofre peak hike, and the point-to-point Cúber-Biniaraix Gorge-Soller hike. If you’re venturing up to Cúber, we highly recommend doing one of those trails.
However, if you’re traveling with very small children, or you’re driving the scenic Ma-10 road, you can also walk the flat and easy circuit trail around Cúber.
The views are wonderful and you get a really good sense of what the Tramuntana mountains are like: the limestone terrain, the vegetation, the roaming sheep, the holm oak trees, etc…
3. Deià – Cala Deià – Cala Llucalcari
Deià is a charming village in the central Tramuntana Mountains between Valldemossa and Sóller.
The village center is bisected by the Ma-10 road and is thus really busy and congested.
One of the best ways to get a feeling for the town and area is by hiking down to the scenic Cala Deià.
Before reaching the beach at Cala Deià, a trail branches off to the right and continues along the coast to Cala Llucalcari.
It’s an undulating and sometimes rugged path. Hiking boots are a must.
4. Castell d’Alaró
Strategically positioned atop Puig d’Alaró peak, Castell d’Alaró is a stone castle ruin dating back to before 902. The castle complex consists of a fortress wall, entrance gate and tower. From the castle and summit, there are sweeping views of the Tramuntana Mountains.
The hike to Castell d’Alaró starts in Orient near L’Hermitage Hotel & Spa. After hiking through an idyllic olive grove with roaming sheep, the trail ascends through a forest to the forested plateau of Pla des Pouet.
From here, you’ll continue ascending the forest along a mostly cobbled path. The final leg to the castle follows a dramatic ledge.
You can return to Orient along the same route, or integrate the circuit trail to Es Verger Restaurant.
5. Cúber to Puig de l’Ofre
Puig de l’Ofre (1093 meters) is a cone-shaped peak in the central Tramuntana Mountains. This straightforward hike follows the GR 221 around Cúber Reservoir and then up a river valley to the Coll de l’Ofre Saddle.
The hike ventures off the GR 221 to Coll de Poma, where the ascent to Puig de l’Ofre begins. The trail to the summit isn’t formally marked, but nonetheless clear. Follow a series of cairns up a steep forest path to the ridge. Once you crest the ridge, it’s a 2 minute hike to the summit.
Atop Puig de l’Ofre, heart-expanding views of the Cúber Reservoir, Puig Major, and Cornador Gran await you.
6. Mirador d’en Josep Sastre and the La Trapa Ruins
Trailhead: Coll de Sa Gramola Distance: 14.3 km out-and-backTime needed: 4:45 hoursElevation Gain/Loss: 496 metersDifficulty: Moderate Where to Stay in Port d’Andratx: Hostal Catalina Vera (budget)Where to Stay in Calvià: Fincahotel Can Estades (midrange)Where to Stay in Sant Elm: Hostal Dragonera (budget)
La Trapa was a monastery, established by Trappist Monks, who fled France for Mallorca in the 19th century. Though the monastery is in ruins, it attracts thousands of visitors each year, because of its impressive cliffside viewpoint of Sa Dragonera Island.
The out-and-back hike from Coll de Sa Gramola to Mirador d’en Josep Sastre and La Trapa is a stunning route which ties together several gorgeous viewpoints and the steep cliffs of Mallorca’s southwest coast.
The trail passes through a private game reserve, so dogs must be leashed and you must stay on the trail at all times.
7. Archduke’s Trail
The Archduke’s Trail (Camí de s’Arxiduc) is a high-mountain trail in the Tramuntana mountains between Valldemossa and Deià.
There are a few ways to access Camí de s’Arxiduc. We opted for the Muntanya del Voltor ascent route, starting in Valldemossa (free permit needed).
Starting at the very end of Carrer de les Olivers street in Valldemossa, the circuit trail initially ascends a thick holm oak forest to the Mirador de Ses Puntes viewpoint overlooking the northwest coast. The path continues to the unmanaged Caseta de s’Arxiduc stone hut and down to the Coll de Son Gallard saddle.
From Coll de Son Gallard, the trail continues over a stile and joins the Archduke’s Trail. Once on the Camí de s’Arxiduc, you’ll continue ascending above the treeline to a panoramic ridge.
This marks the beginning of the best part of the hike. Atop the mountains dividing Valldemossa from Deià, the beautifully-engineered Archduke’s trail follows the ridge and crosses the Tramuntana mountains east. The views are wonderful and the trail is mostly flat.
Ultimately, the trail loops south and you’ll descend to Es Cairats valley in Valldemossa.
8. Tossals Verds Circuit Trail
Puig des Tossals Verds (1118 m) is a mountain close to Sa Rateta, Puig Major, and Serra des Teixos.
A very satisfying circuit trail loops around Puig des Tossals Verds, following the GR 221 almost the whole way.
We loved this trail because it’s scenically varied. The trail meanders between beautiful limestone mountains, above narrow gorges, through olive groves and oak forests, and along a long water canal.
Starting near the Cúber Reservoir, the trail first ascends to Coll de sa Coma des Ases. From the saddle, the trail descends across a stunning high valley towards the Torrent d’Almedra stream/gorge.
It continues to the managed Refugio Tossal Verds and up through an olive grove and oak forest to Coll des Coloms. The final leg follows the Canal des Embassaments water canal all the way back to the Cúber bus stop/car park.
9. Talaia d’Alcúdia and Platja des Coll Baix Circuit Trail
Talaia d’Alcúdia is the highest point of the Alcúdia Peninsula in Northern Mallorca.
This stunning circuit trail ascends from Ermita de la Victoria to Talaia d’Alcúdia peak and descends all the way down to the remote Platja des Coll Baix beach. There are stellar views of Pollença Bay, Alcúdia Bay, the Formentor Peninsula and Serra de Tramuntana range throughout.
The trail continues through forests and gorges all the way back to Ermita de la Victoria.
10. Cornador Gran
Towering above Sóller Valley, Cornador Gran (956 meters) is a distinctly eye-catching peak in the Tramuntana Mountains.
The hike to Cornador Gran starts in the hamlet of Biniaraix, 2 kilometers from Sóller. It follows the GR 221 Dry Stone Route up the Biniaraix Gorge (Barranc de Biniaraix).
To reach the summit, hikers cross the Torrent del’Ofre stream and ascend a final 260 meters to the peak.
Words to Know for Hiking in Mallorca
- Ruta de Pedra en Sec – Dry Stone Route (GR 221)
- Camí – trail
- Coll – col or saddle, low point on a ridge between two peaks
- Torrent – stream
- Vall – valley
- Pla – plain
- Embassament – reservoir
- Font – spring, or fountain
- Puig – peak
- Prohibit pasar / Prohibido el paso – passage forbidden
- Vedat privat de caça / Coto privado de caza – private hunting area
- Coto de Caza – hunting ground, or game reserve
- Caça major – big game hunting
- No Sortiu del Camí – do not leave the trail
- Seguiu el cami – follow the path
- Refugi di Fauna – wildlife refuge
- Aparcament – car park
- No llevar perros sueltos – dogs must be leashed
Source: moonhoneytravelers blog
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