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A Stunning Day Hike To The Alaro Castle In Mallorca

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

I want to take you back to our week long hiking trip on the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain. The island overflows with the party crowd in the summer but in winter and early spring it makes for an awesome hiking and biking destination, especially because of its consistently sunny weather. In March many wildflowers are blooming and trees are heavy with blossoms.

Our last full day on the island was a day hike out of Alaro to the Alaro Castle (Castell d’Alaro) perched high above the surrounding countryside with 360° views.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

The start of the hike to the Orient Valley via an unmarked but easy to follow woodland path

It was to be a hike of roughly five hours – not counting stops. You can certainly do an out and back hike along the main road to the Alaro Castle but if you want to be charmed by the countryside and get off the proverbial beaten path then a loop to the castle via the Orient Valley is in order. It would be worth picking up a good map in town as the navigation is a bit tricky.

Our hike started from the Alaro town centre. We walked for about 15 minutes to arrive at a little square lined with pubs – Placa Cabrit y Bassa. From the square there is a waymarked path – but we took the cross-country route. Over the next 90 minutes we passed crumbling buildings that spoke to former glory, hiked past valleys terraced with olives to reach a house called Cas Secretari.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

I consider briefly while passing these ruins what it would be like to live here & fix up the place

From the house we first headed into a dry, scrubby landscape before reaching a very lovely section of woods walking. After clearing a gap in a wall where we ran into a group of kids out on a field trip, we started down on an obvious path with stunning views of the Orient Valley.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

Love walking through these open woods

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

Our first view of the village of Orient – renowned for its excellent cherries and apples

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

We have to walk through blooming orchards to reach Orient

We opted for a coffee and cake stop in Orient. The village was packed with cyclists training on the hills of the island. The little restaurant on the main street we ate in seemed to be a focal point. It was fun to people watch and admire the vast quantities of pasta that were consumed.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

The village of Orient is a very popular spot for cyclists

From Orient we had to backtrack to reach the road we’d come in on. The road was quiet save for the cyclists. After about a kilometre and just past the Hotel Hermitage we found the signs again for the GR221. For the next hour we switch-backed up a hill – steeply at times – to reach the gatehouse to the castle. The climbing wasn’t finished yet. It was still a slog to reach the top but what a treat we were in for. Most of our time at the castle was spent wandering the beautiful property and admiring the far-reaching views.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

The climbing begins about 20 minutes after leaving Orient

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

If these old trees could talk

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

There are a lot of steps to reach the entrance to the castle

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

You can see Alaro off in the distance

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

The view from where the castle’s property

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

The Alaro Castle occupies a position where anyone up here can see for miles in all directions

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

You’re going to want to keep your kids close by if you come up to the castle

The Es Verger Restaurant

In our trip notes we were told to plan for a late lunch and to go hungry for hours if need be so we can lunch at Es Verger on the way down from the Alaro Castle. Although we decide against taking their advice I provide a quote from the UK Daily Telegraph on what we missed.

Tamasin Day-Lewis in his article about Es Verger writes:

“Inside are a few tables laid simply for lunch, and a huge wood fired oven. The lamb is brought to our table, each plate hidden under a heft of bone and a mass of flesh. Next to it is a pile of potato confit which has been cooked slowly in the oven. It is oily, soft and delicious. 

The meat is spoon tender, strongly lamby but with the unmistakable flavour that only a wood-fired oven can give…”

On our walk back to Alaro there was a steady stream of cars all looking forward to a mid-afternoon meal. Reservations are not accepted and by the looks of things, there must be quite a wait.

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

It doesn’t look like much from here but Es Verger is a premiere restaurant for a lamb and potato meal

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

Sheep on the roads leading up to Es Verger

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

It’s pretty walking down the side road to meet the main road into Alaro

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

Passed lots of pigeons on the way into town

A Stunning Day Hike to the Alaro Castle in Mallorca

We finished the hike with a drink in Alaro’s town square

This hike was truly lovely except for perhaps 20 minutes on the main road into Alaro – and even then it was still pretty, just a bit noisier.

If the thought of escaping winter and hiking on a beautiful island appeals you may find the following posts useful.

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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