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Hikers Walking A Dusty Road On The Camino

How to Plan the Camino de Santiago Walk

This post on the Camino de Santiago Walk is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. Planning the Camino de Santiago walk across northern Spain just got a whole lot easier. In April 2019 Moon Travel Guides released a new book - Moon Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine in a format every walker will appreciate. Back in 2007 when my daughter hiked the 780 kilometre Camino de Santiago for the first…

Cycling Andalucia from Grenada to Ronda

Spending the better part of a week cycling Andalucía is one of the most interesting ways to explore this region of Spain. Located in the south of the country, Andalucía is a region of big hills punctuated with olive groves and white villages, with a long history of habitation. You can expect challenging cycling with lots of elevation and some fast, fun descents.  Cycling Andalucia from Granada to Ronda, a distance of only 250 km,…

The View From The Alaro Castle Property

Alaro Castle Hike in Mallorca, Spain

On our last full day of a week long hiking trip in Mallorca we did a day hike out of Alaro to the Alaro Castle (Castell d'Alaro) perched high above the surrounding countryside with 360° views. It was a stunner of a hike and one of the highlights of the week. The Alaro Castle hike was done in late March, before the island overflows with the summer party crowd. Early spring it an ideal time…

Palma, Mallorca

Things to Do in Palma Mallorca in 24 Hours

Nothing beats the excitement of waking up in a new city ready to explore especially when you arrive at midnight, knackered from almost 24 hours of non-stop travel. That's exactly how John and I felt on our first morning in Palma, Mallorca. We only had a day to cover off the sights and there are a multitude of things to do in Palma Mallorca. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying…

The Solleric Estate – With Over 120,000 Tons Of Olive Oil Production A Year In The 20th C

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro

Our second to last day of hiking in Mallorca took us from Soller to Alaro but we cheated as most people do and started the day with a taxi ride to the Cúber Reservoir. We did that for two reasons. The day before had been a "rest day" so we had already hiked a couple of hours on the route to the reservoir and the thought of repeating the route - despite it being very…

Beautiful Descent On The GR221 In Mallorca

GR221 Mallorca – The Best Part of the Hike

The best part of hiking the GR221 in Mallorca is the hike from Valldemossa to Sóller. It is the longest and toughest day on the GR221 but for us it was also by far our favourite day. The scenery is superb in the morning, especially high in the mountains on what is called the Archduke's Path above Deia. And come mid-afternoon as we started to fade, out of seemingly nowhere appeared a manor house with…

Despite Spitting Rain The Walking Is Delightful

Hiking the GR221: Estellencs to Valldemossa

The second and third days of our hike on the GR221 in Mallorca were easy half-day hikes so I've combined the two of them in this blog. Strong hikers should have no difficulty doing the full distance in one longer day. On the first day we hiked the GR221 from Estellencs to Banyalbufar - a distance of 9.75 kilometres with a total elevation gain of just 340 metres. It took us approximately 2.5 hours to…

First Views Of The Mediterranean To Estellencs

Hiking the GR221 in Mallorca: Es Capdella to Estellencs

The island of Mallorca is home to the Serra de Tramuntana - a 90 kilometre long chain of mountains along the northwest coast of the island. The rugged mountain range is dotted with peaks with the highest point, Puig Major, standing 1,447 metres above sea level. Within the mountain range is an extensive network of footpaths - some that date back to 902 - 1229 when the Moors ruled the land. The GR221, also called…

Highlights of Hiking on Mallorca over a Week

John and I made a completely spontaneous decision to head off for a week of hiking on Mallorca after a death in the family and no break from work for month. He and I were ready for a major change of scenery - and a week filled with exercise and good food. Of course we could have gone to the Rockies for some spring skiing but quite frankly by the end of March, I am…

Beautiful Countryside Around Ronda

Walking Tour of Ronda – What You’ll See

A few years ago John and I spent a week biking in Spain's Andalucia region. The trip finished in Ronda, a wonderful town, and one of the oldest in Spain, precariously perched in part above a rocky canyon with a depth of 120 m. The town is situated in the Malaga province, just 100 kilometres away from the North Africa coast. One of the best ways to appreciate Ronda is on foot. We spent a…

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