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Highlights Of A Week Long Hiking Trip In Mallorca

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

A few weeks ago John and I made a completely spontaneous decision to head to Mallorca for a week of hiking. With a death in the family and no break from work for months, I was ready for a major change of scenery. Of course we could have gone to the Rockies for some spring skiing but quite frankly by the end of March, I am over winter.

Last year we had done a fabulous week long hiking holiday on the Lycian Way in Turkey with On Foot Holidays. I checked to see what they offered in March and Mallorca was one of the options. The stars aligned and I got an affirmative answer in short order that they could get the necessary accommodation. I booked flights immediately and a week later we were off. (As an aside do not waste one penny on the extra leg room of an exit row seat on British Airways overseas flights. The seats themselves are actually SMALLER in width than any of the other seats on the plane.)

Background Information about Mallorca

As a bit of background, Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It sits almost midway between Algiers and Barcelona. You can get to Mallorca via a ferry from Barcelona or flights from all over Europe. The Palma de Mallorca airport is quite busy – with over 23 million passengers a year and that was back in 2010. Most of the tourists are Germans or Brits. English and Spanish are widely spoken despite the fact Catalan is the official language on the island.

In total we had eight days in Mallorca; one in Palma to try and get on the time zone and another seven hiking days. The island of Mallorca is a fabulous destination for a hiking trip. It’s got mountainous terrain (bearing the UNESCO designation), ancient footpaths and loads of charming, clean and historic towns. Today’s post shows you the highlights in 10 photos of hiking the island.

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

It’s feels like you’re in Barcelona when you walk Palma’s version of La Rambla

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

Spectacular hiking on the first day between Es Capdella and Estellencs

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

Our first Mediterranean views on the hike

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

No shortage of sheep or goats on the island – many sporting an annoying “goatbell”

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

The incredible terracing in Banyalbufar

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

The ancient Postman’s Path between Banyalbufar and Espories

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

The Archduke’s Path

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

It’s a big descent to Deia

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

Looking out from Alaro’s Castle

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca

The towns are clean, beautiful and boast a long history

Over the next month I’ll be sharing details of the hiking trip. This is one for the books, especially in February, March, October and November.

Highlights of a Week Long Hiking Trip in Mallorca - go in February or March to catch the blossoms

Leigh McAdam

 

 

 

 

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

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Frequent mistake: You write: “The airport at La Palma is quite busy –”
    La Palma is an island of the Canary islands 🙁
    and in my opinion, goatbells are not annoying…..

    1. @Patrick – You’re right about Palma, and I’m sure there have been a few people who end up in the Canary Islands instead. Corrected. As for those annoying goat bells – they were still annoying to my husband and I simply because of the sheer number of goats and the silence they broke.

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