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.
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.