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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 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 hiking on 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 (and biking). It’s got mountainous terrain (bearing the UNESCO designation), ancient footpaths and loads of charming, clean and historic towns.

This post shows you the highlights in 10 photos of hiking on  Mallorca, specifically the GR221.

It's feels like you're in Barcelona when you walk Palma's version of La Rambla
It’s feels like you’re in Barcelona when you walk Palma’s version of La Rambla
Spectacular hiking on the first day between Es Capdella and Estellencs
Spectacular hiking on the first day between Es Capdella and Estellencs
 Our first Mediterranean views on the hike
Our first Mediterranean views on the hike
 No shortage of sheep or goats on the island - many sporting an annoying
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

This hike is one for the books, especially in February, March, October and November.

Further reading on hiking the GR221 in Mallorca

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Highlights of hiking the GR221 on the island of Mallorca, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 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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