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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…

What You Can do in 24 Hours in La Palma, Mallorca

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 La Palma, Mallorca. We'd made a spur of the moment decision to visit the island for a week of spring hiking and added a full day in La Palma to help us get on the…

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…

The Best Part of the GR221 Hike: Valdemossa to Soller

The hike from Valldemossa to Sóller was our longest and toughest day on the GR221 but is was also by far my favourite day. The scenery was 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 were starting to fade, out of seemingly nowhere appeared a manor house with beautiful gardens, comfortable chairs and delicious refreshments.  We had wanted to get an…

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 from Estellencs to Banyalbufar 9.75 kilometres with a total elevation gain of just 340 metres. It took us approximately 2.5 hours to do it. The hike was easy…

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 north west 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 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…

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