Join Core Concept with Tracks and Trails on another joint venture to walk the spine of Mallorca, or Majorca as it’s also known, along the glorious Serra de Tramuntana, the GR221.
- Make a 3 day traverse along the Northern Mallorcan coastline
- Stay in characterful 2-4 star hotels in quaint Mallorcan villages
- Soak up historic landscape and architecture
- Enjoy time in the towns Soller & Palma
- All meals & airport transfers included
- Luggage transported for you whilst you walk
Imagine wild limestone mountains rising up above a jade green sea with pine trees sculpting the horizons, quintessential Mallorcan villages with whitewashed houses and terracing, and gorgeous trails where you will hardly see a soul – that’s the Serra de Tramuntana. Situated on one of the Balearic Islands of Spain in the Western Mediterranean, the island has been a passing point for navigators since Antiquity giving the landscape a rich and varied history to explore.
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your destination based on those conditions.
Day 1 Arrival Day to Palma – Tuesday 16th May
After a morning flight from the UK you will arrive in Palma de Mallorca ready to start your journey. A private taxi will meet our group to make a short 37km transfer to the north of the island to the picturesque fishing village of Estellencs. Enjoy unwinding in this sleepy village. Stroll the quaint streets and alleyways, relax at the hotel spa, or enjoy an afternoon walk out to the coast to the Cala de Estellencs beach. Overnight: in Estellencs at the 4* Maristel Hotel.
Day 2 Estellencs to Esporles – Wednesday 17th May
This morning we begin with a walk along the waterfront before the gentle climb through the villas to the high ground above the Port. We enjoy panoramic views, and the time to enjoy an old royal route that joined the towns of Estellencs and our destination at Esporles. Much of today is on paved and terraced bridle paths, and passes stately homes of the nobility, such as Son Serralta, Es Rafal and Es Collet, and the other families who were and still are part of the history and economy of the area. Leaving the village of Estellencs via a steep descent we take the trail towards Banyalbufar, working our way past the historic ‘grand’ houses of the past. An old stone opening leads us into the holm-oak wood and a well-defined bridlepath. Holm-oaks, with their evergreen leaves, are to be found all over the Serra and provide welcome shade on hot summer days. We follow the line of the coast north eastwards until we arrive at a pass offering splendid views of the Planicia valley, while in the background the peaks of the Serra – Punta de Soller, Sa Foradada, and Puig Major the highest peak in Mallorca. Arriving at the beautiful terraced village of Banyalbufar is a highlight of today with its ancient houses and views to the sea. Easy to see why you would want to settle there! Leaving the village we climb east towards our destination at Esporles, enjoying the last of the ‘Cami des Correu’ the name given to the royal ‘way’ which dates back to 1401. Distance: 15km / 5h30 of moderate walking.
Day 3 Esporles to Deia – Thursday 18th May
Leaving the ancient village of Esporles we climb steadily this morning until La Mola de Son Pacs which gives a surprising diversity of habitats: limestone hills, deep watercourses, woods, rocky outcrops and fissures. In the past the woodland provided raw materials for road building, coal mining, lime working, as well as land and supplies for the shepherds, hunters, and lumberjacks. It’s a true walk in the past with a sense of prehistoric and Islamic times. Today is our toughest day and after a long steady climb we are rewarded with views all the way to the sea and a cliff top resting point to reflect on our efforts! A large part of the hike today meanders through the holm-oak woods, and we have constant reminders of the land-use of previous generations. At the end of our descent we find the gorgeous village of Valldemossa where a coffee/ice-cream stop is a must! This is the village of composer, Frederic Chopin and Aurore Dupin. Aurore, a French novelist who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand, had a much publicized affair with Chopin. Valldemossa is without doubt a rather romantic village! From here we have another climb up and over the mountain to our destination at Deià, yet another ‘gem’ of a village.
Distance: 20km / 6-7hrs difficult walking.
Day 4 Deia to Soller – Friday 19th May
Deià with typical steep narrow streets, and ancient houses, has been and still is a refuge for painters, writers and musicians, among them author Robert Graves who penned ‘I,Claudius’. He spent much of his life in Deià and his mortal remains lie in the village cemetery. The cove at Deià is stunning with jade green/blue waters, and if you are an early riser a pre-breakfast stroll to the sea is to be recommended! We are certainly in no rush to leave as we have a leisurely day of easy walking to reach Port de Sóller where will have our final overnight. On the trail we have views of the Llucalcari coastline, and the Deià village itself which seems trapped in time warp surrounded by palms and wild flower meadows. We aim to arrive at Port de Sóller by early afternoon giving plenty of time to explore the Port, take a boat ride, walk on to Soller & ride the old tram back or simply lie on the sandy beach and soak up the sun. Distance: 15km / 3-4hrs easy walking
Day 5 Departure Day – Saturday 20th May
After a final sea view breakfast a private transfer will take our group to Palma for an afternoon flight. We have time today to explore the city’s old town with its narrow alleys, squares and chic shops before making our way to the airport.
£895 per person – a 25% deposit is required to confirm your place. The holiday will be guaranteed once a minimum number of 5 guests have booked.
Three Nordic Walks, the instructor fees and expenses of 2 walk leaders including a fully qualified International Mountain Leader. Pole hire if needed. Airport transfers to and from the start of the trip and the transfer of your bags between each overnight stop. The accommodation is based on full board for 4 nights in a mix of 2-4 star accommodations. Meals include 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 evening meals.
What’s Not Included
Flights, drinks and mountain rescue insurance (this is compulsory for all guests). Left-luggage costs / arrangements in Palma and train to Soller. Please note due to the unpredictable Euro our terms and conditions about surcharges.
Accommodation will be 2-4 star hotels in what are essentially small villages along the route. All accommodation is ensuite in clean and characterful Mallorcan inns and hotels and based on two people sharing a room. A single supplement may be available upon booking costing an additional £160.
Fitness Level and Clothing
We have graded this trip as ‘Difficult’ because the walks are quite long so a good level of fitness is required, but the terrain is not technical. We would NOT consider it essential that you have had previous hill walking experience but just a good level of fitness and sense of adventure for a journey. We will issue you with a kit & clothing list. As with all walking trips we plan to pack for all weather conditions!
On each trekking day, there will be vehicle support to carry your main luggage to the next overnight stop so you just carry a daypack. To make things efficient during the luggage transfer process, and to prevent any losses, please keep luggage to a minimum i.e. a day sac whilst walking and one bag labelled clearly to transfer. Please make sure you pack light and can carry your own bag as many hotels do not have ‘lifts’.
The map shows the approximate location of the Holiday.
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