The Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca – Tips for a Great Walking Holiday

Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountain range is a great destination for a walking holiday.  The mountains are impressive and craggy, there are some great paths, and the views down to the coast are just beautiful.

Port de Soller

We have had three walking holidays in the Serra de Tramuntana – twice at Easter and once in February (the summer would be very hot for an active holiday).  We stayed in Port de Soller each time, because we fell in love with it the first time we went.  The setting, in a long curved bay backed by mountains, is just perfect.

Port de Soller, Mallorca

Port de Soller

The bay looks particularly appealing when the sun goes down and lights reflect on the seawater.

Port de Soller in the evening, Mallorca

Port de Soller in the evening

From here you can get straight into fantastic mountain scenery, but you can also enjoy evening strolls around the lovely bay and all the facilities the little resort has to offer. There are plenty of hotels, apartments and restaurants, including some excellent fish restaurants and many with great sea views.

Lighthouse at Port de Soller, Mallorca

Lighthouse at Port de Soller

 

To search for flights to Mallorca from your local airport try Skyscanner.

For a wide range of hotels and apartments see this page at booking.com.

Of course there are many other places that would make excellent bases for a walking holiday.  Good examples would be Soller town, Deia, Valldemossa and Port de Pollenca.  To search for hotels throughout the Serra de Tramuntana follow this link to booking.com – you can search for properties on a map to choose suitable locations.

How to Get From the Airport

There are regular buses from the airport to the centre of Palma – see timetable.

It is possible to travel from Palma to Soller using the fantastic narrow-gauge Soller railway.  You can then get from Soller to Port de Soller via a cute tram.  For details and timetables for both of these services see Ferrocarril de Soller.

Tram at Port de Soller

Tram at Port de Soller (Photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

For routes and timetables of buses throughout Mallorca click here.  These are very useful for planning walks and days out.

Although it is possible to arrange your entire trip using public transport, hiring a car gives you much more freedom and flexibility.  Driving from the airport to Port de Soller takes about 40 minutes.  For great prices see Holiday Autos.  You can still use the Soller railway for a day out in Palma!

Walks in the Tramuntana Mountains

There are loads of walking possibilities, with routes suitable for all abilities.  Just bring a decent book (or two) and a map, and pick the ones you fancy.  Here are a few books we recommend:

The Rother Walking Guide to Mallorca

Walk! Mallorca by Charles Davis

Mallorca: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes Guide)

Soller – Mallorca Hiking Map and Guide

Mallorca Tour and Trail Super-Durable Waterproof Map

 

Good walks include:

The Archduke’s Trail, which is reached from Valldemossa, is a classic.  There is a steep climb to reach the trail, so you need to be quite fit.  But once you do reach the trail the sea views make the effort worthwhile.  A long circular walk via Mirador de Ses Puntes and Puig d’Es Teix is just below 9 miles and will probably take over 6 hours, but there are various shorter options.

Deia to Cala de Deia to Soller – about 7.5 miles.  A good cliff-top walk to arrange using public transport.

Port de Soller to Soller to Port de Soller (or in reverse) – an pleasant, easy stroll of about 5.5 miles.

Biniaraix and Es Barranc from Soller – another classic.  This is a steep but very scenic climb up a stepped track, often accompanied by a stream and waterfalls.  Fit and confident walkers have the option of continuing to climb the peak L’Ofre, but be aware that this is steep and rocky.

Es Castell d’Alaro – A very popular but impressive destination, best done out of season to avoid crowds.  Can be reached from Alaro or Orient.

Cuber Lake – several routes start here, including walks to Coll de L’Ofre and to Lluc – see the books and maps for various options.

Lluc to Pollenca – A fairly long (just over 9 miles) but gentle route, making use of public transport.

These are just a few suggestions – there are loads more walks to choose from, and many can be made shorter or longer as you wish.  The books listed above describe the walks in detail.  Do study your chosen book carefully to select routes that are suitable for you.

Other Things To Do

If you fancy a day off from walking, or are spending a night or two in Palma at the beginning or end of your trip, many organized tours and excursions are available.  Follow this link to Viator for a wide range, including boat trips, hot air balloon trips, sightseeing, watersports and many more.



Some Photos

Here are some photos to give you an idea of the variety of terrains you may encounter.

Great Paths

Footpath sign, Mallorca

Footpath sign

Stone steps near Es Castell d'Alaro, Mallorca

Stone steps near Es Castell d’Alaro (photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

Stone path, Mallorca

Path near Biniaraix (Photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

Coastal Views

Coastal landscape, Mallorca

 

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Mountain and Limestone Landscapes

Limestone crags, Mallorca

Limestone crags

Deia, Mallorca

Deia

Cuber Lake, Mallorca

Cuber Lake

Monastery at Lluc, Mallorca

Monastery at Lluc (Photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

 

Limestone crags, Mallorca

More crags

Mallorcan landscape

Near Es Castell d’Alaro

 

Whichever routes you choose, be sure to follow the directions carefully and note any advice or diversions that may be present.

I hope you will find Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana as captivating as we did!

Please note that this site is based purely on our own experiences, therefore kindly note the Disclaimer.

 

 

 

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