About Walking in Mallorca
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to walks and hikes around this beautiful island.
Once the summer season is over, Mallorca becomes a hive of activity for not only those clad in lycra cycling gear but also for ramblers, climbers and deep water soloists. The Tramuntana Mountain range in West Mallorca and the more modest Serra de Llevant mountains in the East see more and more visitors as hiking boots are retrieved from the cupboard and given a quick dust-off.
Although walking and hiking in Mallorca has become more popular in recent years, most paths and routes are still very quiet so you often feel like you have the whole place to yourself. It may be that you only have to share the views with a couple of mountain goats! Walking in Mallorca can take you past some beautiful scenery that many miss out on during beach holidays. There really is so much to offer walkers and there are routes suitable for beginners right through to more advanced walkers. Mallorca has a total of five summits that reach over 1000m for those looking for more of a challenge, and there are many hiking trails that will take you to the summits.
The Government have invested a great deal of money in developing walking trails and paths to make walking in Mallorca much more accessible. Many paths that exist already are marked out with wooden sign posts and they are very well marked every few km’s. You do have to watch the path when walking in Mallorca, as some 800 years ago the entire island was claimed as private property. Although many paths are of course accessible to the public, some areas are split by gates or fences that must be closed behind you. Please do not trespass if there are clear signs not to do so!
Enjoy any one of the coastline walks and admire the sea with its hidden coves and crystal blue waters. Or try some more challenging mountain trails and discover pure water fountains, wild goats and stalagmite caves. You may even spot one of Spain's rare breeds - the eagle.
The best time for hiking is probably spring or late summer, when the temperatures are slightly cooler and the crowds have disappeared. Spring is also a wonderful time to walk through the countryside, when flowers and greenery fill the landscapes. Late summer and autumn may not be so green but it is still warm enough for a swim should you happen to come accross a hidden bay.
We have compiled a list of hiking routes, ranging from very gentle village walks, to walks where you can enjoy the coastline and the more challenging mountain hiking trails. The paths are normally very well sign posted and well maintained. Please do take note of any 'tresspassing' signs - some of the land is privately owned (around 90% of the Tramuntana range is not accessible for this reason). The government is currently talking to the land owners to try and negotiate public rights of way along pre-existing paths.
If you come into any difficulty whilst walking in the hills, there is a mountain rescue service available - call 112. This service is free, but you should of course always have travel insurance which includes any activities that you may be undertaking whilst visiting Mallorca.
Read about our suggested hiking routes in our Mallorca Hiking Routes guide.
Activities: Hiking / Walking | Nature | Trails & Routes