Not only are the mountains at their peak in beauty but the mild weather conditions (lows of 10°C and highs of 20°C) in springtime make Mallorca’s rugged highlands the perfect destination for hiking and cycling. Each year, more and more visitors are coming to explore the hundreds of trails and cycle routes all around the island.
If you are interested in hiking, you are spoilt for choice with the type of trails you can complete in the west of Mallorca. Depending on the route you take, your scenery can be very different: over mountains ranges trekking on ancient tracks from one quaint little village to another, coastal open air routes with stunning sea views, or through forests and fields. Many people like to go it alone (without a guide), which is absolutely fine if you have a good sense of direction. Whilst many hikes are signposted and obvious, there are others that aren’t, so make sure you carry a guidebook, maps and any other supplies you might need with you. For those who like to have a bit of structure, there are organised day hikes which include a guide and you can even arrange a hiking holiday including the guide and various accommodation choices (from traditional hotels to rustic fincas and old monasteries) along the trails.
The most popular route in the area is the GR221 Dry Stone Route. This 135km (8-day) trek up the mountainous western side of Mallorca is the dream hiking holiday on the island. Following ancient cobbled paths through the Tramuntana mountain range, this route is actually split into stages so you can do parts of it when staying in Deià, Port de Sóller, Esporles and a few other places. A firm favourite is stage 3, a trail between Deià and the town of Sóller, a relatively easy walk in which the whole family can get involved, but there are a number of variations to the route. For the more seasoned hikers who are keen to do the full 135km, there are hostels or hotels at the end of each stage where you can take refuge overnight.