Walking trails & routes
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.
Walking routes in North Mallorca
Puig de Maria
If you are looking for a walk near Pollença, the route to the Puig de Maria hill might be of interest to you as it offers some of the best panoramic views over the area. The trail is just over 2km from Pollença but can be steep in places. Right at the top lies a historic sanctuary turned hostel, the ‘Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig’ where, after around a 45-minute walk, you can reward yourself with some lunch and a drink. There is also the opportunity to stay here if you are keen for a little overnight adventure. Being a fairly easy route, this is the walk whatever the season, even at the peak of summer.
Alcúdia to La Victòria Hermitage
The Alcúdia to La Victòria Hermitage is a route of around 7km, popular thanks to the breathtaking views over the Bay of Pollença and the Formentor peninsula from the 14th-century chapel. La Victòria Hermitage offers boutique accommodation for travellers keen to make the most of the experience. There are also numerous coves to indulge in a spot of swimming on the descent down to sea level.
Walking routes in East Mallorca
Ermita de Betlem to Can Picafort
The moderate level coastal hike from the Ermita de Betlem, near the beautiful village of Artà, to Can Picafort is one of the best routes to be found in the north east of the island. The main highlight along the path are the prehistoric remains of the municipality of Santa Margalida, dating back to around 500-10BC. There is the opportunity to walk for up to 3.5 hours along the coastline and through a couple of villages on the way. It is the type of route you can stop at any time and just turn back, and you can take a little swim or a coffee break on your walk too.
Felanitx to San Salvador
The route from Felanitx to the Monastery of San Salvador, in the direction of Porto Colom, is a 12km trek offering walkers a longer, more challenging trail with plenty of uphill climbs. The views over the south eastern coast of Mallorca and the island of Cabrera in the north from the Monastery are well worth the trip.
Walking routes in South Mallorca
The Archduke’s Trail
The Archduke’s Trail which starts from Valldemossa is on every keen walker’s bucket list. It’s called the Archduke trail because the Archduke Luis Salvador built the paths reaching nearly 1000m high in the mountains. The circular route can be up to 17km, so it isn’t one for the faint hearted, but it's well worth the challenge as hikers are accompanied by overwhelming mountainous back drops.
Puig de Randa
From the village of Randa in the area of Llucmajor, this 6km hike up to the monastery at the top of Puig de Randa is a secluded and interesting trail. An abandoned tunnel and three monasteries are all along the route, with the monastery at Puig de Randa featuring a café ready to serve walkers as they complete their climb.
Walking routes in West Mallorca
The Old Postman’s Route
The Old Postman's Route from Esporles to the ancient terraced village of Banyalbufar is one of the famous walks in the west of the island. Here you can discover ancient Moorish terraces, fantastic sea views, a natural spring, holm oak woods, olive groves and a glimpse of Mallorca’s wine growing community. It’s quite an easy walk with a few climbs and cobbled surfaces which should take around 2.5 hours to complete.
Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Walk - GR 221)
You have probably heard of the GR 221 Dry Stone Walk if you are interested in hiking as it is Mallorca's most famous route. If you really feel like a challenge, this is a long distance hike 135km route split into eight stages through the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Some parts are accessible without a guide, however, areas such as the Esporles to Valldemossa and Valldemossa to Deià stages are better done with someone who knows the path. This is due to the incomplete signposts which can mean taking the wrong route quite easy. The Consell de Mallorca has invested money in renovating refuges at the end of each stage to provide hungry hikers with a meal and local wine after a tough day walking. You can book them online. If you’re renting a car then getting around can be very easy and parking is often available in local towns or right by the bottom of the start of the hiking path.
Also see: Walking Routes in Mallorca, Majorca