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Hiking in Mallorca: Five Tour Tips for the Autumn



The summer is over, but after the high season is on Mallorca before the high season. In the fall, there are many hikers on the Balearic Island – no wonder. The Tramuntana Mountains with its foothills offers numerous opportunities for tours. And in the coming days, the best weather is forecast, with highs of around 26 degrees Celsius.

  

You want the Höhenrausch? Or do you prefer a walk with a beautiful view? Do you have a thing for monastery ruins and other scenes with patina? There is something for every hiking taste. Here are five suggestions:

  

Puig de Bàlitx: Panorama de luxe

  

What a view! Down a bay with fishing boat, green coast – and then these mountains! The small harbor town of Port de Sóller is dominated by the Puig de Bàlitx, one of the most beautiful walks in Mallorca. The comparatively little visited summit offers more beautiful views than many an island's thousands.

  

The tour starts from the east at the parking lot at the Mirador de ses Barques at Fornalutx – a good starting point and the summit is not far away. Especially the last few hundred meters make you happy, if the path consists only of rocks.

  

Due to its location by the sea, hikers from the Puig de Bàlitx not only overlook the coast, but also some of the highest mountains in the Serra de Tramuntana. Mallorca's much-traveled mountain range consists of eleven peaks that are more than a thousand feet high – a great panorama, even if the Bàlitx is only 580 meters high.

  

Then it goes downhill to Port de Sóller, past olive groves, dry stone walls and abandoned plantations. The hoses of old irrigation plants rot there, from watering cans peeling paint, but the decay has a certain charm. Down by the sea, it is worth taking a walk in the city bay to the lighthouse before taking the same route back to the car park – on foot or by taxi.

  

Length and duration: 12 kilometers, 3 to 4 hours

  


  

Tip: Plan your walk so that you pass the Cova des Migdia between 12 and 13 o'clock, a stalactite cave near the summit, from whose entrance an ancient tree grows. Towards noon, sunlight illuminates the cave on the southern slope, whose name means "Mittagshöhle"

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Hike near Sant Elm: coastal path, cafés and convent ruins

  

This tour is worth twice: because of the coastal town of Sant Elm with its cafes and a small beach and because of the promising ascent to the monastery ruin La Trapa. It starts at a gravel place near the Avinguda la Trapa.

  

After starting on wide hiking trails, it's about a mile through a forest. Here you have to use hands and feet soon, as up to 25 percent slope are possible, some are missing the markings. But whoever hangs along the rocks, is rewarded with a view of the offshore island of Sa Dragonera.

  

After about two hours you reach the former Trappist monastery. South of it, by the small walled terrace, it snaps with beautiful views. The farmstead has survived the centuries well, the Acker terraces, however, suffered from forest fires. Fortunately, the environmental organization GOB has restored them.

  

Continue on the plateau to the 493 meter high Puig de Ses Basses. With good visibility you can see from the top of Majorca's highest mountain. The paths lead partly through grass fields and are interrupted only occasionally by branches and stones, so they invite you to trail running. With speed down the mountain – that's how some locals keep their jokes.

  

Whether fast or slow – after the descent there is nothing better than a dip in the Cala en Basset, a mini-bay with a northerly orientation. From there it is not far to the Torre. The rope ladder swings a little treacherously, and inside the former watchtower, there is not much to see but declarations of love scribbled on the wall. But the way back to Sant Elm is even more beautiful – the first stone barracks announce the return to civilization.

  

Length and duration: about 14 kilometers, about 5 hours

  

Tip: The restaurant Arasa in Sant Elm serves delicious salad with prawns – and sea view.

  


  

Puig de Massanella: A highlight

  


 Descent from the Pass below the Puig de Massanella (between Tossals Verds and Lluc)


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Descent from the pass below the Puig de Massanella (between Tossals Verds and Lluc)

  

The highest point in Mallorca tourists are not allowed to enter – only the US military has access. A radar system on the Puig Major (1445 meters) is still used to monitor the Mediterranean. Hikers who want to go high on Mallorca, so be content with the 1364 meter high Puig de Massanella – the second highest mountain in the Balearic island.

  

Even the way to the starting point is a challenge: the winding track is also popular with racing cyclists. Wild overtaking maneuvers by car are out of place. Parking is available at the petrol station Coll de sa Batalla. From here to the summit it is almost 800 meters – an ascent that has it all and is not for inexperienced hikers.

  

After the serpentine forest at the beginning, the number of trees slowly decreases until you finally find yourself among the rocks. There is a signposted path through the rugged terrain, which can be shortened if necessary. Caution: It can be misty on the mountain. But if the weather cooperates, offers a great panoramic view of Majorca's wild west – and of course the height winner, the Puig Major.

  

Length and duration: 13 kilometers, 5 to 6 hours

  

Tip: On the descent from Mallorca's highest hiking summit, it's worth stopping at the Font de S'Avenc, a spring on the Coll de sa Linea mountain pass. It is located in a grotto. If you still feel like sightseeing after the summit tour, you can visit the Lluc Monastery. It has existed for almost 800 years – but recently the last six monks left.

  


  

Around Peguera: Escape the hustle and bustle on the rocky plateau

  


 Mountain of the holiday resort Paguera Sa Bruta


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Mountain of the holiday resort Paguera Sa Bruta

  

Peguera is a stronghold of the Germans – and it is only at first glance uninteresting for outdoor fans. Around the tourist town are small but fine escapes such as the Puig Gros with its 145 meters of altitude as well as different paths for hikers and trail runners.

  

A nice but short hike leads to the local mountain Sa Bruta. Its rocky plateau offers a magnificent view of the Calvià area. However, there are 20 meters short of the target, which lead close to the rock: not for people with weak nerves.

  

We also recommend a jogging session at sunrise over the Puig Gros. If you prefer sleeping, come to the sunset – and runs the partly rocky round with sea views in the sunset. The more secluded path is reached at the highest point by a broken fence. Attention: it is easy to bend between the stones.

  

The path along the sea towards Cala Fornells is also a tip for runners. Steep steps at the Hotel Gaya interrupt the route – but you wanted to train, right? Cozy is a walk to Cap Andritxol. You pass one of many watchtowers built over 500 years ago for pirate raids all over the island. At the top of the cape, always following the broken fence, you can relax as well as nowhere else in Peguera.

  

Length and Duration: depending on, 1 to 2 hours

  

Tip: For swimming, do not visit the tourist town beach, but rather Portals Vells – just like the locals. The Dreifingerbucht is a 15-minute drive away from Peguera, the water is turquoise and clear.

  


  

Castell d'Alaró: castle rock and suckling pig

  


 Castell d'Alaró: fortress with a view


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Castell d'Alaró: fortress with a view

  

The tranquil village of Orient alone would be worth a trip. But even more rewarding is the great hike to the Castell d'Alaró, a rock with the remains of a castle on it.

  

At first it goes up and down a bit unspectacularly, partly on concrete paths, but at least one has the fortress in view soon. Halfway, in Alaró, we recommend a Nutella crepe in the ice cream shop Isla de Gelato. Behind the village leads a small path through the hairpin bends up to the castle rock.

  

In good weather, hikers have unobstructed views of Majorca's lowland from the top. Down to the Orient lead narrow paths that are particularly beautiful in the evening sun. Just before the last stretch along the road, do not be fooled – the path leads straight through a lamb breeding.

  

Length and duration: 17 kilometers, 5 hours

  

Tip: the hearty cuisine of the area. At the foot of the castle, the restaurant Es Verger serves lamb roast. The Restaurante Orient is praised for its suckling pig.

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