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Trekking to your hearts content...

18 January 2021

Trekking to your hearts content...

As an avid walker and resident of 16 years on this beautiful island of Mallorca, I have on my doorstep outstanding routes which I’d be happy to share along with my accumulated knowledge of the history, local culture, flora and fauna of the area.

Situated on Mallorca’s west side of the island we have the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range running from Andratx in the southwest corner to Pollensa in the north. The mountain chain hosts a number of climbable 1000m peaks, the highest being the Puig Major at 1400m (although not permitted to climb, as it is a military base).

I reside in the village of Soller, which is nestled in the heart of Tramuntana and affords wonderful vistas of the towering mountains that surround it, whilst also having an orientation towards the sea. For those that are looking for a gentle introduction to the area, we have the option to explore the valley with it’s centuries old terraced olive, orange groves and quaint hilltop villages. It is an area steeped in tradition which has retained strong links to the land.

Alternatively, we can head south along the coast, following part of the long distance hiking route, known as the GR221, to Cala Deia. The route is 9km and takes us on old mule tracks and mountain paths up to a high point of 280m, where we stop at finca Son Mico for a well-deserved fresh orange juice before descending down to to the beach of Deia.

One of my favourites is Cala Tuent, it is a medium based hike, 11km in distance with a cumulative ascent/descent of approximately 350m. The trailhead starts in the mountains behind Soller at 400m and heads down through an old Mallorcan farm rich in history dating back to Moors. As we ascend out of the valley, we are awarded with stunning coastal views and a fabulous smugglers path to follow that weaves through oak and pine forests, eventually ending at a huge bay, known as Tuent. A wonderful terraced restaurant awaits and a beautiful swimming spot. During spring and autumn, if the sea conditions permit, we return by small ferry back to the port of Soller, otherwise it is by private transport back to port Soller via the famous Sa Calobra road.

If you prefer high ridgelines to coastal beaches, then opt for the Archduke’s path, situated above the village of Valldemossa. The white cliffs tower at 900m above Deia and affords views in all directions. The area is rich in history and you will learn about the charcoal and quick lime production that took place in the oak forests scattered over the island.

For the hardcore walkers, we have the Torrent de Pareis, a 7km dry canyon that’s starts at 600m in the mountains and finishes at the sea in Sa Calobra and will test the fittest amongst you, or the Three Peaks, a circuit taking in the heights of Puig sa Rateta (1113m), Puig na Franquesa (1067m) and Puig de LOfre (1093m).

Good fitness, a head for heights and being well equipped with suitable clothing and hiking shoes/boots are all essential for the more technical excursions. We look forward to showing you up close some of the magic this island has to offer.

Michelle’s Top 10 Trekking Tips:

  1. Always carry a minimum of 1.5 litres of water with you.
  2. Take some snacks and a picnic lunch.
  3. Make sure you are well prepared with the appropriate clothing and footwear.
  4. Let someone know where you are going and your estimated time of return.
  5. Don’t underestimate the heat of the day and the intensity of the sun.Always carry sunscreen and make sure you are protected with a hat and sunglasses.
  6. Start early if the temperatures are high and aim to be finished by 14.00.
  7. Take a guidebook, a map or a downloaded app – not all the trails are marked and it is easy to get lost in the mountains.
  8. Familiarise yourself with your route and it’s level of difficulty before setting off.
  9. Make sure you take your mobile, in case you need to call for help. (112 by the way)
  10. Have fun ....

So there you have the full lowdown on what to do, see and how to take care of yourself while trekking in Mallorca. Like a well- fitted suit, let us tailor-make your very own couture cycling or trekking holiday. Private trips are what all we’re about and the more the travellers you book, the better the pricing becomes. Give us your travel dates, destination, interests, fitness levels of your group, number of cyclist & walkers and let us create something special just for you! Let's get you moving.

Call us on +44(0)208 912 4522 or email Ride@cycology.co.uk

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