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San Telmo & Soller

Two week guided Majorca walking holiday during the autumn and spring. Enjoy walks from our centres in San Telmo and Puerto de Soller.

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  • Majorca

  • 14 nights
  • Apr

    May

    Sep

Moderate

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Spend two weeks in our contrasting centres of San Telmo and Puerto de Soller offering varied walking and allowing for a greater exploration of the island.
  • Two leaders and two grades of walking at Puerto de Soller.
  • Walking across lush, fertile land through olive, carob and fig groves with the sweet tang of citrus orchards in the air.
  • Climb in to the hills around S’Arraco where the terrain is challenging but the reward is the amazing views.
  • Explore the culturally sophisticated city of Palma and its attractions on a free day.

This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in San Telmo and our one week holiday in Puerto de Soller

Experience a two week guided walking holiday in Majorca during the autumn and spring with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Enjoy walks from our centres in San Telmo and Puerto de Soller.

San Telmo is a quiet, attractive settlement on the south-west corner of Majorca overlooking the island of Dragonera. Here the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range meets the sea, walking is possible directly from the hotel and a good local bus service allows us to also explore further afield.

The tree-covered hills surrounding the bay spread northwards and along the coast to meet the mountains of western Majorca. There are splendid rambles and walking up into the hills around S’Arraco. Although in general paths are often stony, rough and steep, the pace will be unhurried. Efforts are rewarded by fine views across the hills and along the coast and you’ll frequently be amazed at the fantastic seascapes. An excursion can be made to Valldemossa and a day may be spent in Palma, both conveniently served by local buses. When the weather is fine, the sandy beach at San Telmo is just right for a swim.

Avoiding the bustle of the hottest summer months, Puerto de Soller in Majorca provides an ideal base for the second week of our walking holiday; we’ll walk both on the coast and in the mountainous hinterland. The landlocked bay gives the appearance of a placid lake, and our hotel is on the sea front only yards from a small beach.

Puig Mayor (1400m) and Teix, are the two highest peaks of the west coast Sierra de Tramuntana range. These mountains, which largely separate the Soller area from the rest of Majorca, and their foothills, provide some wonderful walking and rambling, such as the route which follows an old Pilgrims’ Way; passing through olive groves and quaint farmsteads, it is particularly beautiful.

This area of Majorca offers a great variety of scenery and difficulty of terrain - all within the walking grade. The beautiful landscapes and Spanish atmosphere are there to be enjoyed. We explore the mountains, villages and coast on good paths and tracks. For anyone wishing to see more of the island, a number of excursions are possible.

Please note:
The ‘2x Leaders/2x Grades’ is only available during the week in Soller

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Palma (Charter or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers and transfers between centres
  • En-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners in Puerto de Soller will be taken at the hotel and in local restaurants.
  • Dinners in San Telmo will be taken at the hotel.
  • All local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Majorca!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Welcome to Majorca! Once you have met your leader we will transfer to our first centre of San Telmo.

Transfer Time = 1h

Day 2 to 7

Examples of Grade 5 Walks at San Telmo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

For the next six days we will spend our days walking and sightseeing in and around San Telmo. Walks may include:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

COASTAL WALK TO CALA EN BASSET, THEN INLAND TO S’ARRACO - We follow the coastline north from San Telmo until we reach the pirate watch tower at Torre de Cala en Basset. After a short break to take in the superb view from this vantage point of the Majorcan coastline and the island of Dragonera we head inland though quiet woodland to reach the sleepy town of S’Arraco and its local bars in time for lunch. Our afternoon route skirts around the edge of Puig Gros for more incredible sea views before dropping down into San Telmo. There should be plenty of time for a refreshing swim in the sea from the hotel terrace before dinner.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

LA TRAPPA & MIRADOR SES BASSES - We take an inland route north from the hotel, winding up through woodland to the abandoned monastery at la Trappa. We have a good break here to explore and take in the magnificent views of Dragonera island, before continuing north to the viewpoint at Mirador ses Basses. Here the views are strictly for those with a head for heights! For the remainder of the day we follow the GR 221 path back down into S’Arraco where we can have a refreshing drink before taking taxis back to San Telmo.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

THE ARCHDUKE’S TRAIL - This spectacular walk starts in the hilltop town of Valldemossa, made famous by Chopin and George Sand. We head off into holm oak woods, which once gave home to the island’s many charcoal makers, to join one of the island’s most famous pathways, the Archduke’s Trail. This path takes us over a high plateau with views of the surrounding mountains. Over lunch time there is an optional extension of the Archduke’s Trail for incredible sea views, before we drop back down into Valldemossa for a cold beer or tour of the monastery before returning to San Telmo.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/400m

THREE VILLAGES ALONG ANCIENT PATHWAYS - Today we visit three delightful Mallorcan villages following the Cami Reial (Royal Route) along the coast, then inland on the old postal route (Cami Posteu). Our hired transport takes us on a scenic coastal road to the first of these villages, Estellencs, where there should be time to explore the village and look at its famous ironwork statues. We then follow the GR221 to the delightfully restored Majorcan town of Banyalbufar. After a picnic lunch in the square we can grab a quick drink in one of the town’s many bars, many of them with incredible sea views. After lunch a stiff climb takes us over the Col des Pi before we drop down gradually along a cobbled path running through woodland into Esporles, the last of our three villages. Its plane tree lined main avenue is a delightful place for a refreshing beer before heading back to San Telmo.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

CIRCULAR WALK FROM PUERTO D’ANDRATX - A shorter walk to the charming yachting centre of Port Andratx. From the hotel we head south along the headland to Plana de Sa Pineta for stunning views back to San Telmo and Dragonera. This is a lovely way to start this walk. We then head inland and over the col at Pas Venell before heading down into Port Andratx. The views are incredible. We arrive in Port Andratx in time to have a last day lunch and a look around the port itself. Some people choose to walk back to San Telmo (without the leader), some take a taxi and some the water taxi for a really special end to the day.

Free Day
During the six days of walking there is normally a free day. The leader sometimes chooses to lead another walk. From San Telmo there are plenty of things to do with the resort having numerous shops, bars and restaurants. It is feasible via the local bus to go and visit Palma for the day or Port d'Andraix. It is also possible to book a boat ride to take you to the desolate island of Dragonera just off the coast.

Day 8

Onwards to Puerto de Soller

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is counted as a free day as we transfer from San Telmo to the beautiful Puerto de Soller.

Day 9 to 14

Sample of Our Grade 4 & 6 Walks from Puerto de Soller

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

For the next six days we will spend our days walking and sightseeing in the north-west of Majorca around Puerto de Soller. Walks will normally include:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

SÓLLER & THE CAMI DE CASTELLO - This walk explores the wooded terrain overlooking Sóller and gives a good introduction to the local area. In part it follows the Cami de Castello, the ancient pathway between Deia and Sóller . Along the way you pass lemon and orange trees.The terrain is easy throughout with good cobbled paths and gentle tracks and lanes. Most of it is quiet and you will meet few other walkers. It is quite long if the full walk is completed but you can take the tram back from Sóller to the port at the end, which shortens it by 4km.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

Our Grade 6 walk takes us around the stunning headland past Soller lighthouse headed for the Cami de Castello before completing our walk in Soller. The walk can be lengthened if you want to walk back to the port.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

FORNALUTX & MIRADOR DE SES BARQUES - From Puerto de Soller we take the famous tram to the small inland town of Sóller where we pick up the GR221, a path which traverses Mallorca from the northwest to northeast corners. We pass through the hamlet of Binibassi before arriving in the charming village of Fornalutx, nestled in the Tranmuntana mountain range and often referred to as the prettiest village in Spain. We continue through olive groves to the viewpoint at the Mirador de Ses Barques with its vista over verdant rolling hills down to Puerto de Sóller and the sea. The views of the Mediterranean stay with us for most of the afternoon as we make our way on foot back to the hotel.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850m

The Grade 6 walk follows a similar route but includes the little-used path to the ‘Cova de Migdia’ (the Midday Cave), a remarkable huge cavern.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/800m

ES BARRANC - The old pilgrim’s route down the thousand stone steps of Es Barranc is one of the Mediterranean’s most famous walks. We start at a height of 750m close to the Cuber reservoir. From here the track is broad and only gently undulating until it rises to a col from where you can look back over the walk, and onwards to where you are going. Shortly after reaching l’Ofre farm you start the descent of Es Barranc, more a cobbled track than steps. We take it slowly, allowing time to enjoy the views and relish the occasional splash of cold water from the torrent which rushes down the gorge. As the gorge narrows we pass by a series of charming waterslides and cross footbridges surrounded by impressive stone-walled terraces. Eventually we reach the valley floor in Biniaraix from where it is a short walk back to Sóller.

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1250m

The Grade 6 walk starts in the same place but diverts immediately to include the l’Ofre ridge taking in the three peaks of Sa Rateta, Franquesa and l’Ofre itself, reaching a highpoint of 1113m. We then follow Es Barranc down to Biniaraix. This is Mallorcan mountain walking at its most dramatic however this is definitely at the top of Grade 6 verging on Grade 7 but the views are well worth the effort.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

CALA DEIA & DÉIA - Today’s walk follows the other section of the Cami de Castello between Sóller and Déia. From the port we climb steadily to a height of some 250m before passing along the well-engineered track, known also as the ‘Pedra En Sec’, or dry stone path. Typical Mallorcan scenery accompanies us all the way – light woodland, olive and fruit groves, with regular views down to the sea. We descend to the bay at Cala Deia, a magical place for a cooling swim, before ascending to the village of Deia itself.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

The Grade 6 walk takes a different and rougher walk out to Deia, then returns along the outward grade 4 route described above. A relatively easy day, but delightful and very popular.  

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/850m

CALA TUENT - It is hard to choose the island’s most beautiful walk, but this will always be a contender. We start at the Mirador de Ses Barques at roughly 400m above sea level. We continue through countryside with scatterings of old stone dwellings (cortijos), ancient lichen-covered walls, twisted olive trees and ancient cobbled tracks. We rise to a col, and suddenly the views change, as ahead of us and below lie the blue waters of the Mediterranean. From here our path traverses high above the sea until we drop down to the sandy beach at Cala Tuent.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/800m

The Grade 6 walkers will start the walk at an earlier point, following a gentle cobbled trail, then picking up the ‘Cami Vell’, part of the ancient pilgrimage route across the island, before joining up with the grade 4 walk above. Worry not… you will have time to swim on reaching Cala Tuent!  

Free Day
Typically during our one week programmes there is a day off and on Majorca there are plenty of options. You could take the classic tram to Soller then the classic train onto Palma for the day. Locally in Puerto de Soller there are lots of cafes and bars, the beach, shops and bike hire. Local buses are frequent and cheap and can easily take you to explore Déia, Bunyola, Valledemossa or the popular marina town of Port d'Andratx.

Day 15

Goodbye Majorca!

Meals

Breakfast

It is sadly time to bid farewell to an island we have got to know well as we head to Palma Airport for our return flights to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,849

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Apr 2020 - 2nd May 2020 (14 Nights)

2nd May 2020 - 16th May 2020 (14 Nights)

12th Sep 2020 - 26th Sep 2020 (14 Nights)

26th Sep 2020 - 10th Oct 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Palma (British Airways) or Gatwick to Palma (Charter)
  • Airport transfersby road c.1hr
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Hostal Dragonera

San Telmo is a quiet, simple village which has escaped much of the island’s development over the last couple of decades.

The Hostal Dragonera is very much in keeping with the village. It is not the fanciest hotel you will ever stay in, however the location is perfect. It is built onto a low rock jutting out of the sea, and just to one side is a lovely sandy beach. A few boats are moored in the sea, and beyond lie the low mound of Pantaleu island and the impressive ridge of Dragonera, rising sharply from the sea.

The rooms are simple and clean. We have been staying here for many years and the hotel has given our clients many happy memories.

Other accommodation facilities include a book exchange, bar area with tv, sun terrace and sunbeds with access to the sea and free Wi-Fi.

Room facilities include en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning and WIFI.

There are sea view and balcony options available. Please speak to our Sales and Reservations Team to make a request for one of these rooms should you be interested.

Resort facilities in San Telmo include local shops, local restaurants and bars, a chemist and mini-mart. It is important to note that there is no bank or ATM in San Telmo.

Hotel Marina

Our home in Soller is the 3* Superior Hotel Marina situated opposite the beach where you can enjoy your breakfast or dinner outside on the terrace overlooking the ocean and the beautiful bay beyond.

During the cooler months the outside terrace has heaters and blankets to take away the evening chill so you can still be outside as much as possible.

Hotel facilities include outdoor pool, sun terrace, restaurant, bar/lounge, wellness and spa (extra costs apply locally), sauna and jaccuzi.

The hotels sauna and Jacuzzi are free to use but they do need to be booked with reception, perfect after a day's walking!

Due to the layout of the hotel complex, our rooms are mainly in the refurbished 'Mini Marina', adjacent to the main building.

Rooms have been tastefully refurbished and include en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, telephone, air conditioning / heating and a small fridge.

Note: As the Hotel Marina is in a pedestrian area you will need to be able to carry your luggage a short distance to the hotel as the coach will not be able to stop outside the hotel.

Resort facilities in Puerto de Soller include Local shops, bank, restaurants and bars. The nearby town of Soller has a wide range of shops, a weekly market and other facilities. There are also weekly markets in some of the local towns.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday is a grade 5 1st Week and Grade 4 & 6 the 2nd Week.

1st Week - In San Telmo we operate just Grade 5 walks which will be full days with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. 

2nd Week - In Puerto de Soller we operate both Grade 4 and Grade 6. 

Whilst on a Grade 4 walk these can be full or half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m.

Our Grade 6 walks are full days with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent.

Please see our Proposed Itinerary below for more walk examples.

Walks & Excursions

We have been running holidays to Mallorca since the 1950s, and few would disagree that most of the island’s great walks can be accomplished with a week in San Telmo and a week in Puerto de Soller. Both of these centres have walks which start and finish in the towns, which linked with the sparing use of public or private transport cover the very best walks in the Sierra de Tramuntana, the mountain range which runs along Mallorca’s north coast The walks from Puerto de Soller are all acknowledged classics, including the amazing Es Barranc gorge or the coastal walk to Déia. From San Telmo the Archduke’s Trail is a must, but this centre also allows you to walk in wilder less-visited terrain, both inland and on the coast, as well as visit local villages such as Estellencs, Banyalbufar and Esporles.

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro.

Holiday Currency

It is important to note that during the first week of your holiday there is no ATM in San Telmo. However, when you get to Puerto de Soller there are a number of them just along the promenade from the hotel.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Our flights are from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Palma and return by charter service or British Airways

Other regional airports may be available – please check at the time of booking.

Baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Travel on Majorca will be by road. With the transfer time from Palma airport to San Telmo being approximately 45 minutes. Our return transfer from Puerto de Soller to Palma Airport will takes around 50 minutes. Transportation to and from walks will be via a mixture of local and hired transport.

Note: It is important to exit from the correct gate at Palma airport. If a Ramblers Walking Holidays Tour Leader is not visible at the gate from which you exit, please go the Central Meeting Point by the signed information desk at Gate C and wait for our Tour Leader to meet you there.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Continental breakfasts in San Telmo and including hot items at Puerto de Soller are taken at the hotels.

Lunches are not included but can be brought daily from shops and bakeries that are very close to the hotels and at little cost.

The Hostel Dragonera restaurant in San Telmo is highly regarded by visitors and locals alike, serving very tasty local food which is why all of our breakfasts and dinners are at the hotel where the view out across the water is perfect.

During your week in Puerto de Soller dinners are taken at the Hotel Marina on three nights from a varied buffet including starters, mains offering vegetarian, fish and meat finishing with a dessert choice and ice cream which can be requested from the waiters.

Your Ramblers Walking Leader on four evenings will take you to a selection of local restaurants giving you a great opportunity to sample the local cuisine.

Please note: The tap water is safe to drink but the taste is variable. Bottled water is readily available to buy locally and is inexpensive.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • “Landscapes of Majorca” - Valerie Crespi-Green (Sunflower Books)
  • “Travellers’ Guide to Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza & Formentera” - R Cox (Thornton Cox)
  • “Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera” - Philip Jerome (Collins Holiday Guides)
  • “The Balearic Islands” - James Russell - NEL (Island Guidebook Series)
  • “Majorca” - J W Schentgow (Interauto)
  • “Majorca” - Arthur Foss (Faber & Faber)

The Spanish Tourist website may also be of some use in planning your holiday www.spain.info

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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