The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
70 years guided Majorca walking holiday experience around San Telmo in one week from our traditional waterfront centre.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 13400
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.
If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on San Telmo & Soller?
Walk in unspoilt surroundings and gaze across captivating landscapes – this is south-west Majorca. Gain a sense of achievement as you climb into the hills around S’Arraco and follow the Archduke’s Trail, where the terrain is challenging but you will be rewarded with fantastic views. You’ll frequently be amazed by the fantastic seascapes. Although the paths are sometimes stony, rough and steep, the pace will be unhurried.
Our home for the week is San Telmo, a quiet, attractive settlement on the south-west corner of Majorca overlooking the uninhabited island of Dragonera, a short boat trip across the bay – a great place for a picnic. The tree-flecked hills surrounding the bay spread northwards and along the coast to meet the mountains of western Majorca. An excursion can be made to Valldemossa where Frederic Chopin and George Sand famously spent the winter of 1838 and a day may also be spent in the culturally sophisticated city of Palma, both conveniently served by local buses.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Welcome to Majorca! Once you have met your leader we will transfer to San Telmo.
Transfer Time = 1h
For the next six days we will spend our days walking and sightseeing in and around San Telmo. Walks may include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Departure dates for your selected tour
8th May 2021 - 15th May 2021 (7 Nights)
22nd May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (7 Nights)
18th Sep 2021 - 25th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)
2nd Oct 2021 - 9th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
16th Oct 2021 - 23rd Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
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.
This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes 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 but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.
Our walking programme from San Telmo explores the coast and mountains of south-western Majorca. The terrain is moderate, generally with good paths, which take us to viewpoints, perhaps the occasional peak, and to the coast. Walking times will average less than six hours and will be conducted at a leisurely pace.
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.
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.
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.
It is important to note that there is no ATM in San Telmo. However, walks will go through towns that have either bank or ATMs.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Continental breakfasts in San Telmo are taken at the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. 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.
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.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
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.
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.
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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