Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.
This departure: Grade 5 1st Week, Grade 4 and 7 2nd Week
Welcome to Majorca! Once you have met your leader we will transfer to our first centre of San Telmo.
Day 2 to 7
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. 15km, 450m ascent & descent, 4 ½ to 5 hours
- 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. 14.5km, 600m ascent & descent, 5 hours
- 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. 12.3km, 600m ascent & descent, 5 hours
- 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. 15km, 650m ascent & 400m descent, 5 to 5 ½ hours
- 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. 12.3km, 500m ascent & descent, 4 hours
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.
Today is counted as a free day as we transfer from San Telmo to the beautiful Puerto de Soller.
Day 9 to 14
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:
- 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, loquat 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. 17km, 400m ascent & descent, 5 hours.
Our grade 7 walk covers much the same ground as the grade 4 walk but goes much higher and onto more difficult terrain. You reach the peak of Sa Galera (908m) from where there are breathtaking views over Déia and the blue waters of the Mediterranean. 14km, 750m acent / 1000m descent, 5 ½ hours. The walk can be lengthened if you want to walk back to the port.
- FORNALUTX & MIRADOR DE SES BARQUES - From the small inland town of Sóller 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. 15km, 550m ascent & descent, 5 hours.
The Grade 7 walk follows a similar route but includes the challenging ascent of Balitx at 580m. This is a superb viewpoint over the sea and mountains. Later on we take the little-used path to the ‘Cova de Migdia’ (the Midday Cave), a remarkable huge cavern.
20km, 6 ½ hours, 850m ascent & descent (though note the walk can be shortened by starting in Soller rather than the port).
- 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. 16km, 100m ascent & 800m descent, 5 ½ hours.
The Grade 7 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 Soller. This is Mallorcan mountain walking at its most dramatic. 14km, 700m ascent / 1400m descent 6 ½ hours.
- 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. 12km, 550m ascent & descent, 4 ½ to 5 hours.
The grade 7 walk takes a different and rougher walk out to Deia, slightly exposed at times, then returns along the outward grade 4 route described above. A relatively easy day, but delightful and very popular. 16km, 700m ascent & descent, 5 ½ hours.
- 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 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. 11.2km, 500m ascent & 850m descent, 5 hours.
Grade 7 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! 14km, 750m ascent / 800m descent, 5 ¼ hours.
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.
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.