This guide will reveal the best nine best hikes in Mallorca. Other than talking about these epic hiking trails in Mallorca, we’ll cover everything else you need to know. Whether it’s accommodation, getting around or logistical details, we’ve got you sorted. Anyway, before you dive deep into our Best Hikes In Mallorca guide, we recommend watching watch our Mallorca Trekking YouTube production. Certainly, this will fuel your wanderlust for hiking in Mallorca.
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Hiking in Mallorca
Mallorca is certainly an underrated hiking destination. Whether it’s epic mountain walks or sublime coastal trails, Mallorca has great variety in its hiking trails.
Indeed, out of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has the most diverse landscapes, making it the best island for hiking. Sure, Menorca has some cracking coastline walks along the Camí de Cavalls, but otherwise, it’s quite flat, similar to Ibiza. That’s where Mallorca really shines. It has a beautiful coastline comparable to the other Balearic Islands, but most importantly, it also has an epic mountain range – Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountains). So, Mallorca really has the best of both worlds when it comes to hiking.
Surprisingly, we struggled to find comprehensive information on the best day hikes in Mallorca. Many guides focussed on the multi-day Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route), otherwise known as GR221, located in the Tramuntana Mountains. With the limited information we did find on day hikes, articles either focussed solely on the Tramuntana Mountains or just the coastal trails. In our guide, we aim to detail both the best mountain trails of the Tramuntana range and the best coastal walks in Mallorca.
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Best Hikes in Mallorca Map
Below, you’ll find a Mallorca hiking trail map. To access the interactive map, please click on the image.
Best Hikes in Mallorca
In this Best Mallorca Hikes guide, we’ll detail nine fantastic walking routes. Beck and I personally completed all of these Mallorca hiking trails. If you’re particularly interested in one of the hikes on this list and want more details about how to get there, what to expect and to access specific Mallorca walking maps, just click on the link to that guide. That way, you’ll be able to see the individual article we wrote about that route. With in-depth information about trail specs, trailhead locations and our GPS-guided maps, this will make it easy for you to plan out your Mallorca hiking holiday.
By spending six days hiking in Mallorca, Beck and I completed the nine best trails on the island. Having visited in November, the weather was quite poor at times, meaning we experienced a couple of washed-out mornings and afternoons. If you visit between April and October though, with much better weather, it may even be possible to fit in the nine best hikes in Mallorca in five days.
Similar to our Malta hiking guide, we’ll detail all of the hikes that you should include in your itinerary. Depending on the distance, time, accumulated elevation gain and trailhead location, it’s certainly possible to fit in two hikes per day. For example, after hiking the longer Camí de s’Arxiduc in the morning, we completed the shorter and relatively close-by Sant Elm to La Trapa hike in the afternoon.
Anyway, in our humble opinion, here are the other best day hikes in Mallorca. By the way, we’ve personally rated the difficulty of each trail in this guide.
1. Camí de s’Arxiduc (The Archduke’s Path) from Valldemossa
- Type: Loop
- Distance: 13.7km
- Time: 5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 940m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Valldemossa (free street parking)
Hiking the Archduke’s Path was possibly our favourite section of trail in Mallorca. Indeed, when it comes to circular walks in Mallorca, this is one of the best. Starting from the charming town of Valldemossa, you’ll immediately begin to ascend and meander through the lovely forest. Soon enough, you’ll climb high enough to see the stunning north coast of Mallorca. Personally, soon after reaching these views of the coastline, the weather turned. So, we had no option but to speed hike and persevere through the heavy rain.
Thankfully, by the time we reached the most epic section of the Archduke’s Path, the weather had improved! Certainly, it’s around Puig Gros (938m), where you’ll have great views of the coast, surrounding mountains and the epic path.
Initially, we had planned to add a short out and back to Puig Des Teix (1,064m). But, unfortunately, it falls on private property and so, we respected the sign and turned back to the Archduke’s Path to continue the hike. Although, some locals were ignoring the sign and jumping over the partially blocked ladder. After the Archduke’s Path, the trail continues along the GR221, passing through more forest and arriving back in the town of Valldemossa. After this awesome hike in Mallorca, it’s time for a coffee in town!
2. Puig de Galatzó
- Type: Loop
- Distance: 7.2km
- Time: 3 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 635m
- Difficulty: Hard
- Trailhead: 39.62649, 2.50058 (free)
Admittedly, hiking Puig de Galatzó was a last-minute inclusion to our Mallorca itinerary and we’re stoked we decided to do it! Although, because we were a little unprepared, we attempted and failed to reach the trailhead via Galilea and had a stressful time navigating the narrow roads of this town. Most definitely, access the trailhead for this hike via Puigpunyent.
Once you’ve parked, you’ll initially follow the road, before joining a dirt track. This will guide you to Pas des Raxto – the Ridge Path. On the way, you’ll pass a gate. The gate should be, and is usually, open. However, we encountered a closed gate with a large hole to pass through by the gate. Given the gate is usually open, and this is a well-known trail, we decided to proceed. But, we later ponded whether this was the right thing to do and whether this was private property. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Regardless, the steep trail ascending the Ridge Path is absolutely mind-blowing and has extraordinary views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The steep and mostly pathless trail, meanders its way gradually up the ridge, eventually leading you to the peak of Puig de Galatzó (1, 027m). Like many of the peaks in the Tramuntana Mountains, we had to settle for a white-out without the spectacular views we had heard so much about!
The Classic Route
Thankfully, the mist seemed to only hang around above 950 metres above sea level. We were again amazed by the views of the majestic Tramuntana Mountains as we descended the Classic Route on the northwest slope.
You’ll then arrive at an intersection, signalled by a GR221 signpost. From here, you’ll have more tremendous views, this time, including Sierra de es Puntals and Estellencs. The path then continues down the side of the mountain towards Coll des Carniceret. After passing a fire watchtower, you’ll weave through the pine forest, further descending to the Font des Pi landmark. There are two outward paths possible to take from here. Take the path to your left, which will lead you closer to where you started.
3. Puig de l’Ofre
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 12.2km
- Time: 3.5–4.5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 395m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Embassament de Cúber Parking (free)
Puig de l’Ofre is another stellar hike in the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca. It isn’t possible to hike Mallorca’s highest peak (Puig Major) because it lies on private property. But, the hike to Puig de l’Ofre provides great views of Puig Major from start to finish.
Initially, you’ll hike by Cúber Reservoir with Puig Major towering in the distance. You’ll then continue to hike along the GR221, away from the reservoir. The trail gradually ascends, revealing excellent views of the reservoir nestled in between the mountains.
The GR221 trail continues to ascend and guides you through a nice area of forest. You’ll eventually arrive at a small stream crossing, where most maps will take you left to begin the ascent to Puig de l’Ofre. However, this typical route goes through private property. We suggest an alternate route, that follows crude but helpful spraypainted blue markers to avoid private property.
By following the blue markers, you’ll continue straight on a wide path, hiking by an increasingly dense forest. Soon enough, you’ll steer left and begin to ascend the mountain via a clearly defined path. It’s steep going, but the climb up is relatively short. Nearer the top, the route to the peak becomes pathless but is straightforward to navigate. The views atop Puig de l’Ofre are sensational, with not only Cúber Reservoir, but Gorg Blau Reservoir revealing itself too!
After taking in the views, you’ll simply retrace your steps. On the way back, we decided to circle the other side of Cúber Reservoir for slightly varied views.
4. Puig de Massanella
- Type: Loop
- Distance: 16.4km
- Time: 6.5–7.5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 990m
- Difficulty: Hard
- Trailhead: Lluc Monastery Car Park (Tourist Prices – Weekends: €6 / Weekdays: €2)
Billed as Mallorca’s highest accessible peak and best hike, Puig de Massanella (1,447m) is Mallorca’s second-highest mountain and involves an exhilarating trail. Personally, we had to contend with fairly adverse weather for much of the hike, and so didn’t enjoy the stunning views we’d heard so much about. But, we still had a blast hiking this trail!
Starting from the Lluc Monastery, you’ll pick up the GR221 trail, and initially ascend through the forest, before crossing the main road. A steep zig-zag section awaits you, as you continue along the GR221, which reveals epic views of the Tramuntana range. Once you reach Col de ses Cases de Neu (1,142m), it’s even possible to do a short out and back to Puig d’en Galileu (1,195m; see in red below). However, given the poor weather and visibility, we chose to give it a miss.
Personally, as we ascended beyond Col de ses Cases de Neu, the intensity of the fog and clouds increased, and so we didn’t really have much in the way of views at many of the peaks along this trail. With good weather, you should enjoy some of the best mountainous views in Mallorca, as you reach Coll des Prat and Coll de n’Argento, before summiting Puig de Massanella.
STORYTIME: So, how did Dan end up with a McDonald’s Cheeseburger atop Mallorca’s highest accessible peak you ask? Well, we arrived in Mallorca late the evening before, where the only place open was McDonald’s. Then, we set off early for this hike before any shops had re-opened. So, it was Maccas for dinner, breakfast and lunch!
After reaching the peak, you’ll then descend pathless terrain, negotiating some steep and slippery sections. Thankfully for us, the weather improved as we descended towards Coll de sa Linia (824m) along Camí de ses Cases de Neu.
As part of the return journey, you’ll hike by farmland and a quaint stream known as Torrent de Comafreda. You’ll soon pass by a ticket booth where they usually charge €6/each for trail access. Luckily, in the off-season in November, the booth was locked, unmanned, and with no honesty box system in place. Soon after, you’ll briefly join and follow the road towards Lluc, road walking your way back to the start of this famous Mallorca hike.
5. Modified Puig Tomir from Lluc
- Type: Loop with Peak Out & Back
- Distance: 15.3km
- Time: 6–7 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 725m
- Difficulty: Hard
- Trailhead: Lluc Monastery Car Park (Tourist Prices – Weekends: €6 / Weekdays: €2)
The Puig Tomir trail is yet another awesome hike in the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca, which also sets off from the historic village of Lluc. Can you believe that when we began this hike, we had no intention of hiking Puig Tomir?
STORYTIME: We intended to hike Vuelta al Puig Roig, but after hiking 4.4km from Lluc and arriving at the trailhead gate, it was closed. The sign detailed it was private property and only accessible on Sundays! We were devastated. We’d heard this was one of Mallorca’s best hikes, and because we rocked up on a Monday, we couldn’t do it. With some quick thinking, I remembered Puig Tomir was a nearby summit which shared the same trailhead from Lluc.
So, we retraced our steps back down the road and joined the Puig Tomir trail. We were very lucky that some of the hiking completed in the morning hadn’t been wasted; although, it meant the start of our hike was slightly modified from the typical route to Puig Tomir.
The traditional route to Puig Tomir is a bit more direct near the early stages, making it quicker and more straightforward than the route we had taken, with hiking Vuelta al Puig Roig in mind. However, by taking the extended route, you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful white-stone stepped forest trail, a natural attraction called es Camell and panoramic views of the Tramuntana range. So, we recommend this slightly modified beginning of your hike to Puig Tomir in Mallorca!
After this modified start to this Mallorca hike, you’ll cross the main road, and continue along the Puig Tomir route, passing a small settlement called Menut. The next section is quite flat, where you’ll be surrounded by a serene forest. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Coll des Pedregaret (658m), which is the trailhead for the out and back section to Puig Tomir.
The trail immediately ascends, heading through the dense forest and then traversing across the side of the mountain. You’ll be blown away by the ever-increasing exquisite views as the trail begins to more acutely ascend. It’s a steep climb with loose rock underfoot, so be careful. There is even a section with a chain to help you progress.
After a steep climb, you’ll eventually reach a flatter plateau. As was the trend for our time in the Tramuntana Mountains, reaching approx. 950m or higher, we’d usually meet mist and poor visibility. This is certainly one of the downfalls of hiking in the mountains outside of summer. Luckily, we were able to snap a few photos with decent visibility before continuing our ascent.
Upon reaching Puig Tomir, the mist continued to roll in and out. So, one moment we had breathtaking views, some of the best we had seen in Serra de Tramuntana, and then the next moment, a complete white-out! We wish you clear skies and good visibility upon your ascent to Puig Tomir.
After some lunch by the trig point, retrace your steps to Coll de Pedregaret, and join the GR221 to continue the loop route. The trail gradually descends through the forest, before eventually reaching the main road, which links you back to Lluc.
6. Cala Romantica to Cala Varques
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 8.35km
- Time: 3.25–4 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 100m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Cala Romantica Car Park (free)
The hike from Cala Romantica to Cala Varques is our favourite coastal walk in Mallorca. Expect crystal clear turquoise waters, vivid red cliffs and mind-blowing secluded beaches. After a steep climb out of Cala Romantica, you’ll reach a flat trail steering you through heathland and towards the coast. Very soon, you’ll get your first glimpse of the brilliantly blue Balearic Sea.
Following the coast, the trail is straightforward to navigate, but you’ll have surprisingly difficult, uneven calcareous terrain to contend with. After passing a series of stunning seaside cliffs, the next highlight of the walk is a small bay – Cova de Cala Falcó.
Soon enough, you’ll then reach an epic sea cave – Cova Marina del Pont. It’s situated next to another pretty small bay called es Cala Blanc. From here, the next stretch of coast is possibly the best section of trail during this hike. As you approach Cala Varques, the water becomes even clearer and the red rock more outstanding! After walking along the secluded beach, continue following the coast in a southerly direction for more epic views of Cala Varques. From here, simply retrace your steps to complete the hike.
7. Parc Natural de Mondragó
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 3.45km
- Time: 1 hour
- Accumulated elevation gain: 50m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Parc Natural de Mondragó Car Park (free)
Parc Natural de Mondragó is easily one of the most beautiful coastal settings in Mallorca. Admittedly, we combined a few smaller trails in the national park to check out the best coastal spots. After a short road walk from the car park, you’ll arrive at a small beach – Cala Mondragó. We recommend turning left to complete a small loop towards a small bay – Caló des Borgit.
During this short loop walk, the trail leads you to a gorgeous small hidden cove called Caló des Borgit. After completing the loop, continue towards the other side of Cala Mondragó, and continue along the spectacular path to Cala Samarador. After soaking in the superb bays and coves at Parc Natural de Mondragó, simply retrace your steps back to Cala Mondragó. You’ll then re-join the road leading to the car park to complete the short walk.
Read more: The Best Parc Natural de Mondragó Walks
8. Sant Elm to La Trapa
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 4.75km
- Time: 1.75–2.25 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 290m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Sant Elm (free street parking)
Another fantastic coastal walk in Mallorca is the short but steep hike from Sant Elm to La Trapa. From Sant Elm, a flat dirt road soon leads into the forest where the trail begins to ascend. After some tough climbing, you’ll soon be rewarded with epic views of the coast. As the climb continues, the small neighbouring island of Parc Natural de Sa Dragonera begins to reveal itself. Its unique shape, resembling a dragon’s back, is quite remarkable.
From the peak of Pas de La Trapa (298m), the views of Parc Natural de Sa Dragonera improve. You’ll also have a fantastic viewpoint of the La Trapa ruins and Tramuntana mountains to the east. Of course, it was an excellent opportunity for some aerial photography. Being another out and back coastal walk, you’ll just need to retrace your steps during the descent to complete the hike. For more information, click the link below to access the specific guide. We’ll include details about all the logistics, including an interactive map of south west Mallorca, where the hike takes place.
Read more: The Best Sant Elm to La Trapa Hikes
9. Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk (Sa Calobra Hike)
- Type: One-way
- Distance: 6.5–10km
- Time: 3.5–5.5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 30m
- Accumulated elevation loss: 630m
- Difficulty: Hard
- Trailhead: Escorca
The Torrent de Pareis walk rates as one of the most scenic in Mallorca. It’s a challenging hike that takes you through the riverbed of an epic canyon. Unfortunately, having visited in November, the riverbed had begun to fill and so we could not do the hike. However, it’s still possible to walk to the beach at the opening of the canyon. Although this modified walk is only a short 2.2km out and back, it’s certainly worth doing.
Even before you arrive at the trailhead for this hike, you’d have experienced something particularly special in Mallorca – Sa Calobra Road. The crazily winding mountain road weaves its way down to the gorge in spectacular fashion. Once you’ve arrived at the end of the mountain road, you’ll find some paid parking. After a short road walk, you’ll follow the coast briefly, before passing through a couple of tunnels. These will lead you to the beach at the entrance of the canyon.
At this stage, it’s time to simply explore the pebbled beach and incredible canyon. If you visit during summer, the dried river bed will pave the way for an epic canyon trail. But, if you visit in winter when the canyon begins to fill, you’ll have to be content with just exploring the canyon opening. From here, simply retrace your steps to complete the short walk.
9 Best Hikes in Mallorca Recap
Undoubtedly, Mallorca is the best island in the Balearics for hiking. Not only are you hiking the Mallorca Tramuntana Mountains, which involve exceptional mountain trails (a lot of Mallorca hiking is based on GR221 trails), but you’ll have equally stunning coastal walks to enjoy as well. Unlike other Mallorcan hiking resources, this guide has detailed both the best mountain (Serra de Tramuntana hiking) and coastal walks. So, we hope this guide has been super helpful in planning your Mallorca hiking holiday.
For more information on planning and booking your Mallorca hiking trip, read below.
Getting to the Best Hikes in Mallorca
During our week-long trip to Mallorca, we hired a car to maximise our time hiking. Although Mallorca has a decent bus system, they run far less regularly during the off-season. So, getting around by bus for hiking outside of summer would be a fairly laborious task. Even during the height of summer, many of the trailheads aren’t accessible via buses. So, it definitely makes sense to hire a car in Mallorca for a hiking trip!
We hired an automatic car from Palma de Mallorca Airport for only around £9/day!
If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.
Accommodation: Where to Stay in Mallorca For Hiking
Being a popular holiday destination, Mallorca isn’t short on accommodation options. For a hiking trip to Mallorca, you’ll definitely want to stay in the Traumuntana Mountains. Specifically, the best places to stay for hiking in Mallorca are Soller, Valldemossa or Port de Pollenca.
Accommodation in Soller
Below, we’ve handpicked the best budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation options for staying in Soller, Mallorca.
FYI – there are other great Soller hikes to consider in Mallorca such as the Soller to Cala Tuent Walk. With this in mind, Soller is certainly a great base for hiking in Mallorca.
Budget – Casa Margarita
Casa Margarita is a charming guesthouse, which is well-located in the town of Soller in the Tramantuna Mountains.
Mid-Range – Hostel Sóller
Hostel Sóller is a lovely boutique hotel rather than an actual hostel. It features a patio, a bar and also a shared lounge.
Accommodation in Valldemossa
Below, we’ve handpicked the best budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation options for staying in Valldemossa in Mallorca.
Budget – Hotel Sa Vall
Hotel Sa Vall is one of the most budget-friendly options in Valldemossa. It’s a highly-rated historical manor house featuring an outdoor pool and a large garden. This hotel offers stunning views of the Tramuntana Mountains.
Mid-Range – Agroturismo Son Viscos
Agroturismo Son Viscos offers amazing views of the Valldemossa Valley and Monastery. Plus, it has stylish decor, a swimming pool and a nice garden area.
When to Hike in Mallorca
Mallorca has a warm and pleasant climate most of the year. From April to October, you’ll experience average daytime temperatures between 19–30°C. Specifically, in summer, you’re unlikely to encounter any rain. Certainly, this is a great time of year to hike in Mallorca. But, given the scorching mid-day temperatures, you may be limited to how much hiking you can do in the middle of the day.
From November to March, average daytime temperatures vary between 15–19°C. During this time, you’ll have a higher chance of rain. According to NOAA, rainfall is highest between September and January. Given the colder temperatures and higher chance of rain, this is considered a less ideal time of year to hike in Mallorca. But, visiting outside of summer, in the off-season, means everything is cheaper and quieter. We visited in mid-late November 2021 and found most of the trails were deserted. Obviously, the trade-off was the weather, which was a bit hit and miss.
Mallorca Hiking Difficulty
When it comes to Mallorca walks, there is certainly a mix of easy, moderate and hard trails across the island. In this guide, you’ll find easy hikes in Mallorca, but also more challenging trails. To summarise the difficulty of the Mallorca hikes discussed in this guide, we’ll list them below into easy, moderate and hard trail categories. Generally speaking, the coastal walks are usually easier than the mountain trails.
- Easy: Cala Romantica to Cala Varques and Parc Natural de Mondragó
- Moderate: Camí de s’Arxiduc, Puig de l’Ofre and Sant Elm to La Trapa
- Hard: Puig de Galatzó, Puig de Massanella, Puig Tomir from Lluc and Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk
Mallorca Hiking Terrain
Walking in Mallorca means taking on uneven karst and limestone terrain. Most of the Mallorca walking trails discussed in this guide take place in the Tramuntana Mountains. This terrain is typical in the mountains. But, you’ll find this type of terrain throughout the island, even on some of the coastal walks. This uneven terrain can be tricky to walk on if you’re not used to it. If you’re a bit unsteady on foot, consider taking trekking poles to help with balance. You’ll also want to have sturdy hiking boots and other hiking gear.
Hiking Gear Essentials For Mallorca
These are our hiking gear essentials for exploring the best hikes in Mallorca.
Osprey Skarab 30
The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.
Osprey Ultralight Raincover
A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.
BUFF Original Ecostretch
The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.
To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.
Tech Gear Essentials For Photography in Mallorca
These are our tech gear essentials for hiking in Mallorca.
DJI Air 2S
GoPro HERO12 Black
The GoPro HERO12 Black is the best action camera on the market. The built-in stabilisation and high specs are excellent for filming adventure activities, so you can capture those special moments with your friends and family.
Getting to Mallorca
Being an island, it probably goes without saying that you’ll need to fly to Mallorca if you’re travelling from abroad! Although, it’s possible to catch a ferry to Mallorca from the other Balearic Islands or some cities in Spain like Barcelona.
For return flights from Manchester to Mallorca with Ryanair, we paid only £43/person when booked about a month in advance. You can definitely find these bargain prices flying to Mallorca outside of peak season.
Skyscanner is our go-to website for booking flights. If you’re looking to find the cheapest flights, we recommend getting the ball rolling with a Skyscanner search. It allows you to scan all airlines and platforms to find the cheapest airfares.
To find out more about booking the cheapest flights, read our Skyscanner review.
Trail Signage in Mallorca
Similar to Malta, much of the beautiful natural lands in Mallorca are privately owned. As mentioned, Mallorca’s highest peak (Puig Major – 1, 436m) is inaccessible as its private property.
Despite the officially marked GR221 route weaving its way through the Tramuntana Mountains, much of the mountains are private property. Many of the best trails in Mallorca follow parts of the GR221, so you won’t encounter any private land during those sections. But, many of the best hiking routes in Mallorca are in the Tramuntana Mountains and are not on the GR221. Despite there being other official hiking routes elsewhere in the mountains, often, it’s easy to get confused and either wind up in private property accidentally or avoid sections, which are, in fact, the correct public right of way.
Don’t let this stop you from hiking in Mallorca. As long as you’re prepared with official maps and accurate GPS directions (feel free to use our maps), you’ll stay on the correct route. Otherwise, if you do intend on hiking on private property, ensure you get permission from the landowners before doing so. Although, admittedly, we doubt many of the locals who we saw hiking on private property, had asked for permission.
The coastal walks in Mallorca are quite straightforward. However, many of the mountains trails in Serra de Tramuntana can be difficult to navigate. Hikes that involve the GR221 route in the Tramuntana Mountains are excellently signposted. But, many of the hikes discussed in this guide follow lesser-known or faint mountain trails.
As mentioned, it’s easy to accidentally stumble into private property if you’re unfamiliar with the area. We highly recommend using our Wikiloc maps for GPS guided directions or any official maps. You’ll see many of our GPS maps sorted under the relevant trail on this page.
Maps.me doesn’t take private property into consideration for many of its trails in Mallorca, so it’s not a suitable option for trail navigation.
Useful Word Translation For Hiking in Mallorca
Given the somewhat complex situation concerning trail navigation in Mallorca, it’s useful to know a little Spanish. That way, you can read signage along the trail. Below, you’ll find some key words or terms found on signs along hiking trails. By knowing a little Spanish hiking lingo, you should be able to interpret and understand the meaning of trail signage.
- Caca major: big game hunting
- Cami: trail
- Coto de Caza: hunting ground or game reserve
- No sortiu del cami: do not leave the trail
- No llevar perros sueltos: dogs must be leashed
- Puig: peak
- Prohibit pasar or Prohibido el paso: access forbidden
- Ruta de Pedra en Sec: Dry Stone Route (GR 221)
- Seguiu el cami: follow the path
- Vedat privat de caça or Coto privado de caza: private hunting area
More Spain Hiking Guides
If you’re keen on doing similar hiking trips in Spain, we recommend heading to some of the other islands. Indeed, Menorca is a fantastic hiking destination. Please read our 8 Best Menorca Hikes for more information. Otherwise, we recommend heading to the Canary Islands as several islands there also have fantastic walking trails. Read our Tenerife Hiking Guide (coming soon) for more information.
Mallorca Hiking Guide Books
Of course, we hope that our Mallorca hiking guides will provide all of the information that you need! But, if you’re after information about other Mallorca hiking trails, we suggest the following guide books.
- Mountain Walking in Mallorca: 50 routes in Mallorca’s Tramuntana
- Trekking Through Mallorca: GR221 – The Drystone Route
- Book accommodation in the Tramuntana Mountains: if you’re a keen hiker and can afford to stay in the Tramuntana Mountains, then definitely do so! Not only will you be better located for hiking, but you’ll have a much more peaceful and quiet stay, compared to the busy towns around Palma de Mallorca.
- Avoiding private property: don’t use any-old GPS directions from AllTrails or Wikiloc. A lot of the time, members use incorrect paths when recording their trails which intrude on private property.
- Don’t just hike, visit the natural attractions: we recommend checking out Cap de Formentor, Mirador Es Colomer, San Marroig Viewpoint and Es Pontàs.
- Mallorca hiking tours: if you want someone to take care of all the planning, consider doing an organised tour or tours.
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