The Best Hiking Trails Around Mallorca

Mallorca's peaks and valleys, secluded coves and challenging routes are perfect for hiking enthusiasts
Mallorca's peaks and valleys, secluded coves and challenging routes are perfect for hiking enthusiasts | © Monika Flanagan / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Leon Beckenham
28 September 2020

Mallorca, with its mountains, gorges, pine forests and gleaming coasts, simply begs to be explored. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced hiker, you’ll find something to suit, with a reward of brilliant views to justify the exercise. Here are 12 of the best routes.

Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk

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The Torrent de Pareis Gorge from Escorca to the sea comes out on the sandy beach at Sa Calobra. Not one for the inexperienced (or unfit), this five-hour hike involves lots of scrambling over boulders and squeezing through narrow gaps in the huge rocks. There is no easy way out of the steep gorge if you find it too much (and no mobile phone reception), so don’t try it if you are unsure. A high risk of flooding in the winter means the hike should only be attempted between May and September, though this can also mean sweltering temperatures, so carry plenty of water.

Sóller to surrounding villages and coves

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Mallorca the mountain town of Soller
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Sóller is a hugely popular hiking, area with many fantastic trails starting from the town or the surrounding area. There are two three-hour circular routes taking in picturesque villages such as Fornalutx and Biniaraix, where you can stop for refreshments before ambling on. These routes, old bridle paths, are easy to walk – and incredibly beautiful. For a longer hike combined with a swim, head to the coves such as Cala Tuent or Cala Deia, where you can catch a boat back to the Port of Sóller after some beach time (or after lunch at Ca’s Patro March, the restaurant in Cala Deia that featured in the BBC series The Night Manager). The four-hour hike from Sóller to Cala Deia is not too challenging.

The Cabrera Islands

Natural Feature, Hiking Trail
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The Cabrera Islands are a small, uninhabited archipelago around 10km (6mi) off the southeast coast of Mallorca. The main island once housed a prison camp, then a military base, but is now a protected national park. Boats leave from Colònia de Sant Jordi in high season and, with prior permission from the park ranger, there are a number of different hikes on the island, including an 11km (7mi) walk to the lighthouse, and a 7km (4mi) hike to La Miranda and the caves nearby. The area is a haven for wildlife, and there are also ruins of a castle, some impressive cliffs and numerous tiny coves.

Puig de Massanella from Lluc Monastery

Natural Feature, Hiking Trail
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Archduke?s walk near Valldemossa, named after Ludwig Salvator, Serra de Tramuntana, Majorca Island, Spain
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Puig de Massanella is not the highest peak on Mallorca – that’s Puig Major, an inaccessible military zone – but at 1,364m (4,475ft) above sea level, it is the highest accessible peak, and from the top there are spectacular views across the island. There are a few starting points: the route from Lluc Monastery is a challenging circular route starting in an oak forest and involves the option of climbing to the summit of Puig d’en Galileu on the way – worth the extra slog if you’re up to it. It’s a full day’s worth of hiking (about eight hours), and some parts of the trail are very well marked or signposted, while others are much more unclear, so a decent map is a must.

GR221 Dry Stone Route

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
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This epic 135km (84mi) dry-stone route, the ultimate long-distance challenge on the island, runs from Port D’Andratx in the southwest to Pollensa in the northwest, through the Tramuntana mountain range (a Unesco World Heritage site). The route is based on a network of ancient pathways and is split into eight stages – some parts are easier walking and better signposted than others, and many parts are better done with the help of a guide. As with many of the hiking trails in Mallorca, there are parts of the route that run through private land, so it is important to follow the signposted pathway, as this is a public right of way. If you feel up to the challenge of walking the whole route, there are refuges at various points along the route, where walkers can refuel and spend the night.

Alaró Castle

Historical Landmark
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Spain, Balearic Islands, Alaro, Aerial view of ruin of Castell dAlaro
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The ruins of the castle of Alaró sit on the top of the mountain (Puig d’Alaró), surrounded by steep cliffs, and the medium-level hike from the town of Alaró takes around two hours. There has been a castle on this site since Moorish times, and the impressive ruins of its most recent incarnation (15th century) seem to cover the whole mountain top. On the way up, you can see right across the plains of Mallorca towards Palma and the sea, and from the top there are incredible views over the Tramuntana mountain range. A very popular walk, this one is best avoided at weekends if you want any chance of having the castle to yourself.

Colonia Sant Pere to Es Caló de Betlem

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On the east of the island lies the small town of Colonia Sant Pere, and not too far from that lies the even smaller village of Betlem, itself the gateway to one of the most secluded, beautiful beaches in all of Mallorca. Starting from Sant Pere, it’s a 3km (1.9mi) walk to Betlem, and then the route takes you through the pine forests before reaching your destination around an hour later. Es Caló de Betlem is a cove whose remoteness means that those willing to make the journey may find themselves all alone there, with the only other expected visitors being rock climbers. The mountain views and the crystal-clear water make this the perfect destination after a hike.

Barranc de Biniaraix

Architectural Landmark
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The landscape of Mallorca is rifted with gorges, and many of them make for excellent hiking routes, easy to follow and replete with great scenery. Barranc de Biniaraix is one of the easiest and best. Starting from Biniaraix, just outside the town of Sóller, the full circuit of the gorge takes about four hours, but there are shorter routes if that seems like too much. The vistas provided by the Tramuntana mountains, combined with the quiet, rural surroundings make for a walking experience which feels authentically Mallorcan in almost every way. With so many different routes available, this is one you can return to again and again.

Puig de Sant Martí

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A view of the mountain top Puig de Sant Marti in Alcudia, Mallorca
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This mountain, sitting near the northern town of Alcúdia, is one of the most impressive in Mallorca, as well as one of the most inviting to those in search of a good walk. Heading west out of Alcúdia will lead you on a route to the top of the mountain, offering an outstanding view of the town you left behind, 266m (873ft) above sea level (making it a popular spot for paragliders). An alternate route down will lead you past the Cave of Sant Martí, and all in all the whole circuit can be completed in under two hours, but those who try it could be forgiven for spending a little bit of extra time peering out over the island from this amazing vantage point.

Maioris Decima to the Delta

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On the east side of the Bay of Palma, Maioris Decima is an otherwise unassuming town which hides a route to some of the best coastline anywhere in the bay. Parking up in town, it takes around 45 minutes to trace the rocky coastal path down towards the sea, and your reward after walking, climbing and scrambling is what locals call the Delta (different from the hotel). This slice of cliff face guards yet another wonderfully secluded coastline, and while there’s no sandy entrance to the water (climb or jump, depending on how brave you’re feeling), it’s difficult to pass up the chance to take a dip. For bonus points, bring a snorkel and get a live marine biology lesson before strapping your walking boots back on for the ascent.

Estellencs to Mount Galatzo

Natural Feature
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For most, going on a hike in a place like Mallorca means looking for something off the beaten track, and a village with less than 350 inhabitants and no tarmac roads certainly qualifies. Entering Estellencs really does feel like time travel, especially when you turn to see the Tower of Tem Alemany or the fortified church. There are a few good walking routes from here, including down to the nearby cove, but perhaps the most well known is the two-hour hike up to the peak of Mount Galatzó. This rocky pyramid looms over everything in the area, at a whopping 1027m (3,370ft) above sea level. You can head up solo in the daytime, or take a guided night walk for a unique stargazing experience.

Camí de l’Arxiduc

Natural Feature
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camino del Archiduque, - Cami de S'Arxiduc -, Valldemossa, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.
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At around 11km (7mi) in total, this route needs most of a day blocked out to complete, but the rewards are significant. It’s one of several routes mapped out by conservationist Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, who spent years studying local wildlife on Mallorca in the late 19th century, and has since become something of a famous historical figure there (interestingly, actor Michael Douglas now owns much of his old property on the island). This route provides some of the best views of the Tramuntana Mountains you’ll find anywhere, snaking through Ses Puntes, over Puig de Teix and more. The route is sometimes locally described as the Archduke’s path, and his old refuge at Talaia Vella even features along it. It’s a long trek, but you’ll be walking along a ribbon of Mallorcan history.

Additional reporting by Callum Davies

These recommendations were updated on September 28, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.