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Mallorca Coast & Mountain Trails Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Trails linking the three mountain villages of Fornalutx, Soller and Valldemossa
  • Relaxed walking through the Tramuntana Sierra in northwest Mallorca
  • Deia with its honey-coloured houses, classy restaurants and art galleries
  • Lazy picnic lunches with views over the Mediterannean Sea
  • Overnight stays in boutique fincas and traditional hotels

Based in three of the island’s most attractive villages and towns— Fornalutx, Soller and Valldemossa— enjoy flexible walking with plenty of time for long lunches of tapas and wine. Exploring the pretty villages and beautiful coastline of northwest Mallorca this is a relaxed walking holiday in the Tramuntana Sierra.

Staying overnight in boutique fincas and hotels, this is the perfect way to explore Mallorca at your own pace. Following donkey trails and pilgrim paths, wind your way through wooded valleys, fragrant citrus groves, and along beautiful coastline to wonderful viewpoints in the mountains. Experience for yourself areas which inspired poets and musicians like the English novelist Robert Graves and famous composer Chopin.

Day 1: Arrive Fornalutx

Arriving into Palma Airport, you will be transferred to the small village of Fornalutx (45m), in it’s wonderful hilltop location.


Check into your boutique hotel and enjoy dinner at one of the many terrace restaurants with views of the pine-clad foothills of Puig Major.


Overnight: Fornalutx


Day 2: Choice of walks from Fornalutx

You have two choices today. The first is a walk from Fornalutx on the Cami de s’Alzina Fumadora. This cobbled bridle path winds its way steeply up between olive and orange trees, but you are rewarded with excellent views of the mountains surrounding the valley.


The other walk is a slightly easier option as it is mostly downhill,  from the Cuber reservoir to the L’Ofre pass for 360 degree views over to the Bay of Palma and Bay of Alcudia. Then descend down through the Biniaraix Gorge on an ancient pilgrim’s trail with some striking cave formations, back to Fornalutx.


Loop Walk from Fornalutx: 11km, 2hrs, 415m Ascent, 429m Descent.


Walk from Cuber to Fornalutx:  12km, 3-4 hrs, 229m Ascent, 846m Descent


Overnight: Fornalutx


Day 3: Walk Fornalutx to Port de Soller, Tram to Soller

Leaving Fornalutx, you head towards the pretty village of Soller today. Walk the Cami de Sa Capelleta through shaded pine trees to the Sanctuary of “Sa Capelleta”. Continue along zig-zagging paths through tranquil olive groves and through the beautiful Sa Figuera valley to Port de Soller.


This wide bay lined with a sandy beach and plenty of seafront restaurants is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere before continuing to the village of Soller by the old-fashioned tramway. (payable locally).


Walk: 9.8km, 2-3hrs, 247m Ascent, 391m Descent


Overnight: Soller


Day 4: Soller

You have various choices to tempt you for your days spent in Soller. A short walk from Port de Soller with views over the coast takes you to the Cap Gros lighthouse and the area of Muleta Gran with its impressive defence tower. Or for the ultimate picnic walk, enjoy a climb to the Torre Picada watchtower, before following a path below the Puig Balitx cliffs to a fantastic look-out point over Sa Illeta island.


A final option, combining boat and tram trips with walking, takes you through a lush valley, and along a beautiful coastal path to Cala Tuent, before returning by boat to Port de Soller, and then tram to Soller.


Walk: 8.5-14km, 2-5hrs


Overnight: Soller


Day 5: Soller or Train to Palma

Enjoy one of the other walks or you may choose to simply relax and enjoy the sun! Another popular option is to take the vintage train to the capital, Palma. This wooden, narrow-gauge train has been in operation since 1912 and takes you back in time as it clatters through the Mallorcan countryside.


Overnight: Soller


Day 6: Walk to Deia, bus to Valldemossa

Following the Cami del Castillo, head to the previous artist’s colony of Deia. The route is a lovely one following the GR221 and with superb sea views for part of it.


With it’s honey-coloured houses, Deia has inspired many artists and musicians since the 19th century, including the English poet and novelist Robert Graves. Today it is home to many little art galleries as well as some top-notch restaurants, where you can try local specialities and tapas, before taking one of the regular buses to Valldemossa (payable locally).


Walk: 10km, 3hrs, 424m Ascent, 280m Descent


Overnight: Valldemossa


Day 7: The Archdukes Pass from Valldemossa

After visiting Mallorca in 1867, Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator was so taken by it that he was inspired to create this route from the beautiful village of Valldemossa. It takes in various spectacular vantage points and also provides an insight into traditional mountain industries, passing several charcoal ovens and lime kilns.


Valldemossa is commonly referred to as one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca, it has motivated artists and composers alike, one of which was Chopin, who lived there from 1838-39. Visit the Carthusian monastery or enjoy sweet treats such as ’coca de patata’ (a sweet potato cake) from one of the traditional family bakeries.


Walk: 14km, 3-4hrs, 694m Ascent/Descent


Overnight: Valdemossa


Day 8: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast, and say farewell to Mallorca. You will be transferred back to Palma Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

7 Nights accommodation is included in your trip. We have carefully selected boutique hotels that ensure you will have the most relaxing of holidays in Mallorca and make your stay even more memorable. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of a similar standard may be offered.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request. A single supplement is payable.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. To keep things flexible, lunches and dinners are not included. You can pick up picnic lunches from local shops or markets or stop off at restaurants en-route. Drinks and evening are available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.



 

 

 



Fornalutx Petit Hotel - Fornalutx



Fornalutx Petit Hotel - Fornalutx

Located on a tranquil, traffic-free street in Fornalutx, this beautiful hotel was previously a convent and has now been beatifully restored and modernised into a charming little boutique hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Can Reus Hotel - Fornalutx



Can Reus Hotel - Fornalutx

A boutique rural hotel surrounded by lemon and orange trees. They have beautiful rooms decoratated in traditional Mallorcan style, a beautiful garden, terrace and swimming pool. There are also stunning views of the Tramuntana moutnains from the hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Cas Curial - Soller



Cas Curial - Soller

A cosy boutique hotel in a beautiful mountain setting and classic Majorcan interiors. It is located just a few minutes from the centre of Soller and has a beautiful swimming pool offering in which to relax after a days walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Can Quatre - Soller



Can Quatre - Soller

A delightful refurbished Majorcan country house surround by a lush garden and with a beautiful swimming pool, just 10 minutes from the centre of Soller. .


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Interior Sa Vall - Valldemossa



Hotel Interior Sa Vall - Valldemossa

Formerly a stately manor house, the Sa Vall Interior Hotel is set in a beautiful natural setting on the outskirts of Valldemossa and has an open-air swimming pool, extensive gardens, and stunning views of the Sierra de Tramuntana.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Cas Papa - Valldemossa



Hotel Cas Papa - Valldemossa

A small hotel combing the hallmarks of the regions traditional lifestyle with a more contemporary atmosphere. Enjoy mediterranean breakfasts and their relaxation zone, where guests can enjoy freshly-brewed coffee or a glass of wine.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this walking tour on any day of your choice between March and June, and September to October. We don’t recommend July or August as it tends to be too hot for walking then. The best months for walking tend to be between March and May, and September through to October, when the temperatures are a bit cooler. Mallorca is very popular and the accommodations do fill up quickly so we recommend booking as early as possible.


Please note that this tour is only available for departures from mid October 2016. If you would like to travel in September 2016 please contact us to discuss some other options.


Time of Year

In our opinion, the best months to travel are May and September, when the temperatures are nice and pleasant for walking. Flowers will also be in full bloom in May.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although a single supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded as easy-moderate overall as many of the walks are optional or have shorter options. Most of the walks follow gravel and paved tracks, and you occasionally follow minor roads. The longest walk we have suggested is 16.5km, and the shortest is 7km. There are also several options for a few of the days giving you lots of flexibility depending on how much walking you want to do (or not to do!)


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Some of the walks are waymarked with signs for the GR221 or other local paths, and we supply detailed 1:40,000 trail maps and route notes so you should not have any problems finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Mallorca

By Air - Palma is the main airport in Mallorca and has direct flights from most major airports in the UK and flying time is just over two hours from London. Airlines include Easyjet, British Airways, Ryanair, Thomson Flights, Fly Thomas Cook, Flybe & Jet2.


Airport transfers are included to and from Palma Airport.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4 star boutique hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Airport transfers to and from Palma
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Palma
  • Local buses, trams, trains and taxis where required (payable locally)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular and the accommodations do get booked up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded as easy-moderate overall as many of the walks are optional or have shorter options. Most of the walks follow gravel and paved tracks, and you occasionally follow minor roads. The longest walk we have suggested is 16.5km, and the shortest is 7km. There are also several options for a few of the days giving you lots of flexibility depending on how much walking you want to do (or not to do!)

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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Archduke Pass is Amazing

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  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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    Comments about macs adventure Mallorca Coast & Mountain Trails:

    The village of Fornalutx is lovely. The hotel there was very nice. The village is a nicer place to stay than the town of Soller though Soller has superb restaurants.

    Getting around by taxi is easy. All the villages - Fornalutx, Soller, Port de Soller, Deia, Valdemossa - are quite close to each other.

    The hikes to Cala Tuent from Soller and to the Archduke Pass from Valdemossa are long and away from roads. They are among the nicest walks in the area. We took 2 liters of water each because the days were hot.

    The map was more useful to us than the detailed notes in the guide book. Look for a house with white windows is a bit vague. The estimated times between points, given in the guide book, weren't helpful; we did better by ignoring them. The map and sign posts and cairns along the way were more useful than the guide book. We got lost a few times but trusting instincts and the map got us back on track.

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    5.0

    Superb!

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        Comments about macs adventure Mallorca Coast & Mountain Trails:

        Wonderful walking holiday in beautiful scenery. Different views every day. Enough of a challenge to work of our plentiful breakfasts!
        Hotels all different but very good - especially our 3 nights spent at Cas Curial in Soller - a peaceful oasis with very attentive and knowledgable hosts.
        Route notes detailed but accurate.

         
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        We had a fabulous holiday.

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          Comments about macs adventure Mallorca Coast & Mountain Trails:

          Spring is a great time to visit Mallorca for a walking holiday, perfect temperature. The smell of orange blossom all around Soller is absolutely amazing. The MACs walks were perfect length for us, not too stretching but you felt you had a "good walk". The accommodation was perfect, each having its own character. The Soller hotel Can Quatra gave us a really warm welcome, bags already in the room - what a treat, we really did not want leave and will go back again.

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          Mallorca mountains and coast

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            Comments about macs adventure Mallorca Coast & Mountain Trails:

            Great holiday, Mallorca is such a stunning island and this was the perfect way to discover it! Really nice accommodation, great breakfasts and all the towns had lovely options for lunch/dinner. Weather in October can be variable, the wettest month but the temperature was perfect for hiking.

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