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Self-guided walking holiday Trails of the Sierra de Tramuntana
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Highlights

  • Walk the GR221 - Dry Stone Route - of the Sierra de Tramuntana
  • The honey coloured villages of Deia, Valldemossa & Soller
  • Ancient cobbled paths and dramatic mountain landscapes
  • Walking the Barranc de Biniaraix from Soller to Cuber
  • The 13th century Lluc Sanctuary, Mallorca's most sacred pilgrim site.

A classic inn-to-inn walk on the GR221 “Dry Stone Route”, through Mallorca’s Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the stone villages, history, traditional agriculture and customs of north-west Mallorca.

Our route begins in the small village of Esporles and winds its way along ancient cobbled footpaths lined with dry stone terraces to the town of Pollenca. Explore landscapes rich in flora and fauna such as the osprey, black vulture, wild olive and citrus groves.

Discover some of the prettiest villages in Mallorca such as Deia, Valldemossa and Soller. And at the end of the day put your feet up in traditional and welcoming hotels.

 

Day 1: Arrive Esporles

Arriving into Palma Airport, you will be transferred to the small village of Esporles (30min), nestling in a beautiful valley.


We recommend a visit to the “La Granja d’Esporles”, a grand mansion house dating from Roman times and famous for its natural springs and spectacular gardens.


Overnight: Esporles


Day 2: Walk to Valldemossa

Leaving Esporles on the GR221, walk through rural countryside before climbing steeply to the Coll de Sa Basseta. The combination of sea views and glimpses of old rural mountain industries makes for an fascinating walk with lots of points of interest. You pass remains of charcoal burner’s settlements, old lime kilns and ancient forest dwellings.


Walk: 10.5 km, 601m Ascent, 384m Descent.


Overnight: Valldemossa


Day 3: Walk to Deia

One of the finest walks in the whole island today! A steep climb takes you out of Valldemossa along old mule tracks, followed by a lovely descent down into Deia, with views right over the north west coast along the way.


With its 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-class restaurants!


Walk: 10.5km, 596m Ascent, 837m Descent


Overnight: Deia


Day 4: Walk to Soller

Walk through extensive olive groves, past impressive farmhouses, and the former telegraph station of Muleta on top of the spectacular Cap Gros cliffs.


The wide bay of Port de Soller with its sandy beach and seafront restaurants is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere and have a lovely glass of wine before continuing to the town of Soller by tram.


Walk: 11.5km, 283m Ascent, 441m Descent


Overnight: Soller


Day 5: Transfer to Cuber Reservoir, Walk to Soller

After a short transfer to Cuber Reservoir, walk to the L’Ofre pass with expansive views of Puig Major. Follow the Barranc de Biniaraix ravine, where paths and terraces built out of dry-stone are a perfect example of how these structures have been integrated into the natural environment. Finish your walk by walking through valleys filled with orange trees back into Soller.


Walk: 13km, 910m Ascent, 188m Descent


Overnight: Soller


Day 6: Transfer to Cuber, Walk to Lluc Monastery

Traversing the Massanella massif today, enjoy dramatic mountain views and a glimpse into rural mountain life as you pass by the remains of charcoal burners  settlements. This is a tough section but the mountain views surrounding you more than make up for it!


Overnight in the Lluc Monastery, a real back to basics, spiritual experience. 


Walk: 14km, 575m Ascent, 859m Descent


Overnight: Lluc


Day 7: Walk to Pollenca

The final stage of the GR221 is a relaxed one, following shady paths and cobbled trails through holm oak forests, with fine views over Puig Tomir. You pass the S’Ermita hermitage, where hermits lived until the beginning of the 18th century, and the estate of Binifaldo, formerly the property of the Knights Templars, dating back to 1232.


Pollenca, is a traditional Mallorcan town with a thriving café culture and charming little squares. The perfect place to end your adventure!


Walk: 19km, 250m Ascent, 671m Descent


Overnight: Pollenca


Day 8: Onward Travel

A transfer will take you back to Palma Airport, from where you can make your onward journey.

Accommodation

7 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels and guesthouses, and 1 night in a simple mountain monastery is included in your trip.


.The accommodation we normally use is detailed below and on our website, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of a similar standard may be offered.


You can add extra nights at any point during the tour. We can also arrange additional nights in the cosmopolitan city of Palma, which we recommend  for those looking for a fix of great shopping and nightlife.


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.



 

 

 



Son Galceran Hotel - Esporles



Son Galceran Hotel - Esporles

This lovely rural hotel has its origins in an old Mallorcan manor house dating from the 18th century. Each room is individually decorated and offers wonderful views to the valley of Esporles. The hotel has an outdoor pool and beautiful gardens with orange trees.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Cas Papa Hotel - Valldemossa



Cas Papa Hotel - 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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hostal Villa Verde - Deia



Hostal Villa Verde - Deia

A small family run hotel with just 10 rooms in the beautiful village of Deia. The hotel is in a traditional building, is simple yet clean and has everything you may need for a pleasant stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Can Abrils - Soller



Can Abrils

A small hotel situated in a quiet street only a minute's walk away from the centre of Soller. The rooms are decorated in traditional Mallorcan style.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Sanctuary Lluc - Lluc



Sanctuary Lluc

Although the most basic of your accommodations on the Tramuntana Trail, the Sanctuary of Lluc offers peaceful accommodation in a unique environment. Get back to basics in this simple accommodation in a former monastery. You may catch a religious celebration or a performance of the choir.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Juma - Pollenca



Hotel Juma

A welcoming home away from home with beautifully decorated rooms and located in the old town of Pollenca.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this walking tour on any day of your choice between April 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 April 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 this year. If you would like to travel earlier than this 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 moderate-strenuous, and we recommend that you are experienced walkers to get the  most out of it. Most of the walks follow gravel and paved tracks, and you occasionally follow minor roads, with one short section on a busier road between Deia and Soller. The longest day is 17km and the shortest is 8km.  There is a fair bit of ascent and descent involved with 910m ascent being the most on one day.  We do not recommend this walk for anybody who suffers from vertigo as there are some sections where there are steep drop-offs.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The GR221 is signposted between Deia and Pollenca, making it fairly easy to follow for those sections. For the section between Esporles and Deia this is not currently signposted, however we will provide detailed route notes and maps for the whole route. We recommend that you are comfortable navigating to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy this walk.


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 AirPalma 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 star hotels and guesthouses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Airport transfers to and from Palma
  • Taxis on Days 5 & 6 between Cuber and Soller
  • 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
  • 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 moderate-strenuous, and we recommend that you are experienced walkers to get the  most out of it. Most of the walks follow gravel and paved tracks, and you occasionally follow minor roads. The longest day is 17km and the shortest is 8km.  There is a fair bit of ascent and descent involved with 910m ascent being the most on one day.  We do not recommend this walk for anybody who suffers from vertigo as there are some sections where there are steep drop-offs.

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.

Relaxing and invigorating at the same time

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We did this to build on the thrill of having done the Tour de Mont Blanc. Although this is not in the same league, the walk is a good one. It is not hard if you are a regular hill walker and we completed the days in less time than suggested without rushing, however the weather does make 8 miles in Mallorca feel more like 11-12 in the UK. Navigation is a lot easier with the Mac's App and on day 2 in particular,looking for paint splashes on rocks was time consuming and led us astray. I think someone should invest in a can of red spray paint just to refresh the splashes that are there. I can get a little itchy with vertigo but was fine. At no point are the drops-which are steep-open and there is always a wide path and often a restraining wall. The views from some of these paths are exceptional.There is quite a lot of time spent under trees but that was welcome shade for us. Accommodation was good although the hotel on our last night was right on the main square and was noisy as a result. No sooner had the revelry ended than the clean up and bin lorries started. Lots of lovely food opportunities in the stops-the monastery was by far the least satisfactory- meant we could do a fair amount of 'good living' as well as our walking. It isn't the most taxing of walks but it is rewarding and also quite different to what we normally do in the Lakes and Scotland. We really enjoyed it and returned to the UK tanned, refreshed and thinking about where to go next!

Pete

CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

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Awesome views and wonderful people!

5

This was our third trip with Macs Adventures and it did not disappoint. The GPS mapping system was ideal. Great improvement!!!! The trip was very organized and at the difficulty level as described. The accommodations were all unique and we were able to get a feel for the Mallorcan culture each evening. We spent an extra night in Pollensa, and were glad we did. It is a very interesting town and the port is worth seeing.

Kathy

Valencia, Spain

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Fantastic walking holiday! Wonderful scenery

5

We really enjoyed our walking trail. Though it was "challenging" we septuagenarians managed it without too much trouble and had a wonderful time. The walks and views are magnificent and varied. We had a bit of trouble with navigation on the first two legs, (along with lots of others we met, and we had been warned) but the app was really useful for regaining the route, once we got our elderly heads around how to use it. As seasoned walkers, used to OS maps, we would prefer better maps as back-up.

Annie P

Yorkshire

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Wonderful walks in wooded mountains and picturesque villages

4

We thoroughly enjoyed the Tramuntana Trails. The October sunshine was still hot but we were well shaded as most of the walk was under tree cover. There were however terrific views of the coast and from time to time of the surrounding mountains. The going wasn't always easy, especially on the long descents and though classed as "moderate" by Macs, route-finding and occasional steep downhill sections were sometimes a challenge for three septuagenarians. The accommodation was all excellent and sometimes old enough to be interesting. The villages we stayed in were all delightful, especially as we were outside the main holiday season. The arrangements all worked well.

The Three Amigos

Newcastle/London/Liverpool

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Fabulous walking in stunnning scenery

5

This was our first holiday with Mac's Adventures and we were very impressed. It was well organised, all the taxis and bag collections worked well, the hotels were varied - some excellent, some quirky but none of them bad. The walking was excellent. It is quite challenging - particularly at the start of the week but there is a real sense of achievement at the end of the day when you look back up at the stunning landscapes you have walked. We found the Mac app walks on the phone were much more useful than the written instructions. Most of the walks are pretty well signed and you soon get into the hang of looking out for stone cairns and red dots on the more remote sections. Walking poles are recommended and we found them very useful as there are some pretty steep, rocky descents to tackle. Although the weather was still hot when we did the walk in mid September there is plenty of shade to be found in the forested sections. Clear skies meant we could make the most of the amazing views. It was a great trip exploring beautiful countryside and staying in great locations.

Somerset Stroller

Somerset

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The Tramuntana trails from MAC Adventures - fantastic

5

My husband and I had a great break on the Tramuntana trail from Esporles to Pollenca and as we flew home over the mountains we felt a real sense of achievement seeing the full range of our walk. At the beginning of June the weather was around 24 degrees C, although within 10minutes of the first day's walk starting we had to shelter from an impressive thunderstorm with torrential water pouring down the storm drains and river beds. However thereafter it was great, walking in shorts and tee shirt, hats and sun cream. We quickly got used to the dry stoney paths, enjoyed the shade of oak and fir woods and "stone structures" following red dots and cairns. Coming down on our middle aged knees was hard work but with a little help from walking poles and elastic bandages we met the challenge. We appreciated the 2nights in Soller, and loved the walk down from Cuber Reservoir ( driven up to start was a real treat) as the scenery was stunning, high rocks, amazing steep paths leading to a view down to the coast and met 2 donkeys with panniers full of juice and beer ( sadly we were not offered any). Another highlight was sleeping in Lluc monastery.. a real haven and he walk over was over 3000', up in the mist and yet as it got cooler, we found the walking easier as we were getting fitter as time went on. The final walk down to civilisation in Pollenca to the outdoor plaza and a cold beer was a perfect end to a week when we walked 55 miles over 6 days.. I should say we walked more than we should, having got confused with the red dots and cairns between Valdemossa and Deia on the high sierra. The detailed notes were a challenge due to difficulties trying to work out from the many paths, Stone structures and turnings. When we stuck to the GPS things were better and I would recommend using this for walks like this. Mac adventures were great, the accommodation and local tips were perfect and when our bags were a bit late one day, they sorted this with in an hour , no problem. Thanks!

Lindsay

Edinburgh

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A really lovely walking holiday

5

We had a great time, the walking was amazing with the most spectacular scenery, whilst visiting & staying in pretty Mallorca towns & villages. The hotels we stayed in were all lovely.

Mandy

North Yorkshire

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Great week

5

Firstly I am into regular adventure but my other half would not describe herself as a Gym addict or exceptionally fit. We walk a lot together, (had a few months ago walked the Cotswolds way) and both love Mallorca and it was her suggestion we did this walk. I mention this because it would be her view that any reasonably fit person taking their time would love this experience. It's tiring but absolutely inspiring and civilised! The admin and organisation by the Mac team was excellent throughout. The hotels we stayed in were varied, boutique, perfect for the occasion. It was a wonderful way to stay and eat in places in Mallorca you would not normally do. The route itself is in the main well signposted, good notes from Mac. The walks and views are breathtaking, the countryside beautiful, the experience was truly memorable. We had days we nicknamed epic day, majestic day etc, (you get the general idea!). Great holiday!

Ben

Warwickshire

Challenging but enjoyable

4

We did the walk in October 2017. We only had four days so Macs tailored it for us so we started in Valdemossa and missed the walk from the reservoir and the second night in Soller. The walk from Valdemossa to Deia had excellent views but compared to the rest of the route the signposting could only be described as adequate. It can be quite easy to miss an important turn on the descent particularly when it is raining and misty - the weather we had that day. The path is quite steep and narrow in places and great care is needed on the wet cobbles. By contrast, the following day, walking from Deia to Soller was much easier being a very picturesque stroll through pine forests and coast paths with the occasional person selling fresh orange juice squeezed while you wait. The most challenging was the walk from Cuber reservoir to Lluc Monastery via Coll des Prat. The ascent is relatively easy although it takes a long time. The views from the Coll are stunning and looking down on the light clouds below is a great experience. We were fortunate to see an eagle flying beneath us as well. The descent is hard work. You start by going down into a valley only for the path to rise again up to another peak. Soon you can see the monastery a long way below and you shortly begin the second descent on a steep path at the top of the mountain with a seemingly endless series of hairpin bends. The path has a stone wall to protect your exposed side so you are quite safe but it is less than knee high. There is a warning in Mac's details that you should not attempt this walk if you suffer from vertigo and I strongly recommend that you take this warning seriously! The fourth days walk was from Lluc to Pollenca, it was relatively easy and well signposted. At one point there is a short detour to a viewpoint recommended in the instructions. I would strongly recommend it as well - the view is fabulous and worth the extra half a kilometre of walking in total.

Rambling On

Hertfordshire

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Perfect walking holiday

5

The scenery is magnificent, there are some spectacular views. The route notes provided are clear and accurate and easy to follow. We also used a gpx and Garmin but the second half of the week the path is obvious and well signposted. Equally as good is the choice of small, quirky, boutique hotels. A brilliant way to see Mallorca and it's mountain towns and villages. We will be doing this walk again.

Steve

Yorkshire

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