- 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Day 8: Onward Travel
A transfer will take you back to Palma Airport, from where you can make your onward journey.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
A welcoming home away from home with beautifully decorated rooms and located in the old town of Pollenca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to and from Palma
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Personal equipment
- 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.