Hiking Tips in Mallorca

Amazing coastal landscapes, unspoilt mountain regions and breathtaking gorges – Mallorca has much more to offer than just Magaluf and beer. There are so many ways to explore the Balearic island’s magnificent natural landscape.

Torrent de Pareis: Mallorca’s “Grand Canyon”

No other tour on the island can rival the Torrent de Pareis in terms of difficulty. The hike through the deep erosion gorge in the north of the island is quite an adventure, with boulders the height of houses having to be negotiated. Sometimes the only way forward is through an extremely narrow gap. The overhanging rock faces allow nothing more than diffuse light into the gorge in places. You have to go at the right time of year – in the winter season, pools filled with ice-cold water provide an additional thrill. I’d recommend doing this five-hour hike through the gorge no earlier than April, when it’s dry underfoot. For information on the water levels, contact TORRENT DE PAREIS.

Hiking Torrent de Pareis Mallorca, Spain

Torrent de Pareis (Mallorca)

Gourmet hiking tour on La Victoria

One of the most beautiful routes in the north of Mallorca is the four-and-a-half-hour hike from Ermita de la Victoria via the old watchtower, La Atalaya, to the little beach where Bar S’Illot is situated. The trail leads from the former hermitage right down to the azure sea, at times along old goat tracks and at others under shady olive trees. The views over the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia are simply magnificent. One particularly inviting feature of this hike is the many opportunities for refreshment en route. What could be nicer than sitting down to a typical Mallorcan dish accompanied by a glass of the island’s wine in such beautiful surroundings? Hikers who opt to follow this panoramic route along the La Victoria peninsula can combine exercise, food and drink in highly pleasurable fashion.

Mola de s’Esclop: Close to heaven

You can get a great view of Mallorca from the 928-metre Mola de s’Esclop to the north-west of Palma. The four-hour hike to the summit starts at Finca Galatzó, situated in a nature reserve at an altitude of 181 metres. Early in the walk you cross the Torrent de Galatzó, where almond and olive trees grow. At the end of the valley the trail ascends steeply, with various pine trees serving as oriantation points. Further up you even have to do a spot of climbing. The plateau on the summit, ridged with furrows of prickly undergrowth, is home to a building of historical significance: it was here that French physicist and mathematician François Arago worked on meridian arc measurements in 1808. Today hikers are greeted by heavenly peace and a wonderful view over the island.

Hiking Mola de s'Esclop Mallorca, Spain

Mola de s’Esclop (Mallorca)

Sóller and Deià: Trail of historical interest

The old footpath between Sóller and Deià was the only route between the two villages before the road was built – and is still a particularly lovely and varied hiking trail (of around 3 hours in length). The ancient cobbled trail winds its way from Sóller through aged olive groves to the old chapel just before Ca’n Prohom. Here you can stop for cake and a refreshing drink of orange juice before proceeding to Lluc Alcari. The path above the coastline is particularly impressive, with stunning views of the cape and the bay of Deià. It doesn’t take long to reach the steep, terraced church hill at Deià, from where you can take the bus back to Sóller.


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