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The Balearic Islands, known for their beaches, partying and tourism, have another much more fascinating side. And the fact is that these islands have a unique natural environment, such as the Serra de Tramuntana, which you can walk from end to end, from Estellencs to Pollensa by the route of pedra en sec (dry stone). In this post we want you to know the 5 best hiking trails in Mallorca.
Torrent de Pareis Route
We begin our walks along the Mallorcan roads. And we do it in one of the most spectacular, the Torrent de Pareis. This torrent is formed by the confluence of the Lluc and Blau rivers, forming beautiful canyons that flow into the beach of Sa Calobra.
The hiking route that we propose is one of the best hiking trails in Mallorca and is about 8 and a half kilometers long, starting from the Escorca restaurant on the MA-10. It lasts about 4 hours in which you will cross the torrent bed, find pools and ponds perfect for admiring the endemic species par excellence in this place, the Balearic toad or ferreret. The route continues to S’Entreforc, following the route to the beach of Sa Calobra, where we can take a swim if the weather is good.
We must remember that it is not advisable to do this route during the rainy season, since the torrent of water can be very dangerous not only at the bottom of it, but it can also cause landslides. A very good option to do this route is to do it by means of an excursion to Torrent de Pareis.
Sa Foradada route
It is a rock next to the sea that receives this name thanks to the hole it has in its center. This circular route begins at the entrance of the Son Marroig estate. From there we will start going down a 3.75 kilometers cobblestone path that has no loss, as it is the only one that exists.
As you go down you will find several viewpoints from which you can have spectacular views of Sa Foradada. If you have not brought anything to eat, you should know that almost reaching the end of the road is the restaurant Sa Foradada, specializing in paella and perfect to stop halfway through the tour for a drink.
Now you only have to go up, with a full stomach. If everything has gone well, we will be back at the starting point in about two hours.
Route to Puig des Teix
We change the cliffs for the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, it is time to climb the peak of Puig des Teix. With a height of 1064 meters above sea level, it was named after a species of tree well known in Mallorca, the European yew, called Teix in Catalan.
The route starts in the village of Valdemossa and you have to be well prepared, as there is a difference in altitude of 600 meters. After starting to climb we will arrive at the refuge where the first snow houses of the Tramuntana are located, which in winter can be covered with a white mantle that makes the hike harder, but also spectacular.
We will continue walking through a landscape dominated by typical vegetation of the area until we reach our final destination, the Puig des Teix, from where the entire horizon is dominated by the Mediterranean Sea in the background. When we return to Valdemossa we will have spent about 6 hours on a route 11 km long round trip.
Dragonera Island Route
One of the wonders of the area is outside the island, but in it you will find some of the best hiking routes in Mallorca. Sa Dragonera or Dragonera Island is a small islet located to the northwest of Majorca that has an incomparable natural space.
Named Natural Park in 1995, it has an area of 274 hectares dominated by extensive Mediterranean vegetation. The channel that separates it from Mallorca is only 800 meters long, but even so, the only way to reach it is by boat, usually from the port of the town of Sant Elm.
Short route to the lighthouse of Na Miranda
There are several routes in Sa Dragonera. The easy excursion is the one that arrives until the lighthouse of Na Miranda, with hardly 1,2 kilometers of length and a perfect circular itinerary to do in hardly half an hour.
Medium route to the lighthouse of Tramuntana
A little longer is the one that goes to the Tramuntana lighthouse. It lasts about 60 minutes, but we highly recommend you to do it because the views of the Mediterranean and Mallorca from the lighthouse are impressive, especially on days when the sea is calm.
Long route to the lighthouse des Llebeig
And another lighthouse occupies the following route in Dragonera island, since the one of Na Poia is located in the highest point of the island, place from which also we will be able to enjoy a spectacular landscape. This was the old lighthouse of the islet, but it had to stop being used because the foggy days made it impossible to see it from long distances.
For the more adventurous we offer you this last option. This is the lighthouse des Llebeig, which culminates the longest route of the island that can be done in approximately 3 hours. This excursion also includes seeing a watchtower from the 16th century that is still preserved near the lighthouse.
Route to Puig de Massanella
The second highest mountain in Mallorca is also worth a visit. And it is from there that the whole island is dominated, being one of the most popular routes among hiking enthusiasts.
From the sanctuary of Lluc you can take the GR-221, a beautiful cobbled path where you will take your first steps surrounded by a thick oak forest. Just as you reach the Coll de ses Cases you will see for the first time the Puig de Massanella, which from this point rises imposingly.
Right there you will leave the main route to continue ascending along a rocky path until you reach the point you have been waiting for a long time. Because, although it is not an extremely difficult path, reaching the summit is very satisfying, especially when you have been walking for a long time. From there you will feel that you dominate the entire Mediterranean, which is immense on the horizon, besides being able to enjoy the views of the rest of the peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana, where we put an end to our journey through the Balearic Islands.
So far our list of the best hiking trails in Mallorca. We hope you have been able to see that this island is much more than paradisiacal beaches, see you in Mallorca with the trekking poles!