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views of mallorca's reservoir from the route
hikers doing a break during the alpine path
mallorca's map of the alpine route
hikers going down through the tramuntana
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Serra de Tramuntana GR221 Mallorca Refuges

A challenge of 94 km and 4240 m. of positive height gain in 6 stages along the GR221 Dry stone route

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8 days
Spanish, English and German
Starts: Check-in at the Hostel Sa fita backpackers (Esporles) from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ends: Check-out at Pont Roma Refuge (Pollensa) until 10:00 a.m.
Free cancellation!


Complete the alpine version of the Serra de Tramuntana GR221 Mallorca Refuges and enjoy 8 days of trekking, staying overnight in the heart of Tramuntana mountains.

On this route, you will cover 94 km divided into 6 self-guided stages, with a total of 4249 meters of cumulative positive altitude gain. The length and gradient of each of the stages make this the toughest hike you can do in the Tramuntana ⛰️. Read on and we will tell you all the details of each of the routes:

Tour details


  • 5 nights accommodation in refuge or hostel (room + shared bathroom)
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santuari de Lluc (private room + bathroom)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch-box
  • Guided excursion to Torrent de Pareis (day 6)
  • Transfer in/out day 6
  • 5 days of luggage transport
  • Map of the routes
  • GPS tracks GR221
  • Telephone assistance in case of emergency

Not included

  • Meals

Important information

The GR221 Mallorca Refugios is the hardest hike you can do in the Tramuntana Mountains. No previous experience or technical knowledge is required to do it, but it is important to be in good physical shape to complete it.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 32 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a refund of 80% of the amount paid. If you cancel between 31 and 26 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50% of the amount paid. If you cancel between 25 and 19 days before the start of the tour you will receive a 40% refund of the amount paid. If you cancel between 18 and 11 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 25% of the amount paid. After this time or in case of not doing the activity, no refund will be made and it will not be possible to modify the reservation.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Esporles

Accommodation: Hostel Sa Fita backpackers

Individual arrival in Esporles

On the first day you can check in at Sa Fita backpackers Hostel between 14:00 and 20:00. Esporles is located 20 minutes from the center of  Palma de Mallorca and you can easily get there by car. 

Take advantage of the afternoon to visit this village with its unique charm and full of traditions.

start of the gr221 alpine

DAY 2 Trek from Esporles to Deià

Elevation gain: ▲ 1100 m. ▼1200 m
Distance: 17 km
Duration: 6,5 hours
Accommodation: Can Boi Refuge


Breakfast on the first day is not included. Prepare something the night before, or go to one of the cafés in the area and get your strength back to start the route along the GR221 Alpine. Along the way you will pass through holm oak forests, past old charcoal kilns and lime kilns until you reach Valldemossa. Here you can stop for a coffee and a rest. Afterward, you will climb up one of the most famous paths in Mallorca, the Camí des Arxiduc.


At the end of the second day’s trek, you will reach one of the most picturesque and charming mountain villages in Mallorca, Deià. Take the opportunity to walk the Camino des Racó which will take you to a beautiful waterfall where you will discover the best panoramic views of Deià.

views of the mediterranean sea

DAY 3 Trek from Deià to Sóller - Camí des Pintors

Elevation gain: ▲ 350 m. ▼370 m
Distance: 12 km
Duration: 3 hours
Accommodation: Hostal Soller

Deià - Camí des Pintors

Breakfast at the refuge will be served between 8:00 and 9:00. This stage will be the easiest of your hiking week in Mallorca. It runs along the Camí des Pintors, passing by old houses dating back to the 13th century. The path of Arab descent used to serve as a link between the towns of Sóller and Deià.


If the weather is fine, you can end the day on Sóller’s beach. There is also the possibility of going for a walk through the beautiful coastal town, considered the capital of Tramuntana and one of the most beautiful in Spain.

views of the sóller beach

DAY 4 Trek from Biniaraix ravine to Tossals Verds Refuge

Elevation gain: ▲ 1200 m. ▼560 m
Distance: 18 km
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation: Tossals Verds Refuge


Breakfast at the hostel will be served between 8:00 and 9:00. On this day you will have to carry your own luggage because the Tossals Verds Refuge is not accessible by car. You can organise a backpack for two days, and leave the rest of the luggage at the hostel, to be transported to the Santuari de Lluc (accommodation where you will sleep on the fifth day of the tour). Or you can go directly to the Santuari de Lluc with all your luggage. Whichever option you choose, get ready for a day of intense sensations!

Biniaraix ravine

The Biniaraix gorge is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Tramuntana Mountains and has been declared a Public Cultural Asset. This cobbled hiking route is a fascinating combination of stone steps, rocks, water and wild vegetation.

Tossals Verds

After a long climb, you will culminate at the Coll de l’Ofre where you will have a spectacular view of the most alpine landscape next to the Cúber reservoir and the Puig Major peak. Later you will reach the Tossals Verds refuge via the smooth rock pass, where you will spend the night.

hiking the path gr221 alpine

DAY 5 Trek Tossals Verds - Puig de Massanella - Santuari de Lluc

Elevation gain: ▲ 1000 m. ▼800 m
Distance: 18 km
Duration: 7,5 hours
Accommodation: Santuari de Lluc

Puig de Massanella

Breakfast will be served at the refuge between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning and you will be able to pick up your lunch-box for lunch at midday. Today is the main stage of the trek. The climb starts gently through a forest and takes you along the walls of Massanella. This is the beginning of the rocky path up to the pass, where you can enjoy your picnic outdoor.

Santuari de Lluc

Once past the Coll des Prats, with impressive views of the bays of Pollensa and Alcúdia, you will make a descent, followed again by a short ascent to the pass below the Puig de en Galileo. Once there it will be a steady descent along the dry stone path and holm oak forest to the Santuari de Lluc, Mallorca’s most important pilgrimage centre.

santuari de lluc

DAY 6 Guided excursion to Torrent de Pareis

Elevation gain: ▼650 m
Distance: 9 km
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation: Santuari de Lluc

Transfer from Lluc to Escorca

Breakfast at the Santuari de Lluc will be served between 8:30 and 10:00 in the morning. Then you will take the minibus to Escorca to start the sixth day’s stage.

Torrent de Pareis

The Torrent de Pareis is considered the most exceptional excursion on the island and has been declared a Natural Monument by UNESCO. It is a canyon 3 km long, with vertical walls 200 metres high, so a qualified guide will accompany you on this part of the stage. There will be areas where you will have to use your hands and ropes for support.

Sa Calobra - Santuari de Lluc

At the end of the excursion you will arrive at Sa Calobra where you can take a dip on the beach to refresh yourself after a day’s route along the GR221 Alpine in Mallorca. Later the minibus will return you to Lluc where you can rest for the next day.

hikers climbing with guide's help

DAY 7 Trek from Lluc to Pollensa

Elevation gain: ▲ 500 m. ▼700 m
Distance: 17,5 km
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation: Pont Roma Refuge

Santuari de Lluc - Pollensa

Breakfast will be served at the Santuari between 8:30 and 10:30. The last stage of the GR221 Alpine takes you to Pollensa. The path is a very easy forest route. From Binifaldó it’s all downhill until you reach the village of Pollensa, where you can celebrate the end of the journey.

Alternative route via Puig Tomir

Elevation gain: ▲ 850 m. ▼950 m
Distance: 20,7 km
Duration: 7,5 hours

If you still have the strength and desire, you can take the alternative route that passes through Puig Tomir. This option is a bit tougher, as you will go from a 17,5 km stage with 500 metres of elevation gain to a 20,7 km stage with 850 metres of elevation gain. But we are sure it will be worth it 😊. If you decide to climb it, you will be able to enjoy unique views of the island of Menorca.


Whichever option you choose, you will always end up in Pollensa. Once you arrive in the town, located in the north of Mallorca, we recommend you take a walk through its beautiful stone streets, a visit to the Main Square and the 365 steps up to El Calvario. Let yourself  be enveloped by its natural surroundings!

hard hiking in mallorca

DAY 8 Pollensa

Individual departure from Pollensa

This is the end of your 8-day adventure doing the alpine version of the GR221 through the Tramuntana Mountains. Wake up quietly and breakfast will be served between 8:00 and 9:00 and you can check-out at the Pont Romà Refuge until 10:00.

views of the Pollensa Beach

What to bring to Serra de Tramuntana GR221 Mallorca Refuges

  • Medium hiking backpack (30 to 40 litres)
  • Hugh-top hiking boots
  • Resting shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sun cream
  • Hat
  • Light hiking clothes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Identity card or passport

Questions & Answers

  • What happens if one of the accommodations is not available?

    If there is no availability in one of the hotels during your stay, we will offer you a similar alternative in the same village so that you can enjoy your trip without worrying about having to change the route. If there is one thing Tramuntana has, apart from unique trails, it is charming hotels 💙.
  • What is a self-guided tour?

    A self-guided tour is a route which is done without a guide, independently, where you can walk at your own pace and set your own times. The Dry Stone Route runs along well-marked trails and you will also have the maps and GPS Tracks of the GR 221.
  • Where do we eat at lunchtime?

    As this is a self-guided tour, you decide the pace of the route, the breaks you take and where you eat each day. The stages last between 3,5 and 7,5 hours. This allows you to pack a picnic and take the opportunity to have a picnic lunch halfway along the route or calculate the time in route to get to the restaurants for lunch. Lunch is not included in the tour.

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