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Mallorca hiking trails

Hiking Trails in Mallorca

Hiking in MallorcaFantastic routes to mountain peaks, idyllic coastal hiking trails and rocky mountain trails - Mallorca has a wealth of hiking trails to offer. The Tramuntana mountains are a hiker’s dream and the monastery at Lluc is a great starting point for many routes.

Hiking trails around Lluc monastery
For decades, active holidaymakers have been using Lluc Monastery in the Serra de Tramuntana as a starting point for hikes into Mallorca’s mountainous landscape. The cells where monks and pilgrims used to sleep have been converted into simple guest rooms. The mountains around Puig Tomit, Puig Major and Puig de Massanella are wild and dramatic.

The trail to the top of Puig de Massanella requires some hiking and some climbing. On the southwest flank of the 1,365 m high mountain, the final stretch of the path involves having to climb the 200-metre rock face so is not for the faint hearted. An easier more family-friendly trail leads from Lluc Monastery to Caimari along an ancient pilgrim path - this starts with a short ascent and then a longer descent follows. There is a very challenging trek you can take through the Torrent de Mortitx gorge, which takes you through the 10 km long canyon and the most stunning natural landscapes. Hikers climb over boulders, wade through a stream as you pass through this winding, wild and not always predictable trail.

The Way of St. James in Mallorca
The Way of St. James is the most famous pilgrimage path in Europe. You can start this marathon hike from many cities on the European mainland. All pilgrimage routes share one common goal: reaching the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Mallorca's contribution to the Way of St. James begins in the monastery of Santuari de Cura, on the mountain of Puig de Randa, which is considered sacred. In the monastery you will receive the official pilgrim pass, which you need for overnight stays in the pilgrimage hostels. You will also get the first stamp in this monastery. The pilgrim trail leads down the mountain to sea level before arriving in the capital, Palma de Mallorca by way of Llucmajor. From there you either take a plane or a ferry to the Spanish mainland. The airport of Pamplona is located directly on the Spanish mainland route of the Way of St. James. From here you have around 700 km to walk before you reach Santiago de Compostela, the destination of the pilgrimage.

GR221: The Dry-Stone Route
The GR221 is a long-distance trail and is one of the most famous long-distance routes in Mallorca. It leads across the unusual karst landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana but the 150km trail actually starts at Port d'Andratx on the southwest coast of Mallorca. Near the coast, it goes past the highest peaks of the mountain range to Pollença in the northwest of the island. The "Dry Stone Route" epithet is due to the route following the path along the endless stone walls that farmers and shepherds have put together over the centuries. The old dry-stone walls have been artfully restored on numerous sections. You can join the GR221 as part of a multi-day hike or explore individual sections as part of day trips. Ambitious outdoor sports lovers can tackle the trek in four days. The popularity of the Dry-Stone Route among active holidaymakers has led to the establishment of another long-distance hiking trail in Mallorca called the GR222. This leads through the picturesque low mountain landscape of the Serra de Llevant and connects the monastery Lluc with the town of Artà.