Three fantastic hiking routes

Hiking in Mallorca

The Sierra de Tramuntana stretches for 90 kilometres along the west coast. The highest peak is Puig de Major at 1,445 metres, easily recognisable by the round radar dome on top. The mountain range is well developed with hiking trails and shelters and offers impressive views of the sea on many sections. With a bit of luck, you may encounter the lords of the air, the black vultures, on a hike in Mallorca. They have found one of the last retreats in Europe on the island.

Pack your backpack and hiking boots - we present 3 fantastic routes in the southwest with different levels of challenge. Hiking in Mallorca can be so beautiful when you get tips from locals and insiders.

Route 1: A challenging hike up to Puig de Galatzo

With an altitude of 1,027 metres and its significant pyramid shape, Puig de Galatzo is the highest mountain in the southwest of the island. No less than 3 routes lead to the top, from where there is a magnificent view all the way to Ibiza. Sturdy shoes and good physical condition are a prerequisite for the tour.

Our hike starts in Es Capdella. There is a large car park in the centre of the village and wooden signs point the way to Finca Galatzo, our entry point. Finca Galatzo itself is worth a visit. The old estate is owned by the municipality of Calvia and is freely accessible to the public with its restored oil mill, toilets and benches. A hikers' hostel is to be built in the near future.
A wide, flat path leads to the finca, with the prominent peak of Galatzo always in view.

Behind the estate, the clearly marked hiking trail starts, which at first leads relatively flat through a narrow riverbed to the end of the basin. Here the massifs of the Galatzo and the neighbouring S'Esclop rise up and give an idea of the exertions of the climb ahead.
A small path winds through man-high reeds along the clearing between the two massifs. In the lower part, it is a good idea to fill up your water reserves at a spring. On the trail, which offers little shade, the path climbs steeply until it reaches a saddle that leads to Puig de Galatzo on the right and to Puig de S'Esclop and Estellencs on the left. We follow the path to the right and are soon rewarded with a fantastic view of the west coast. The small village of Estellencs lies like a swallow's nest below us and the rocky ascent to the summit begins. Surefootedness and concentration are required here, after all, the summit cross is still 40 minutes away. Use your strength well!

At the top, you will be more than rewarded for your efforts: the view sweeps over Ibiza to Alcudia and the mountains of the north-east coast, the Puig Major seems close enough to touch. The mountain top is flat enough to find a comfortable picnic spot.
The way back is along the same route.
Plan on 5 hours of walking, plus breaks for this hiking tour.
A tip for a stop after the hike: The restaurant "Bar Nou" in Es Capella serves probably the largest sole on the island in addition to local home cooking.

Route 2: A moderately difficult hike from Puerto de Andratx to Sant Elm

Spectacular views of the sea, plenty of mountain goats and a cool swim on the sandy beach await the hiker on this tour.
The way back is by public transport.
The magnificent hike starts in the fashionable marina of Puerto de Andratx, where you park your car at the Hotel Mon Port (follow the signs).

A wide, yellow-coloured path points up into the mountains. We follow the asphalted road, which winds upwards in serpentines and repeatedly offers views towards the Tramuntana and the harbour. At the end of the road, the actual hiking trail begins, which is stony but easy to walk on. We keep to the right and the radio tower in the distance is our stage destination. On a clear day, Ibiza is clearly visible. Our tour goes steadily uphill. At another junction, which opens up 2 paths to the right, we keep to the left. Soon we reach another steep, washed-out climb that takes us almost to the radio tower. On the right, below us, we see the village of S`Arraco and in front of us the island of Dragonera. We leave the impressive view of Puerto de Andratx behind us and follow the stone pyramids that lead up to the pass on the right (shortly after the radio tower) - a short impassable passage. Now Sant Elm lies before us in all its splendour and we set off on the descent.

The initially narrow path leads to a wide footpath, which we follow downhill to the left, always keeping to the right at wide crossroads. If we climb over a chain that spans the path, we are in the right place, pass a summer house and follow the stone pyramids down into the bay of Sant Elm.
Sant Elm is a small, very charming village with a wonderful sandy beach, numerous restaurants and a ferry that connects the village with the island of Dragonera opposite. Dragonera is an uninhabited nature reserve that also offers interesting hiking trails.
Take a dip on the beach and fortify yourself in the excellent restaurants right by the sea.

The regular bus back to Puerto de Andratx via Andratx (change) leaves right at the beginning of the small promenade.
Alternatively, you can walk the route back.

Route 3: An easy hike from S`Arraco to Sant Elm

The charming village of Sant Elm at the beginning of the Tramuntana is always worth a trip and can also be reached via an easy hiking trail.
The path is mostly shady, wide and very easy to walk. The tour back takes the same route, alternatively by public bus. In the warm season, take swimming things with you - the sandy beach is a dream!

The hike starts at the cemetery of S`Arraco, about 3 km outside the village in the direction of Sant Elm. Parking is available and there is a bus stop (for the way back).
A small trail lets the hiker go around the bend in the road and leads to a gravelled square, at the end of which the wide forest path and entrance is clearly visible, which leads directly to Sant Elm. At the beginning, there are beautiful views of the bay, and later of the immense rock massifs at whose feet you find yourself. At the only clearly marked junction, a path on the right leads to Sa Trapa, a former monastery directly above the sea, which can be reached via a steep climb. We keep to the left and soon come to another fork, where our path leads clearly to the left and we soon reach Sant Elm at the back entrance to the village. Here you will find the diving school, some bathing bays and a restaurant. The road leads left into the village, where there are more restaurants, small shops and the bus stop (at the end of the promenade).

Plan on about 1 hour of comfortable walking for the route. 

Our tip: Are you not yet tired and would like to continue walking in the region around Sant Elm? Then make a detour to the Torre de Cala En Basset. A wooden sign on the way there points to the turnoff to the pirate tower, which is located on a spectacular rocky peak. The view of the island of Dragonera and the open sea is breathtaking. The small diversions of about 1 hour is worthwhile and is classified as easy to moderately difficult.

Hiking in Majorca is a dream and besides the southwest, the west coast in particular wants to be discovered. Demanding tours lead to the thousand-metre peaks of the Tramuntana, connect well-known places such as Valldemossa, Deia and Soller and offer breathtaking views of the sea.
The best months for hiking holidays in Mallorca are from October to May, when the weather is mild and nature is lush and green.
We are happy to personally introduce you to other interesting hikes and tours on Mallorca. Ask at our reception!

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