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Explore Mallorca's spectacular coast and unspoilt Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range from the pretty village of Esporles to the fishing port of Cala Ratjada. Walk along dramatic coastal pathways following historic trails and through olive groves to hidden beaches.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable hotel
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Arrive in Esporles, a laid back village in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana. Esporles was established by the Moors and has maintained much of its original charm and blonde stone buildings.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Espores at any time. If you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), which is around 20 minutes' drive . Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to take a drink in the square, soaking up the scenery. For our first four nights we stay in the rustic Hostal Esporles, once a former Inn for travelling merchants. The comfortable rooms with beamed ceilings have maintained their traditional features and come complete with modern necessities including air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
Hostal Esporles (or similar)
This morning our walk begins from the hotel, following the Postman's Trail, historically the daily route taking mail from Palma to the north west of the island. We ascend along a cobbled path into the holm oak forest above the town. Passing ancient olive terraces divided by dry stonewalls, peeking through the clearings we are rewarded with fantastic sea views. The path descends on a country lane into the authentic coastal village of Banyalbufar, ending at a beautiful rocky cove.
After a wander around the village we take the public bus back to Esporles. The food of this area has a distinct Castilian-Leonese influence, tonight you could try suckling pig at Mesón La Villa restaurant, said to be one of the best on the island!
Today's eight kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 250 metres of ascent and 300 of descent.
After breakfast we travel by taxis or bus to the attractive hilltop town of Valldemossa. From here we take a circular walk along the stone path known as the Archduke's Trail, part of which was laid by Archduke Ludwig Salvador of Austria who owned the local estate in the 19th century. The path passes a number of lime kilns and charcoal stoves giving us an insight into rural life, as well as stunning coastal views.
Arriving back to Valldemossa, depending on timings, you could wander the maze of narrow plant-lined cobbled streets past art galleries and cafes to see the Real Cartuja (Monastery) before heading back to Esporles.
Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with 600 metres of ascent and descent.
This morning, we drive to Porto Soller and walk along the coastline to Deia village.
The walk follows what once was the old road that connected Deia with Soller. It was a vital trade route between the two and is now a restored stone path for most of the walk with some dirt roads at times rocky.
We walk along breathtaking sceneries and amongst olive groves to then arrive in the village of Deia where we have time for a coffee or a freshly squeezed orange juice. The village of Deia, tucked into a fold in the mountains, is outstandingly picturesque. Honey-toned stone houses are set into steep, terraced hillsides that are unusually verdant, thanks to the abundance of water in this area.
Today's 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with 450 metres of ascent and 400 metres of descent.
Today's walk begins in the idyllic village of Biniaraix, where we will join the Ruta de Piedra (GR 221) trail taking us through terraced lands surrounded by mountains. The Serra de Tramuntana is the backbone of Mallorca, we walk in the shadow of the highest peak on the island, Puig Major (1,443m) following a network of ancient cobbled pathways. It's a gentle climb to cross Ofre pass (at 900m) before descending to arrive at Embalse de Cuber where the still waters of the lake mirror the rocky crags around and Black vultures, red kites and eagles may be seen soaring above.
Here we meet our bus and drive to Lluc monastery for a short visit and coffee stop. Monestir de Lluc has been a sanctuary and place of pilgrimage since the 13th century and still takes in visitors. We continue by bus via Pollenca to Cala Ratjada on the northeastern point of Mallorca. Cala Ratjada is an old fishing port that still plays an important role in Mallorca's economy. Today the port is an attractive harbour with a coastal promenade winding to sand beaches and coves.
Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with 900 metres of ascent and 150 metres of descent.
Hotel Amoros (or similar)
Today has been left to relax, enjoy the nearby beaches, or go for a coffee in the lovely Arta village (25 minutes by bus, 3€ one way).
You could head to the vicinity of the Parc Natural de Llevant for an optional walk (35 minutes from the hotel). Covering the majority of the Arta Peninsula the protected area is home to many species that are endemic to the Balearic Islands. The walk begins from Ermita Betlem, a 200-year-old monastery from which you walk along the ridge of the mountain range, passing through olive, almond, fig and carob tree groves. Following the rocky trail, ascend to the summit of Puig Ferrutx peak (523m), affording fabulous views across the north of Mallorca and the Alcudia Bay.
This evening you can savour Mediterranean cuisine back in Cala Ratjada overlooking the sea; the area is well-known for its fresh seafood.
Today's 10 kilometre optional walk is expected to take around four hours with 400 metres of ascent and 550 metres of descent.
Today's walk starts directly from our hotel. Leaving the town our first stop of the day is Cala Agulla, a large golden sand beach surrounded by pine trees. Continuing along a wooded path flanked by mountains we approach the beautiful Cala Mesquida beach for a dip in the turquoise waters.
This afternoon there is the option to enjoy the beach here before getting a taxi back to Cala Ratjada or continue with your Tour Leader on a rocky trail to Cala Torta, taking a different route inland to return on foot to the hotel.
Today's 17 kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with 500 metres of ascent and descent.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cala Ratjada.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Cala Ratjada at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like an airport transfer today, you need to depart from Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), around one hours drive away.
Total distance : 36 miles
Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.
2 Pin Round
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
Lluc museum €4 per person
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The weather conditions in the mountains can be changeable, and it can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier and warmer are recommended as a base layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. A waterproof jacket is essential at all times in case of rain and wind. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof trousers) -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair) -Insulated jacket
We recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Lunch bag/Tupperware (for packed lunches) -Binoculars
Bus, Public Bus, Taxi
In Esporles we stay in the rustic Hostal Esporles, once a former Inn for travelling merchants. The comfortable rooms with beamed ceilings have maintained their traditional features and come complete with modern necessities including air conditioning, Wi Fi and en suite bathrooms. Our hotel in Cala Ratjada is the family run, Amoros, located a 10- minute walk from the beach. Each room has its own balcony or terrace and there is an outdoor swimming pool on site.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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