The mountain ranges in Majorca are popular for groups of walkers who want to explore the island’s rocky backbone. Walk2Walk Holidays echo a first-hand experience of a three-day walking holiday through the scenic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range
A three-day walking holiday through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range was not a decision we took lightly. The trip was a Walk2Walk Holidays offering – the Mountains of Majorca. Ordinarily an eight-day holiday, we allocated a long weekend to get a taste of what a standard walking holiday would entail. Walk2Walk Holidays had arranged all our transport before we arrived, and we were conveniently collected from Palma Airport. We stopped off partway, so we could snap some pictures of the gorgeous view over the Majorcan mountains.
Dropping us off at Cuber Reservoir, our driver took the time to provide us with all the information we needed for the journey ahead and handed over our guidebook. It contained a breakdown of each day’s walk, with a detailed map tracing the route and pictures to refer to if necessary. We were also given contact details in case we needed assistance.
Setting off past the lake, a stunning splash of blue set against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains. The route took us through the mountain pass L’Offre, where we followed the path towards Biniaraix. Leaving the forest, we emerged onto a rocky path edging the cliffside, which was wide enough with an immense view into the valleys. Our destination, Soller, was in the distance. Continuing, we came to a stone terraced path, which zigzagged its way down to a valley. This is the ‘Pilgrim’s Path’ – a 16th century trail formerly used to reach Lluc Monastery. Reaching the bottom and feeling glad of the shade, the path ran alongside a gentle stream on the floor of the valley. We walked through the gardens of Soller, before stopping for a drink in the town of Biniaraix. Arriving in Soller, we admired the beautiful main square, overlooked by the impressive church of Saint Bartholomew. The final leg of our tour transported us via a wooden tram, which has been operating since 1912. On the way to Port Soller, the tram wound through pretty orange groves, before giving us our first glimpse of our approaching destination.
Port Soller is a pretty village set within a horseshoe harbour, and the view from our hotel room was incredible, consisting of mountain ranges over the ocean. Our second day began with a hearty breakfast in the hotel, before our transfer to the small village of Deia. Following the guidebook, we passed through olive groves, with prominent rock faces towering around us.
The impressive shapes and stillness of our surroundings was simply striking, and as we reached the end of the road, we could see the gorgeous Bay of Deia, which lay ahead. Soaking up the scenery, we ascended the cliffs overlooking the ocean and from here, our path traced the coastline through shady forests. Over the years, the locals have helped guide travellers by marking trees and rocks with paint, and leaving triangular piles of rocks to mark various turning points. The guidebook highlighted alternative routes, but we decided to follow the ocean as far as we could.
Teamwork was a big factor in this part of the journey, as we poured over the guidebook together to ensure we didn’t make any wrong turnings. Stopping briefly at a small village we found, we continued up the mountain. We were offered freshly squeezed orange juice by an old lady at her old oil mill, where we looked around before chatting with some walking groups we’d met along the way. It was interesting to hear their reasons for deciding to embark on a group holiday.
It seems that the lure of the Majorcan Mountains – exploring different locations each day – alongside the ease of having luggage delivered daily and allowing time for a little relaxation in the evenings is a big draw. After our brief refreshment break, it wasn’t long before we found another ‘finca’ – this time with a patio offering a stunning view over the valley and mountains.
Before long, we had reached the top of the cliff, giving us a stunning panoramic view of Port de Soller from above. Feeling exhilarated after completing our second challenge, we headed for the pool to cool down, relax and make the most of the remaining hours of sun.
Our third day in Majorca began in Soller, where we toured the market, which was set along cobbled paths and town squares. We boarded the vintage wooden train to Palma, which took an hour travelling through countryside and hidden tunnels located deep in the mountains.
Arriving in Palma, our next task was navigating the narrow streets of this beautiful, historical city to find the magnificent Palma Cathedral. Overlooking the ocean, Palma Cathedral was breathtaking inside and out. A short walk via the coastal path to Playa De Palma, and the flat ground was a pleasant change to the rocky surfaces we’d tackled two days prior. One particular highlight was the former fishing village of Portixol, complete with pretty bay and harbourside views. Our self-guided tour through Majorca was a trip unlike anything we’d ever done before.
I would highly recommend a walking holiday as a suitable group activity for those seeking variety and challenge, whilst admiring the beautiful scenery. Working together to navigate our way through the mountains, whilst keeping each other motivated, proved a great bonding experience. We returned home with fond memories and an overwhelming sense of achievement, but the best souvenir we brought home was our new taste for adventure.
Walk2Walk Holidays ‘Mountains of Majorca’ starts from £519 per person for an eight-day holiday. Groups of up to 15 people are well catered for. Contact Steven Rittey at Walk2Walk Holidays on 0161 703 5819 to discuss your booking or visit www.walk2walkholidays for more information or a full itinerary.