Walking in Mallorca Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Spain
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TST
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Behind Mallorca’s (also known as Majorca) façade lies a tranquil and timeless landscape. Rising abruptly out of the island’s interior are the craggy outcrops of the Tramuntana Mountains (Unesco site since 2011), over which birds of prey can often be seen soaring on the breeze. Following a network of established trails, we trek to some of the highest peaks and enjoy spectacular vistas to the Mediterranean. Elsewhere, we discover picturesque hamlets complete with mediaeval churches, and pass terraced hillsides adorned with sun-kissed citrus trees. In contrast, our coastal walks will reveal sleepy fishing marinas, secret coves and pebble bays.

At a Glance

  • 4 nights comfortable hotel and 3 nights monastery, usually with en suite facilities
  • 5.5 days walking; 1 free afternoon
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Challenging departures available on selected dates

Trip Highlights

  • Unearth a traditional and tranquil side of Mallorca 
  • Stay in characterful accommodation including a converted monastery
  • Enjoy coastal panoramas and walks up into the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains
  • Walk through ancient forests and spot birds of prey including falcons, osprey and vultures

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is Activity level 3 (Moderate) with 5.5 days of walking.

Avoiding the scorching hot summer months, we instead take advantage of the Spring and Autumn when it is the ideal temperature for walking. Wildflowers bloom in Spring and nature enthusiasts will be amazed by the amount of flora and fauna we encounter. We usually walk between 4 and 7 hours per day, including stops and lunch breaks. You will only need to carry your daypack with a good supply of water, your picnic lunch and waterproof layer. The footpaths are varied; mostly well marked and firm underfoot, but there are a few moderately steep ascents and descents and the occasional easy scramble and unmarked section.

On the ascent of Es Cornadors on day 3, we follow an old pilgrim's trail for much of the way, which involves quite a lot of stone steps. There is plenty of time to complete the walks and the pace is fairly gentle. A reasonable level of fitness will definitely add to your enjoyment of this trip.

Whilst most departures are Activity Level 3 (Moderate), we also offer two Activity Level 5 (Challenging) departures per year. On these departures, the terrain is similar but the walks are longer and require some scrambling. There are also steep drops on Days 6 (Puig Tomir) and 7 (Massanella). Please ensure that you book onto the correct activity level week. 

Low altitude throughout.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Our local partner, Eduardo, is a highly experienced qualified mountain guide, local to the village of Soller, Mallorca. He has a particular passion for the native flora and fauna found in the Tramuntana Mountains and has been guiding groups both in Mallorca and mountainous regions worldwide (the Andes, the Alps, the Atlas Mountains, the Slovakian Tatras and even the Himalayas) since 1999.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Puerto Sóller.

    We start at our hotel in Puerto Sóller, arriving in time for a welcome group dinner.

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Walk to picturesque Deia, stopping for a refreshing dip at Cala Deia en route - Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We walk along the coast to the beautiful little bay of Cala Deiá, where (time permitting) we can paddle in the turquoise waters of the bay. From here, we head inland towards one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca, Deiá, owing to its idyllic setting in the hills. This walk explores the delightful area between the mountains and the sea, using old tracks and paths over the cliffs, and offers fantastic coastal views along the Mediterranean pinewoods and coastal shrubs. We stop for a picnic lunch along the way.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/ 8 miles, ascent 400m, descent 250m, 5 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 3

    Tram ride to Sóller; take the 'Pilgrim Steps' from Biniaraitx before ascending Es Cornadors - Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We take the tram to Sóller and walk towards the village of Biniaraitx. From here we follow a wonderful cobbled track known as the Pilgrim Steps, which originally went all the way from Sóller to Lluc to connect the monastery with the port. We then diverge onto a small path up to the Mirador den Quesada, the high point of our day at 957m. This Mirador, or look out point, is at the summit of some particularly rocky outcrops known as the 'Cornadors', of which we will have had some stunning views on our ascent. We descend past a mountain hut and through fields and forests of holm oak until eventually our track brings us back to the centre of Sóller, where we usually stop for a drink or a wander around the town before taking the tram back to Puerto Sóller.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, ascent 915m, descent 915m, 6 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Follow the 19th Century Archduke’s Bridleway from Valldemossa to 'S'Atalaia Vella'; afternoon free - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today's walk starts from the beautiful village of Valldemossa and ends in 'S'Atalaia Vella' (854m), meaning 'viewpoint' in Mallorquin. From here we take in stunning panoramic views of the coast and the Tramuntana Mountains. For part of the walk, we follow the Archduke’s bridleway, an incredibly scenic path built at the end of the 19th Century by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. In the afternoon we have some free time to relax in Puerto Sóller.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 7km/ 4 miles, ascent 400m, descent 400m, 3 1/2 hours duration.

    Stunning walk from Valldemossa - Challenging (level 5) departure

    This is a similar walk to Moderate (level 3) description but with longer duration and higher ascent/descent.

    Lunch is included.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 10km/ 6 miles, ascent 600m, descent 600m, 5 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave Puerto Sóller along a coastal mule track to Cala Tuent; transfer to Lluc Monastery - Moderate (level 3) departure

    After a short drive from the hotel, we start our walk from 'Es mirador de ses Barques.' From here we follow an old mule track away from the coast to Coll de Moncaire and head inland through a hidden and unspoilt little valley to Balitx farm. Next, we climb up to Coll de Biniamar to join the coastal path of Sa Costera, offering spectacular scenery throughout, until we reach the little bay of Cala Tuent where the bus will meet us for the transfer (approx. 1 hour) along the beautiful Sa Calobra road to the Lluc monastery.

    Walk Profile: Distance: 14km/ 9 miles, ascent 275m, descent 650m, 5 hours duration.

    Leave Puerto Sóller along the coast to Cala Tuent; Transfer to Lluc Monastery - Challenging (level 5) departure

    This is a similar walk to Moderate (level 3) description but with longer duration and higher ascent/descent.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, ascent 650m, descent 650m, 6 1/2 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 6

    A wonderful circular walk around Muleta de Binifaldo, passing ancient oak forests - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today we enjoy a wonderful circular walk forming an arc around the Monastery of Lluc. The scenery along the route is varied and spectacular, including ancient oak forests, rock formations up to 60m high and views of Mallorca's highest peaks.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 10km/ 6 miles, ascent 270m, descent 270m, 4 hours duration.

    Ascent of Puig Tomir (1104m)- Challenging (level 5) departure

    We ascend Puig Tomir (1104m), with its impressive viewpoint of Pollença and Alcudia Bay.

    Lunch is included (for challenging departure only).

    Walk Profile: Distance- 18km/ 12 miles, ascent 885m, descent 885m, 7 1/2 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ascent of Puig d'en Galileu (1181m), one of the island's highest peaks - Moderate (level 3) departure

    We finish the trip on a high, setting off to climb Puig d'en Galileu, which at 1,181m is one of the island's highest peaks. The recently restored path to the top is beautiful and offers outstanding views across the dramatic Lluc Valley and the peaks of Tomir and Roig.

    Walk Profile: Distance - 9km/ 6 miles, ascent 700m, descent 700m, 5 hours duration.

    Ascent of Massanella (1365m) - Challenging (level 5) departure

    We ascend Massanella (1365m), the highest peak that we can climb in Mallorca.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 15km/ 9 miles, ascent 1025m, descent 1025m, 7 1/2 hours duration.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Lluc.

    The tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotel & Monastery

The first 4 nights are spent in a comfortable hotel in Puerto Soller with en suite rooms, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), sun terrace, free Wi-Fi, bar and restaurant and is within easy reach of the pebble beach.

For the remaining 3 nights we have a change of scenery as we stay in the beautiful Lluc Monastery. Although not a hotel, this historic 13th Century building is set amidst tranquil countryside and offers excellent en suite rooms and delicious food. Wi-Fi is available in public areas for a fee.

Single rooms are limited on this tour but may be available for a supplement on request. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £210.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Moderate (Activity Level 3) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 4 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Challenging (Activity Level 5) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 6 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Breakfast: Normally continental style including tea or coffee, fruit juice, bread, jam, honey, marmalade, and sometimes fresh fruit or cheese/ham.

Lunch: Comprises a typical Mallorcan-style Mediterranean packed lunch full of locally grown fresh produce. Lunches will be eaten as picnics during your walks, and will include foods such as bread, tomatoes, peppers, olives and olive oil, Mallorcan cheeses, sausages, fruits, chocolate & biscuits.

Vegetarians: It is possible to cater for vegetarians. A meat and seafood diet is the norm in Mallorca but salads and vegetables are included. Many vegetarians have been on this trip with no problems, but you must be prepared to be flexible and to take the food as you find it. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please inform us on booking.

Transportation

Transfers from Palma airport to Soller and from Lluc to Palma airport are by private bus. Other transfers as part of a walk are a combination of private and public buses. The public buses can get busy and occasionally you may have to wait for the next bus but this is not usually a problem. Your luggage will be transported for you from Puerto Soller to Lluc, so you only have to carry a daypack.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Please note that the weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable all year round and occasionally your leader may be forced to amend the itinerary accordingly. On the days where we climb the mountains, it can be cold when the wind blows from the north, so we recommend carrying a warm layer with you. Mallorca generally enjoys fine weather conditions although there is always the possibility of some rain. February and April can be pleasantly mild, with a daily average of five hours or more of sunshine. Average maximum daytime temperatures vary between 14 and 19ºC. It is generally quite hot in May, June and September with approximately 10 hours of sunshine per day. Average maximum daytime temperatures are 23 - 26ºC. October to April are colder months with increased rainfall and average maximum daytime temperatures range between 15 and 23ºC but even at this time of year it is often perfectly pleasant.

Weather Charts

Palma

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of EasyJet or British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting at Puerto Soller and ending in Lluc

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Puerto Soller in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure. Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 3pm.

Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

 If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Private transfers are not available on this trip, however if you are making your own way to Puerto Soller from the airport, the easiest way is to take a taxi from the rank directly outside the airport ‐ the journey should take 30 minutes. The cost of a taxi is likely to be about EUR 60‐70 should you decide to make your way independently.

There are no direct buses or public transport routes from Palma airport to Puerto Soller, but there are various slower indirect options (these may take up to 1.5hrs in total). You can take a local bus from the airport to the main bus station in Palma (Plazade Espanya) for approximately EUR 3, and from there choose between either another bus or the more scenic route by train and tram.

Location start:
Puerto Soller
Location end:
Palma

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Light waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Leather/lightweight walking boots (good tread and ankle support)
  • Small daypack
  • Lightweight sweater / jacket (2-seasons)
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity at least)
  • Sunglasses, sunhat & sunscreen
  • Warm hat, scarves, gloves, sweater and jacket (March, early April & October departures)

Please note that tap water is safe to drink in the area which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill at the hotel. Please add this to your packing list as this will save on wasteful plastic bottles.

Optional Equipment

  • Swimming gear & towel
  • Walking poles
  • Sit mat for picnic lunches
  • Travel games, cards, kindle or books for evenings at the monastery
  • Waterproof rucksack cover for wet conditions

Practical Information

Passport

Spain

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Spain

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Spain's Timezone:
Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Spain's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Spain's Currency

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.66 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are available in the arrivals hall of Palma airport, in Palma and Puerto Soller. Palma, Puerto Soller and and Lluc Monastery accept credit cards.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For the meals not included, allow EUR 8-15 for lunches and EUR 20-30 for dinners.

Local Sustainable Tourism Tax:
As of July 2016, the local government of the Balearic Islands has introduced a 'Sustainable Tourism Tax' for people staying in accommodation on the islands. This includes all hotels and monastaries. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which means this will need to be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee is currently set for EUR 2.20 per person per night but can fluctuate and change slightly. For this trip, please allow approximately EUR 15-20 per person to cover these taxes which can be paid locally upon check-in by each group member.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution between EUR 15 to EUR 20 per client per week. It is also customary to leave a tip for the driver. This can be handed to your leader at the end of the trip. 

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.