Walking in Mallorca

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in 2018

Walking in Mallorca

Real Holidays' Louise goes walkabout in Mallorca’s Tramuntana Mountains.

Having had enough of the recent soggy weather, I decided to take myself to Mallorca for a touch of vitamin sun and a spot of early-season walking in the beautiful Tramuntana Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which rises up from the island’s western side.

I was staying close to the small village of Déia, an artist’s retreat in the foothills which was once home to the poet Robert Graves. It’s a stunning setting, and the starting point for a series of excellent self-guided walks, of which I’d selected the seven-kilometre Cami de Castello route towards the picturesque town of Soller. My plan was to then take the historic tram onward to the beaches of Puerto Soller.

After a hearty breakfast, I set off. As soon as I leave the village, the trail climbs quickly uphill by a series of stone steps. The easy to follow path takes me through orchards, terraces and olive groves, and past donkeys and sheep grazing in the fields. As I continue, there are wonderful views through the trees to the sea below. About half way along the trail, I come to possibly the most idyllically placed cafe I’ve ever come across. Pausing to rest, I enjoy coffee and freshly baked cake out on the terrace which overlooks the entire valley. Luckily I had cash on me, as I’d have been very disappointed with their no credit card policy otherwise.

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The next part of the trail proves to be a little easier, passing through orange and lemon groves with plenty of colourful flowers and birdlife. Eventually the path winds its way downhill towards Soller, which is a delightful town set between the mountains and the sea. I stop for an ice cream in the baroque town square then wander the botanical gardens in the afternoon sun. 

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It’s a two-minute stroll from the main square to the tram stop. I climb aboard the rickety vehicle, opting to stand outside on the balcony for the 15-minute ride to the coast. A small port town, Puerto Soller is home to some lovely white sand beaches as well as a good selection of waterfront restaurants. Satisfied with my day’s adventures, I pick a spot to enjoy a well-earned drink while watching the small boats and yachts coming in and out the harbour. 

I decide against returning to the hotel on foot, electing to take a taxi back to my hotel instead. After all, I need to save some energy for the next day’s walk.

Louise stayed at Belmond La Residencia, a luxury hideaway close to Déia set amid citrus-scented gardens. Prices start from £1,350 per person for a 5-night stay including flights and transfers. Travel in May or early October to receive a complimentary night.

Call 0207 359 3938 or contact us for more details.

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