Walking Holidays in Majorca
The largest of the Balearic Islands of Spain, Majorca is generally known for its white sandy beaches, warm summer sunshine and lively holiday resorts, but the island has so much more to offer. From the breath-taking snow-peaked caps of the Sierra Tramontana mountain range and the blissful coastal walkways to the heavenly local tapas dishes and fascinating religious history, Majorca offers much more to see and do than while away days by the beach or at the pool. Our walking holiday in Majorca
focuses on the north-west side of the island, where you’ll hike up tall mountain peaks, meander alongside aromatic orange groves and admire sea views so beautiful you’ll swear you’re looking at a postcard.
As soon as the summer season comes to a close and most tourists catch their flights home, Majorca transforms into a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. Although walking in Majorca has grown in popularity considerably in recent years, you’ll find most paths and routes are still relatively quiet, so you can enjoy your surroundings in a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.
Best time of year for Walking in Majorca
The best time for walking in Majorca is during the spring (March to May), late summer (September), and autumn (October) when the average temperature is around 18°C-21°C, the sun shines for about ten hours each day and the chances of a rain shower are very low. At this time of year, the lower slopes of the mountains are full of thick forests and the olive, almond and orange groves are full to the brim.
If you’re a sun-worshipper and can stand high daytime temperatures of up to 30°C, walking in Majorca in the summer might also be suitable for you. However, due to cool temperatures which drop into single digits and increased rainfall, we don’t recommend walking in Majorca during winter.
Highlights of Walking in Majorca
This incredible mountain range which runs from the south-west of the island to the north-east is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts the highest mountain in the Balearics: Puig Major which stretches 1,445m above sea level.
Majorca’s most sacred site, this former monastery has been the centre of pilgrimage (mostly on foot) since the 13th century and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Nestled in between the sea and the mountains, the town of Soller is bursting with small tapas bars, stunning orange groves, important historical landmarks and a charming main square. It makes for a relaxing stop on your walk.
This quaint village set into the hills of the Sierra Tramuntana is home to an ancient monastery and a maze of winding streets lined with local cafes, making it a great place to explore or relax after a day of walking.
Sa Calobra Beach
A secluded beach in the west of Majorca island made up of a mix of pebbles and sand. There are no facilities at this beach, but that just adds to its simple, rustic charm.
Food and Drink in Majorca
Majorcan cuisine is hearty with plenty of grilled meats marinated in garlic and chunky stews loaded with fresh vegetables providing you with the perfect source of energy to get you through a day of walking. Roast suckling pig with soft tender meat and thin crispy crackling appears on most restaurant menus. Since Majorca is an island, seafood is also a common staple throughout. Sea bream and monkfish are the two most popular fish dishes served grilled and smothered in all kinds of exciting sauces.
The island also makes some delicious liqueurs. ‘Herbas secos’ (dry herbs) and ‘herbas dulces’ (sweet herbs) are both based on aniseed and packed full of dried local herbs. Returning from your day of walking, you’ll find orange and almond liqueurs readily available in most bars and restaurants, made from local Majorcan produce, too.
Why Else Take a Walking Holiday to Majorca
Although the island isn’t renowned for its wine, Majorca has recently been producing some excellent vintages causing experts to sit up and take notice. There are wineries scattered all over the island, many of which you can visit for a vineyard tour and wine tasting session.
If you enjoy exploring underwater as much as you do walking on land, you’ll love scuba diving or snorkelling in Majorca. The sea bed around Port de Soller is wonderfully rocky, providing a myriad of exotic rock formations to admire and endless nooks and crannies for marine life to hide in.
How to Get to Majorca and Away
Majorca has great connections to most major airports in Europe and the UK, although many international flights are seasonal, operating primarily between May and October. However, there are daily flights between Majorca and mainland Spain all-year-round. There’s only one airport in Majorca: Palma de Majorca Airport, which is located 8km east of Palma. From here you can easily travel to any part of the island via the local bus service or taxi.
More information on Walking in Majorca
As Majorca is one of the quieter islands of Europe for walking, it offers plenty of opportunities to take hikes off the beaten path, away from the crowds. The Spanish island is one of our favourite picks for an active European holiday on foot and can be travelled from March until October. If you like more information on walking in Majorca, check out our picture overview of the Balearic Island.
Our Walking Holidays in Majorca