It’s summer, you want to enjoy your holiday, and maybe get your friends jealous of your Mediterranean tan, well Mallorca will not disappoint you. Appart from multiple beaches and Calas, you can also find incredible landscapes, and I can guarantee that you will forget for moments that you are in Europe. ( If you come from Europe ofc ). For those of you wondering whats the difference between a beach and Cala... well I had this same doubt at the beginning, and basically a Cala is a small area, usually hidden between nature, mostly with rocks, and sometimes with difficult access with car (yes, this means you will have to walk a bit sometimes, but hey, we also want to exercise a bit right? =p )
Calas can look more or less the same, always surrounded by nature, beautiful tons of green and blue, cause in the end, we are talking about an island. It is almost impossible to choose just a few Calas and Beaches as “the best ones”, but here are some of my favourites:
Cala des Moró (really small cala, you need to go early to catch a place. For this one, you will have to walk a bit, and finding a parking spot could be difficult as a lot of people tries to get there )
Portal Vells (maybe one of the popular ones, and could be either a cala or beach. You can lay on the sand or on the rocks if you prefer, and you can also explor a little cave there )
Banyalbufar (a pretty special cala, as you can also find a waterfall and explore a bit in the middle of the nature )
Playa del Muro
Playa de Alcudia
Es Trenc (one of the most popular beaches in Mallorca, with different tons of blue)
There are several places you can stay to be close to the sea during your stay.
For nature lovers, this is also a place to consider when looking somewhere to go in your holidays. Either in summer or winter, you can find a nice route for hiking that can fit your skills, wether you are a beginner, medium or experienced. I must confess, before coming to Mallorca I was not so into hiking. I thought I liked it, but I have never hiked as much as I did since I came to live here. Landscape plays a huge role in this. In my personal opinion Serra Tramuntana, has incredible breathtaking views and allows you to be “lost” up there for hours.
GR221: This famous route is a 140 km (87 mile) long-distance trail through the tramuntana mountain range in the northwestern part of Mallorca, from Port d'Andratx to Pollença. It is also called the 'Ruta de Pedra en Sec' ('the Drystone Route'). Passing over old stone paved paths and mule trails, the trail will show you a beautiful landscape of mountains, coastlines and breathtaking views from heights above 1 km.
1. Port d’Andrtax – La Trapa
2. La Trapa – Estellencs
3. Estellencs – Esporles
4. Esporles – Deia
5. Deia – Port de Soller
6. Port de Soller – Tossals Verds
7. Tossals Verds – Lluc
8. Lluc – Pollença
If you consider taking the multi-day route, please prepare properly and inform people about your plans to prevent ending up in an '127 hours'-situation. Consider taking one of the guides: Trekking in Mallorca: GR221 - The Drystone Route (International Trekking) or GR221 Mallorca's Long Distance Walking Route
My personal favorite route is only a small part of the GR221. It starts in Valldemossa and takes you to the so-called Archdukes Way.
To start this hike, get to Valldemossa Centre (for example with bus 210 from Palma station) and walk to the end of the Carrer de Oliveres.
You will find a (closed) gate at the end of this road, pass left by this gate and continue walking upwards until you reach a small wooden cabin. There will be a ranger who will give you a map. Before you go consider sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask permission for some parts of the trail. The four mountain pictures were all shot by me on this trail. Prepare your route in time (download an appropriate GPS app), think about the food you take, sufficient amounts of water, a flashlight, comfortable clothes and shoes. You can also take a mini health & safety kit just in case.
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