Understand Mallorca and its mountains. Learn where to hike in Mallorca.


Understand Mallorca and its mountains. Learn where to hike in Mallorca.

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We are back and we are going to talk about a very special topic for a Rent a Car like offUgo. Today we are going to talk to you about the orography of Mallorca and about excursions to do in spring and autumn (some historical comment will also fall-in. It is difficult not to talk about some things when explaining Majorcan orography).

As a disclaimer, we want to say that this post is written by a team that loves the mountains, but we are not going to go into technical details or use specialised language. What we aim is that, if you read this post, it will be a pleasant read and you will understand our mountains. We hope you like! :)

It is a long post, so we show below the structure of the post in case you prefer to go directly to any of the main topics:

  1. General information on excursions and orography of Mallorca.

  2. Easy excursions / walks: 1-3 hours with small total elevation gain.

  3. Average excursions: 3-5 hours with average total elevation gain.

  4. Difficult excursions: 5-10 hours with medium-high total elevation gain.

We will attach links to the routes in Wikiloc of all the courses and they are all circular, so that you can park the car and return to it easily.

Let’s start!:

1. General information about excursions and orography of Mallorca:

Mallorca is an island with many more mountains than people think. Its orography, generally speaking, is made up of two mountain ranges, one to the east and the other to the west, and a plain zone between them (although there are some other "guests" in that plain, such as Puig de Randa). Of both mountain ranges, the best known by far is the one located to the west, the Serra de Tramuntana, although the Serra de Llevant, to the east, is a great unknown for many hikers and hides secrets and landscapes that would leave you breathless. Later we will talk about Llevant.


Photo 1. Serra de Tramuntana from the air. Photo by Hans Braxmeier (@hansbrx) from pixabay.com.

Some curious facts about the Serra de Tramuntana:

  • It has 54 peaks above 1000 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level).

  • The highest peak is the Puig Major, with 1445 m.a.s.l.

  • It is the largest natural park in Mallorca.

  • Its name comes from the north wind known in the area as Tramontana. The mountains are a natural barrier against this wind for the entire island.

  • It occupies 1/3 of the surface of Mallorca.

  • It stretches for 90km from La Mola in Andratx to Cap de Formentor in Pollença and has an average width of 15km.

  • It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 as a Cultural Landscape.

The Serra de Tramuntana, speaking without technicalities, is a magical and very special place for all Majorcan people. It was a defensive bastion for centuries (that's why there are so many towers, such as Es Verger, built in 1579 and which can no longer be visited), but what makes it truly magical are its peaks, valleys, cliffs, its native species (such as the “fishing” eagle or the black vulture) and the feeling of peace that invades you when you climb one of its peaks and have Mallorca at your feet (in our IG @offugocars you can see photos of Puig de Galatzó taken by us and you will get an idea of ​​what it means to go up there).

Speaking more specifically of excursions: in the Serra de Tramuntana there are many excursions. There are options for all types of hikers (such as the 1-2 hour ride that is suitable for children that goes from Banyalbufar to Port d'es Canonge, known as “Sa volta d'es General” or “La vuelta del General”) and excursions extremely difficult and long, such as the Ruta de Pedra en Sec (GR-221), which crosses the entire Sierra from south to north and passes through peaks as hard and beautiful as s'Esclop. You can also go down torrents like El Torrent de Pareis, which flows into the well-known Sa Calobra, or discover magical torrents like Sa Fosca (please, don't go to Sa Fosca without a professional guide). Following these recommendations, there are areas that are difficult to access and for which you need specific equipment and training, so please, do not try anything for which you are not prepared and request professional advice beforehand.

Now we want speak about that great unknown that is the Serra de Llevant. It is the “little sister” of the well-known Tramuntana and occupies the entire east coast of Mallorca (even the Cabrera archipelago is an extension of this mountain range). Its steepest area is to the northeast of the island, in the Artà area, and its flattest area is between Felanitx and Cap de Ses Salines, to the southeast of the island, composed of a platform of about 60 m.a.s.l. It does not have peaks as high as its older sister, but it can compete face to face in landscapes and excursions (below you have a few).

Photo 2. Serra de Llevant.

Some curious facts about the Serra de Llevant:

  • A small area of these mountains to the northeast of the island is considered a natural park with an area of ​​1407 land hectares (compared to the 61,961 hectares of the Serra de Tramuntana).

  • Its highest peak is El Puig Morell (also known as Sa Talaia Freda) with an elevation of 562 meters above sea level and is in Artà.

  • The Cabrera Archipelago, whose homonymous island was the place of confinement for more than 9,000 prisoners from the War of Independence, is a natural extension of this mountain range and was expropriated, in 1916, by the Spanish State from the Majorcan family Feliu i Pons arguing national defense interests (the British Admiralty had detected German submarines using the area for repairs or refuelling).

Well, we have finished with the curious facts and now we are going to show you some excursions that we know personally and that we hope you like a lot. We will leave links to the routes in Wikiloc and, as always, you can write to us at blog@offugo.es if you have any questions.

2. Easy, short and routes suitable for the whole family:

  • Volta d'es General, in Banyalbufar.

    • Type: coastal walk.

    • Zone: East Side. Serra de Tramuntana.

    • Duration: 3-4 h.

    • Total distance: 9.5km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 480m (it is a downhill walk from a parking lot to Es Port d'es Canonge and back. There are no hard slopes, but the return is all uphill).

    • Curious facts: the walk is beautiful. Es Port d'es Canonge is a pebble beach. If there is no north wind, it is one of the most beautiful pebble beaches in the mountains.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/la-volta-des-general-26743430

  • A walk through the Albufera de Alcúdia (there was a fire last year, so find information before going there).

  • A coastal walk through Betlem:

    • Type: coastal walk.

    • Zone: north Zone.

    • Duration: 1-2h.

    • Total distance: 6km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 0m.

    • Curious facts: if it is a good day, the sea that you will have on your left will be magical. You can eat in Betlem or in the area and do this walk to “get the food down”.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/betlem-es-calo-limite-del-parque-natural-13-12-14-8440490

3. Medium routes, 3-5 hours with medium accumulated elevation gain:

  • Es Caló from Betlem:

    • Type: coastal.

    • Zone: north zone. Serra de Llevant Natural Park.

    • Duration: 3-5h.

    • Total distance: 14km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 200m (it has a huge climb and the rest is relatively flat).

    • Curious facts: the views are very nice all the way.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/es-calo-desde-betlem-y-vuelta-hasta-colonia-de-san-pere-24967653

  • Puig de Randa:

    • Type: No coastal. It is the highest mountain on the Majorcan plain and, if it's a good day, the views are quite spectacular.

    • Zone: interior, municipality of Algaida.

    • Duration: 2-4h.

    • Total distance: approx. 7km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 400m.

    • Curious facts: at the top of the mountain is the Monastery of Cura. You can eat there, but we advice tou to call and book. The views of Mallorca are unique.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/santuari-de-cura-randa-25499779

  • Puig Gros de Bendinat from Gènova:

    • Type: interior with sea views.

    • Area: Serra de na Burguesa in Gènova and Bendinat. Southwest of the island.

    • Duration: 3-5h.

    • Total distance: 10.5km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 400m.

    • Curious facts: this small mountain range is something like a "prequel" to the Serra de Tramuntana. The views from the Puig Gros de Bendinat over the bay of Palma are difficult to explain until you see them. From that same top, if you turn around, you will see the impressive Serra de Tramuntana from a privileged place.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/puig-gros-de-bendinat-por-el-cami-dels-reis-33945584

4. Difficult routes, 5-10 hours with medium-high accumulated elevation gain:

Photo 3. Top of Puig de Galatzó. Photo by Luis Puigserver.

  • Puig de Galatzó from Puigpunyent:

    • Type: mountain. Climb up the south face to finish with views of all of Mallorca.

    • Zone: Pugipunyent, Serra de Tramuntana.

    • Duration: 4-6h.

    • Total distance: 5.1km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 520m.

    • Curious facts: Check out our IG @offugocars for photos from the top. This mountain is the queen of the south of Mallorca. The climb that we propose is short, but steep.

    • Link to the route: https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-senijing/subida-al-puig-de-galatzo-14389497

  • La Trapa:

    • Type: mountain.

    • Zone: south zone. Port of Andratx.

    • Duration: 3-4h.

    • Total distance: 7.8km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 400m.

    • Curious facts: the climb will make you have the sea always on your left and you can enjoy the spectacular Isla de la Dragonera all the way up.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/sant-elm-la-trapa-8506989

  • S’Esclop:

    • Type: mountain.

    • Zone: south. Estellencs.

    • Duration: 5-7h.

    • Total distance: 11km.

    • Accumulated elevation gain: 700m.

    • Curious facts: it is a mountain very close to Puig de Galatzó. Although it is smaller, the climb is harder and longer. The views are spectacular and it is less crowded than its “older brother”.

    • Link to the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/t3-mola-de-sesclop-52930506

As always, we hope that you liked the post and that it has been useful to you. We are available at blog@offugo.es for anything you may need.

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The Offugo Team