Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana Trek

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana Trek

  • Follow the GR221 route across the stunning island of Mallorca 

  • A 120km trek through stunning landscape

  • Climb Puig de Massenella - the highest trekking peak on the island

  • Enjoy sea views and whitewashed Mallorcan villages

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Outstanding fully-qualified guides

  • Stay at the famous Lluc Monastery

  • Luggage support throughout

  • Enjoy Mallorcan hospitality in authentic local hotels

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana Trek: Dates and Prices

AT A GLANCE

 

9 nights

8 days' trekking

 

Luggage delivery

Group size 4-10

 

Price: £1795

 

Join: Port d'Andratx

End: Pollença

 

Nearest Airport: Palma 

ACCOMMODATION

8 nights in hotels

1 night in a refuge

DIFFICULTY GRADING

7

Challenging

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana Trek: Overview

Our Serra de Tramuntana Trek is a 120km walk, following the famous GR221 route across the western side of the beautiful Balearic island of Mallorca. Our journey takes us from Port d'Antrax in the south, to Pollenca in the north on what is also known as the 'Ruta de Pedra en Sec' ('the Drystone Route'). We will experience Mallorca's limestone heritage first-hand as we follow the cobbled paths past historic dry stone structures, ancient terraced olive groves, limestone mountains and Mallorcan villages with their pretty whitewashed houses. As we trek through the Tramuntana mountain range we will discover a peaceful trail through a truly stunning landscape.   

What to expect

We will trek between 4 and 7 hours per day, and will cover an average of around 18km per day, with a couple of longer days of 20 or more kilometres. Mostly, the paths are well established tracks and old mule trails that are easy underfoot. This trip is open to everyone who has a good base level of fitness, hill walking experience and are able to hike for several hours per day. 

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Port d'Andratx

Our trip starts in the picturesque fishing village of Port d'Antratx. We hold a trip briefing in the hotel, followed by our evening meal.

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

 

Day 2 - Trek from Port d'Andratx to Coll de Sa Gramola

Our trip starts gently as we follow the waterfront and climb up through the villas above the town. As we enter the pine forests we take a mountain trail that will lead us all the way to Coll de Sa Gramola. The terrain is typical of what we'll find all along our route - dry rocky trails, pine-studded hillsides, and beautiful sea views. Once at the Coll des Vent, we then traverse the mountainside, heading north before dropping down to the seaside village of Sant Elm where we usually enjoy an ice cream! This historic village was where the Catalan expedition to conquest Mallorca landed in 1229. From here we climb a bit further, to enjoy fantastic views of the impressive island of Sa Dragonera National Park. We continue on to our final pass at Coll de Sa Gramola, and our finishing point for the day. We will be picked up in taxis and taken back to our hotel in Port d'Andratx for a second night. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 18km

Walking: 6 hrs

Level: Moderate walking

 

Day 3 - Trek from Coll de Sa Gramola to Estellencs

After a short descent we start to climb and enter a landscape that feels more wild and remote. The trail takes us past traditional farm houses and rocky pastures, where locals graze their flocks in the spring. It is unusual to meet other hikers on today's trail, as with much of the Serra de Tramuntana, but he rocky cairns tell us we're still on the GR221. The views today stretch to the Mediterranean in the west, and to the mountains of the Serra to the north. We eventually reach the ridgeline, and a steady climb leads us to our highest point of the day at 800m. We traverse under the limestone peak of Moleta de S'Esclop, before dropping down to the charming village of Estellencs where we spend the night.

Accommodation : Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 15km

Walking: 5-6 hrs

Level: Difficult walking

 

Day 4 - Trek from Estellencs to Esporles

Today is a more gentle day, but we are still rewarded with beautiful views as we follow an ancient royal route from Estellencs to Esporles, that dates back to 1401. The route is mostly paved and terraced bridle paths, and it leads us past the historic stately homes of the nobility, such as Son Serralta, Es Rafal and Es Collet. A steep descent leads us out of Estellencs as we take the trail towards Banyalbufar. We pass through an old stone opening that leads us into the holm oak wood, from where we follow the coastline north eastwards. We arrive at a pass with fabulous views of the Planicia valley and the peaks of the Serra in the background - Punta de Soller, Sa Foradada, and Puig Major, which is the highest peak in Mallorca. The pretty terraced village of Banyalbufar is a highlight of today with its ancient houses and sea views. From Banyalbufar an eastward climb leads us to our destination at Esporles, and the end of the royal route known as the 'Cami des Correu'.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 15km

Walking: 5-6 hrs

Level: Moderate walking

 

Day 5 - Trek from Esporles to Deià

Today is a slightly longer day, and a very scenic one. Our route leaves the village of Esporles and climbs steadily to La Mola de Son Pacs, where we will see limestone hills, forests, deep watercourses, and rocky outcrops. At the top we will be rewarded with a cliff top to rest on and views out to the sea. We continue through woodland, before starting to descend to the beautiful village of Valldemossa, which is the perfect place to stop for coffee and ice-cream. Valldemossa is the village famously visited by composer Frederic Chopin and Aurore Dupin, the French novelist who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand. Their much publicised affair gave the village a reputation for romance! Another climb takes us up and over the mountain to our next stop - the pretty coastal village of Deià. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 20km

Walking: 6-7 hrs

Level: Difficult walking

 

Day 6 - Trek from Deià to Port de Sóller

Today is a shorter day, so we should have some time to explore Deià, with its steep narrow streets, ancient houses and stunning cove. It's a very pretty and typically Mallorca village, which has always been a refuge for artists, writers and musicians. Our route today takes us past flower meadows and palms, and has views of the Llucalcari coastline. We will aim to arrive in Port de Sóller in the early afternoon, giving us plenty of time to explore the Port, take a boat ride, or soak up the sun on the sandy beach.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 13km

Walking: 4 hrs

Level: Easy walking

 

Day 7 - Trek from Port de Sóller to Tossals Verds

Today is our longest day, and it starts with a trip on the tram, that has been running since 1913, and is now the only one still operational in Mallorca. After a short journey we arrive in the town of Sóller to start our hike. After a pleasant walk along the ancient streets and through the adjoining villages, we start to climb up through a spectacular rocky gorge. The path is mostly paved and we get a sense of the history of the area, as we pass the raised waterways and irrigation channels that have fed the pastures and villages for centuries. We follow the Barranc de Biniaraix, an old stone path made up of 2,000 stone steps, deep into the valley of Ofre, beneath the rock formation of the same name. At the Coll de L'Ofre we enjoy views of the green waters of the Cuber Reservoir below us, and of the island's highest peak; Puig Major. Our second pass of the day is the Coll des Coloms, after which we drop down to the south side of the Serra as far as the ravine of the Torrent d'Almadra. From here we climb a rocky ledge and ascend the Pas llis. We travel around the mountain to the fabulous Rifugio Tossals Verds -  a traditional stone mountain refuge, and a fantastic place to spend the night. 

Accommodation: Refuge, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 24km

Walking: 6-7 hrs

Level: Difficult walking

Day 8 - Trek from Tossals Verds to the Monastery of Lluc

Today's route takes us across the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, with its limestone peaks, ridge lines, and sea views - we will also see the fascinating 'snow huts' built into the mountain. The highest peak on the island, Puig Major, is not accessible due to a military installation on the summit, so we will be tackling Puig de Massenella, which is the highest trekking peak. After leaving the refuge we have a steady climb along ancient trails and towards the high pass. We pass natural fountains, and trek through the oak woods, before leaving the trail to head for our summit. The route to the peak of Puig de Massanella is rocky and rugged, but some easy scrambling will get us there. It's possible to rest at the pass, and 'sit out' the summit, but we highly recommend the climb, as the views from its summit (1365m) are breathtaking. Once we've had a rest and taken some pictures we'll head back down to the Coll de n'Argento and set off for the famous Monastery of Lluc, which will be our base for the night. On our way we will see more of the traditional 'Cases de Neu' (snow huts), where the snow was collected during the winter and then stored for the months ahead, and which date back to at least 1564. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 15km

Walking: 5 hrs

Level: Difficult walking

Day 9 - Trek from Monastery of Lluc to Pollença

The Monastery of Lluc dates back to the 13th century, and is considered the spiritual heart of Mallorca. It is unique in the Serra de Tramuntana and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. We have a relatively gentle day today, starting with a steady climb through the oak woods to the Son Amer Refuge. On our way through the forest we see even more examples of the stonework, including the 17th century raised irrigation canal of the S'Ermita spring. Our GR221 route, and our Serra de Tramuntana adventure, comes to an end as we walk along the river valley to the ancient town of Pollença. It's a lively town, located between  the Calvari hill, with its 365 steps leading to the oratory that crowns it, and Mount Maria at 325m, and is the perfect place to spend our last night as a group.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: 18km

Walking: 5 hrs

Level: Easy walking

Day 10 - Depart Pollença

Our trip finishes after breakfast. A transfer to Palma Airport is included, and will aim to reach the airport at 10am. 

Included

  • All accommodation on a twin share basis

  • Breakfasts and evening meals

  • All transport detailed in the itinerary

  • Luggage transfers 

  • Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

  • Departure airport transfer

Not Included

  • Lunches

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Arrival airport transfer

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

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