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A beginners hike in the mountains of Majorca


Pic authorsLorna and I called our trip to Majorca ‘the-alternative-twenty-something-holiday’ as our holiday was very different to the usual package sun, sand and sea holiday. Instead, we swapped our flip flops for hiking boots and went on a three day walking experience through the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains of Majorca.

Our holiday experience started at Manchester airport where we waved goodbye to the rain and 2 hours late waved hello to beautiful sunshine in the capital city of Palma. We were given our route book, a free cap and taken to the Cuber Reservoir where we were to start our first day of hiking. The scenery was breath-taking, rugged mountains stood tall above our heads and the grass land was a perfect picture. We set off and saw wild flocks of sheep on one side and a large open reservoir on the other.

Our 10km walk took us up, down and around long paths with stone steps – we reached high heights so we stopped a few times to appreciate the view (and rest, after all this was all very new to us!) The journey took us across small bridges and under rock formations where water trickled through. It’s hard to describe in words how magnificent the views were, we even forgot we were walking as we focused so much on taking in what was around us.
The mountains of Majorca
It took us a good four and a half hours to reach our final destination, Soller town. A beautiful town set in a lush valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea, packed with small side street shops selling freshly squeezed orange and handmade natural products. We took the wooden tram from Soller into Port De Soller, a village set in a horseshoe harbour, where we rested our heads (and feet!) for the night.

Day two and after a hearty breakfast we were picked up and driven back up the mountains to Deia – a small, coastal village in the Serra de Tramuntana. The place was picturesque and we were overwhelmed with the wonderful family orientated feel. We were not hiking for long before we reached Cala Deia, a small coastal beach set in an attractive cove. The beautifully preserved cove was washed with crystal clear waters and surrounded by huge rocks. We stayed a while to admire the view before setting off. The walk was a real work out, the rocky landscape we walked through were filled with forest features, tall trees and rickety stones – our navigation went a little out the window too! The rocks were formed and reformed due to landslides so as well as our route book, locals had painted small red dots on rocks to inform hikers that that part of the route had changed – a great idea that came in very handy!
Majorca mountains
We were treated to two stops during the walk, the first was a house hidden behind trees and just off one of the narrow paths. We were told that the house used to be an old oil mill and the owner, a small elderly woman greeted us and other hikers with a glass of freshly squeezed orange (we were thankful of all the orange – it was very refreshing!) We explored the secluded house and admired the old fashioned features and old family pictures hung around the walls. It was a beautiful home and gave off a real sense of history.

The second short break was a family run café that was a little more out in the open. They welcomed us with open arms and a cabinet full of homemade pastries out on display. I chose a chocolate and pear tart which was delicious! We sat and admired the coastal sea view and mountains that stood before us. The walk ended with zig-zigged stone paths and brought us back to Port De Soller where we were staying for a second night.

Food in Soller marketOur third and final day allowed us to explore more than just the mountains. We witnessed the local life of the small village of Soller. It was a Saturday and the streets were filled with food, clothing, and handmade art and craft item stalls which proved a big hit with the locals (us too!).

Part of today’s walk was to take the vintage train to Palma – a wooden, well-kept train with carriages that allowed you to step outside (not something we would advise!). The train had lots of character and is known for its narrow gauge with the track width being just 914 mm. The train journey looked out onto the natural barrier of the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range with short breaks of darkness as we passed through tunnels.

Arriving in Palma, there was one place we really wanted to visit and what a place it turned out to be. After wondering around Palma for just over an hour, dipping in and out of its busy shopping stores, we arrived at a towering, gothic building looking over Palmas harbour. The Cathedral stood out for miles and we couldn’t wait to step inside. The building inside was magnificent made up of beautifully high decorated walls filled with pristine religious statues. It was a popular tourist attraction as the place was filled with visitors taking snaps and appreciating the place of worship.
Palma cathedral
Our third and final walk was a relaxing one, compared to the previous days. We walked along the beach front to our hotel situated in Playa de Palma. The flat ground was a change from the uneven rocky surfaces we had faced before but a nice one – it allowed us to reflect on the journey we had been on.

The trip overall was an eye opener and amazing experience with sights and scenery we’d only ever dreamed of seeing. The walking aspect is something that you don’t think about as you focus on the surroundings and after, you feel the real benefits of exercise. The great outdoors is the place to be and it would be great to see more young adults, like ourselves, experience what the world has to offer!
Cala de Deia
The Walk2Walk Holidays ‘Mountains of Majorca’ trip starts from £519 per person for an eight-day holiday. Visit http://walk2walkholidays.com for more information and a full itinerary.

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