Majorca self guided walking vacation

Description of Majorca self guided walking vacation

Eight days in the central Tramuntana, a walker's paradise in the northwest of the island where Majorca is at it scenic best, far away from the crowded and overdeveloped coastal resorts often associated with Majorca. Here, from your delightful hotel in Soller, you will discover the island's indigenous and rural character as you follow scenic paths through the island's most picturesque landscapes, the air heavy with the scent of wild thyme, garlic and rosemary.


• A varied programme of relaxed self-guided walks and excursions
• A small, elegant 4-star family-owned hotel, quietly situated in the heart of old Soller, minutes from the lively central square with its may pavement cafes
• Carefully-selected local restaurants for lunch (no squashed cheese sandwiches!) and in the evening fine dining under the stars
• Dramatic sun-drenched landscapes and spectacular coastal scenery, all framed by the backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains
• Exploring unspoilt picturesque villages of honey-coloured stonoe; admiring exotic flora and fauna
• Swimming opportunities on some walks and in the lovely hotel pool.

What to Expect

Climate: Majorca is a year-round walking destination. The climate is typically Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers tempered by sea breezes. The rainfall is heavier during the winter months with up to 8 days of rain per month but the sun shines on average for 5 hours daily. The best months for walking are spring, early summer, late summer and autumn with the swimming season running from May to September. The average temperature in May is 22 degrees when 4 days of rain can be expected during the month.

Your base: Soller is easily accessible from Palma, 45 minutes by road or rail. It is idyllically situated amongst orange groves with easy access to the sea and varied mountain countryside, an ideal base for walking vacations.

Grading of Walks: The walks in our programme are flexible, allowing on occasion some options for shortening or lengthening the walks. The routes consist mainly of former mule tracks and ancient pilgrim paths through citrus and olive groves, pine forests, mountains and valleys, coastal paths, gorges and lakes. Easy Walks do not exceed 5 miles (9 km) daily; moderate walks do not exceed 9 miles (15 km) daily. Many of the paths on the moderate walks are rough with uneven surfaces.

Hotel: The Ca'l Bisbe is a 4-star hotel occupying a sensitively refurbished former bishop's palace, complete with beamed ceilings, pool, walled garden, jacuzzi and sauna. Whilst retaining its authentic character, the hotel boasts modern-day comforts and particularly friendly staff. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the pool. For further details see

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrival at Palma airport followed by a transfer by bus or taxi of 45-60 minutes. This is not included to allow you to choose. Following arrival at your hotel and, depending on the time of year, a relaxing swim, stroll to the centre of Soller to visit one of our recommended restaurants for dinner or enjoy dining at your hotel under the stars.
Day 2:Villages of Fornalutx and Biniaraix. A choice of a 5-mile or 7-mile walk with some gentle gradients. We have crafted this route to give you an overview of the Soller Valley. Walk straight from your hotel on a stunningly beautiful circuit, deep in the Soller valley, among terraces of olive and citrus groves, surrounded by the island's highest peaks. Visit a beautiful old Majorcan townhouse where the same family has been pressing oil for over 300 years. Then, a freshly-squeezed juice in the village before following quiet country lanes with splendid panoramic views over Soller. Down ancient stone steps into Fornalutx with its honey-coloured stone houses to a favourite restaurant for lunch on vine-covered terraces. Having explored the village, said to be the most beautiful on Majorca, return to Soller along centuries-old wayfarers' routes before finally stopping for a drink in the colourful Placa d'Espanya. (The easier version of this walk omits the climb.)
Day 3:Deia via the Cami de Castello to Soller. A choice of a fairly easy 5 miles with gentle gradients or a moderate 8 miles with more gradients. Take the bus to Deia to visit this beguiling village, the former home of Robert Graves who is buried in the village hilltop church. Strolling through cobbled streets of pastel-coloured houses, explore twisted hidden alleys and descend to the picturesque bay of Cala de Deia for a swim before lunch. Then cross scenic agricultural landscapes with wonderful views of the mountains of the Tramuntana towering above. On reaching a charming farmhouse with little terrace tables, stop to sip freshly-squeezed juice and perhaps savour a delicious home-made pastry! More picture-book panoramas unfold above the belltower of a tiny 13th century chapel, the majestic backdrop of Puig Major soaring beyond. Descend into the port of Soller through ancient olive and citrus groves, perhaps time for a drink before taking the tram back to Soller and journey's end.
Day 4:Valldemossa & The Archduke Bridleway. The easy walk omits the strenuous Archduke Bridleway. Following a bus ride to Valldemossa, our notes guide you to the magnificent Carthusian monastery whose cloisters were once home to those famous lovers, Frederic Chopin and George Sand. Chopin described Valldemossa as 'the most beautiful place in the world'. In the monastery you can view the piano on which Chopin composed the famous Prelude and enjoy an excellent art collection that includes works by Picasso and Henry Moore. Valldemossa offers various places of interest, all described in our comprehensive notes. For the moderate walk there follows in the afternoon a magnificent circuit through holm oak woods to a mountain 'crossroads' where you join the 'Cami de S'Arxiduc', the creation of the Archduke Luis Salador. This takes you across a high limestone plateau with magnificent views towards the rugged coastline below and towards distant Palma. Your descent is through holm oak woods where wild goats graze followed by the bus back to Soller.
Day 5:Cuber Lake & The Barranc de Biniaraix. Opt today for an easy 5 mile walk with only a few gentle gradients or a 9 mile route with a short moderate ascent and a long, stepped descent. Take the bus to Cuber Lake situated in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range, an area rich in birdlife where ospreys and red-footed falcons circle high on the thermals. There follows a walk around the lake, where you will enjoy its serenity and beauty, and watch the occasional trout leap out of deep blue water. A gentle rise up through pine woods towards the Coll de L'Ofre at 875 metres rewards you with spectacular views of the lake glistening below in the distance, the imposing slopes of Puig Major towering above. Descend into a beautiful gorse-covered valley followed by a walk down through the dramatic Biniaraix Gorge. The ancient cobbled pathway was cut by Carthaginians 2,500 years ago and was once part of a pilgrims' route crossing the mountains to the monastery at Lluc. Enjoy your picnic overlooking the gorge. The easy version of this walk omits the ascents and descents; instead enjoy a relaxing day beside the lake followed by a bus ride back to Soller.
Day 6:Visit to Palma. 4 miles of easy street walking. No visit to Majorca would be complete without visiting Palma, its vibrant and cosmopolitan capital. Take the old wooden train that rattles 'wild-west' style along its narrow-gauge track. The train retains its original character, the journey through orange, almond and olive groves remaining virtually unchanged since its inception in 1912. Palma, a beautiful Mediterranean city, is full of architectural and cultural delights. Your notes guide you on a tour to give you a taste of Palma's varied and cosmopolitan character, bringing in elements of past and present. After an authentic Spanish lunch at a favourite tapas bar, spend the afternoon visiting the spectacular cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, Es Baluard Museum, Renaissance city walls, Bellver Caste, or, of course, simply shopping! Return to Soller by bus or train.
Day 7:Mirador de Ses Barques to Cala de Tuent. The choice today is between an easy 4-mile route to Port de Soller or an undulating moderate 8-mile walk to Cala de Tuent. Today's walk is a fitting end to this most scenic of walking vacations. The route takes you high above the sea, displaying the entire scope and beauty of this wild, deeply indented coastal landscape with its many bays and capes. From the viewpoint at the Mirador take the Cami Vell de Balitx, through a wonderful terraced valley of ancient olive trees, almond groves and bubbling springs. Stop for a rest and a freshly-squeezed orange juice in idyllic surroundings before climbing up out of the valley to the Coll de Biniamar. Further spectacular views await you as you wind your way above an azure sea. A descent through rosemary and myrtle brings you to lunch on a terrace overlooking the sea (seafood highly recommended!). Finally to unspoilt Cala Tuent for a swim or paddle in crystal clear waters followed by a boat back to Soller Port. You'll enjoy some of the best sea views on the island. Time for a drink before boarding the tram back to Soller for a final dinner, the perfect end to a perfect walking vacation in Majorca.
Day 8:Departure for Palma Airport.

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Majorca self guided walking vacation


Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport; if that is unavailable we recommend local transport companies to reach the start of the walk. On this vacation, we use the bus and train to access the various walks. We aim to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in a small local hotel which is family run and central to the life of the village. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.


We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants and visit small farms and smallholdings en route, we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community.

We choose the best walks available which do not all start from the hotel. Therefore provision has to be made to transport people to and from the start of the walks. To achieve this we use buses and trains and boats, over the years bringing repeat business to them.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their pubs and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the country’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People sometimes return on their own or with friends, visit the same hotels and restaurants and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful local countryside.


This carefully-researched and crafted walking vacation in a special landscape of the UK, promotes appreciation, respect and enjoyment of the countryside through informative commentaries. These commentaries relate to history, rural life and traditions, flora and fauna, geology and literature.

We walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We describe the views to be seen from the high points and our walkers always enjoy seeing the distant route they took earlier in the walk. We always explain something of the history of the area we are visiting and introduce into the walks topics of a literary nature such as poems, references to writers associated with an area and examples of the soothing power of nature.

We share knowledge about features of architectural interest and geological interest. For example, we may explain about the chalk downland turf or archeological features such as barrows and earthworks and explain how the land we see today has been shaped by the past. Or we may explain about a national trail, its history and its significance today. We include references to the economic importance of, for example, chalk, hardwood, coppices.

Reviews of Majorca self guided walking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The wonderful circuit hike from Soller to Port Soller that was recommended by our hosts Matt and Nina at Casa Bougainvillea. The walk was one we could do over and over again. And the food and views along the way and in Port Soller were outstanding.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you stay at Casa Bougainvillea (and you should), be sure to ask you hosts (Matt and Nina) for advice on hikes and places to eat, etc.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We tried to patronize the small restaurants and orange juice stops whenever possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent---one of the best we have ever done.

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The scent of the orange blossom.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do it in early or late season so it is pleasantly warm for walking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely. The hotel was locally owned and felt like the family that owned it cared for it and their guests. We also enjoyed a visit to the agricultural co-operative in the town and its associated information centre, local enterprises. We were encouraged to use public transport and did, though a full bus one morning meant we had to take a taxi. One of our walking routes had to be adapted to avoid an area under rehabilitation through the Mediterranean Wildlife Foundation - staff were on hand to explain and reroute.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great trip. Varied walks, good accommodation, and excellent weather!

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Beautiful countryside, and excellent walking. thanks to the walking guides and
supporting information provided by the tour company. The hotel Ca'l Bisbe in the
evocative town of Soller was also excellent

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Obviously avoid the high summer if you don't like walking in the heat.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We made extensive use of public transport which is cheap, reliable and serves most places of interest. The area is dependent on tourism. We ate at the local cafes and restaurants. The hotel has environmentally friendly policies

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An excellent vacation, well planned and set up by the tour company.

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