Majorca is renowned as a destination for traditional family holidays, but the Island is slowly changing its image and starting to appeal to those who seek adventure and active pursuits when on holiday. Home to the magnificent Tramuntana Mountains and an incredible 554 km of exotic coastline, the Balearic Island is an untapped haven for thrill seekers and nature lovers. Whether you are travelling on your own two feet, two wheels or even four, holidays in Majorca guarantee a fast paced and adrenalin filled experience.
The Tramuntana Mountains – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Tramuntana Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and span the entire northern region of Majorca. The impressive mountain range has ten peaks that break the 1000 metre mark, detailing the geological importance of the mountain range. The naturally formed mountains create a playground for walkers, hikers and cyclists looking for adventure based fun in the sun. The local government have recently created dedicated hiking trails, and have also commissioned local adventure companies to handle the tourist demand for adventure activities.
With other 88km of land to explore, here is how to make the most of one of Europe’s natural wonders.
Walking and Hiking in Majorca
Whilst walking and hiking doesn’t fit the norms of a holiday, it is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular in Majorca. The government’s recently built network of trails has opened the mountains to be explored safely and by all ages. These trails accentuate the rural landscape, offering fantastic views of the many inlets, lakes and rural villages in the area. The only way to reach the ranges highest peak (Puig Major) is by hiking, but once you are the 1,440 metres above sea level the views are breath taking.
Where to Walk - The GR221 stage takes in the picturesque villages of Valdemossa and Deia. This 8km walk is hard work with an ascent of up to 800 metres, but offers fantastic views of the exotic coastline and outstretching Mediterranean Sea.
Cycling in Majorca
The Tramuntana Mountains are a natural playground for cyclists, and have naturally formed strong reputation as a centre of excellence for amateurs and professionals. As well as holding numerous events throughout the year, the mountains and north of the Island are also a winter training base for many cycling teams. The most recent team to take up Majorca as a Winter training base is the highly successful Team Sky, detailing the pedigree of the facilities.
Where to Ride – The route from Port de Pollensa to San Vicenc is the perfect framework for scencic views and also provides great insight into the north-west of the Island. The20 mile round circuit passes through the authentic villages such as Binibona, Lluc and Pollenca, giving cyclists beautiful views and a peaceful backdrop to their ride.
Driving in Majorca
Driving through the mountains of Majorca is a great alternative for those that want adventure with less fuss and effort. Kick back and cruise along the picturesque coast or drive into the mountains to sample the best of rural Majorca. With a fantastic series of bends, hills and tight avenues, visitors will revel in the chance to meander through the glorious scenery. Cruising speed is all that’s needed as you are surrounded by fantastic views of the outreaching Mediterranean.
Where to Drive – The Lluc to Orient route is a gentle ride through rural Majorca. Taste and sample unspoilt Majorca, with the highlight of the drive the fantastic Es Verger Restaurant in Orient. Sit back and soak up the Mediterranean Sun with the Island’s most revered roast lamb.
More Information – The BelleVue Club is a fantastic base to explore Majorca. Based in the north-east of the Island, the series of apartments are one of the most popular accommodation options for Alcudia Holidays.