The 12 most beautiful walks on Mallorca

Le GR221 depuis Valldemossa

On this island of magnificent scenery, criss-crossed by countless trails, hiking in Mallorca is a natural choice, and by far the best way to discover this destination.

Mallorca’s mountainous terrain and indented coastline, with its coves and beautiful beaches, provide a splendid backdrop for hiking, as in the Llevant region to the east, or the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range culminating at Puig Major at 1436 meters altitude, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

As a tourist destination, Mallorca’s most beautiful trails offer an escape from the crowds and a more serene, authentic atmosphere, with places that are more difficult to access but also more rewarding.

The best time to go hiking in Mallorca is early spring, in April: the island is greener and more full of flowers, and the temperatures are ideal. The late season, from September onwards, is also very promising. At the height of summer, beware of rising temperatures, protect yourself from the sun, and look after your water reserves: the heat adds a notch of difficulty to the walks.

From short two-hour strolls to full-day outings, Majorca’s most beautiful hikes give you a non-exhaustive idea of the island’s magnificent itineraries for all levels.

1. The climb to La Trapa monastery

L'ascension vers le monastère de La Trapa

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 418 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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Generally speaking, hikes in Mallorca are quite steep, and this will be the case for this hike in the south of the Serra de Tramuntana, which is fairly short in terms of kilometers, but with the gradient concentrated on certain steeper sections. Nevertheless, it’s still a medium-difficulty hike, provided you have the right footwear to tackle the stony sections.

The results are well worth the effort. Starting from the town of Sant Elm, the aim is to reach the ruined monastery of La Trapa and its belvedere through the pinewoods: here, the view is breathtaking, the coasts rocky, the sea limpid with off-shore, the island of Dragonara very photogenic!

2. The Soller valley in the Sierra de Tramuntana

La vallée de Soller

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 205 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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This superb tour of Mallorca will help you understand why the Serra de Tramuntana is a Unesco World Heritage Site, as you stroll through the Soller valley: here, the villages are still authentic, and the landscapes blend nature and culture, shaped by man for centuries.

A pleasant loop with no major difficulties (but beware of the high number of visitors in season), the route starts in Soller, a must-see (the market is not to be missed), and ventures towards the pretty villages of Biniaraix and Fortnalux, among the most beautiful on Mallorca. The scent of orange and lemon trees accompanies you along the way…

3. Torrent de Pareis descent to Sa Calobra cove

Descente du Torrent de Pareis

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  • Duration: about 5 hours
  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Ascent: 1032 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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It would be possible to draw up a complete list of the most beautiful hikes in Mallorca, focusing solely on the trails of the Serra de Tramuntana… Here, we’re tackling an arduous walking itinerary, due to the more technical terrain, where you’ll need to be prepared to use your hands for certain passages. Make sure you’re well prepared, with good walking shoes.

The route takes you down (and then up) the spectacular Torrent de Pareis, a canyon that leads to the no less spectacular Sa Calobra cove, framed by limestone cliffs and bordered by crystal-clear waters. Ideal in the off-season, when the area is deserted, but only in the dry season, as the canyon rocks quickly become slippery and difficult to negotiate.

4. The wild beach of Playa del Coll Baix

La plage sauvage de Playa del Coll Baix

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  • Duration: approx. 1h15
  • Distance: 3.9 km
  • Height difference: 183 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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This time, we’re changing areas a little, for a hike in Mallorca taking place in the northern region of Alcudia. The aim of the route is to reach one of the Mediterranean’s dream coves: Playa del Coll Baix. Lost in the middle of the cliffs, the only way to reach the beach is along a path frequented by goats, unless you come by sea.

So it’s the perfect place if you like peace and quiet, and transparent waters. The trail winds back and forth, with many beautiful viewpoints: on some of the more technical sections, the hike turns into little climbing sessions with your hands, so beware of rolling rocks! Take to the trail with good shoes, and only if you’re sure of your balance.

5. The summit of Cap de Formentor and the cove of Cala Murta

Le sommet du Cap de Formentor

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 431 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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On Cap de Formentor, the particularly steep northern tip of the Serra de Tramuntana, the trails take on a truly spectacular look: prepare yourself for a variety of memorable panoramas along this beautiful Majorcan hike, leading to the top of the cape as well as to one of its prettiest coves.

Leaving the car behind, you set off along the path towards el Fumat: the view from 335 m above sea level is superb. Then it’s a gradual, zig-zag descent down the mountainside to the cove of Cala Murta, a real Balearic postcard. Don’t forget to take a break for a drink and a bite to eat, before heading back up for a looped route.

6. View of Llevant from Talaia de Son Jaumell

Vue sur Llevant depuis Talaia de Son Jaumell

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 507 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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At the very eastern end of the island, in the Llevant region, this Mallorca hike is even more beautiful early in the morning, with sunrise over the Mediterranean to accompany you, or at the very end of the day, with the light fading. The view from Talaia de Son Jaumell is even more spectacular.

The entire itinerary, starting from Cala Agulla, has its own little difference in altitude, as you climb up and down the surrounding peaks. Don’t forget to take a break at Cala Mesquida, a large sandy beach, for a refreshing swim.

7. GR221 from Valldemossa

Le GR221 depuis Valldemossa

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  • Duration: approx. 4h30
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Height difference: 772 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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Back to the Serra de Tramuntana with one of Mallorca’s most rewarding hikes: the itinerary is difficult overall, with a solid gradient and many kilometers of stony paths to cover. But it’s well worth the effort, as you’ll enjoy some of the finest views in the massif, such as the Mirador de can Costa.

You can plan a day-long loop starting from charming Valldemossa. Note that you’ll need to apply for a permit to use this path (link on the itinerary), to limit the flow of walkers.

8. Cala Boquer from Port de Pollença

Cala Boquer depuis Port de Pollença

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Height difference: 156 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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The prospect of a pretty, tranquil cove bathed in clear water is always a good source of motivation for hiking in Mallorca. Here, we start from the resort of Port de Pollença and follow a path along the Valle de Boquer, leading to the cove of the same name.

The trail is relatively short, if a little steep at the end, and swimming at Cala Boquer promises to be as pleasant as it is life-saving on hot days.

9. From Deia to Soller on the GR221

De Deia à Soller par le GR221

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 317 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Among Mallorca’s hiking trails, the GR221, which crosses the Serra de Tramuntana, is legendary. This route invites you to follow one of its most beautiful stretches, linking Deià to Soller: a plunge into the heart of the island’s rural and cultural heritage, on cobbled paths through landscapes of striking beauty from start to finish.

A linear itinerary, with buses to take you back to your starting point at the end of the hike.

10. Cap de ses Salines to Cala Marmols

Cap de ses Salines jusqu'à Cala Marmols

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 9.7 km
  • Height difference: 123 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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In the south-east of the island, Cap de ses Salines is one of the best spots for seaside hiking in Mallorca, with its superb coves. In this respect, the objective of this outing, Cala Marmols, will not disappoint! This little paradise is only accessible by footpath, which greatly limits the number of visitors.

The coastal path from the lighthouse at Ses Salines is superb and easy to walk there and back. Make sure you bring something to protect you from the sun, as shade is scarce in this part of the island!

11. Climbing Puig de Massanella

Ascension du Puig de Massanella

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 11.1 km
  • Height difference: 784 m
  • Difficulty: difficult
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If you’re a fan of climbing and mountain walking, you’ll be delighted with this hike in Mallorca. It may be demanding, but it’s well worth the effort. At 1364 metres, Puig de Massanella is the highest accessible peak in the Serra de Tramuntana: spectacular views guaranteed!

The route, which starts out forested and shady, becomes stonier and more technical as you climb, with kerns to help you find your way. Access to the trail is subject to a fee (€6/person).

12. Volta des General, coastal path to Port des Canonge

Volta des General, sentier côtier jusqu'à Port des Canonge

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 8.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 355 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Let’s finish off with a rather easy Majorcan hike on the Volta des General trail. At altitude, it offers breathtaking views of the island’s rugged coastline and the Mediterranean Sea, before descending to the small seaside port of Canonge.

Well-marked and accessible to all, this out-and-back route is easy to complete, even with children.