Hiking Cala Tuent
This is an excellent, and stunning linear coastal walk, and can just as easily be approached from either end – from Sóller or from the small bay of Cala Tuent. A delightful bonus to the walk is that we pass the fine old finca Balitx d’Avall (now a restaurant and hotel), tucked away in a valley lined by terracing with olive trees. Here we can stop, enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice (from the farm’s own produce) and lap up the atmosphere of one of Mallorca’s old rural enterprises. We set off from just outside Soller along wide easy tracks through open farmland and gnarled olive groves. We then dip into a deep valley lined with terracing and arrive at the lovely Finca d’Avall, where we can stop for a freshly squeezed orange juice, before climbing quite steeply (the only real ascent coming from this direction) up via Coll de Biniamar to join the coastal path of Sa Costera along to Cala Tuent. The views and scenery are varied and spectacular throughout….We walk on wide – often stony – tracks and narrow paths. Depending on the time of year (April to October) we can either get a ferry back to Sóller or we can organise the charter of a private sailing yacht with skipper for your return journey. A fabulous way to end a beautiful day’s hiking!
Hiking Port Soller to Deia
A charming hike through olive groves, oak, orange and lemon trees with the sparkling Mediterranean always at your side. The route hovers above the small cove beach of Deia offering stunning views down onto the Cala before turning inland and ascending along the old Cami de Castello. Through the trees, you can see the little hamlet of Lluccari with the sparkling Mediterranean behind it. Stop to take it all in at the magnificently situated Son Mico farmhouse before turning once again towards the sea and down in the sheltered harbour of Port de Soller.
Presently in ruins, it formerly occupied practically all of the top mountain, (Puig d’Alaró, 822 meters high), and is surrounded by extremely high cliffs. The Castle has existed from before the conquest of Mallorca and its most important historical event was the heroic resistance of King Jaumes II knights, Cabrit and Bassa (popular legend considers them martyrs) against the troops of King Alfonso III of Aragón. The distance from Alaró to es Pouet is about 7 km and the climb provides some beautiful views of the plain of Mallorca, as far as the city of Palma. But what is truly impressive is the view from the top of the Puig d’Alaro of the valley of Orient and the central portion of the Serra de Tramuntana, with the Puig Major as the backdrop. See also our page of Castles & Ruins.
Hiking Tossals Verds
This is an excellent and nicely varied circular walk around the Tossals Verds peak (at around 1,100 m high, it is the 3rd highest on the island). It is an energetic route, which takes us high into the Tramuntana with far reaching views virtually all the way. There is one potentially tricky moment for those who suffer from vertigo, but we are helped by ropes to ascend the rocky ledge. This fabulous hike includes a couple of steep ascents and a well-located stop at one of the island’s beautifully restored refuges. Otherwise, the walk is along delightful paths, many formerly used by the old charcoal burners.
Hiking Puig de Massanella
Puig de Massanella or short simply Massanella is the third highest mountain of Mallorca. Being a standalone mountain makes Puig de Massanella a wonderful lookout. Moreover it is located almost centrally in Serra de Trammuntana, with the range spreading out beneath its base. On clear days (which are not common) you can see along all of the coasts of the island with the three capes Formentor, Alcudia and Ferrutx in the north and the large fertile plains of the centre and the south.
Hiking Puig de l’Ofre
Puig de l’Ofre is one of the highest mountains in Mallorca and one that hides more legends and secrets. Together with Els Cornadors, is the summit with which we can complete a tour to Barranc de Biniaraix. Venture into this so peculiar ascent and discover lots of stories and curiosities throughout the route.This trek is very spectacular because of their most impressive panoramic each time on the Puig Major (1.445 meters), the reservoirs of Cúber and Gorg Blau and the beautiful views of the island to the beach of Port de Sóller.
Hiking Lake Cuber to Biniaraix
This spectacular and unforgettable linear walk has fantastic views all the way, and can be tackled from either end! Downhill is pretty easy with the added benefit of being able to enjoy the views ahead of you all the way. If you have bad knees though its best to approach it from the other direction and climb uphill. On the downhill route, our starting point is the Cúber reservoir, which we walk alongside enjoying the open mountain scenery and following an easy track into the woods and along the paths of the Ofre estate. This is an excellent spot to see birds of prey – particularly the Black Vulture, which can often be seen circling overhead. A detour to the summit of L’Ofre, at just over 1,000 meters, is well worth the effort and a short scramble, for the spectacular 360º views from the top. You can see right over to the Bay of Palma, as well as the Bay of Alcudia and the east of the island. With binoculars you can even spot the Castle of Alaro perched at the top of the Puig d’Alaro. Continuing on our route down into Sóller, we enter a stunning gorge, the Barranc de Biniaraix where we begin our spectacular and steep descent via an ancient cobbled pilgrim’s path. The trail follows the torrent of Biniaraix, which makes its way beneath sheer cliffs and through idyllic, cool and shady terraces, down to Biniaraix and beyond. We eventually arrive at the pretty village of Binairaix, where we pass the old village wash house on our way to a tiny bar where we can stop for a drink