Outdoor Mallorca

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A multitude of footpaths criss-cross the Tramuntana mountain range, many of which were built by farmers needing access to their terraces of olive trees. The result is a wealth of opportunities for hikers seeking to explore the heights and enjoy stunning views of rocky peaks and deep blue seas. Along the way, you'll feel gentle breezes and hear the tinkling of sheep bells. The best times of year to hike are spring and fall, because it gets a bit too hot in summer to enjoy some of the most strenuous routes. Take care, though, as some of the paths are not very well-marked, and you may become lost in unfamiliar territory.

If you're staying in Palma, take advantage of a unique method of transportation to the mountains. An old-fashioned narrow-gauge electric railroad runs wooden cars several times a day between Palma and Ssller. The 28 kilometer ride begins on flat coastal land, travels through fertile green fields studded with windmills, and climbs into the mountains, passing through tunnels and through magnificent scenery before descending to Soller.

Once you're there, on the mountainous west coast, you're in Mallorca's hiking central. Within a few miles, you'll find a variety of routes, a few of which are described below.

Es Barranc and L'Ofre - This eight and a half hour out-and-back route begins in Soller (not the nearby Port de Soller), passes through Biniaraix, and heads up a charming stone-laid footpath through olive tree terraces and past rushing streams (in the wet season). Once you're near the top, take a little detour to a spectacular overlook at Es Cornadors. The route culminates in a climb up the triangular pine-wooded peak, L'Ofre.

Czber Lake and L'Ofre - This is a second, less-strenuous way to ascend L'Ofre, beginning at the lovely blue-green Czber Lake. The lake is an excellent spot to look for larger birds of prey black vultures, red kites, and eagles which soar over the lake and catch thermals between the peaks. A lot of tourist busses bring visitors to the small parking lot at Czber Lake, but, if you choose to do it on your own, renting a car is probably the best way to get here.

Czber Lake to Lluc - Heading in the opposite direction from L'Ofre, this 4 = hour hike passes the Gorg Blau lake, traverses oak woods, then heads up toward the Massanella mountain. This route takes hikers to the tallest mountain pass on the island, the Coll d'es Prat (at 1205 m/3952 f). Since you'll end up in Lluc, make sure you make the necessary transportation arrangements.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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