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Mountains & Villages of Mallorca

Land of oranges and stone villages
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  About the island >Mallorca is distinctly Mediterranean in character, both in its ways of life and its landscapes. What is most astonishing is the variety of scenery on such a relatively small island. At its heart lies a gently rolling plain whose almond groves provide a beautiful display of blossom each spring. This is bordered to the south and east by the hills which frame the island’s rugged, lesser-known coastline, while to the north rises the Tramuntana Sierra, whose craggy limestone peaks plunge into the sea. Aleppo pines, holm oaks, olives, carob and orange trees predominate, the latter bearing their main crop in January. The island’s gastronomy is excellent, the sea providing a range of fish – one of the most popular of which is sea-bass, sometimes baked in rock-salt – and seafood. Savour dishes such as caldereta de sambfaina, a lobster casserole; sopa mallorquina, made with bread, garlic and leeks; the ratatouille-style tumbet; and llom amb col – pork and pine nuts wrapped in cabbage leaves.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • dramatic mountain and coastal scenery
  • stay in the prettiest villages
  • high-quality country hotels full of character
  • flexible walking and sightseeing options

You are sure to be amazed by the drama of the scenery of north-west Mallorca – here, the rugged mountains of the Tramuntana Sierra plunge into the sea, and villages perch precariously on the slopes above tiny coves. This beautiful sierra offers the island’s best walking – old paved mule tracks wind through wooded valleys, between terraces of olive and citrus groves, and high above the coast. The scent of lemons fills the air, butterflies dance around your feet, and the views are simply astonishing.

There’s a sense that almost everything here is perched on the edge of things with stone terraces along every mountain flank, planted with citrus trees and gnarled olive groves.
     
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Our much-praised walk follows well-waymarked trails that link some of the island’s most picturesque towns and villages – Fornalutx, Sóller, Deià and Valldemossa – where you stay at hand-picked hotels of character. We have designed the itinerary to be as flexible as possible – choose six days of rewarding walking or a mix of walking and sightseeing, making use of the inexpensive trains, taxis, buses, boats and trams if you want more time to explore further.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
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The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The proximity of mountains and sea means that the weather can change quite quickly. Sea mists are fairly common, particularly in the morning, but don't tend to linger long. The spring flowers start to appear in early March.