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Mountains & Villages of Mallorca

Land of oranges and stone villages
 
Enjoy dramatic mountain and coastal scenery, and picturesque villages, on this self-guided holiday, on which your luggage is transported from one hotel of character to the next. Choose to walk as much or as little as you like, thanks to flexible walking and sightseeing options.
Mountains & Villages of Mallorca. 7 nights
Mountains & Villages of Mallorca. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A hotel-to-hotel walking holiday in Mallorca

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.
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 local trains, taxis, buses, boats and trams if you want more time to explore further.
 

2021

We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. 
Pay locally for all transfers mentioned in the description.
  • 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. The spring flowers start to appear in early March.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 12 12 13 15 19 23 27 27 25 20 16 13
    mm 66 53 55 60 46 28 16 35 65 101 84 74
  • Arrival in Fornalutx
    Night 1: at Fornalutx Petit Hotel in Fornalutx (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Fornalutx
    On your day here, choose between a gentle circuit from the hotel door and a longer but highly recommended walk to the Ofre Pass. If you don’t wish to walk, you can take time to explore the cobbled streets of Fornalutx, considered by many to be the prettiest of Mallorca’s villages.

    Circular walk through olive groves: 6km, 2hrs
    This gentle introductory circuit leads from the hotel door, taking in the two neighbouring villages of Binibassi and Biniaraix, and giving some delightful views over the citrus and olive groves that cloak the lower foothills.

    Lake Cuber to the Ofre Pass: 13km, 5.5hrs
    For something a little more challenging, take a taxi (pay locally) to Lake Cúber, from where a path rises gently through pine woods to the Ofre Pass for your first views towards the Mediterranean. From the pass, you descend into the valley and walk down through the spectacular Biniaraix Gorge on an ancient cobbled pilgrims’ trail that incorporates almost 2,000 shallow stone steps that are thought to have been originally cut by the Carthaginians for transporting olive oil some 2,500 years ago. 
    Near Lake Cuber
    Circular walk through olive groves: 6km
    Lake Cuber to the Ofre Pass: 13km
  • Fornalutx to Sóller: 8km, 3.5hrs
    While Sóller is just a few kilometres from Fornalutx by the most direct route, our walk heads up the hillside to the north-west to reach the Mirador de Ses Barques, from where you can admire the views of the port of Sóller and its lighthouse. There is a restaurant here, too (closed in winter). The onward route to Sóller briefly wanders along the high plateau below the mirador before winding down the hillside back to the town.
    You will have time in the afternoon to explore Sóller, which is set in a fertile valley and surrounded by citrus groves. Elegant mansions built by wealthy fruit merchants line the streets, and there are numerous fine examples of modernista (Art Deco) architecture to seek out. You have three nights at Ca'l Bisbe, set in secluded gardens with a pool, or you can upgrade to the superlative Ca’s Curial.
    Fornalutx to Sóller: 8km
    On the route to Soller © Scott Hatch
  • Free days in Sóller 
    There are numerous ways to spend your days in Sóller. For an easy day, take the old-fashioned tram to Port de Sóller, where you can relax on the beach or take a boat trip, or catch the nostalgic narrow-gauge train to Palma for a day of sightseeing and shopping. The train journey to Mallorca’s bustling capital is a highlight in itself, taking you right through the heart of the mountains. For more walking, we suggest four routes. 

    Sóller to Port de Sóller: 5km, 2hrs
    This pleasant walk leads down from Sóller to the port, from where you can return by tram.

    Refugi de Muleta: 10km, 4hrs
    Taking you up onto the Muleta plateau, high above Port de Sóller, this is a panoramic walk which passes the distinctive lighthouse at Cap Gros. Our notes lead from Sóller, though it is possible to shorten the route by taking the tram to Port de Sóller and beginning the walk there (deduct 3km).

    Quiet western hills: 11km, 4.5hrs
    Starting and finishing in Sóller, this well-shaded walk takes you up into the hills to the west of the town.

    Ses Barques to Cala Tuent: 9.5km, 4hrs
    Take a taxi to the Ses Barques viewpoint above Sóller and walk along ancient cobbled trails through a deep, fertile valley coated with orange groves. After rising out of the valley, you descend to the coast and follow the spectacular coastal path to the beach at Cala Tuent, enjoying some of the best sea views on the island before returning to Sóller by taxi (or boat on weekdays from May to October).
    On the walk to Cala de Tuent © Scott Hatch
    Sóller to Port de Sóller: 5km
    Quiet western hills: 11km
    Refugi de Muleta: 10km
    Ses Barques to Cala Tuent: 9.5km
  • Sóller to Deià: 9km, 4hrs, then bus to Valldemossa
    The route to Deià for the most part follows the Camí del Castello, a series of cobbled mule tracks that have linked the two towns for centuries. You skirt the edge of the Muleta Plateau, with mountains to your left and the sea to your right – here, the peaks of the Tramuntana Sierra are just two kilometres from the coast. You are rewarded with sweeping sea views even before you reach the coastal path and you arrive in Deià in time for lunch at one of the many restaurants lining the main street. We offer options to extend your walk along the cliffs around Deià after lunch, then take a bus or taxi the short distance to Valldemossa, where you spend your final two nights at Es Petit.
    Sóller to Deià: 9km
    On the walk from Soller to Deia
  • Free day in Valldemossa
    For a spot of culture, you can spend the day exploring the village of Valldemossa – described by Chopin as “the most beautiful place in the world” – and its famous Carthusian monastery which houses a 17th-century pharmacy, Chopin’s piano and an excellent small art collection that includes works by Picasso and Henry Moore.

    Circular walk from Valldemossa: 11km, 5hrs
    A rewarding route winds steeply uphill from Valldemossa to the Cairats Refuge, passing beneath the peak of the Teix (1,064 metres) for superb views of the coast. You then follow bridleways created by the island's benefactor, Archduke Luis Salvador, across a limestone plateau high above Valldemossa before descending through woods of holm oaks where small family groups of wild goats often graze.
    Circular walk from Valldemossa: 11km
    Around Valldemossa
 

Accommodation

You stay in charming accommodation that is full of character.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Sóller. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend adding extra nights in Sóller to give you ample time to explore the town and to enjoy our walking routes.
 

Extend your stay

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 1 dinner
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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