Mallorca (Majorca) is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. You may associate it with beach resorts and cheap package holidays but for the discerning visitor it has much to offer. The Serra de Tramuntana, a World Heritage Site, is a wonderland of limestone mountains made up of paths, terraces and walls in dry stone, all harmoniously integrated with nature. Its stone-built villages such as Sóller provide walkers with magnificent hiking. It’s enchanting landscapes are particularly beautiful in early spring when the almond trees are in flower in the valleys and across the plains. With year-round sunshine, it’s also a time when the temperature is ideal for walking. There’s plenty of sightseeing too and we recommend a day in elegant Palma exploring its magnificent architecture and museums.
The island is easy to explore with an excellent network of buses, wooden trams and even a wonderful old train that rattles wild-west style between Sóller and Palma. But its the cobbled paths and coastal footpaths that will enchant hikers; pause at a magnificent old farmhouse for a freshly-squeezed orange juice or take a dip in a hidden cove. Then there are the lakes and harbours, boat trips and cultural activities aplenty to incorporate into your walks, from Robert Graves’s house at Deià to the monastery at Valldemossa famed for its two lovers, Chopin and Georges Sand. Once you’ve experienced all the wonders of this beautiful island, you will want to return again and again to experience its charms.