Majorca has an impressive array of mountains running along the north coast. The Tramuntana mountains run from near Palma in the south to Port de Pollenca at Majorca’s northern tip. The highest mountain on the island is Puig Major, visible from all over Majorca and standing at a a height of 1364m. However, walkers will be disappointed that the summit of this mountain is an American militarized zone (radar station), and therefore access is restricted. Though the highest point of the island being out of bounds, there is much more to a walking holiday in Majorca than ticking the highest summit.
Getting to the Mountains
To get the most out of a walking holiday it makes sense to base yourself in the heart of the action. The attractive coastal town of Soller and its surrounding villages – such as the picturesque village of Deia, makes an ideal base. Situated on the north coast where the mountains meet the sea, this area has much of the best walking on the doorstep. Travel to this area of the island is very easy, with Palma airport transfers taking around 30 mins. The best time to visit for a walking trip is spring or late summer. At this time the temperatures are cooler than at the height of summer and the island is less crowded. Spring is the most popular time for hiking on the island, with flowers and greenery more abundant than at other times of year. Importantly, the sea is warm enough for an impromptu dip should you come across an inviting cove!
Majorca’s “highest mountain”
With access to Puig Major restricted, Puig de Massanella becomes the “highest mountain” on the island – the summit being the highest point on the island that the general public can climb. Though there is a subsidiary peak on Puig Major that can be reached, Puig de Massanella is the highest singular accessible mountain and therefore an obvious challenge. This popular walk involves a fairly long and at times steep ascent to the summit at 1352m. That this mountain is just 12m higher than Ben Nevis (1344m), gives a useful comparison and the climb is similar to the route to the highest point of the UK. The paths to the summit are good and clear to follow, and the average walker should aim to complete the trip in around 5-6 hours. Proper walking equipment is advised, and guided ascents for groups are available.
In addition to the obvious challenge of Massanella, there are numerous other notable peaks over 1000m on the island. Coastal walk itineraries are also popular, along with many routes exploring the valleys and gorges of the Sierra Tramuntana. The mountains of Majorca are very attractive, extensive, and very easy to access from Palma airport – ideal for a walking holiday!