Mallorca’s Dry Stone Route Walk

Dry Stone Route Mallorca HikingOne of the longest walks across Mallorca is the famous Dry Stone Route, which spans the entire length of the Tramuntana from the Port of Andratx in the very south west of the island, to Pollensa in the north west. Officially known as the GR221 route, it is broken down into 8 stages:

  • Stage 1 Port d’Andratx-la Trapa
  • Stage 2 La Trapa-Estellencs
  • Stage 3 Estellencs-Esporles
  • Stage 4 Esporles-Can Boi (Deia)
  • Stage 5 Can Boi-Muleta (Port of Sóller)
  • Stage 6 Muleta-Tossals Verds
  • Stage 7 Tossals Verds-Son Amer (Lluc)
  • Stage 8 Son Amer-Pollença

In this post we’ll give you a general overview of the complete route, and subsequent posts will describe each stage in more detail. The beauty of this route is that you can complete one or several stages over a period of time. Walking the entire route over successive days is no problem, as there are a number of delightful rural, boutique hotels along the way (stay tuned, as these will be the subject of a future blog post!), and there is also a string of well-situated, government-run Refugis that offer excellent food & accommodation facilities (albeit in dormitory style!).

When fully completed, the Dry Stone Route will offer a refuge at the end of each stage where hikers can eat a good “home-cooked” dinner with local wine and stay overnight. At present there are five fantastic refuges already up and running: Tossals Verds, Muleta, Can Boi, Son Amer and Pont Romà and two others (la Trapa and s’Hostatgeria del Castell d’Alaró) will be restored in due course (though at this point work on La Trapa seems to have ground to a halt, and progress at Alaró has been extraordinarily slow!). However, recent news (see our earlier  blog post) that the Consell de Mallorca has ear-marked substantial funds for the renovation of the refuges (amongst other things) can only be good news for the completion of these refuges, and this fabulous long distance, linear hike.

The refuges of Son Amer, Tossals Verds and Can Boi (restored by Deià Town Hall) belong to the Consell de Mallorca. The rest are managed by the Consell de Mallorca thanks to agreements with several institutions and organisations. The refuge of Muleta belongs to Sóller Town Hall, the refuge of la Trapa to the ecologist group GOB (Balearic Ornithology Group), the refuge of s’Hostatgeria del Castell d’Alaró to Alaró Town Hall and the Bishopric of Mallorca, and the refuge of Pont Romà to Pollença Town Hall.

All the working refuges have been created from old, restored Mallorcan houses with the traditional architecture of the Tramuntana region in order to blend into the landscape and respect the area’s cultural heritage. So, they have plenty of traditional Mallorcan charm, but at the same time they offer ultra-modern, spacious shower and bathroom facilities – just what hikers need at the end of a long day. The rooms are spacious and dormitory-style with bunk beds. There is currently one refuge – Tossals Verds – that has a room just for 2 people. The food is simple, good and plentiful and all meals are available. They’ll even prepare you a substantial picnic lunch for your next day’s hike.

The refuges are well run and they are all manned by a permanent member of staff. Overnight bookings are managed centrally by the Consell de Mallorca, and reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance of your stay. They are limited to the number of reservations they can take in order to protect the environment, maintain standards and avoid overcrowding – so booking ahead is essential.

Whilst walking the Dry-stone Route you’ll discover the natural dry-stone landscapes of the Tramuntana mountain range as well as man-made dry-stone features, such as walls, terracing, fountains, shelters, snow houses, etc. Additionally the route goes through many interesting historic remains. Hikers will be enchanted by the traces of myths and legends; experience the traditions, customs, gastronomy, craft work and skills of the region; and above all, see the diverse and dramatic landscapes from the coast, bays and cliff faces to the rugged, remote terrain of the high sierra.

At Mallorca Hiking we incorporate several sections of this long-distance walk into independent hikes (albeit slightly adapted for the benefit of the hike), such as: the Tossals Verds Loop,  Deia to Puerto Sóller, Cúber reservoir and Biniaraix, the old Postman’s route etc. Alternatively, we can organise a complete long distance linear hike with bag transfer service, as one of our Tailor Made holidays – the ideal opportunity to discover the beauty and history of the island in one holiday.

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Comments

  1. Kari Thomassen says:

    I like these pages and wantto walk the route in september this year, interested in all information.

    Kari

  2. Jim Schmerl says:

    Hoping to get follow-up blogs.

  3. Fran Idle says:

    Looking forward to the follow ups!

  4. laura cameron says:

    Hi

    There is a group of us that would like to walk the longest route you have in October, could you please let us know the route an how many days it would take. We will be doing it for a few different local charities in Mallorca
    Look forward to hearing from you

    Laura
    xxx

  5. What are the recommendations of plays to stay instead of Tossals Verds since its closed? any villages between Soller and Lluc to stay without taking taxi’s?

    • Hi Tony,

      I’m afraid there is no villages, only a public hut by the Cúber Reservoir that you could rent, but this one is a “basic” hut with no service (you need to bring EVERYTHING you need), so normally we recommend people to walk from Sòller to Cúber and then taking a taxi from Cúber to Lluc and the following day taking a taxi from Lluc to Cúber to then walk from Cúber to Lluc. We are all waiting for the Tossals Verds Refuge to open again!!! =) Hope that was helpful.

      Kindest regards,

      nina

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