Welcome to a new walking season!

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Let's walk...!

We recently uploaded our new schedule of walks for every Wednesday – do take a look at the Calendar on our website for more details.

Click on any Wednesday and you’ll see a summary walk description below the Calendar. Click on the title of the summary, and you get full details of the walk scheduled for that day.

We’ve scheduled a walk for every Wednesday until the end of November so do come and join us. In December we have something different in store for you, so watch this space! Even better, please become a fan of our Facebook page – don’t forget to click the “like” button, and then you’ll be kept well up to date with all our activities.

Please remember, Wednesday walks cost:

walking in Mjorca

The beautiful Sóller valley

  • 35 euros per person
  • 25 euros per person for Mallorca residents
  • 20 euros per person for members of the Mallorca Hiking Club

From November we’ll be offering additional walks at weekends and on other days of the week.

And if none of the hikes we’ve scheduled fit in with your plans, then contact us and we’ll arrange a tailor-made day out especially for you and your party. For more details check our website: blog.mallorcahiking.com

Or join us on Facebook and Twitter

We hope to see you all soon!

A Summer day trip down the Torrent de Pareis

torrent de pareis

Our group

It was a hot dry day in mid-June when a small group of us set off early from Escorca to tackle the infamous Torrent de Pareis hike. There was a sense of excitement among the group as we had all wanted to do this hike many times before, only to be told “the conditions weren’t right”, or “there was too much water in the gorge”, “there had been heavy rains recently” ….. so this was our first time.

The temperature was perfect as we set off, the skies were crystal clear blue, and the views towards Puig Roig were stunning. Our guide Nina showed us the location of the concealed gap in the craggy rocks where the gorge carved by the torrent ran through the Tramuntana mountains. This is where we were headed. We admired the views.

The start of the hike is a gentle descent through masses of carritx grass, which is very typical of Mallorca’s alpine regions. We chatted animatedly as we zigzagged down to the dry riverbed and a point at which the paths of 3 different torrents met. Here we took a short rest and then continued, following the bed of the torrent de pareis. At first it was easy enough – we followed narrow paths along the edge of the riverbed; we scrambled over a few boulders and strolled along the pebble surface of the riverbed. But slowly and steadily the boulders got bigger; the scrambling got more strenuous; and there was no longer an inclination to cruise along chatting. This needed concentration; your wits about you. And at times even our guide had to stop and think and try and remember – which tiny gap between these massive boulders was going to offer us a way through. This was a real challenge.

torrent de pareis, Mallorca

Boulders, boulders everywhere…

As the sun rose in the sky, the temperature rose too, and so did the challenges we faced. We met a group of fun and noisy young Spanish guys – they were loving it; leaping among the boulders like mountain goats and sliding down the well worn surfaces. There are a few sections where you need to reverse down a crack in the rocks with the help of ropes – almost light abseiling. I think we all used every muscle in our body and not just the ones you’d expect to use for a “normal” hike! I for one, could feel every muscle for days after the hike.

By now we were deep inside the gorge, and it felt like another world. Slightly surreal. What a stunning landscape. At times the gorge is so narrow, that you can only see a slither of blue sky between the imposing rock faces on either side. It gradually becomes clear why this could be a very dangerous place to be when there is a lot of water flowing in the torrent ….

torrent de pareis, Mallorca

A chink of sky

And after about 5 hours of walking and mainly clambering, the gorge begins to open up and let some more daylight in.  We continue our walk and finally we’re greeted by a very normal Sunday scene in Mallorca – lots of happy laughing people relaxing with picnics on a beautiful pebble beach. This is Sa Calobra, our destination, and the scene is a very strange contrast to our day so far. Ed and Sean had run out of water way back, so they made a beeline for the bars along the coast. The rest of us couldn’t wait to get into our bikinis and dive into the cool, crystal clear water ahead. This was the best swim of the summer, by far!

This is an epic hike and well worth doing if you enjoy a bit of adventure – do take a look at the video we took on the day, as it’ll give you a more visual description of what’s involved! This is not the sort of hike to do on your own for the first time, so if you would like to hire a guide please contact us.

And if you’d like to know more about walking in Mallorca, please visit our website and our Facebook page for information and advice, as well as tips, photos…

Introducing the Mallorca Hiking Club – our new residents walking club

Mallorca ResidentsHiking Club Introducing Mallorca Hiking’s new residents* walking club

(Be sure to see the Special Introductory Offer at the end of this article – but read the article first!)

You may have been living in Mallorca for a short time or have had a home here for many years – but the reality is that you probably still haven’t seen even a small proportion of this beautiful island that we live on.

It is also true for many of us that we get very tied up in our work and family lives and we neglect the opportunity to switch off, relax and make the effort to explore the island on our door step, and just enjoy our surroundings. Well here is your opportunity to do just that, and at the same time to meet like-minded people, make new friends, and much more by joining our newly formed Mallorca Hiking Club.

Mallorca Hiking has been an established Guided Walking and Tailor Made Holiday provider in Mallorca for more than ten years. We’ve had many locals using our services and joining our walks through the years, and we know how much you enjoy “getting out there”. We now want to develop this into a local hiking community; a walking club that enjoys the social aspects of walking as well as the obvious benefits of discovering new places – and of course the physical and health benefits of a good walk.

The Mallorca Hiking Club will consist of walkers of all ages and levels of ability, so if you’re a beginner, you won’t feel like the odd-one-out as there are bound to be other beginners walking with you. Likewise, there will also be experienced walkers who can offer advice and useful tips. In due course, we’ll also have separate walks to suit different levels of ability.

Why  Join the Mallorca Hiking Club

  • Get outdoors, enjoy nature and discover more of our beautiful island – away from the madding crowd!
  • Meet a whole variety of new people with a common interest – gone will be the Sundays you would have liked to go hiking, but all your friends were busy or didn’t want to go with you…
  • If you don’t have your own transport, there’ll always be someone who can give you a lift to the start of a walk and back again…
  • If you’re a beginner, you won’t be the only one, and even if you are you will benefit from the support and experience of more seasoned walkers;
  • Share your knowledge and experiences of the island, and benefit from other member’s knowledge and experience – whether it’s places to walk, the best places to buy gear, great restaurants….
  • Experience something new and different, and meet someone new every time you come along for a walk
  • Discover fabulous hostels, country restaurants, bars and cafes where you’ll often benefit from club discounts
  • It’s a healthy activity that doesn’t require expensive memberships, equipment and a lot of time commitment to maintain your position
  • Bring along visiting friends and relatives – it’s an easy way to show them parts of Mallorca they would not have discovered (and you may not have known yourself!)
  • Enjoy lots of other fun events, outings and Mallorcan discoveries…

There will be a small annual fee to join the Mallorca Hiking Club and members will enjoy the following benefits:

  1. At least one guided walk per month – on a Saturday or Sunday or fiesta
  2. We’ll organise transport among members so that those without cars get a lift with other members to the start of a walk (and back)
  3. A varied schedule of walks in all parts of the island exploring mountains, flatlands, countryside, coves, historical landmarks…
  4. Club discounts from selected hiking/walking shops in Mallorca
  5. Hints, tips and advice on all aspects of walking
  6. Introductions to, and Club discounts at some of the best kept secrets around the island – restaurants, Agroturismo’s…
  7. We’ll organise regular, special outings such as hiking/boating combo days, wine tours, dinners…. as well as walking weekends away, for Club members and their friends and families
  8. Friends and Family Discounts for Mallorca Hiking’s walks and holidays, whether scheduled or tailor-made
  9. A fun, social element for those who want to join in Après Hike activities (why should skiers and golfers have all the fun?)

And the fee for joining the Mallorca Hiking Club? The good news is that this will be a very low annual joining fee (how low will surprise you!).

There will be a 5€ contribution payable to Mallorca Hiking for each monthly walk to cover the cost of organising the day, many ‘phone calls, logistics…

For members without a car, there is a 5€ contribution towards petrol etc. payable directly to the member giving you a lift. For members who have their own car and choose to share transport with other members, or “take it in turns” to drive, can sort out contributions (if any) between themselves!

The actual joining fee will be announced on the 20th of February – but for this week only you can get free membership to the Club by doing the following:

  • Publish the link for this article on your Facebook Wall (just hover your mouse over the Launch Offer image to the left and click Share)
  • Invite and join at least two friends to our Facebook Page
  • Leave a Comment on our Facebook Page letting us know you would like to be a “Founding Member of the MHC” (Mallorca Hiking Club)

Of course we would be even more excited if you actually shared our Facebook Page with all your friends – but to get free membership (just for this week) hop over to Facebook and complete those 3 simple tasks.

Following us on Facebook will keep you updated on all our activities; news; hints; tips; discounts and more – so if you haven’t already become a Fan here’s the link.

Imagine the fresh air in your lungs; the incredible changing scenery of each monthly excursion; lively conversation with new friends; magical historical and cultural discoveries; quaint restaurants and hillside inns for a local speciality lunch; views from the tops of Mallorca’s incredible mountains; learning about all the best equipment and techniques for all levels of hiking and most important of all a fit, energetic, healthy body and mind looking forward to the next outing…..

Mallorca Hiking Club – be a Pioneer Member – Join now!!

*Living on the island permanently or for a large part of the year is the only criteria needed to join the club. Official Spanish residency is not required.

Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles Mallorca HikingContinuing with our recommendations and advice for the best Hiking Clothing and Equipment here at Mallorca Hiking - today’s article will elabourate on the advantages of Hiking Poles (also known as trekking poles, hiking sticks or walking poles). These practical accessories to walking and hiking trips are becoming a familiar sight.

A distant cousin to ski poles, they have many features in common such as rubber-padded handles and wrist straps. They often consist of two or three sections, and can be extended or retracted as necessary – some poles can even be retracted sufficiently to fit into pockets or backpacks when not required. They are usually made of lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber.

The primary use for poles is to give support and rhythm to your walking. They’re not really necessary on flat, smooth sections of your hike, but they can help to exercise your upper body if used continuously throughout a walk, and they help maintain an even speed. On uneven or rocky terrain and slopes, hiking sticks provide stability and support and they are particularly helpful for walkers with an injury, or weak joints or those who are susceptible to knee injuries.

folding hiking pole Mallorca HikingPoles are also very handy for a number of less obvious uses e.g. for checking the depth of water when crossing a river or marshy area; as a splint or to help carry a fellow walker to safety in the event of injury. There are even hiking poles that are designed to be the support for a tent thereby giving them a dual purpose, as well as reducing the amount you have to carry on overnight treks. So, there are lots of good reasons to take walking poles on your next hike.

Walking poles are now also considered a fitness accessory with the growing popularity of Nordic Walking. This kind of walking / exercise can be done anywhere – including city streets – as a flat surface is the best for keeping up a good energetic pace. Use of poles ensures you get a full body workout, burning more calories without any major exertion. Nordic Poles come with detailed instructions on how to use them and even video tutorials.

Some walkers prefer walking with just one pole (the tradition for shepherds and gamekeepers for centuries,retractable poles mallorca hiking and commonly seen with beautifully carved wooden staffs). This still helps stability and support but for maximum benefit, we recommend using two sticks. Using a pair of hiking poles or trekking poles gives you the balance you need and takes more stress off the lower body joints. The grips and straps are designed so you can push down on them, but also for quick release if the pole gets stuck between rocks or roots.

Telescopic/Adjustable Poles or Fixed Length Poles?

One-piece poles are lighter and quieter, and are the best choice for nordic walking use. For trekkers, adjusting the length as you go uphill and downhill allows you to keep the correct angle and benefit from the fullest support. For traveling hikers, poles that collapse down to store or carry in your luggage or in your pack on the trail are very handy.

How to Walk With Poles

Believe it or not, there are at least three recommended walking methods with hiking poles. Each manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to use their particular poles. We’ve uploaded some videos to our YouTube channel for you to see, listen and learn! It can take a bit of practice until you are using them to their fullest advantage.

Below we’ve displayed a selection of walking poles – click on each image to see more details. Hopefully now you know and understand a bit more about walking poles, which should help you when making a choice for your first purchase.

The New Residents Hiking Club 1st Official Walk..

Mallorca Hiking ClubThere is still time to qualify for a free membership for the all new Mallorca Hiking Resident’s Club. Just click back to our introductory article here and complete the three simple Facebook entries – we will be closing up this offer this weekend.

The first official club walk will be on the 12th of March – giving you all just 3 weeks to limber up those muscles and break in your Hiking boots. The first walk will be the very popular walk from our full range of walks as found on our main web site. Affectionately known as The Old Postman’s Route – a beautiful walk between Esporles and Banyalbufar and an ideal trek for first timers to the Hiking fraternity.

This delightful, linear walk  can either be done on its own, or it can be combined with another fabulous walk Ref. W-NW01 to create a more ambitious full day’s hike. Done on its own, it’s a fairly easy walk with a few climbs and some tricky cobbled surfaces (which are fine with the right footwear!). It is a particularly good walk to do when the temperatures have started to rise, as it is mostly in beautiful holm oak woods, where we can enjoy the dappled shade!

We usually start at the car park of La Granja, although we can also start in the centre of Esporles, making it a slightly longer trip(about 2.5 hours). We begin by climbing through some ancient broken down olive terraces, along cobbled paths and then we continue through the holm oak woods, where we pass a natural spring and a couple of old lime kilns. Every now and then there is a clearing from which we get fantastic sea views.

Our route then begins to descend steeply via a country lane into Banyalbufar, giving us an amazing perspective on a gentle rural life here, and the surrounding terraces and Moorish irrigation systems, which made this part of the island such a successful wine growing area in its time.

We end our trip with a wander around the village before getting the public bus back to Esporles and a good time will be had by all.

Of course it will be obligatory to bring along your cameras and compare your scenic shots on Facebook afterwards! For those of you on your first long walk, we highly recommend reading our previous articles on Being Prepared and Seven Key Facts for Beginners. The good news is there will always be some experienced walkers who will be able to give you some great Hiking tips – and with regular practice you will soon be progressing to the intermediary and more energetic walks.

Tomorrow we will be announcing the lucky entrants and Founder members into the Mallorca Hiking Resident’s club (fanfare please!), don’t forget to put the date in your diary for that first walk – everybody must be there for this one!

Now off to your homework and read up on all our great tips.

Happy Hiking.