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:

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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

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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.

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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 ….

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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…

Walking the Road to Happiness

 

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The road to happiness

Walking the Road to Happiness

The pursuit of happiness is a hot topic and for good reason, as living in our society today is deemed to be more stressful than ever before.

So what can we do about it? Exercise is a fantastic way to help us ‘switch-off’ but I want to show you why walking is particularly beneficial to our happiness and well-being.

Walking – a time to reflect…

As walking is not as strenuous as other forms of exercise, perhaps it is more conducive to reflective thought and relaxation. When hiking with a friend of mine recently, I recall asking him why he loves walking so much and he said, ‘because it’s like a form of meditation; it allows my mind to wander.’ My friend’s response resonated with a recent newspaper article tackling ‘Why are we so tired all the time?’ Professor Stephen Palmer, director of the Centre for Stress Management, says ‘we don’t give ourselves time to reflect – no wonder we’re so tired. We are human doings now not human beings’. Research shows meditation and ‘mindfulness’- learning to live in the moment to quiet the mind – can help us feel more rested. We can apply mindfulness when walking outdoors, spending time ‘in the now’ and noticing the world around us, not only to combat stress but to be fully aware of, and appreciate our natural environment.

Exercising in a natural environment

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happy days!

When was the last time you walked in a green, wide-open space? In the woods? Or in the park? The impact that being in a natural environment has on the brain is significant. Mental health charity Mind recently looked at the role the environment plays on the effectiveness of outdoor exercise for mental wellbeing. Using 20 people in two contrasting walks, one inside and the other outdoors in a natural setting, they found:

  • 90% of people reported an increase in self-esteem after an outdoor walk verses 17% indoors.
  • 71% of  people experienced a decrease in the levels of depression after an outdoor walk verses 45% indoors.
  • 71% people stated they felt less tense after an outdoor walk verses 28% indoors.

The combination of walking and being in the outdoors appears to have a very positive effect on mental health: the endorphins released in the brain elevate mood and help prevent depression.

 How else does walking benefit our mental health?

Studies have shown how walking can heighten mental alertness and improve memory. Physiologist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist at a London hospital, says exercise has a dramatic positive effect on the brain. A study of 6000 women in California found that those who walked regularly showed improvements to higher mental processes, suggesting long-term effects of walking on concentration and cognitive abilities could be profound.

So let’s get walking! If it can improve HAPPINESS and well-being, cognitive ability and concentration… What’s stopping you?

Why not contact us at Mallorca Hiking for more information on walking in the warm winter sunshine of Mallorca or join us on our Facebook page. We’d love to help you on your way to good health, wellbeing and happiness!

 

Our Weekly Facebook RoundUp

For those of you who may have missed some of our Facebook posts for: What’s On In Mallorca; Top Tips for Hiking; Daily comments and lots more – here’s our weekly round up (Be sure to “Like” our Facebook Page here if you are not already a Fan…)

22.01.11 Don’t forget the Fireworks displays in Palma tonight celebrating the end of the San Sebastian fiestas. In front of the Parque del Mar (Cathedral) at 21.00 hrs http://ow.ly/3IjSU

22.01.11 Here’s the next seven days weather predictions, cool but sunny! Ideal for our walks on Thursday and Saturday next week – have you called us to reserve your place? http://ow.ly/3IitE

22.01.11 Top Tip – for today’s weather: Wear layers. Temperature control is as vital for walking as it is for running, so wear plenty of layers that you can take off if you get hot or vice versa – so you’re always walking at a comfortable temperature. http://ow.ly/3IimE

22.01.11 You may have attended the animal blessings in Palma last Thursday or in your pueblo last Sunday or Monday, or you may not have attended any Beneïdes whatsoever. Well, it’s not too late if you want to take your goldfish, your dog or your horse, if you should be so inclined….   Source:Mallorca Daily Photo Blog

22.01.11 Good morning Hikers, today is a frosty, fresh morning in Mallorca. Ideal walking weather. Start with brisk, long strides to increase circulation, then when you achieve a “glow” – take in the beauty around you.

21.01.11  New Mallorcan cuisine: Can March Restaurant in Manacor Can March Restaurant in Manacor was first founded in 1925. It has always been in the same family and is now run by brothers, Miquel and Tolo and is a busy and popular restaurant. Miquel is in charge in the kitchen and Tolo is in charge of service. It’s a winning com…  Source:SkyBlue Mallorca for Mallorca Restaurants, Wine Estates & Gourmet Prod

21.01.11 Two lovely walks scheduled for next week – on Thursday we’re doing an easy and leisurely walk around Es Capdella to see the almond blossom, and on Saturday we’re hiking the loop around Tossals Verds. We’ll post more info next week. Have a great weekend!

21.01.11 Free-Fall At Es Pontàs Es Pontàs is an impressive bridge-shaped rock anchored in the Mediterranean Sea near Cala Santanyí. In times gone past, the natural monument has attracted a large number of artists, all striving to capture the rock’s magic on their canvasses. Nowadays, the rock entices …  Source:Mallorca Daily Photo Blog

20.01.11 Good morning everybody – today can you tell us where in the world was your favourite walking experience – close your eyes, remember the time…

20.01.11 Rural Wanderings – Es Capdella & the Galatzo Estate After the noise and excitement of the San Sebastian festivities in Palma, what better way to wind down than an idyllic and gentle hike through the wonderful Galatzo Estate and the village & countryside of Es Capdella. Stunning views blended with the aroma of the almond … Source:http://blog.mallorcahiking.com/blog/feed

20.01.11 Don’t forget to Hike into Plaza España tomorrow to see Mago de Oz performing at 21.00 hrs – more details here: http://ow.ly/3GOP1

Fiery Fiestas in January for Mallorca | Walking in Mallorca January enjoys two of the most vibrant fiestas both deeply rooted in folklore and celebrated with bonfires; street parties; firework displays and live musical events through all the main squares of Palma city.

20.01.11 Do you know anybody who would appreciate the great outdoors and to explore the hidden treasures of Mallorca? Help us spread the word about Mallorca Hiking by sharing our Page with your friends – Muchisimas Gracias!!

20.01.11 Do you know Mallorca? Where is your favourite spot – or where would you like to visit? Comment below – thanks!

20.01.11 We hope all of you in Mallorca enjoyed the festivities in Palma last night for the celebration of San Sebastian. If you have some photos can you please upload them here for all our followers outside of Mallorca to see how we celebrate on the island. Muchas gracias.

20.01.11 Top Tip: Wearing hiking boots is a better idea than wearing shoes. Trails can become rough; boots prevent twisted ankles or knees.

20.01.11 Correfoc Fun At Sant Sebastià Don’t go shopping in Palma de Mallorca today. Everywhere but bars will be shut for festivities all day today, as the Festa de Sant Sebastià is being celebrated. The saint is the patron saint of Mallorca’s capital city, Palma. Festive celebrations have already been going…  Source:Mallorca Daily Photo Blog

19.01.11 Wine Courses and Tastings in Majorca Millesimée Wine Shop in Palma de Mallorca is one of the wine shops profiled on SkyBlue Mallorca Food & Wine Guide. Millesimée is run by Marina Mut, a professional sommelier with a passion for sparkling wine, cava and champagne. Marina organises regular wine tasting work… Source:SkyBlue Mallorca for Mallorca Restaurants, Wine Estates & Gourmet Prod

19.01.11  Vineyard tour with Martin Ward – January

18.01.11 Look out for Mallorca Hikings Top Tips for walking and hiking coming soon. Do you have any advice or preparation that you use before going off on a hike? – or maybe a remedy for your tired feet afterwards – comment below with your tip…

18.01.11 On the 26th of January – discover the culture and history of Soller: http://ow.ly/3xSdf Travel back in time with Mallorca Hiking…

Soller Excursion – Art & Villages | Walking in Mallorca | Guided Walks in Majorca Soller – Art & Villages Excursion

17.01.11  Fiery Fiestas in January January enjoys two of the most vibrant fiestas here in Mallorca, and both are deeply rooted in folklore. They are celebrated with bonfires, street parties, firework displays and live musical events throughout all the main squares of Palma and many villages. The first fi… Source:http://blog.mallorcahiking.com/blog/feed

17.01.11  The Animal Blessing Ritual The blessing of the animals is an essential and indispensable part of Mallorca’s Sant Antoni celebrations. The ritual is called Beneïdes and quite possibly has its origins in pre-Christian times when country people depended on wind and weather for pure survival, as did …  Source:Mallorca Daily Photo Blog

16.01.11 Blossom Fever: guided walking holidays in Mallorca February is a fabulous time of year in Mallorca, and it is when the almond blossom is at its best. Mallorca is famous for its almonds and every year the island comes alive with landscapes of blossoming almond trees – and thousands of visitors flying in to marvel at it’…Source:http://blog.mallorcahiking.com/blog/feed

16.01.11  What is your favourite place to walk in Mallorca? Tell us your favourite spot and why – just click on the comment button and tell us now…

16.01.11  An easy walking excursion with lunch Wednesday at 10:00  From La Granja to beautiful Banyalbufar…

Top Tips – Preventing Blisters

Blister Relief Mallorca HikingTo reinforce our Facebook and Twitter Top Tips for Hiking that we’ve been posting recently, here is a guest post from our hiking colleague Anne Marti who writes HikingWomen. This is a very helpful article on preventing and treating that common walking problem –

Blisters…

All hikers want to enjoy a comfortable hike, especially in the vicinity of our feet, because as we all know, foot blisters can ruin a walk. The pain from each step detracts from the most fantastic views, the bluest skies and the warmest sunshine resulting in an outing of total misery.

It seems that friction blisters are caused when the skin rubs against something else, and in our case boots, insoles or even grit.  Fluid then collects between the outer (epidermis) and inner (dermis) layers of the skin as a way of protecting the delicate dermis from damage.  Blisters can be avoided though.

When buying new shoes or boots make sure they are comfortable and fit well.  However, even the best fitting new shoes or boots can still cause blisters, so break them in on a few short hikes close to home before making that special trip into the wilderness.

As most of us don’t buy boots very often there are lots of things that we can do to minimise the risk of blisters:

  • When hiking, try to keep your feet cool and dry as this decreases the chance of blistering.
  • Although difficult on a hiking tour, try to avoid wearing wet shoes or socks, and if the opportunity arises, take off your boots to cool and dry your feet.
  • Keep boots and feet free of grit and dirt as these will rub against the skin.
  • Try wearing two pairs of socks to ease friction against the foot – I’ve found that this is the best method.  A thin inner pair of socks or a liner with a thicker pair of outer socks are best, both made of wool or synthetic fibre that act as a wick for moisture.
  • It’s also good to carry an extra pair or two of socks in your backpack.
  • You could also go as far as wearing ‘Ergonomic’ walking socks that hug the feet and fit around each toe, like the fingers of a glove.  Cushioned insoles also support the arch, heel or ball of the foot and prevent feet from sliding and rubbing against the boot.

If you feel a blister coming on, stop and protect the sore spot.   Traditionally, moleskin dressings have been used.  This synthetic cotton fabric with a soft pile on one side – a bit like the skin of a mole – is normally cut in an ‘O’ shape to pad around the blister and protect the tender area from further rubbing.  Advances in technology have provided new types of protective dressing and a number of excellent products are on the market.  I’d recommend hydra-gel cushioned plasters that cover the blister, absorb excessive moisture, are breathable and repel dirt and bacteria.  I can guarantee they give instant pain relief and I always carry them on a walk.

Large blisters filled with fluid may also be burst, but always using a cool sterile needle to prevent infection.  Pierce the side of the blister close to its base and let the fluid flow out.  Do not remove the skin as this exposes the very sensitive dermis layer and this can turn discomfort into severe pain.   Small blisters should not be burst rather left to heal naturally.  If blisters persist or become infected, seek medical advice.

Hope this is useful, I find wearing a couple of pairs of socks and carrying a pack of hydra-gel plasters solves the problem.   I usually end up giving the plasters away to fellow Hiking Women and men – it’s the way I found out about them.

Happy hiking!

10 Fabulous (historical) Facts about Mallorca

Mallorca History with Mallorca HikingThe history of Mallorca is fairly well documented and of course taught to all the resident children at school on the island. To the visiting tourist and “newer” residents (depending on your level of interest), here are some interesting facts about the history of Mallorca, which uncover some of the myths and legends and equip you with some information to impress your friends and (we hope) the locals too!

Fact Nº1:    Majorca or Mallorca? For the British in Mallorca the island is known and referred to as Majorca (the “j” being silent or hard, usually depending on which end of the UK you come from). The island was originally named by the Romans, who referred to its size compared to the other Balearic islands – Major (i.e. large). “Major” in Latin is pronounced as MAH-yor – so the English spelling of Mallorca is correct to its roots, but the pronunciation is won by the locals. The obvious spelling to follow the pronunciation in Castellano is with “ll”. So the name Majorca/Mallorca can still be justified by both arguments!

Fact Nº2: The first human settlement of Mallorca is recorded as 3000BC (although there are records of burial chambers that could date as far back as 6000BC). The Greeks and Phoenicians established trading ports here and the Balearic Islands formed part of the Carthaginian Trading Empire from North Africa.

palma-cathedral mallorca hikingFact Nº3: The Romans conquered Mallorca in 123 BC and their occupation lasted until 5th century AD. The Romans were responsible for naming the capital city Palmeria (now abbreviated to Palma – meaning Palm of Victory) and Alcudia (Pollentia).

Fact Nº4: The 5th century AD also sees the first records of vandalism in Mallorca! The Roman’s were defeated by the Vandal kingdom of Africa.

Fact Nº5: The island was then conquered again and became part of the Byzantine Empire from 523 AD to the 8th century.

Fact Nº6: Yet another conquest of Mallorca in 902 by the Moors started the Arab occupation of the island, which lasted some 300 years. The Moors had ruled mainland Spain since the early 8th century but came to Mallorca much later.

Fact Nº7: Many of us have seen the well-enacted fiestas of the battles between the Moors and the Christians, but the real conquest by the Christian armies of King James I of Aragon were in 1229. This is also when the Catalan language became the island’s official language. (Did you know Catalan is a derivative of Latin, so it’s really been around since Roman times!)

Bellver Castle with Mallorca HikingFact Nº8: King James II succeeded his father James I on his death in 1276, and it was during his reign that Palma Cathedral and Bellver castle were started.

Fact Nº9: The design and early construction of Palma Cathedral were started in 1229 but it wasn’t finished until 1601 – so don’t complain about delays on your building works – at least today it’s mañana – not next century!!

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Fact Nº10: In the mid-14th century Mallorca became part of the Kingdom of Aragon and was aligned to mainland Spain. But Spain’s New World campaigns and the fateful Armada attack on Britain in 1588 saw the island’s defences weakened and exposed to attack from pirates. Some are still holding out in Magaluf to this day…!

We’ve covered four and a half thousand years here – next week we’ll slow down the pace and travel just 400 years from 1600 to the modern day, so see you then for our next installment!

The Boot’s best friend

Hiking Socks Mallorca HikingBoots are our major protection against the outside world when walking. But we also have to consider protection to our feet from the pressure and movement of the boot against our foot. Hours of walking creates friction, and damp wet conditions can aggravate the situation.

Pressure points, sweat and general friction can lead to blisters, and your socks are your first line of defence against these problems. Correct fitting is very important to ensure they don’t bunch, create pressure and become uncomfortable. They must move sweat away from your skin (wicking). Forget cotton socks. Forget tube socks. Our recommendation is to buy wicking, anatomically designed walking socks, and your feet will thank you.

Where to buy them

Hiking and walking are very popular sports and pastimes now, so there is a wide choice of manufacturers of socks for all styles of walking. Here in Mallorca there are several specialist Walking and Outdoor stores where you can also get some great advice. Our recommendation in Palma is: Es Refugi, Via Sindicate 21, 07002 Palma. Amazon also has a vast range of socks on their website and we’ve put a selection for you to see below.

Thickness and Padding

Socks designed for walking are padded in strategic areas for your protection – heel, ball of foot, toes and in some cases the instep. Some omit the padding.

Double Layer Socks

Double-layer socks are a great solution for preventing blisters. They provide wicking and minimise friction. This is achieved by the sock layers moving against each other, rather than your foot moving against the sock. This is a a key preventative measure for blister prevention. WrightSock is a leader in this type of sock.

Anatomic Design

The best type of sock that stays in place and does not bunch, is usually one that is shaped to your feet. Designers have added to this with elastic or ribbing to keep them snug. Men’s and women’s feet differ in shape, so it’s best to buy socks designed for your gender.

Wicking Fabrics

Cotton is out! Wicking fabrics include CoolMax, Dri-Fit, Sorbtek… and there are many other brands emerging. Smartwool uses wool to extract moisture. Wicking fabrics are key to preventing blisters.

This may seem a lot of information about a simple sock – but when you’re walking for hours – the last thing you want is pain and discomfort – taking time to choose, and investing a little more in this vital piece of kit will pay dividends for your walking enjoyment.

Hiking Clothing – Boots are Made for Walking…

The anatomy of a boot Mallorca HikingToday we’re going to start a detailed breakdown of the best clothing to wear for hiking.

Hiking is walking, and walking is done with your feet – so this would be the obvious place to start!! Your boots are probably the most important part of your hiking kit – protecting your feet from all the damage the outside world exposes them to. Your choice of hiking boots will determine whether your experience is enjoyable or miserable, so read the rest of this article to help you make the right choice.

Hiking can be very physically demanding and nowhere more so than on your feet. Therefore, it’s crucial that you have comfortably fitting and protective, durable footwear. There are a number of things you should consider when deciding to purchase the correct footwear to suit you.

Are you a weekend walker or going on a full expedition?

Hiking boots vary in price – from the relatively cheap to the very expensive. If you’re intending to use your boots a lot, it pays to invest a little extra in higher performance, sturdy, comfortable footwear.

Your choice of boot should be determined by the type of hiking you intend doing. Hiking footwear can be broadly split into 3 categories:

1. Lightweight for simple day/overnight hiking. Boots which are designed for this type of hiking tend to be less supportive and durable than other boots but they are perfectly adequate for this kind of activity. Aiming more at comfort, cushioning and breathability, they are intended for short to medium walks over fairly easy ground.

2. Mid-weight hiking boots should be your choice if you intend carrying fairly light backpacking loads. They are more supportive and durable than a lightweight boot, but are still intended for fairly short walks over easy or moderate terrain.

3. Extended backpacking or mountaineering boots are the top end of the market – intended for carrying heavy loads through difficult terrain. Designed with more protection around the ankle and with added foot protection, they offer the very best in support, durability and protection.

Boot Materials

The material a boot is made of will affect its breathability, durability and water resistance. As long as these factors are all considered in your boot choice, the final decision is down to personal preference.

Generally nylon mesh and split leather boots are lightweight and breathable, which makes them ideal for warm to moderate weather (as in Mallorca). They tend to be easier on the feet, take less time to break in and are the lightest form of boot. They also tend to cost less, which helps. However, they can be less water resistant than other types, although some models feature waterproof liners, which can be just as good. They can always be reinforced with some waterproofing sprays, which we’ll cover in a future post.

The Right Size

This has to be one of the most important factors in choosing the correct boot (sounds obvious doesn’t it, but it’s not always that easy!). It’s better to try boots later in the day, when your feet have been active and they’ve expanded to their maximum size. Also bear in mind you’ll be wearing thicker socks – or even two pairs of socks – so take these along to your fitting session.

Try as many pairs of boots as you can – and don’t choose the boot because it’s the trendiest or your favourite colour – comfort and protection are the most important factors to consider.

Boots bought and already packed for your holiday?

Not just yet! Those boots need some walking in before you head off for your holiday. Breaking in the material and making your boots comfortable for extended walks will make your holiday experience so much more enjoyable. Read our article on Preparing for your Holiday to accustom yourself to your clothes and to get to know your body with practice walks.

If you have any other doubts or questions about choosing the right boots please feel free to email or call us – we’re happy to help and make recommendations for reputable boot brands.


What do you expect from a Walking Holiday?

Great Expectations for WalkingIf you have never been on a Walking Holiday you may not know what to expect. Many still have visions of ramblers with canes, sleeping in hedgerows and cooking with a “Billy can” – well the good news is that walking holidays have become much more sophisticated. Here’s a little overview of what to expect:

Today there is much more awareness of health and the need for exercise, and outdoor pursuits are becoming a lot more popular – which makes combining a holiday with a mixture of walking and relaxing a popular choice. Our lives move at a rapid rate now with internet, mobile connections, email, rapid transport connections, fast food and more, so this is an opportunity to slow down a bit. A walking holiday is a healthy and excellent way to see the beauty of your surroundings, delve into a little history, digest, explore and discover places off the beaten track that many others would never get to see.

At Mallorca Hiking our walking routes are varied and carefully graded at Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Difficult to allow beginners as well as experienced walkers to enjoy their holiday at a pace that is right for them. All our walks are led by an experienced local guide who will share his or her knowledge and expertise of the flora, fauna, history and culture of the island. You get to see and experience parts of the island that you would never find by yourself. All of our guides are fully qualified in first aid, so you are in safe hands at all times even in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

Everything arranged for you – no stress

From hotel bookings to airport transfers, transport to and from walks, restaurant reservations, any additional activities you might like to include in your holiday, and much more – we organise everything for you, taking all the stress out of your holiday arrangements. Our team and our partners are local people, so we have local knowledge and local contacts – we know what makes Mallorca exceptional.

And throughout your holiday, we’re here to help – we’re available and contactable at all times.

And a bit of luxury

The added benefits of our holidays are the extra touches and the special interest themes that complement the physical rewards of walking and fresh air. A warm welcome and the comfort of the best local, Mallorcan, boutique accommodation; local foods: from gourmet restaurants & bodegas to many additional pastimes and local cultural events and fiestas to combine with your walking itinerary.

Choosing your walking holiday

We have a range of scheduled walking breaks so that if you’re traveling on your own you can simply book up and join one of our small groups. Alternatively, you can make up your own tailor made walking holiday exclusively for your family or group. In either case, there is always plenty of opportunity for other activities or simply to relax, take some time at the beach or read a good book in a hammock at your hotel!

We’re here to help you plan every detail

Whatever questions you may have prior to arriving in Mallorca – we are here to answer them. We’ll advise you and help provide the best solution for your holiday.

– Where do I want to walk?

– What do I want to see and do?

– How difficult and/or strenuous do I want the walks to be?

– How many miles/hours a day do I want to walk?

– Am I fit enough to do this particular walk?

– Do I simply want to go with family & friends or do I want to meet new people?

– What meals are provided and what’s the accommodation going to consist of?

These are just some of the queries we hear and with ten years experience we can assure you that you’ll arrive confident of every last detail.

Curious? Why not give us a call or drop us an email to talk through your next holiday?

Get out of the Rat race – Start Walking in 2011

New Year Resolution - WalkingJanuary the 1st and everybody busily sets their New Year resolutions. The Christmas over-eating scores heavily on fitness and weight loss as a popular objective. And the usual solution? Another Gym membership – that may get 3 months use. Why not try something different this year?
Our daily routines are often compared to a “Rat Race” – then we finish our dialy toil and head off to the gym to get on another treadmill! Take the decision to escape the norm this year – Join the Mallorca Hiking Walking Club.
Here’s the good news:
- There’s no joining fee
- There’s no minimum amount of walks or months to take on
- You choose when you come along
- You can bring a friend – or several
- You will discover all the beauty and hidden treasures of Mallorca
- You will discover, history and culture you did not know existed
And you will get fit, feel more energetic,enjoy wide open spaces and
…escape that rat Race (even if only for a few hours).
Every week there are different Guided Walks and Tours. Check our Calendar and our Web Page to see the walks for this (and every) week.
If you fancy something special for you and some friends we can also arrange Tailor Made Walks to adapt to your tastes and scenery. Maybe:
- a Vineyard tour
- Including a traditional mallorquin lunch
- A monastry or a mountain – you choose it’s your Walk.
Take the opportunity in 2011 to discover the beauty around you that is Mallorca. You won’t regret it. And you won’t miss the treadmill at the Gym!