One of the world’s most diverse islands is closer than you think. A paradise where crystal clear waters bathe beautiful coves carved into the picturesque mountains that adorn the northern coastline. A peaceful oasis on one hand, where you can disconnect under the Mediterranean and discover the local culture and delicious local wines, a fun-filled world of entertainment where nights never seem to end on the other. Would you believe that there are so many things to do in Majorca? But one of the most popular, when the weather cools, is hiking in the tremendous Tramuntana Mountain Range. An opportunity to explore the natural beauty of a Mediterranean island with so much to offer… And for those staying with Gran Isla Hotels, there’s a wealth of wildlife right on your doorstep, starting with the impressive Puig de Galatzó…
The Southwest of Majorca is where the Sierra Tramuntana begins to emerge and continues almost 90 kilometres across the Northern side of the island. An iconic piece of the natural landscape that embellishes the Balearic Islands that rises up to 1,445 metres at its peak! Whilst the island’s highest peak Puig Major is highly difficult to climb, there are a number of fantastic places to hike in Majorca that cater to all levels, especially in the West of the island, near to our hotels in Palmanova and family resorts in Santa Ponsa. The most famous path on the island is the GR-221 walking route, which begins in the Port d’Andratx and continues through the picturesque mountains Majorcan towns to Pollensa.
Whilst the small town of Galatzó can be found just behind our hotels by the beach in Santa Ponsa, Puig de Galatzó is one of the best hiking trails in Majorca for those seeking a naturally beautiful day trip on the island. The mountain itself is a modest 1,027 metres in altitude, only falling short of Mount Snowdon by 58 metres and provides incredible panoramic views of the bay of Palmanova and Santa Ponsa, as well as the charming pine forests which make up the vast majority of this mountain range and the delightful coastline, where rich greens meet the tantalising turquoises of the Mediterranean Sea.
The places that are considered best to start the ascent to Puig de Galatzó are the town of Puigpunyent and Estellencs. A loop to the peak and back usually takes around 5 and a half hours and can be classified as moderate difficulty. So an excellent choice for those that enjoy walking holidays in Majorca.
Alternatively, if you’re a fair-weather walker and would just like to try hiking in Majorca to discover the best of the island’s nature, you can take on the La Trapa hiking route. For the most part a delightful hour-long stroll from the town of Sant Elm which connects to an interesting tower with views of the incredible Sa Dragonera island, one of the best places to watch the sunset in Majorca. If you’re feeling adventurous, the last section is steeper and leads to the charming La Trapa monastery, hidden in the mysterious Majorcan mountains.
For those that love the great outdoors, Galatzó also offers one of the greatest tests to mankind in a challenge that tests your body to the max. We’re not just talking about Nordic Walking or running in Majorca, we are talking about one of the most challenging marathons in Majorca… The Galatzó Trail: The Mallorca Mountain Marathon. An event which takes place every year in the middle of March and spans 43 kilometres over Puig de Galatzó and surrounding mountains, or the Half Marathon which is 23 kilometres in length.
The fastest the full course has ever been completed is a whopping 4 hours 2 minutes, whilst you may take up to 11 and a half hours to complete the event. If you feel like you are up to the challenge, then why not take on the Galatzó Trail and then afterwards you could always relax at our all-inclusive hotels in Santa Ponsa or our beachfront hotel in Palmanova…
Whilst mountain running in Majorca may not be for all of us, there are so many diverse activities to discover on the island which make it unique to Europe. If you would prefer a beach holiday or to relax around the pool next to an all-inclusive bar, then our family-friendly hotels in Majorca have you covered. Hiking in Majorca, on the other hand, is a great way to discover the best of the natural landscape and there are plenty of hiking routes in Majorca for all abilities, which showcase the contrasting pine forests and the beautiful Balearic coastline.
Discover the beautiful mountains in Majorca with Gran Isla Hotels