‘On tour’ for our guests on Mallorca
Active tours with Eurohike mean quality, reliability, high standards and real practical know-how. In order to guarantee this on our hiking holidays in Mallorca, I am looking forward to going on-tour for the start of the season. It is a top priority for us to keep all routes up to date, so I check on- site whether the descriptions in our route books are still correct.
Ricardo, our station manager and first point of contact for our trips on the island of Mallorca, accompanies me as in order to get to know our routes better. Because the care and good advice of our Eurohike active holidaymakers is very important to us. Last but not least, I also take a look at our specially selected accommodation on the island, because this is the only way we can guarantee the perfect relaxation factor.
Citrus groves, romantic bays and the ‘Red Lightning’
Our three Eurohike hiking tours, ‘Mallorca’s Highlights’, ‘Finca hiking with charm’ and the classic GR 221 ‘Mallorca – Trans Tramuntana’ all offer fantastic combinations of active experiences in the mountains and quiet relaxation by the sea, paired with authentic cuisine and cultural highlights. Together with Ricardo I set off and start the tour check on the Alcúdia peninsula. Endless picture-book panoramas and turquoise bays are our companions. The journey takes us along pathways of our three hiking routes through Pollença, Lluc, the Alpine-style Tranumtana mountains, Orient, Deia, Sóller and Port de Sóller, Valdemossa and Palma – the routes are checked down to the smallest detail. Passing citrus and olive groves and romantic bays, a Mediterranean magic accompanies us, and particularly in the orange town of Sóller, famous for the tram called ‘Red Lightning’, you really feel the maritime flair. We stop briefly on the spectacular and at the same time demanding route from Valdemossa to Deia, because the view is truly like a postcard – simply fantastic.
Well bedded – with style
On our Eurohike tours, great value is placed on nice and cosy accommodation. Therefore, I visit our hotels and accommodation facilities along the route in order to check them for a ‘feel-good guarantee’. With a clear conscience, I can confirm that the necessary indulgent atmosphere has been provided. Each of our selected accommodations enchant individually and entirely with a special charm and incomparable character. Whether a garden oasis with a pool, hotels surrounded by picturesque landscapes or with rustic simplicity, a spiritual overnight experience in the monastery, or fincas with stylish furnishings and a modern touch, all accommodations offer a perfect place to spend the night. On my tour in Sóller I spend the night in the Finca Can Quatre – something special for me personally and I enjoyed the delicious breakfast with local products. My absolute highlight is an overnight stay in the Finca Son Palou in Orient. Embedded in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range, you can really linger here: Quiet spots to relax in, tasting the house’s own olive oil and a view of the peaceful grazing sheep in the valley – pure idyll.
Cuisine: My insider tips
Mallorca is a culinary delight for foodies! Here are a few of my personal highlights. In the heart of Palma, the capital city, you will find a perfect cross-section of regional and authentic products from the island. The colours of the different market stalls shine like a rainbow: Fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, meat and cheese – the large ‘Mercat de l’Olivar’ market leaves nothing to be desired. Having already acquired a taste for the Mediterranean cuisine, we make a visit to the cosy bar ‘La Rosa Vermutería’ in Palma. Regardless of the time of day, you can eat delicious tapas accompanied by a good local glass of wine.
A top tip that every hiker should try: On the picturesque stage from Deia to Sòller – a route that is included in all our three tours – you will find the ‘cake finca’. The Coll siblings still bake the tastiest cake creations on Mallorca there today. A sweet treat in the Tramuntana Mountains, which is spectacular for both the palate and the eye. And at the very end: My epitome of Mallorcan cuisine is the wonderfully fragrant citrus fruits that always surround you with their beauty and enjoyment.
The time of the almond blossom
An active holiday on the sunny island is worthwhile in every season. The typical Mediterranean climate on the largest Balearic island offers ideal conditions for a wonderful trip all year round. But one season, or rather flowering time, particularly impressed me – the time of the almond blossom. While winter still lingers at home, spring can already be seen on the beautiful Mediterranean island. From the end of January to the beginning of March you can watch this wonderful natural spectacle. Walk along our hiking routes and enjoy the scent of the pink and white flowers.
Whether at the time of the almond or orange blossom, for ‘finca hiking with charm’, a hiking holiday on the Trans-Tramuntana or a hiking trip along Mallorca’s highlights – the beauty and multifaceted nature of the island shows itself to hikers. And as I tell you all that now, I would love to go back to Mallorca myself and just go hiking again.