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Finally we’re off: the start of the season on Mallorca

Verena tells us about the safety, hygiene and quality check on the beautiful Balearic island

The time has finally come, we are starting our hiking tours on Mallorca. What are you waiting for? Book a hiking holiday, put on your hiking boots and off you go! But before our guests embark on their well-deserved hiking holiday on Mallorca, we first travelled to the Balearic island in Spain before the start of the season, not only to put all our tours and routes through their paces, but also to get an idea of the current situation and to guarantee 100% safety and hygiene for all of our hiking guests. With us you can feel completely comfortable and safe.

Verena will now report in detail about the current situation on the island and will make you want a healthy break in the nature of Mallorca, away from the large crowds and in the open air.

Ready to travel: ‘On tour’ for our guests on Mallorca

Active holidays with Eurohike mean quality, reliability, high standards and real practical know-how. In the current climate in particular, factors such as safety, hygiene and flexibility are indispensable. In order to guarantee this on our hiking holidays on Mallorca, I am looking forward to going ‘on-tour’ for you at the start of the season 2021. It is a top priority for us that our guests always feel safe on our active tours. Furthermore, all routes are brought 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 that are tailored to hiking holidays, because this is the only way we can guarantee the perfect relaxation factor with a lot of safety and hygiene.

Citrus groves, romantic bays and the ‘Red Lightning’

Our three Eurohike walking holidays, Mallorca’s Highlights, 8 days, Mallorca Finca-Walking with Charm, 7 days and the classic hiking holiday on the long-distance hiking trail GR 221 Mallorca – Trans Tramuntana, 8 days all offer fantastic combinations of healthy active experiences in the mountains and quiet relaxation by the sea, paired with authentic cuisine and cultural highlights – far away from the tourist throng. 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. Along the entire route we were always individually out in nature and felt completely safe.

Well bedded – with style & excellent hygiene regulations

On our walking holidays, great value is placed on beautiful and cozy accommodation, which can also guarantee appropriate hygiene regulations and safety measures. Therefore, I visit our hotels and accommodation facilities along the route in order to check them for a ‘hygiene and well-being guarantee’. With a clear conscience, I can confirm that the necessary indulgent atmosphere has been provided alongside the important safety precautions and distancing rules. Each of our selected accommodations enchant individually and entirely with a special charm and incomparable character. We focus on smaller units instead of large hotel complexes: 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 accommodation offers 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 cozy 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. The necessary distance rules are always observed in the pubs and markets and I always feel safe here too.

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.

My conclusion

Whether in spring, summer or autumn, whether at the time of the almond or orange blossom, for Finca-Walking with Charm, a hiking holiday on the GR 221 in the Trans-Tramuntana mountains or a walking holiday along Mallorca’s highlights – the beauty and diversity of the island shows itself to hikers. You will always feel completely safe and comfortable on our hiking tours. And as I tell you all that now, I would love to go back to Mallorca myself and just go hiking again.

Verena Sonnenberg

Here's to a good & healthy start to the new 2021 season

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