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Travel story Majorca: On the sunny GR221 long-distance hiking trail - Part 2

Julia explores the beautiful Mediterranean island
Views of Mallorca's nature and the sea

At the beginning of the month, I had the pleasure of taking you on the first four stages of my hiking tour Majorca - GR221 hiking trail. Now follows the last part of my adventure, from Valldemossa to my final circular walk around Pt Andratx.

Views of Mallorca's nature and the sea

From romantic Valldemossa to the sea

We start our journey through the romantic alleys of Valldemossa in the pleasant morning light and, via a gentle ascent along the Cami des Correu (the Postman's Path), reach Esporles. Today's stage of our hiking tour on Majorca mostly takes us through shaded forests and serves as a relaxed "recovery" after the strenuous day yesterday. Time and again, we catch glimpses of the coastline until we finally discover the first terraced gardens from the Arab era directly by the sea, reaching the charming village of Banyalbufar. If you seek tranquility, this is the place for you! Few tourists, warm locals, and beautiful views over the terraced plains against turquoise coastlines await you here.

House view in front of the sea

A coastal hike to the fertile high valley

With one last look, we continue above the coastline to Estellencs. The picturesque old town invites us to linger, but we only allow ourselves a quick espresso before ascending to today's highest point at Coll des Pinotells. With the sound of the sea in our ears and the refreshing wind as a pleasant companion, we hike up the Postman's Path to Puig Galatzó. The "Matterhorn of Majorca" is a popular photo subject. On today's stage, the descent is also very special. Gradually, the vegetation becomes denser, and the green high valley resembles a jungle. We pass by historic fincas and leisurely hike through flower fields to our (almost) stage destination, Es Capdella. Before the organized transfer takes us to the accommodation in Port Andratx, we enjoy an afternoon snack, my new favorite dish, Tumbet.

Wild cliffs and turquoise blue coves

The wonderful hiking week is almost over, but today we savor the southern foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, starting from Coll de sa Gramola. On leisurely paths, we hike to the cliff coasts, where we take a short break to admire the rock formations. Following the coastline, we continue ascending and descending until suddenly, there it is: The Dragon Island, "La Dragonera." A breathtaking sight! Past the La Trappa monastery, we hike from one viewpoint to the next and finally descend towards the forest. Along this stretch, we encounter many other hikers ascending from Sant Elm to experience the full panorama of the Dragon Island. In the coastal town of Sant Elm, we enjoy an ice cream and prepare ourselves for another ascent and descent back to Port Andratx. This scenic coastal hike bids us farewell, showcasing yet another facet of the hiking island—a successful conclusion!

Individual, lovingly designed and authentic: the accommodation

You can definitely look forward to our accommodations on this GR221 journey! From small, charming lodgings in hidden mountain villages to a hut experience in the Tramuntana Mountains and a trendy hotel on the coast, a beautiful variety of carefully selected accommodations awaits you. The hotels in the peaceful villages of the island, Valldemossa and Banyalbufar, have a distinctive touch of beauty – the laid-back atmosphere undoubtedly shaped my impression. However, what left the most lasting impact on me was the hut stay at Refugi Tossal Verds. There, you encounter numerous GR221 hikers, providing an excellent chance to exchange stories. That sociable evening, featuring straightforward yet delightful homemade meals and local wine, will remain in my memory for a long time!


Conclusion on the GR221 long-distance trail

Hiking in Majorca on the GR221 trail was an unforgettable experience! From the breathtaking views of beautiful coasts and coves to traditional villages, my dad and I thoroughly enjoyed our discovery journey. As a connoisseur, I especially fell in love with Majorcan delicacies: I will particularly miss the fresh orange ice cream from the Fet a Sóller factory!

Majorcan specialties: My gourmet heart fills with joy

One of my great passions is cooking and discovering new dishes, so I always look forward with excitement to the local specialties in the vacation destination. After thorough research and daily tastings, my highlights from appetizers to desserts are now firmly established:

  • Champiñones con queso fresco y sobrassada con miel: In short, this dish consists of stuffed mushrooms, a delightful appetizer.
  • Tumbet: Thin layers of vegetables (traditionally with bell peppers and eggplants) and potatoes are lightly fried in olive oil and then baked with a flavorful tomato sauce.
  • Orange ice-cream made from fresh oranges at the Fet a Sóller factory – I will miss this ice cream flavor dearly back home!

Have you already discovered our blog reports on "Lifestyle & Health"? Great reading material for enthusiasts!

Orange ice cream against a beach backdrop
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