Over 300,000 hikers expected in Mallorca's low season
After a record breaking summer when more holidaymakers than ever enjoyed sea, sun and sand holidays in Mallorca, it looks like the island will experience a boom from visitors keen to experience its other side. Tourist bosses, fresh from a trade fair promoting outdoor pursuits – hiking, trekking, excursions, climbing and Nordic walking - in Dusseldorf, are predicting around 300,000 visitors from Austria, Germany and Switzerland this winter.
The Tournatur fair was attended by around 40,000 people and the big central European tour operators in attendance reckon that all those people will be attracted by Mallorca's fabulous 'winter' climate as well as its well laid out hiking trails and spectacular scenery between October and April.
These outdoor pursuits attract just the type of tourism that helps to keep the island ticking over during the low season and also shows a healthy respect to the environment and sustainability. The councils of the various areas which are ideal for hiking; Sóller, Capdepera, Artá, Santanyí and Pollensa are obviously keen to see more visitors at this time and point to the superb trails like the famous Dry Stone Route, the GR 221, which passes through all bar Santanyi as a prime example.
If you like a good walk through wonderful countryside, followed by a fine meal and excellent accommodation, then Mallorca in winter just can't be beaten.