Walking to the mountains
In the GR 221 'Dry Stone Route' Mallorca possesses one of the best uninterrupted hiking trails in the country. Starting in the south west of Mallorca the path wends its way through the Tramuntana mountain range right up to the north west of the island. The main route is 92 km long and there are offshoots or variants to towns and villages which add another 72 km of glorious hiking to the total.
Passing through spectacular countryside with incredible views of snow capped peaks, the blue Mediterranean sea, pine forests, vineyards, agricultural land and picturesque settlements, it's a hiking trail which never disappoints, particularly if you have an interest in flora and fauna, especially birds. There's a fantastic guide available which details everything to see along the route, which can be tackled in a series of stages.
The Consell of Mallorca has always had ambitions to increase the route by adding connections to and from it to form 'a fish's skeleton' of pathways all the way through the mountains. Come March, two pathways from Palma will link to the GR221 when improvements and new signing to existing paths will open them up to the route.
The first path starts at the University of the Balearic Islands on the outskirts of the city which has its own stop on the metro, UIB, and has lots of free parking for hiking drivers. This path heads upwards towards the GR221 at Esporles.
The second is the old Camí Reial de Palma a Puigpunyent which dates back to the 13th century and will link the Vileta area of Palma to Puigpunyent and Estellencs and give spectacular views of the Bay of Palma along the way.
It's great news as these pathways will be maintained to high standards by the Consell for the enjoyment of all, and of course fantastic for hikers who may want to enjoy the bright lights of Palma on their holiday.
Photos from Facebook