Pocket guide to trails
For those who love the freedom of just taking off on their own two feet and taking in the magnificent scenery of hills, rugged coast, forests, and fields whilst breathing in the clean fresh mountain and sea air, then Mallorca's hiking trails are ideal for them.
Now's the time to enjoy Mallorca at its beautiful best, resplendent and verdant, with spring flowers in bloom, fields of poppies blowing in the breeze and perfect weather for outdoor pursuits. As you'll know if you read my articles regularly, the island has 320 kilometres of well signed, well maintained walking routes belonging to the GR221 and GR222 trails known as the Dry Stone Route.
Well, the Consell de Mallorca, the island authority with responsibility for the environment and thus the hiking trails has come up with an App, available for Apple and Android devices, called Hiking in Mallorca which enables walkers to plan and monitor their treks.
Like the magnificent scenery and fresh air, it's absolutely free and comes in five flavours; Catalan, Spanish, English, German and French. Simple and intuitive it is designed to help you prepare your route and permanently track your position, the distance travelled and the length of time you have been walking, as well as details of places of interest and the services available.
It covers the two dry stone routes which run in an L shape up the west of Mallorca through the Tramuntana mountains to the Lluc monastery in the north west and then along the north coast by the Bay of Alcudia all the way along to Arta. It additionally lists what the Consell call family walks, which are easier routes (some apt for babies in buggies) through stunning scenery with plenty to occupy the youngsters.
All the info can be downloaded to allow for offline browsing as signals can be patchy in the mountains and other features include;
- Access to bookings at refuges on the Dry Stone Route
- Audio guides providing detailed descriptions of the route and places of interest
- Easy reading option for users with reading difficulties
- Option of DOWNLOADING the itineraries in .GPX format
If you're an experienced walker, you'll want to download the App and get your boots laced up pronto, but if you're toying with the idea of communing with nature for the first time, take a look at the Consell's WWW hiking page which is chock full of photos, information and ideas of where to go and how to get there in Mallorca.