bacchus travel
Hiking Mallorca
A five-night tour exploring the dramatic landscapes and contours of Mallorca and the Serra de Tramuntana
Led by Sally Paterson | Women-Only

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Mallorca in Autumn

When the summer crowds have left, a sense of calm returns to the island of Mallorca. The pace slows allowing time to experience the dramatic mountain landscape and the vibrant Mediterranean ocean.

Join us on a five day hiking trip that takes you from the picturesque mountain village of Fornalutx in the Serra de Tramuntana, to the ancient town of Alcudia. Hike amongst terraces of ancient olive trees and through the jagged mountain peaks, breathe in the scent of wild rosemary and pine trees and enjoy the fruits of the fertile Mallorcan soils.

The perfect blend of culinary experiences and spectacular hiking on a magical island that has everything – fascinating history, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and a beautiful coastline.

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Please note you are not required to pay the full amount for your tour now, but we do request a 30% deposit per guest in order to confirm your place on the trip. An invoice for this will be sent to you within the next 24 hours and the outstanding amount will be requested 8 weeks before your departure date.

We will also be in touch shortly with a form to obtain important information about you before your tour (medical history, dietary requirements, passport details etc).

A taster

  • We meet you at Palma airport and drive north to our hotel in the small mountain village of Fornalutx. Nestled in a high valley you experience your first sight of the rugged limestone peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana. As the sun sets, enjoy a chilled glass of a local white wine on the terrace and watch the mountains change from orange to pink. It is easy to understand why this dramatic landscape was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011. Supper is just a short stroll away through the narrow streets and across the Plaça d’Espanya.

  • After breakfast on the terrace, our local guide will take us up to the start of the first hike – a viewpoint just above the village at Mirador ses Barques. This hike follows a route through a valley lined with ancient olive trees and farmsteads and onto the coast path. On one side there are sweeping views out to sea, and on the other the steep face of the cliff. The idyllic beach of Cala Tuent is our end point and most cannot resist a swim in the crystal clear waters overlooked by the majestic Puig Major – Mallorca’s highest peak. We will lunch at Es Vergeret and then catch a boat back to Puerto Sóller, looking up at the cliff faces we have just walked along. From the port, the tram from the early 20th century will take us up to the old town of Sóller where we can walk amongst the merchant houses built when this was an important trading centre for local produce. You might also like to have a browse in one or two of the artisan shops selling local handicrafts and produce.

    Overnight: Fornalutx
  • Today, we set off on foot from the hotel heading for the Barranc de Biniaraix. This area of the island is famous for its citrus orchards – you can see these in every back garden as you head out of the village. The route follows part of the pilgrim’s pathway between Soller and the monastery at Lluc and is a section of the GR221 – one of the long distance walking trails across Europe. It is characterised by the ancient and traditional practices of dry stonewalling. Both the path and the surrounding walls of the olive terraces were built in this way – made by man yet fully part of this natural landscape.

    Later on in the day we will leave this side of the island to travel across to the North East and to the ancient town of Alcúdia. On the way we will stop at Bodegas Ribas in Consell. Established in 1711, this is the oldest winery in Mallorca. Today, it is still owned and run by members of the Ribas family. Here we taste a selection of distinctive wines made from grape varieties unique to the island.

    Our hotel in Alcúdia can be found behind the honey coloured city walls and among the narrow streets just a short walk from the main square. Recently renovated, this stylish hotel was originally a XV Century manor house.

    Overnight: Alcúdia
  • Today we can set out on foot from the hotel and walk through Alcúdia and onto the road to Mal Pas. Dry stone walls and almond trees line the route. We head up to the Talaia de la Victoria, one of Mallorca’s many coastal watchtowers built to alert islanders to the risk of attack by pirates. The path to the top is a steep climb with breathtaking views across the sea to Minorca and down to the clear blue waters of Cala Coll Baix. The Talaia is now a ruin but it is easy to understand how vital it was to Mallorcans as an early warning system. There is also a chance that you catch sight of an Eleonara Falcon wheeling across the rocky coastline. From here, it is only a short walk down to a well-deserved lunch on one of the most charming restaurant terraces on the island.

    For those who still have the energy, a five-minute drive takes us to the white sandy cove of Platja de Sant Pere to enjoy a refreshing swim. Or else, head back to Alcúdia and discover the local bars hidden within the city walls. Before dinner, our local friend and carnicero, Antonio, will explain the differences between the different types of jamón ibérico so loved by the Spanish and let us taste some of his local specialities.

    Overnight: Alcúdia
  • A stay on the north side of Mallorca would not be complete without a trip along the iconic Formentor peninsula – one of the most dramatic routes on the island. We drive as far as the Hotel Formentor with its narrow sandy beach and over hanging pine trees. From here it is a short walk to the rocky beach of Cala Figuera where at this time of year you are likely to find more wild goats – dark brown with curled horns and distinctive black stripe down the back – than people. If the goats allow, we will enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach, a quick swim depending on the size of the waves, and then head back to Alcúdia for an afternoon to explore.

    Overnight: Alcúdia
  • Your final morning in Mallorca. We hope you have enjoyed a taste of the charm of this very special island. Full of natural beauty and rich in the history of invading Moors, conquering conquistadors and pillaging pirates. We are sure that like us, you will want to come back to discover more. Mallorca is so much more than you might imagine.

    You will be transferred to Palma airport in time for your flight home.

Support – Flights

SUPPORT

Our host and local guides love getting to know our guests and take great joy in sharing their intricate knowledge of the region to ensure you have a memorable time on this special island. There will always be a support vehicle nearby to accompany you during your time with us. If you ever feel like you’ve had enough time on your feet, please just let us know and we would be more than happy to give you a lift.

Flights

We ask for all guests to arrive to Palma airport. From here, we will take you onwards to our first overnight location. If you would prefer to meet us at our first overnight location in Fornalutx, please let us know when you make your booking.

What is included?

Included

  • Bacchus local host and guide
  • Airport transfers for recommended flights to Palma
  • All other transfers incl. luggage
  • Five nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and three evening meals incl. wine
  • Wine tasting and other activities

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement (£250)
  • Two evening meals

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Costs
*Price per person can vary depending on time of season