Hiking recommendation: The Serra de Tramuntana
The UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site “Serra de Tramuntana” is just a few hours flight away and always easily accessible. A small paradise, consisting of mountain hiking trails, fantastic views and lakes with mountain panorama. We visited this oasis far away from the usual all-inclusive torusimus again for you to hike the most beautiful stages of the long-distance hiking trail GR221 and to make an urgent hiking recommendation.
Day 1 – Mountain village Valldemossa to the Refugi Can Boi in Deiá There is a magic inherent in every beginning. Unfortunately, on arrival in Mallorca, this magic usually consists of loud pop music and the drunken singing of young men who spend their week at the Ballermann. We leave the airport and take a cab, which brings us for about 40€ to the really beautiful, although touristically mostly overcrowded mountain village Valldemossa. The temperature at the start at 14:00 o’clock is 35*C, so we increase our water supplies to 3 liters each. The entry of the GR221 is at the end of Carrer Oliveres. It goes directly uphill over mainly paved old charcoal burner paths. There are now several routes to Deiá.
We take the path at the control house, following the hill to the right until we reach the top. About 50m after the goat gate at the top of the path, an inconspicuous path leads to the left into the forest. Shortly before the descent to Deiá begins, the effort is rewarded with truly sensational views across steep slopes to the bright blue shining Mediterranean Sea. The trail to Deiá is only moderately visible in parts. However, if you orientate yourself by the stone men, you will arrive safely at your destination.
Day 2 – Deiá to the Refugi Muleta in Port de Soller The stage to Port de Soller we do not want to go over the standard variant, but we take the far more attractive variant over the old pirate way along the coast. For the entry for this variant we go down to Cala Deiá. About 20 meters before the beach there is an inconspicuous path on the right side uphill. You are right when after a few meters a sign shows the way to Soller. This hiking variant leads over narrow paths, almost always along the coast. In some places the path is not very paved and sub-variants of the path sometimes carry a certain danger of falling. Therefore I would not recommend the path as a family hike. The stage can be completed in a few hours, so we arrive early at Refugi Muleta. We use the remaining time to relax and enjoy a fantastic sunset far above the roofs of Port de Soller.
Day 3 – Soller to the Refugi Tossald Verds It is still 35*C and today’s stage will be exhausting. Four liters of drinking water weigh heavily, but are an adequate amount for the upcoming hiking trail. We save ourselves the trouble of walking along dismal roads to Soller and take the streetcar. From the market place in Soller we follow the signs to Biniaraix. The GR221 winds its way along the gorge of Biniaraix over paved paths. Once at the top, we are rewarded with a fantastic view over Soller, at the bottom of the gorge, and with a promising view of the Cuber reservoir, which invites us to take a welcome break. After the reservoir there are two possibilities to reach the Refugi Tossald Verds. One is desolate and leads along a water pipeline, the other we take. The path turns right and leads again steeply uphill along a stone wall, the course of which is already clearly visible from the reservoir. On the saddle a refreshing wind blows towards us and a wonderful valley lies before us. We now mainly go down the valley until the path leads along a safety chain steeply into the rock. From here the Refugi Tossald Verds is not far away. We sleep very well despite the mattresses.
Day 4 – Tossald Verds to Refugi Son Amer? We have saved the cream of the crop for the last day. We start from Refugi and follow the GR221 towards Lluc Monastery. The trail now goes through a vast forest, which is a very pleasant condition with the recurring 35*C. The path goes uphill into the Massana mountains, the forest ends much too early so that the sun has free access and makes us feel warm. The top is climbed surprisingly fast and a long descent follows, passing numerous sheep until the road Ma-10 crosses the path. The standard option now would be to follow the GR221 for about half an hour and stop at the monastery of Lluc or at the Refugi Son Amer, but we would like to continue to use the day and walk the most interesting part of the island in my opinion, the Torrent de Pareis. We choose the option of descending to Sa Calobra.
Attached: Escorca – Torrent de Pareis
To get to the entrance, we walk along the Ma-10 road. The path starts at the left parking bay, behind a sign for Torrent de Pareis. We decide to hide our backpacks in the rock and collect them later. (A cab will bring us back.) The trail can of course be walked with a backpack, but since there is a lot of climbing and jumping to do, the descent with your back free is twice as much fun. Following the cairns, the descent begins after about 500 meters and reveals the first view of the really impressive gorge. The descent into the gorge takes about one hour. The Torrent de Pareis captivates with big rocks that have to be climbed over and crawled through. It is a really nice adventure and the most beautiful way to end a hiking vacation. This part of the hike should be done with sturdy shoes and sufficient concentration, because a wrong step can cause a fall of several meters on granite. After about 3.5 hours we reach the beach of Sa Calobra.