Mallorca Hiking - October
Mallorca Hiking - October
· 6-Night Stay at Private Villa
· All Meals at Villa
· Round Trip Airport Shuttle (PMI)
· All Transportation during the week
· Guided Hikes
· Winery Tours and Tastings
· Flexible and Optional Activities
TRIP DATES: October 1 - 7, 2023
TRIP PRICE: $2,650 (per person, double occupancy)
Add $880 for single occupancy
Not Included: Airfare, snacks and meals away from the villa, tips for F4A Guides, personal expenses (souvenirs, alcohol, etc.)
Mallorca is one of our favorite destinations in Europe. Located in the western Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain, it is a bio-diverse island with gorgeous tree-lined hillsides, beautiful Mediterranean seascapes, sprawling olive plantations, and quaint hillside villages. We know it well enough to have our favorite hikes and haunts off the beaten path. Take a hiking holiday and see it all.
Everyone will book their own flights into Palma Mallorca International (PMI). Generally, look for flights arriving in the late morning or early afternoon on October 1 (be aware that your overseas flight may start the day before, so be sure your arrival in Palma is October 1). Plan a morning departure on October 7. We provide airport pickups and drop-offs in Palma.
A $300 deposit (per person) is due at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable.
Final payment will be due August 15, 2023. You will receive a reminder email when this payment is due. Once made, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
By Client: If you need to cancel before the trip, the cancellation fee is your initial deposit plus any additional payments made. Any payments made are non-refundable and non-transferable. Your reservation will automatically cancel if final payment is not received by the due date. Travel Insurance is highly recommended (see below).
By Fit 4 Adventure: In the event that we must cancel a trip for commercial reasons beyond our control, including if the minimum number of trip participants is not met, you will be able to transfer any amount paid toward any F4A trip in the next 24 months. You may also opt for a full refund.
By Force Majeure: In the event that a trip is cancelled due (but not limited) to natural disasters, pandemics, border restrictions, terrorism, or political instability, F4A will offer you a future trip credit valid for 24 months from the original trip date.
F4A is not responsible for any additional expenses you may incur as result of your booking, including (but not limited to) visas, vaccinations, clothing, equipment, testing, travel insurance, or non-refundable flights.
The cancellation policy will be strictly adhered to. To avoid loss of payments due to unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is highly recommended. Travel insurance can often be purchased along with your flight or you can book though our partner Allianz Travel Insurance
*We at Fit 4 Adventure take the health and safety of our guests and guides seriously. We will follow all local protocols and CDC-recommended guidelines while on this trip.
For more details about this trip click over the the Itinerary tab, or contact Diane@Fit4Adventure.com
Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean - a warm and welcoming paradise with abundant sunshine, diverse scenery, and an endless list of things to see and do. Most visitors to Mallorca are here to lie on the beach, sunbathe, eat great food and drink refreshing cocktails. Of course, we do all that – but also so much more. Come along with us for incredible hiking across ancient routes in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, coastal cruising, tasting tours, market foraging, and more.
SUNDAY – October 1
Your arrival in Spain. Travelers from the U.S. will arrive early afternoon in Palma. We’ll greet you at the airport then take you to our private villa at the impressive estate of Finca Biniforani Nou in Bunyola. It’s about a 20-minute drive.
For early arrivals, we may have time for a walking tour in Palma, the largest city of Mallorca, or a visit to Raixa, an expansive public estate with house and gardens that for centuries belonged to one of the most prominent families of nobility on the island.
MONDAY – October 2
Today's Hike: Mountain Peaks and Turquoise Bays
Route: Volta des General
Distance: 9.6 kilometers / 6 miles RT / 2.5 hours hiking time
A walk of Mallorcan contrasts! Big coastal views, high peaks, incredible rock formations, turquoise seas and deserted beaches. Cap it off with a tiny port village where time stands still, and sangria and tapas are always on the menu. We’ll stop here for a lunch break before returning to the start. This is a fabulous first-day walk that highlights the dramatic diversity on this part of the island, and is moderate enough that it won’t wear us out.
TUESDAY – October 3
Today’s Hike: Flora, Fauna & History
Route: Dragonera Island Nature Reserve
Distance: Variable based on group / 5-hour tour duration (including boat ride)
This morning we meet up with local naturalists who will guide us on a private and personalized trip deep into the Dragonera Island Nature Reserve. It's a short boat ride from the shores of Mallorca, but offers the best spot to explore the rich biodiversity. Our hiking pace will be slower with more stops for discovery.
While we’re out there is one more stop, and it is always a favorite. The Bodega Son Puig is a well-established winery operating out of a stately centuries-old manor house set among acres of vineyards and gardens. We’ll meet the wine-making family that lives and works here, and they will proudly lead us on a private tour and tasting.
WEDNESDAY – October 4
One of the must-do’s in Mallorca: explore a local market. Each village on the island has their own weekly market, and each one is a unique and long-standing tradition. Today we visit Port de Pollença. This lively beachfront town fills up on Wednesdays with locals and tourists alike who come to see, savor and buy local produce, flowers, crafts and Spanish delicacies. After the market, we’ll take a short drive (or optional hike) towards Old Pollença, where we can explore eclectic shops, galleries and cafés tucked away on cobblestone streets and squares.
Then, we’re off to the very heart of the island, at the Lluc Monastery. Dating to the 13th Century, Lluc is a profoundly meaningful place to Mallorquins surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and an extensive network of pilgrimage pathways that for centuries have drawn followers and the faithful to the site. Today, there are beautiful gardens, ancient forests, fantastical rock formations and modernized refuges for us to explore along these routes.
THURSDAY – October 5
Today’s Hike: Epic Climb to Panoramic Views
Route: The Archduke’s Bridle Path
Distance: 10.5 kilometers / 6.5 miles / 4.0 hours hiking time
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Literally breathtaking, this hike starts off sharply uphill through a thick forest. Eventually the path moderates and the views open up. Soak in a spectacular 360-degree view from cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean Sea before returning downhill to where we started. A rich man’s folly, this extensive path, with elaborate stonework, was built by Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator in the 19th Century so that he could tour his estate by mule and cart.
We will see many examples of new and ancient stone work throughout the island, including stone pathways, walls, terraces and structures – all meticulously built and designed to last for centuries. As a paving technique it is used to build pathways that connect villages and ports throughout the island that can last for centuries. But they can sometimes provide tricky footing, and we’ll take these sections slowly. Bring sturdy shoes with good ankle support.
Our hike today is a loop that will start and finish in the town of Valldemossa. It is a crowded village that buzzes with activity and is one of the most visited places for a day trip in Mallorca. Those who have the energy after this hike, can stop for some shopping, drinking or dining. Others may want to head straight to the villa for a dip in the pool. This evening, we’ll indulge in a well-deserved happy hour and traditional Paella dinner on the terrace.
FRIDAY – October 6
Today’s Hike: One-Way Coastal Hike with Boat Return
Route: Port de Sóller to Cala Tuent
Distance: 10 kilometers / 6.5 miles / 4 hours hiking time
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Not to say we saved the best hike for last - but it is hard to beat a dramatic coastal hike to a unspoiled beach…with a boat ride back! Starting in the postcard-perfect village of Port de Sóller, we follow an uphill track leading away from the bay in the direction of a more remote and unspoiled beach a little further north. Once we crest the first hill, we will have a long descent towards the coast, with a stop for lunch (and perhaps sangria) at Es Vergerets. We’ll have just a few more minutes of walking after lunch before reaching our destination and boarding an hour-long coastal boat tour bound for Port de Sóller- where we started. Tonight, at our favorite portside terrace, we’ll enjoy a tapas feast - and a final toast to good times and good friends.
SATURDAY – October 7
We’ll head back to the airport this morning and treasure the many memories we made this week. Adéu, Mallorca!
Great hiking through various climates with fabulous destinations each day. One day may be a working winery and another may be steep and rugged hills. Lots to see on each hikes including evidence of old forgotten charcoal pits from centuries ago, hidden caves and incredible vista views. All of the hikes were significant but anyone in good to great shape will not have a problem.
Mallorca is a magical place to hike! From the sweeping coastlines to the Lord of the Rings forests, we explored many parts of the island without a day that felt the same. Our guides melted right into our awesome group and taught us about the history of the island, the foliage, and when we could, we got their stories along the way (which were always fascinating). Our villa was sprawling and comfortable, and I joked about our Big Chill mornings (since I was up to observe!). We ate in, we ate out, and we did some shopping :) Highlights were definitely those days when we ended a gorgeous 7-8 mile hike at a rustic winery where we were treated to such delights I can't even describe. I loved the bike trip, but when I close my eyes and think of Mallorca, it's the hiking week that always comes to mind.
Thank you for the great trip to Spain. The experience was amazing. I can't wait to go back.
My husband I had a terrific time!!! Everything in the description of this hiking trip was true to form--accommodations (the Biniforani Nou Villa is gorgeous), hiking, shopping, and touring. Hiking along the sea was a main attraction and we were not disappointed to say the least. The views were breathtaking! The Fit4Adventure team is accommodating with things that are possible in a group situation. We had time together on the trail as a group and time apart in the little villages to shop and eat or to join and eat together. It is a safe way to travel as a group, or with a few friends, or alone. You can go alone knowing you are safe with this professional team of experienced hikers and travelers. We were a small group of 15, and it was nice to meet adults of all ages from other states.
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