Wandering Wild In Majorca

Published on 6/7/2011 in Holidays in Spain

Why go walking in Majorca? Well, it's hard to know where to start to answer that question!

A holiday based upon (or including) walking in Majorca is simply nothing like a 'conventional' Majorcan holiday. You can forget high-rise hotels, busy beaches and bustling bars.

People sometimes forget that Majorca (or Mallorca if you prefer) is a relatively large island - in fact, it covers roughly the same area as Kent. The major tourism spots are pretty much confined to the thin coastal strip, and much of the inland region is mountainous and undeveloped - and therefore, unspoilt. Interesting as that is, it is not in itself an argument for taking a holiday walking in Majorca. Yet there are many other very good reasons why you may enjoy a guided walking tour around some of the island's beauty spots.

Walking holidays MajorcaThe Landscape

The first reason is diversity. You can take part in a relatively undemanding walk around the area of, for example, Puerto Soller and, in a relatively short time, you can be high in the surrounding hills, then walk along a coastal path overlooking the sea to finally descend to some beautiful isolated coves. You can get a similar experience in the hills around Formentor and Puerto Pollensa towards the northeast of the island. This sort of experience, changing from one environment to another in a short distance, is common in several areas of the island.

The People

The second reason to go walking in Majorca is the people. Although in the major resorts you're more likely to encounter people that hail from other parts of Spain or Europe than Majorca itself, once you get into the small towns and villages, you'll get the chance to meet the true and authentic local people.

In the local villages you'll come across restaurants, bars and small guesthouses, where you'll be able to eat and drink with local Mallorcan people and see something of their friendly culture - which is very far removed from what you'll find on the coast. In fact, if you like the ultimate in easy walking, there are now even walking tours of Bodegas - the wine cellars and bars where you can sample some of the local vintages grown around places such as Binissalem. Of course, whether you're still capable of even easy walking once you've left them, will be up to you!

The Surprises

If you're walking in the rugged countryside around Lake Cuber (watch out for the submerged village in the waters of this man-made lake), you'll have the chance to see some incredible birdlife such as vultures, ospreys and falcons.

It would be a great pity to miss out on the attractions of this marvellous island simply because of some unfair stereotypical images. It is a fantastic place to explore, with breathtaking scenery and fascinating history - and there is no better way of getting up close and personal to both than by a holiday spent walking in Majorca.

Written by: Tony Maniscalco

About the author:

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us walking in Majorca to see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries.

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