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Guide to Majorca Outdoors

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From mountain biking and rock-climbing, to sailing and sunbathing – follow my guide to the best of Majorca's open spaces and green places, and enjoy the island's outdoor highlights your way.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

9 Places

9 City Tips

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9 Places

Palma de Mallorca

Destinations

Puerto de Soller

Neighbourhoods

Bunyola

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Canyon de la Calobra

Canyons

Puerto de Valldemossa

Other Outdoor Activities

Calvia

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Santanyi

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Port de Pollenca

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Fornalutx

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SamShelley's City Tips

  • If you're going to rent a car for just a few days, keep in mind that most companies still charge for a full tank of fuel.
  • Buses have been known to depart a few minutes early, so arrive ahead of time. Buses along the most popular routes also tend to fill up fast, so have an alternative travel plan.
  • Don't leave valuables in the car: Leave the glove box open so that thieves can see there are no valuables and take stickers off hire cars to hide the fact that you're a tourist.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings, especially around Palma train and bus stations.
  • It doesn't matter where you base yourself on the island. If you have a hire car, nowhere is more than an hour's drive away.
  • Majorca has an excellent bus service, with buses running from the airport to Palma, the capital, every 20 minutes. See the "TIB" transportation website for timetables.
  • If service is not included, tip 5-10 % when dining out.
  • For the best value meals, order the "menu del dia" (menu of the day). Most cafes, bars and restaurants offer this.
  • Rock and Ride Majorca is a great resource for downloadable guides and advice about the area.
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    Palma de Mallorca
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    SamShelley Says:

    Palma can be a great base for outdoor activities because of its central location and good transportation links. You can base yourself in the city and enjoy all that city living has to offer by night, and still head to explore a different corner of the island each day.

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    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sit outside Bar Crystal in the Placa de Espana and watch the world go by.
    • Get around Palma using the efficient TIB bus system (timetables available online) and its numerous taxi services.
    • There is an inexpensive bike rental scheme available to visitors.
    • Parking is free in Palma during siesta (mid-day) and from 8 pm - 9 am.
    • Consider taking the charming, old fashioned train from the centre to Bunyola and Soller.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Palma de Mallorca
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    Puerto de Soller
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    SamShelley Says:

    Soller is surrounded by mountains that hug the coast line. It's the perfect base for hikers and mountain bikers alike, with mountain biking paths to suit all levels. There is also a nice beach for swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

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    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best ice cream in Soller: Giovanni in Plaça de la Constitució. It's the real homemade McCoy and staff let you try every flavour without raising an eyebrow.
    • The Calle Tuent coastal walk is stunning. A boat runs back to the port of Soller in the autumn and spring.
    • The train journey between Palma and Soller is an experience in itself.
    • The bus system is excellent for getting around, though buses popular with walkers sometimes get full. If left stranded at a bus stop, share a taxi with other outdoor enthusiasts.
    • Walking maps and guide books specifically for the Soller valley are available to buy.
    • There are free car parks down at the Repic beech end.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Soller
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful picturesque town 22/10/2017
    • Gorgeous port 21/10/2017
    • Puerto de Soller
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    Bunyola
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    SamShelley Says:

    Bunyola is ideally situated at the base of forested area, Sa Comuna, the best mountain biking spot in Majorca. The town is also a great base for rock climbing enthusiasts.

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    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The train from Bunyola to Palma is an experience in itself. There is also a regular bus service.
    • Order great pizza from Café Tramuntana in the town square.
    • Free wifi is available in the town square.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Bunyola
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    Canyon de la Calobra
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    SamShelley Says:

    The torrent from Escorca to Sa Calobra is the most spectacular gorge walk in Europe.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A boat service runs between Port of Soller and Sa Calobra several times a day.
    • This is a demanding walk, and joining a guided tour is highly recommended. If you decide to do it alone, make sure you check out the current weather conditions, and be prepared.
    • If you are in any doubt about weather conditions or your ability, start from the bottom. This is the safest option, as it will be easy to retrace you path.
    • If you decide to drive down to Sa Calobra, avoid the peak-tourist bus traffic between 10 am and 3 pm each day.
    • Take a swim suit and towel for a well-earned swim at the end of the hike.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Escorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hair raising road 18/10/2017
    • Amazing view after a long and Winding Road 22/03/2017
    • Canyon de la Calobra
    Address:
    Carrer Port de Sa Calobra
    07315 Escorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 89 70 67
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    Puerto de Valldemossa
    Other Outdoor Activities
    SamShelley Says:

    In Valldemossa, you'll find a great base for rock climbing enthusiasts and hikers, as well as a charming mountain village seeped in history. There is no beach as such, but it's still a very pretty spot, and though it tends to get crowded with tourists during the summer, it's more peaceful for outdoor enthusiasts during autumn and spring.

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    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • S'estret – just outside Valldemossa – has the best selection of easy climbs. It also has sections that remain shady until 1.30 pm each day.
    • The Archdukes walkway is not to be missed for unparalleled views of the coast.
    • Find lots of lovely cafes on the high street. Hot chocolate and Valldemossa cakes are highly recommended!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Valldemossa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous town 18/10/2017
    • Worth seeing 18/08/2017
    • Puerto de Valldemossa
    Address:
    Port de Valldemossa
    Valldemossa, Majorca
    Spain
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    Calvia
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    SamShelley Says:

    Calvia is a great base for a walking holiday, providing easy access to the surrounding hills and numerous easy walking tours to choose from. You will also find many beaches and good accommodation options.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Calvia Tourist Board publishes great walking guides of the area.
    • Bar Rosita in Calvia village has fabulous fish and chip Fridays, Sunday roasts, and live music most nights of the week.
    • Palma Nova's MacDonald's has to be one of the best around, with tables on the beach!
    • If you are serious about hiking, avoid the hot summer months.
    • Visit Puig de Galatzo, an impressive local mountain summit.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Calvia
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    Santanyi
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    SamShelley Says:

    This area is a world Mecca for deep-water soloing (a form of solo rock climbing), and is also a good base for other forms of rock climbing in winter, as well as coastal sports climbing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It gets too hot here in the summer for most outdoor activities.
    • I normally rock climb at Santanyi in shorts and a t-shirt on Christmas Day!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Santanyi
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    Port de Pollenca
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    SamShelley Says:

    This is an all-round great base for rock climbing, road biking and hiking, and has a nice beach for watersports enthusiasts, who can take their pick from swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding here. Team Sky, Britain's road cycling team, also trains here every winter, so it must be good!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lots of high quality bikes are available for rent – don't risk bringing your own when you can hire such excellent bikes so cheaply.
    • Alcudia – just up the road – is a very busy centre for sailing, kite surfing, and wind surfing.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Port de Pollenca
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    Fornalutx
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    SamShelley Says:

    In the pretty, small village Fornalutx, you are literally surrounded by hiking trails, as well as excellent areas for road and mountain biking. Fornalutx also happens to be a short hike away from Soller town if you fancy arriving on foot!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This village is one of the few places in Spain that still hosts a bull run each year.
    • Get a lift to the Cuber reservoir and then walk back to Fornalutx via the Barranc, a stunning route!
    • This area is perfect for hikers who want to get away from it all, but still have a few great bars and restaurants to choose from!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Fornalutx
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