Night 1: Pollensa
Son Sant Jordi - Boutique Hotel
Transfer from Palma de Mallorca airport to the delightful old town of Pollensa (1 hour).
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Night 1: Pollensa
Son Sant Jordi - Boutique Hotel
Transfer from Palma de Mallorca airport to the delightful old town of Pollensa (1 hour).
Night 2: Lluc
Santuari de Lluc
A 13th century wayfarers’ route leads us out of Pollensa along a verdant valley, overlooked by mountain peaks. From here we climb into the beautiful foothills of the Serra Tramuntana. Our route takes us through woodland and high meadows, and past unusual rock formations, before eventually dropping down to the remote monastic complex of Lluc, where we spend the night (11 miles, 6 hours).
Night 3: Near Orient
From Lluc our route climbs into glorious limestone mountain scenery with ever-expanding views. We cross a high pass and descend into a wooded valley and then along the top of a spectacular limestone gorge to our picnic lunch. After lunch we descend through a gorge into a hidden valley. From here we climb up to a low pass through olive groves, meadows and holm oak woods, before continuing down to our hotel in a valley dominated by a pair of magnificent limestone bluffs, where we spend two nights in an elegant country-house hotel (13 miles/8 hours).
Night 4: Near Orient
After a short transfer by road, we walk up through olives groves to climb in due course to the impressively-situated ruins of the Moorish castle of Alaró, with vast views over the plains below. From here a small path descends to our picnic lunch, after which there is the option to walk or drive back to the hotel (5.5 miles/3 hours + 2.5 miles/1 hour 30 mins).
Night 5: Soller
We walk up through olive groves and farmland, then climb a small ravine through a low pass into the next cultivated valley, owned by a splendid finca which we pass. From here we climb back into the Serra Tramuntana, in due course achieving splendid views from the lofty Col d'Ofre (900m/3,000ft). From here paths descend through woodland and alongside stone-built irrigation channels to the fertile valley below. Our walk ends in the village of Biniaraix on the outskirts of Sóller (90m/300 ft) (10 miles, 6 hours). Transfer by road (15 mins) to our seafront hotel in nearby Port de Soller.
Night 6: Deia
From Port de Sóller we walk up through terraced orchards and around pine-clad hills to the picturesque village of Deia, nestled against the mountain, set high above a pretty bay, the Cala de Deia. The village has been much favoured by artists and writers, and was formerly the home of Robert Graves. We stay here for two nights in a very comfortable hotel (8 miles, 4 hours).
Night 7: Deia
From Deia we climb through woods to emerge high on the mountainside with panoramic views over the coast. We cross the mountain and descend to Valledemossa (and our picnic) following in part an extraordinary mountain bridleway, built in the 1870s by Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator, who settled here (7.5 miles, 4 hours 30 mins). Opportunity to visit Valledemossa, including the Carthusian monastery where Chopin and his lover George Sands famously once over-wintered, before returning by road to Deia.
Transfer to Palma de Mallorca airport (45 mins). If you would like an extension booking at either end of your trip please indicate this during the booking process and we will contact you with pricing information.
Walking in Mallorca will be along a mixture of well-made cobbled paths, rocky mountain trails and a few unsurfaced lanes. The mountain walking will involve lots of ascent and descent, with long climbs and some difficult sections. Though distances are not that great, the walking can be challenging. Sticks/poles recommended. The fitness level of this trip is Grade 4. The Tramuntana range comprises of mountains 800-1,500m in altitude, with steep limestone crags, deep gorges and local weather systems. The highest peaks are bare white limestone, and can be snow-covered in spring. We also spend a day walking near the coast, where pines extend right to the edge of the turquoise water.
Moorish, Catalan and Jewish influences combine to produce a distinctive, stylish cuisine based on seafood and fresh vegetables. Highlights are baked sea bass, sausages (botifarrones), ratatouille with potatoes (tumbet), fish casserole (cassola de peix), and ensaimadas, sweet pastries filled with custard or pumpkin jam. The red and rosé wines of Binissalem, es Raiguer are both respectable while the Pla de Llevant produces a number of smooth whites.
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Meteorological records for the area, taken over a period of more than 10 years, are represented in the Weather Chart provided with each itinerary.The Mallorcan climate is typically Mediterranean, but nevertheless varies considerably from one area to another. From May to Sept, you can expect sunshine, with some local clouds and occasional storms in the high Tramuntana mountains. It can be considerably higher and wetter at altitude. Bring layers, waterproofs and sunhats/sunglasses.
Our support vehicles allow you the flexibility to walk 'as much or as little as you like', with drop-offs and pick-ups appropriate to the given day's itinerary. The Tour Leader will tell you each evening about the following day's walking options.
This is an 8-day escorted walking holiday, with walks offered on 6 days. The length of each day varies from 4 hours to a maximum of 7 hours walking. The fitness level of this trip is Grade 4 - quite challenging. On most days our walk takes us into the mountains where the paths cross rugged terrain – please make sure that your footwear provides sufficient ankle support. Please also bring long walking
trousers for protection against the sharp, high grasses. Some of our walks, particularly on day 3, are very weather sensitive. If it is not possible to do a walk due to inclement weather, an alternative will be organised. Any such decision is at the discretion of the Tour Leader.
The Tramuntana range contains serious mountains of 800-1,500m in altitude, with steep limestone crags, deep gorges
and local weather systems. The highest peaks are bare white limestone, and can be snow-covered in spring. There are a number of steep ascents and descents - walking sticks are very useful. We also spend a day walking near the coast, where pines extend right to the edge of the turquoise water. There are very few sandy beaches on this north-west coast, but several small, pebbly coves ringed by limestone headlands.
You don’t have to! You can either get a lift with the Tour Manager to the lunch location or the next hotel, or we can suggest options
to allow you to walk for part of the day. If the itinerary does not involve a hotel change on a given day, you can simply stay in the town and explore, and join (or not join) the group for lunch. The Tour Leader will discuss the next day’s options with the group every
The destination airport for this escorted walking holiday is Palma de Mallorca airport (not to be confused with La Palma airport!). There will be a set meeting time at Palma de Mallorca airport for the transfer to the first hotel; a set time for the return transfer to the airport at the end of the trip; and a 'recommended flight' to connect with the airport transfers. Booking the recommended flight - which we strongly encourage - guarantees transfers to and from the airport, irrespective of flight schedule changes or delays. For clients not on the 'recommended flight' we cannot guarantee a transfer from the airport should you be delayed for any reason in meeting the group at the specified place and time. In this instance you will have to make your own way to the first hotel, at your own expense. The transfer to the airport at the end of the trip will also be timed according to the recommended flight and we cannot offer transfers at alternative times. Please check with the Reservations Team before making independent arrangements. You are of course welcome to meet the group at the first hotel. Please indicate your intention during the booking procedure.
If you would like a transfer to the first hotel, please ensure that you inform us of this and advise us of your arrival time and flight number as soon as possible. Please also ensure that
your flight arrives at the destination airport at least 1 hour before the meeting time, to allow sufficient time to pass through customs and collect your luggage.
If you take the recommended flight or are meeting the group at the airport our Tour Leader and Tour Manager will be waiting to meet you for the minibus transfer to the first hotel, which will depart shortly thereafter. They will be wearing green polo shirts bearing the ATG logo.
If you arrive late and find that the group has left (there is no sign of them in the arrivals hall or our minibuses with the ATG logo outside the terminal building), please check for a message at
the information desk and make your own way to the first hotel, letting the ATG office know you’re on your way. The ATG office number is +44 1865 315 678 or outside office hours please call the emergency number which is +44 1865 315 600.
Meeting at the first hotel
Hotel Son Sant Jordi
Street Sant Jordi 29
Tel: (34) 971 53 03 89
If you are meeting the group at the first hotel, our Tour Consultants will contact you on their arrival.
Bring whatever clothes and footwear you find most comfortable for everyday wear, and a change or two for the evenings – smart/casual.
Most trips tend to include some quite distinguished hotels and restaurants, for which you may wish to ‘dress up’. For walking we recommend lightweight walking boots with firm ankle support (make sure you wear them in before the trip!), a small daypack for your
lightweight waterproof clothing, camera, fleece etc. An increasing number of people bring telescopic walking poles. For a comprehensive packing list click here:what to bring
On our escorted walking holidays to Mallorca all meals are included.
Most of the hotels we use offer a buffet-style breakfast with a range of both hot and cold choices. 4- and 5-star hotels almost always offer ‘cooked’ breakfast. Occasionally, in more remote areas, or in some 2 or 3-star hotels, breakfast can be a decidedly more ‘contenental’ affair – e.g bread, croissant, juice, coffee. If a breakfast needs ‘topping up’ to meet the needs of those with a
full morning of walking ahead, the Tour Manager will ensure this happens.
ATG Picnic lunches
ATG picnic lunches in Europe are renowned! ‘Happening upon’ an ATG picnic in an idyllic location punctuates each day’s walk. Picnics are colourful, varied and nutritious. Buffet-style, there is a choice of meats, cheeses, salads and fruits. Many salads are ‘exclusive’ to ATG and some of these original recipes are in the ATG ‘Table of Moveable Feasts’.
After being greeted with mineral water, followed by wine and an abundant lunch of local organic produce and specialities, there’s usually time for a siesta! Where there is a particularly spectacular and remote picnic spot we may occasionally carry
packed lunches. Outside Europe the location of lunches may vary, from picnics to meals in restaurants or private houses.
Dinner is usually at about 8.00pm (later in Spain). We tend to eat in the best and most interesting restaurants available, which serve traditional local dishes as well as regional classics and excellent regional wines. To ensure that we enjoy the best that the area has to offer, the Tour Manager, with his/her specialist knowledge and experience, will have worked closely with the chef in advance, selecting the most interesting and characteristic menu possible. This not only ensures that we eat far better than people who ‘come in off the street’, but enables us to enjoy a very wide range of local specialities during the trip, and also to cater imaginatively for those with special dietary needs.
At the start of dinner each evening, it is ATG ‘style’ to
tell you about the menus and wines for that evening. If there’s anything different that you would prefer, you have only to ask.
What sort of food can I expect in this area?
Moorish, Catalan and Jewish influences combine to produce a distinctive, stylish cuisine based on seafood and fresh vegetables. Highlights are baked sea bass, sausages(botifarrones), ratatouille with potatoes (tumbet), fish casserole (cassola de peix), and ensaimadas; sweet pastries filed with custard or pumpkin jam.
The D.O. (Designation of Origin) Binissalem-Mallorca was created in 1991 and is responsible for regulating the
cultivation of vines and the production of wines. The red and rosé wines of the Binissalem and es Raiguer, are both well respected. The local red Callet grape, often considered ‘rustic’, is now being adopted by upmarket wineries including Anima Negra. Others use Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo and Manto Negro to produce reds reminiscent of light Riojas or Bordeaux. As for whites, Pla i Llevant is a Mallorcan DO, using predominantly Moscatel and Chardonnay varieties to excellent effect.
Walking to eat
One of the greatest pleasures of travelling is enjoying a range of different regional cuisines. Part of the ATG experience is discovering the diversity of local ingredients and culinary traditions of the particular methods of cooking, and styles of restaurant. ATG trips include a wide range of different restaurants, with some of the finest and most famous in the world. Each has been carefully selected. Others are more traditional, providing excellent local cuisine, using recipes that have often become established ‘classics’ of regional cooking.
Which is better? It is thrilling to eat at great restaurants
– each course a revelation of sensation, aroma, texture, taste, colour and decorative design, with a superb selection of wines to match. It is also a delight to find a small restaurant specialising
in authentic local cuisine using fresh, organically grown local produce, and accompanied by the best regional wines. At ATG, whose founder/MD ‘travels to eat’ – food matters!
When you book, let us know about any restrictions. This will give the Tour Manager the opportunity to shop and prepare menus
accordingly prior to your trip. At the start of the trip the Tour Manager will meet with you to discuss in more detail your requirements.
All evening meals are included either in the hotel or in local restaurants. The atmosphere ranges from fairly simple Mallorcan eateries to a charming, elegant and acclaimed restaurant in Deia, to which you may wish to wear a jacket or dress/skirt.
All do except for the Santuari de Lluc.
On escorted trips everything is included (per the published itinerary) apart from travel to/from the destination airport, items of a personal nature, snacks and drinks outside of the set meals.
We are delighted to book extensions for you at either end of your trip. We only book hotels with which we have an established relationship and where we can ensure a high level of service and enjoyment. If you would like an extension booking please indicate this during the booking process and we will contact you with pricing information.
For FAQs relating to the Company and general trip questions, click here
ATG trained Tour Leader and Tour Manager
Small, compatible groups of like-minded people (max 16)
The best available accommodation
All meals and wines at the best available restaurants
Celebrated ATG picnics
Specified excursions and visits
Mercedes minibus (es) to transport your luggage and facilitate walk pick-upsClose Window
The destination airport for this trip is Palma de Mallorca airport (not to be confused with La Palma airport!). There will be a set meeting time at Palma de Mallorca airport for the transfer to the first hotel; a set time for the return transfer to the airport at the end of the trip; and a 'recommended flight' to connect with the airport transfers. Booking the recommended flight - which we strongly encourage - guarantees transfers to and from the airport, irrespective of flight schedule changes or delays. For clients not on the 'recommended flight' we cannot guarantee a transfer from the airport should you be delayed for any reason in meeting the group at the specified place and time. In this instance you will have to make your own way to the first hotel, at your own expense. The transfer to the airport at the end of the trip will also be timed according to the recommended flight and we cannot offer transfers at alternative times. Please check with the Reservations Team before making independent arrangements. You are of course welcome to meet the group at the first hotel. Please indicate your intention during the booking procedure.Close Window
Each of our trips is graded according to terrain and length of walking/cycling routes, providing an indication of which grade of trip might suit you.
Gentle terrain, walking/cycling along good paths, tracks and quiet lanes, with a few short, usually gentle, ascents and/or descents.
Walking/cycling along well-established paths and tracks. Occasional loose (gravel) surfaces, and open meadows. Ascents and/or descents up to 1 hour.
Walking/cycling along a variety of paths, some stony in places, with ascents and/or descents of 1-2 hours.
Walking/cycling along a variety of paths and surfaces, occasionally challenging, with ascents and/or descents of 2-3 hours.
Challenging walking/cycling with a variety of terrain, some long days, and/or long ascents and/or descents.