The Top 5 Walking and Hiking Routes in Mallorca
Do you enjoy hiking surrounded by nature? Here at Son Jaumell, we’re going to tell you all about five unique enclaves in the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant where you can enjoy the best walking and hiking routes in Mallorca, with some stunning views and delightful hidden treasures!
S’Arenalet des Verger
The first walking and hiking route we’ve chosen takes three and a half hours and is ideal for enjoying the unique landscapes that the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant has to offer. It begins in Cala Estreta, a small, peaceful cove located in the eastern part of the island. From there, heading north, you need to follow the coast until you reach the Matzoc Tower. This tower, erected in 1751, gives you the chance to contemplate the sheer vastness of the Mediterranean from a unique and exceptional perspective, reaching as far as the island of Menorca.
Once you’ve passed the tower, continue along the coast, where you’ll find several unspoilt coves. Along the entire route, it isn’t unusual to see goats grazing on the steep rocks that form the rugged landscape.
A few kilometres further on, a wide area of virgin sand, S'Arenalet des Verger, will open up before you. Enjoying the beauty of this quiet, remote white sandy beach is something you’ll rarely experience in life.
Atalaya de Sant Jaumell
The second of our top walking and hiking routes in Spain is the Atalaya de Sant Jaumell (the Sant Jaumell watchtower). This watchtower is located in the municipality of Capdepera, a beautiful village whose spectacular walls give it a unique medieval appearance.
The route starts at Cala Agulla, a beautiful beach surrounded by the vegetation, pine trees, and dunes that form the Llevant natural park. From the beach car park, cross the pine forest towards the very top of the watchtower.
In just over an hour you’ll have reached the top of Sant Jaumell; from there, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the beauty of the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, Cala Mesquida, Cala Agulla, and the town of Cala Ratjada.
To reach this cove you’ll have to make your way towards the picturesque village of Betlem, far from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas and surrounded by impressive vegetation and mountain scenery.
At the eastern end of the village there’s an old cart track that runs parallel to the coast towards Es Caló. It’ll take you about an hour to walk along this path, which is surrounded on one side by the most turquoise blue coves of Mallorca, and, on the other, by peaks of up to 500 metres that crown the mountain plateaus that run along the entire path.
After an hour's walk along this path we reach Es Caló, which stands out for its transparent waters and tranquility.
Sa Punta d’en Amer
The route starts in Cala Nau, and takes us along the coast towards Sa Coma. This route stands out for its natural beauty, where the vegetation and the Mediterranean Sea merge and accompany us along the whole route.
After walking for about twenty minutes, we’ll be able to identify the "Es Castell" tower, which dates back to the 17th century. This tower is open to the public, and you can enjoy some impressive views of the entire surrounding coastline from its rooftop.
Following the route of Sa Punta d'en Amer, you’ll come across several natural pools that have arisen as a result of the extraction of marès (a type of sandstone) in different quarries located in the coastal area. These pools captivate everyone who visits them due to their characteristic formations. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful spot where you can enjoy a very pleasant couple of hours of hiking.
Son Bauló – Son Real – Son Serra de Marina
The final route on our list is an enclave that doesn’t form part of the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, but is close to it.
It’s a completely flat route, located between the villages of Son Bauló and Son Serra de Marina, and it’ll take you around two and a half hours. The main attraction of this route is the Son Real estate, which contains part of the most important archaeological heritage of the Balearic Islands.
To begin the route, you’ll set out from Son Bauló, heading east parallel to the beach, and you’ll see how the scenery alternates between sand and rocks all along the route. Halfway along the route you’ll come across the Necropolis of Son Real, where up to 109 tombs dating back to 1,500 BC have been preserved. This is, without a doubt, a unique opportunity to connect with the island’s past, and its extinct naval culture. Continuing along the same route we’ll find the beach of Son Real, an unspoilt beach surrounded by pine trees, located in a protected natural area.
The route ends in the village of Son Serra de Marina, a small coastal village where you can enjoy a quiet end to your day.
So, this is our list of the top walking and hiking routes in Mallorca. Have you done any of them?