We currently list 124 properties on our books, of which, about half are in and around Pollensa old town and Port de Pollensa, on the north coast of the island. This means we are in a good position to offer holiday lets near the best walking routes - in the northern Tramuntana Mountains.
The Serra de Tramuntana is a vast 1000km2 expanse of mountain range that crosses the island of Mallorca from north to south along the entire eastern coast - from Port d'Andratx to Port de Pollensa. On the 27th of June 2011, the Tramuntana Range was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO as an area of great physical and cultural significance - and is now one of the most protected parts of the island. There is however a route through called the GR221 or Dry Stone Way.
"... the old cobbled paths (which communicated the villages and the estates on the Serra) and also because the most emblematic landscape is the rows of olive trees on terraces with dry-stone walls..."
Over the last decade, the Consell de Mallorca has restored, mapped and sign posted the full Tramuntana walking route, liasing with local authorities and private landowners to create a safe, clear and beautifully maintained hike called the GR221 - which takes you across Mallorca's biggest mountain range, with refuges on route in case you get stuck, and up to date information on route closures, weather conditions, alternative ways and areas of interest along the way.
Here is the official governmental website for the DRY STONE WAY which gives details on the 8 stages of the GR221 walking route and its variants.
There are enough hiking routes in here to keep you walking in the Tramuntana mountains for years. You are not going to run out of choice in a week. But some of the routes are more accessible and others more rewarding. Weather and season dependent, it is worth looking into in advance.
One great walk in the Tramuntana to get you started is the 20km or so between Pollensa and the Lluc Monastery. It takes several hours but isn't too steep and is well marked all the way. If that is too long, do a section. The beauty of this hike is that it takes you into the middle of the mountains and you can tuck into a hearty lunch in the monastery restaurant when you get there.
As far as accommodation goes there is no better way to get the most out of mountain walking than to let a property in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana.
Whether you do the whole GR, forward or backwards, or in parts, choosing a suitable base camp is as important as packing good boots, or hiring a guide possibly, because even if you do spend a night in the hills, coming home to a hot shower and a comfortable house at the end is the welcome and deserved end to a wonderful trekking holiday.
It is also useful to have a villa, if you are planning to set out every day on a new adventure. And Pollensa is about as well located as you get.
For a peak at our villas in Pollensa, have a look at this link: Villas to let in Pollensa
Alcudia town and port are also a worthy option as this area opens up the west coast and Mallorca's smaller mountain range; the Serra de Llevant, and the virgin coastline that stretches all the way down the western side of the island.
But we will leave that for next month...