Mallorca, a destination for hikers

Do you know that best thing about the winter months is that they are an excellent opportunity to get to know the island’s incredible natural environment? At Sol Hotels, not only  do we love the wonderful Mallorcan beaches, but we are also passionate about its green trails and the magic of its mountains.

For some years, Mallorca has been a perfect destination for hikers due to the large number of hiking and cycling routes that you can experience across the island. Winter and spring are seasons in which a large number of hikers from around the world get together, all eager to get to know the great beauty of Mallorca’s landscape. Are you ready to discover the very different side of Mallorca?

A walk through the Tramuntana

The impressive Sierra de Tramuntana hides beautiful roads and routes that are worth getting to know during your holidays in Mallorca. These are some of the most popular:

  •       Barranco de Biniaraix: probably one of the most typical trips to do near the picturesque town of Sóller. Of medium difficulty, this excursion consists of climbing a ravine via a paved road with approximately 2,000 steps.
  •       Puig de l’Ofre: A ‘must do’ for those who love to complete different routes. The “mysterious volcano of Mallorca” hides legends that you can get to know during the route of great natural beauty, to the ascent of this 1,090 metre high mountain.
  •       Massanella. The second highest mountain in Mallorca, and one of the most beautiful  excursions on the island. This 1,364 metre high peak is situated near the traditional town of Lluc.
  •       La Trapa is ideal to do with children. You will enjoy the incredible views of the island of Dragonera and discover the old monastery of La Trapa which is a ‘must do’ stop.
  •      Torrent de Pareis. One of the most famous trips on the island. It follows the route of a fast flowing stream that descends to the beautiful beach of Sa Calobra, one of Mallorca’s gems.
  •      The Tower of Cala en Basset. A very accessible route that circulates around Andratx, and one of the few that is not part of the Tramuntana. This excursion leads to the Tower of Cala en Basset, an old defense tower with special views and legendary tales of pirates and buccaneers.

Get to know the incredible natural paradise of Mallorca and book your early holidays at Sol Hotels. Have a great time at the Sol Kathmandu Park, relax and pamper yourself at our exclusive Sol House and enjoy partying Mallorcan-style at the vibrant Sol Beach House. Explore Mallorca your way!

The Balearic Islands, a paradise bathed by the Mediterranean Sea

In the midst of all the hype surrounding travelling, travelling and then travelling some to see absolutely everything there is and more, very few people realise that they have seen so much of the world that they’ve forgotten to explore their own neighbourhood, the things nearest to them: their own country. One of those places, unknown to many (even if it’s well known by word of mouth) is the Balearic Archipelago.

Gently rocked by the intensely, beautifully coloured turquoise Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands are the perfect destination for an unforgettable and unbeatable summer holiday. In this region the large island Mallorca rules. Those who choose Mallorca can not only enjoy the magic of beaches like Muro, Ses Covetes and Cala Mondragó, they can also discover the beauty of the Tramuntana mountains.

Mallorca is also a place where you can enjoy tourism in all its forms, whether you travel on your own, as a couple, with friends or with family since the island offers plenty of hotels that are designed for every kind of travel. Hotels that really do offer families everything they can possible ask for, and this at an excellent price to boot.

Smaller, but just as large where spirit is concerned, is the island Menorca. This island (much more natural and authentic than its neighbours) has a certain maritime touch and is ‘little exploited’, which means visitors surrender themselves to its magic at the very first visit. The most famous places to visit? Ciutadella, Mahón and other special places such as Fornells.

Known as the Pityusic Islands, Ibiza and Formentera are a totally different case. Two islands with a common language but a completely different accent and a more natural, unique way of life – more hippie-style. Ibiza might be the perfect place to enjoy an intense nightlife, but Formentera is an ideal destination if you want to fall in love with beaches and intensely blue waters.

Cala Agulla

 

Where to stay on the Balearic Islands?

As we stated previously, out of the four islands Mallorca is the island best suited to those who enjoy travelling as a family. It’s an island where you can enjoy long walks by the sea, dozens of attractions and – of course – guaranteed rest in perfect, family-friendly hotels. Our recommendation? That would be the Green Garden Aparthotel, a hotel surrounded by gardens located on the beautiful beach Cala Agulla.

Part of the innate magic that makes us all fall in love with the Balearic Islands is to be found on the white island, Ibiza, a destination where you can find hotels such as Tropic Garden Aparthotel where you can enjoy a really relaxing holiday.

For those who prefer the maritime spirit of Menorca there’s nothing better than heading towards the area Cala d’en Bosch to stay in a hotel like Marinda Garden Aparthotel. Apart from a perfect breakfast buffet, this family hotel also offers free wifi and mini golf.

A route through the best markets on the island of Ibiza

Traditional, historical and full of magic, the island of Ibiza is a unique destination in the world for its colorful, many styles and its free spirit and chameleon. A place of retreat for the main celebrities of the world and a temple of those young people who add to the frenetic rhythm of their summer nights, the white island (as it is known for its many pagesas houses) is a place that marked a before and after in the European hippie culture.

Although it was a community that conquered the island (almost in its entirety) back in the 60s and 70s, the truth is that – with a slightly smaller number of hippiesIbiza keeps intact part of this authentic and characteristic story . The most obvious proof? Its hippie markets, traditional events that take place in different points of the island geography and that should be part of every itinerary on the Balearic island.

Las Dalias, much more than a market to use

Although many take shape in Ibiza, no hippie market impresses as much as Las Dalias does. With nearly a hundred stalls of handmade clothing and artisan products, this market is held every Saturday in Sant Carles de Peralta, a small village located less than 5 kilometers from the IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia hotel, the best hotel in Santa Eulalia. To discover each one of its spots and to speak with the artisans is, at least, a real one hundred percent Ibizan pleasure.

The hippie market of Punta Arabí

All those who have chosen to stay in rooms in Santa Eulalia will be within walking distance of another outstanding hippie market such as the one held in Punta Arabi. This market, where music and fashion go hand in hand, is ideal to give us some whim or to surprise our people with an artisan detail and there are more than 400 places that take shape in this hippie market.

A return to tradition in Sant Rafel de Forca

Every Thursday, the rural area of Sant Rafel de Forca becomes a lively example of the art of Ibiza. A gathering in which hippie dresses and candles coexist in total harmony with pottery vessels and baskets elaborated by the pageses of the island. The best? Its many stalls of ecological products.