Mallorca, the best destination for those who love hiking

There is an extensive list of superb travel destinations in Spain, but Mallorca is one of those destinations that provides an array of possibilities for a traveller looking for “a bit of everything”. Pretty in winter and more lovely than ever during the spring season we’re experiencing right now: the largest of the Balearic Islands is a place that offers more than just the well-known beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, and the popular nightlife… yes, that nightlife that tempts younger travellers more and more as the summer season approaches.

The island of Mallorca is a paradise filled with amazing nature. This is a place where you can lose yourself with no fear among the narrow paths leading up to the Tramuntana mountain range. The mountains award you with exquisite panoramic views filled with that special light that you can’t find anywhere but here, in our beloved Mediterranean archipelago. It’s an exceptional place that is made even more interesting if you’re planning to enjoy a few days  hiking in the best of settings.

The Tramuntana Mountains

Proudly holding the UNESCO award as a World Heritage, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is the perfect place to enjoy high-altitude hiking. This is where you can discover gems such as Deià, Valldemossa, Fornalutx and Sóller, and where travellers can enjoy places of extreme beauty that can still (luckily) be referred to as ‘intact, or not too exploited’.

Enjoy the paths running near the well-known Sóller train line, or get lost along the famous route ‘Pedra en Sec’, the Dry Stone Route; those are two of the many ‘musts’ that deserve to be part of the to-do list for any fairly serious hiker who heads over to Mallorca.

The magic of Cura and Randa

Guarding the so-called Mallorcan Plain are Cura and Randa, the base for another two routes that deserve a visit if you come here for hiking. The beautiful monastery Cura (where you can eat, enjoy the views and even spend the night listening to an indescribable silence) awaits at the end of the hike, providing you with a unique view of the Serra de Tramuntana (to the right) and the Llucmajor coastline (to the left).

Hotels on Mallorca

One of the keys to any trip being a success lies in knowing how to choose your hotel with care. How can last-minute surprises be avoided? Go for one of the hotel chains that’s been around forever, such as Sol Hoteles, a group that offers you perfect hotels such as Sol Katmandu Park Resort and Sol Beach House where you can get away from the routine and enjoy a well-earned rest after you’ve been hiking through the more rural parts of the island.

Beach destinations for a single autumn getaway

Just as bicycles are now popular all year round, beaches are not just for summer. They are perfect for walking, to unwind, to play tennis and volleyball or just to sit with a tablet to read, breathe fresh air or watch the sea; beaches and surrounding destinations are a perfect choice for enjoying a different type of Autumn getaway. An idea in which the cold and cozy woolens and dinners for two (or with the family) in front of the fireplace make all the sense in the world.

Of the many coastal destinations of which our country can boast (starting with Cadiz and ending with Santander) are three in which the words ‘Autumn’ and ‘beach’ have formed a very strong link which continues to be developed. Three destinations we can name which are perfect for unwinding are:  Mallorca, Huelva and Almeria.

Mallorca, beyond the sun and the beach

Although passionate about their summer, true Mallorcans (or those who have lived on the island for many years now) confirm that Spring and Autumn are the two best seasons to visit Mallorca and to soak up all its Mediterranean essence.

Banyalbufar, Majorca

With mountainous spots guarded by the Serra de Tramuntana, such as Deia, Valldemosa or Banyalbufar and other coastal areas full of magic such as Can Picafort, Muro and Cala Millor, the island is an ideal place to combine time spent on relaxation with time spent on cultural visits, gastronomy, shopping or water sports.

Where to stay in Mallorca? For its services and location in the most beautiful area of Cala Millor- this month we suggest the Cala Millor Garden Hotel which is definitely one of the best  ‘Adults Only’ hotels in Mallorca.

In search of the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light)

Totally different in shape, color and layout to the Mediterranean beaches; those that make-up the Huelva coast are equally spectacular. Bathed by the purest waters of the Atlantic and with natural landscapes with dunes and native vegetation, the beaches of Huelva are another option for enjoying an autumn getaway.

Costa de la luz, Huelva

Coastal areas which stand out most on the ‘Coast of Light’ are without a doubt Matalascañas and Mazagon El Rompido, an area where you can find the Playanatural Garden Hotel & Spa, an ‘Adults Only’ hotel overlooking the pristine beaches of Cartaya.

The romantic side of Almería
Leaving aside Valencia and the Mediterranean, Almeria remains a jewel in our sea, further down the coast with beautiful, natural and pristine beaches that can become the perfect place for those wanting to enjoy some days full of relaxation and romance. Which is the most perfect place in the province? Undoubtedly the coastal town of Cabo de Gata with the Cabogata Garden Hotel & Spa as possible accommodation for your stay.

All eyes on Palma de Mallorca

Playa de Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is, for a large number of European tourists, the capital of the Mediterranean summer. Its beautiful rocky coves, cliffs and fine white sand, surrounding by planes, small pine tree hills or the impressive Serra de Tramuntana, make up for a landscape that thousands of people dream off throughout the year.

With the arrival of the typical holiday months like July, August and September, Majorca and its capital open their doors to receive tourists. Before them, Palma offers them the charm of its exceptional climate and the pampering of its unique services: the city is full of boutiques, restaurants of all kinds, theatres, nightlife and many place of interest.

A simple drive through the coastline is an experience at any time of day: the Cathedral of Palma overlooking the centre of the city, next to the majestic Almudaina Palace, facing the Port of Palma and the sea.

The walking tours through the capital of Majorca are numerous and diverse: there are tours along the courtyards of historical houses and palaces in the centre of the city, which are still inhabited today. Tapas and wine tours in which to enjoy the typical products of the island. Other tours include shopping in some of the most prestigious shops in Europe, or to learn the art of the museums and galleries… Each one is a different city proposal, suitable for all tastes and times of day.

Hotel en Santa Ponsa

To enjoy the full splendour of Palma the summer months -specially August- are simply the best. The heat is at its maximum, but the city is full of fun plans: concerts, traditional celebrations, open air cinema in front of Palma’s Cathedral, night shopping and markets, sailing competitions…. The touristic heart of the Mediterranean is working full time!

The accommodation in the capital is varied and many are those that prefer to book a hotel in the Bay of Palma Nova, or a room in Playa de Palma in order to enjoy the best of the city, without giving up on the commodity of being steps away from the beach.

For those that also look for a quiet destination close to Palma, a good option is to book a hotel in Santa Ponsa, in the Costa de la Calma area, that is perfectly connected with Palma via motorway, and the journey by car to the city and the airport takes approximately 20 minutes. In return, at this destination, the traveller can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets on the island.

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