For my last holiday of the summer, I took myself off to Majorca to walk the Tramuntana Trail with HF Holidays. The idea was to guarantee some sunshine but you can have too much of a good thing as the temperatures were in the high 20s and we only had one partly cloudy morning. Otherwise it was constant blue skies.
The flight out was on time but we were left hanging around in Palma airport as we were supposed to be joined by walkers travelling from Manchester airport. It turned out that their flight was delayed by 5 hours, so, after a wait of nearly an hour, our bus driver turned up to take us to the hotel in Puerto de Soller.
Day 1 – Valldemossa to Deia
We had a shortish ride to Valldemossa and some time to have a look around before starting the trail. Our leader hadn’t walked the route before and was unable to find the start of the trail. Eventually he asked a local for directions and we were then on our way up a long climb to the Archduke’s Trail from where we had great views out to see and down to Deia. The walk was 8 miles with 2,000ft of ascent and 3,000ft of descent.
Day 2 – Deia to Puerto de Soller
A bad start to the day as a cock-up on the transport front meant that we were delayed about 45 minutes in getting away to Deia where we started by visiting the burial place of Robert Graves. We then had a short walk down to the sea shore where we had coffee before walking back to our hotel. Our route took us along the coastline for much of the way with the final part being right around the bay at Puerto de Soller. The walk was 11 miles with the ascent/descent being unknown but about half of that on Day 1.
Day 3 – Puerto de Soller to Cubar Reservoir
An easy start for Day 3, leaving the hotel to walk to the outskirts of Soller and then on to Biniaraix where we stopped for coffee. The hard work then started as we had a 2 hour grind climbing 3,000ft up the Pilgrims steps to the col at Puig de Lofra (1093m). By this time we were ready for lunch and then had a leisurely descent of about 500ft to where our bus was waiting for us at the end of Cuber reservoire. The walk was 13 miles with 3,000ft of up and 500ft of down.
Day 4 – Cuber Reservoir to Lluc
Luckily, we had a rest day between Day 3 and Day 4 which was needed as today was another hard one. Starting from Cuber we made our way through the mountains to the monastery at Lluc. Although we never made it to the summit of the many 3,000ft+ mountains on Majorca, today’s walk took us to within 300-400ft from the summit of the second highest mountain – Puig de Massanella (1.364m). From here, the only way was down – and steeply! The walk was 9.5 miles with 2,500ft of ascent and 3,300ft of descent.
Day 5 – Lluc to Pollenca
A somewhat easier day as we made our way from Lluc monastry to the outskirts of Pollenca. The first half of the day was in mountain woodland and only gentle climbs. From then on it was gradually downhill with the final part following a roadside footpath to Pollenca. This was a little boring and seemed to go on forever in the hot afternoon sunshine. The walk was 12 miles with 500ft of ascent. The total descent again being unknown but not too much.
It was a good holiday and I met some nice people within our group of 16. I was rather taken aback chatting to a young woman in her early 30s when she said that she was a Priest. The flight back was on time but we had to wait for nearly an hour for our bags to be offloaded.