Mallorca: A Hiker's Paradise

Hike along coastal trails, through ancient olive groves, past castle ruins and to picturesque turquoise bays for an off-the-beaten-track view of this island paradise.
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Program No. 22990RJ
9 days
Starts at

At a Glance

This hiking adventure will take you along the glittering coastlines of Spain’s largest island — Mallorca. It may be a favorite destination for vacationing Europeans, but for those thrilled by going off the beaten path, Mallorca offers much more than just Mediterranean sunshine. Hike quiet, remote pathways with local experts, weaving through ancient, gnarly olive groves, past castle ruins, to unforgettable peninsula views of the turquoise-blue sea. Take in field lectures about flora and fauna, while keeping an eye out for native bird species as you make your way through fragrant pines and dense rocky forests along both gravelly paths and cozy nature trails. Visit quaint and historic villages, and spend a day in the fascinating city of Palma de Mallorca to stroll through narrow streets, catch glances of hidden courtyards and visit the Arab Bath, all that remains of its past as the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Castell Bellver for breathtaking views over Palma de Mallorca and a lecture on the history of the fortress.
  • Explore Palma de Mallorca with a local expert, including visits to the landmark Catalonian Gothic cathedral and the 10th-century Arab Baths in the city’s historic old town.
  • Hike to a former monastery and find out about two of its most famous former inhabitants: composer Frédéric Chopin and the French writer George Sands.
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Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections
by James Michener
In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful.
Insight Flexi Map Mallorca
by Insight Guides
An accordion-folded map of Mallorca, laminated for protection from weather and wear. It features a clear map of the island, plus an index, recommended sights and some traveler's information. Scaled at: 1:200,000.
A Woman Unknown, Voices from a Spanish Life
by Lucia Graves
A memoir of growing up in the rarefied intellectual household of Robert Graves on the island of Majorca during the Franco years.
Birds of Europe
by Lars Svensson
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
Lonely Planet Mallorca
by Lonely Planet
This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs, and chapters on history, culture and attractions.
Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present
by Mary Lee Settle
A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central Spain to the southern coast.
Moorish Spain
by Richard Fletcher
This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable.
Bread and Oil, A Celebration of Majorcan Culture
by Tomas Graves
An appreciative account of peasant traditions, especially food, in rural Majorca. Author Tomas Graves, the son of Robert Graves, was raised on the Spanish island.
111 Places in Mallorca That You Shouldn't Miss
by Rüdiger Liedtke
This "111 Places" guide to Mallorca profiles so many strange and original places that it will surprise even loyal residents. Each hidden gem reveals the history and unique flavor of the Spanish island.
Food and Wines of Spain
by Penelope Casas
This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook
by Izaskun Arretxe
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Mallorca
by Eyewitness Guides
A handy, illustrated pocket guide with highlights and must-sees for the traveler.
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
The Vacationers
by Emma Straub
A tale of family, togetherness, overcoming differences and... vacation! When a busy, rapidly-changing family from Manhattan combines for a two-week trip to Mallorca, Spain, with a same-sex couple, everyone leaves with something more than a great suntan.
Hot Milk
by Deborah Levy
Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother's unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant--their very last chance--in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis.
Culture Smart! Spain
by Marian Meaney
This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.

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