Non contagious fun
If you're here in Mallorca at present you'll know that the authorities have restricted large public gatherings in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. However, most tourists in Mallorca at present are here to enjoy the mild weather and magnificent scenery whilst pursuing more solitary activities like walking and cycling rather than going to a big night club.
I've written a fair few articles in the past about Mallorca's well planned, well signposted and spectacularly beautiful hiking routes which are suitable for all ages and abilities, and that includes kids in buggies!
So, if you fancy a walk in the country; long or short distance, o'er hill or dale, with child or without, then read my brief synopsis of some of Mallorca's best organised routes – well over 300km of them – island wide.
Let's start with an easy one, it's the green way near Arta. The former railway tracks, so nice and flat, are ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse ride, and contain lots of information plaques about the flora, fauna, and historic sites along the the way.
Staying in Palma? Then the city is linked by new public footpaths to the famous GR 221 'dry stone route' which runs all the way up the Sierra Tramuntana mountains.
Fancy a walk along the coast? By pure coincidence, all of Mallorca's lighthouses were built in elevated positions by, and with fabulous views of the sea. The authorities have planned some fantastic hikes to take in many of them.
There's a long term plan to extend the dry stone route by many more kilometres. Anyone staying in the Pollensa area can now link directly to the route through the Sierra thanks to an extension of the GR221/2
Mallorca's dry stone walls – all 20,000km of them, were recently declared as an intangible heritage of humanity by Unesco. Read all about them and the dry stone route near the pretty towns of Deia and Valldemossa which are superb bases for hiking holidays.
Yes, like everything else in the world these days, there's an app for that. This one gives real time info on hikes, weather, and safety, and all you need is a smart phone and suitable hiking gear.
As the name implies, these walks are gentler and less strenuous and designed to be easier for kids and adults pushing buggies. They're also an ideal introduction for those of us that are older and perhaps don't normally do a lot of exercise.
Well that should keep us going for a day or two. Enjoy the fresh air!