Three walks in Palma de Mallorca
If you’re looking for a hiking destination in Europe, go no further than the Tramuntana mountain range in Mallorca. The Germans have discovered Palma, but only a few were wandering around on the “backbone” of the island last weekend. The walking was quiet and the landscape stunning.
Day 1: Sa Dragonera, an dragon shaped island over run with tiny dragon shaped lizards, accessible by the Sant Elm ferry. From the top you can peer over the edge of the north facing cliffs and contemplate your fall.
Day 2: Long Route 221 from Soller to l'Ofre (thanks to a tip from some friendly Norwegians). Beginning in Soller, a small town ringed by mountians, you take an old cobblestone path north through orange and lemon groves eventually coming to the even smaller town of Biniaraix. From Biniaraix begins the climb up steep terraced mountainsides. The orange groves give way to olive groves and the occasional goat as the path crisscrosses mountain streams and waterfalls. From the summit you can see 360 degrees of mountains and ocean.
Day 3: Sant Elm to the Le Trappe monastery. How the monks got there with their tools I’m not sure, but it was not by way of cliff scrambling from Sant Elm. From the monastery you can look back at Dragonera.