Route GR 221

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It may be too chilly now with the prevailing winds to embark on a lengthy hike down Mallorca’s Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route) at this time of year, but give it another two or three weeks and you’ll be glad you didn’t wait for Summer’s heat and the influx of the millions that usually descend on these shores from Easter onwards.

The Ruta de Pedra en Sec along the Route GR 221 path is a hiking route of approx. 140 km that can be walked leisurely in stages, or hiked from refuge to Refugi over five, six or eight days depending on your ambition and on your actual state of fitness.

The Dry Stone Route traverses the entire length of Mallorca’s majestic Serra de Tramuntana, starting in Port d’Andratx, passing through La Trapa, Banyalbufar, Valldemossa, Deià, Port de Sóller, Fornalutx, and the Santuari de Lluc, to finally end up in Pollença. The more ambitious hiker can of course continue some 30 km more, using a non-GR path without number, all the way up to Cap de Formentor, passing through Port de Pollença, past the splendid Hotel Formentor, and finally arriving at the Far des Cap de Formentor lighthouse. Of course some would argue that this extension is not really part of the Serra de Tramuntana, nor of the Dry Stone Route, but there you are. Call this extension an appendix, if you want. But it certainly makes for a nice hike with some breathtaking views along the way, criss-crossing the PM 221 main road. And it would give you a full length capture of Mallorca’s entire north west coast, top to bottom.

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To make hiking in the Serra de Tramuntana as easy as possible, a very sound new guide book has just been published, the GR 221 Serra de Tramuntana (see below). This book sells for a reasonable 12 € and comes in either one of five languages: Catalàn, Español, English, German or French. It makes good reading, too, for arm chair hikers.

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The photo (top) was taken in Escorca, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 12th, 2008. The time was 13:11:36. The photo (bottom) was taken in Escorca, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 21st, 2008. The time was 13:47:34. The guide book is published by Triangle Postals S. L. in Menorca, of all places.

Route GR 221