With an ideal climate and well signed and maintained walking routes, Mallorca is a popular destination for hikers
With an ideal climate and well signed and maintained walking routes, Mallorca is a popular destination for hikers in spring, autumn and winter. Without doubt the most famous of all the island's
walks is the GR 221 'dry stone' route which runs all the way from Puerto Andratx in the south of the spectacular Sierra Tramunta region to Pollenca in the north.
Its 170 km of cobbled path is divided into eight sections – one per day – and each has a refuge (hostel) where hikers can stay overnight. Obviously hikers can dip in and out of the route wherever
they wish, and the excellent bus service in the area makes it quite easy to get to various stages along it.
One of the most emblematic walks on the GR 221 is the Barranc de Biniaraix, which although it sounds like a Christmas stealing monster, is one of the most spectacular sections of the route and has
been used by pilgrims to Lluch monastery since the 14th century.
Would be walkers need to be quite fit to tackle this section as there are some quite steep climbs but other than that no special requirements or experience is necessary with many signs on the dry
stone paths – just remember your water, mobile phone and some stout shoes.
Starting at the public washing area in the tiny hamlet of Biniaraix – there are buses from Soller and its Port – the path criss-crosses the barranc (river gorge or ravine) formed by the Son
Torrella mountain range. Passing through orchards, olive trees and pines and passing enormous rock and cave formations, the path has wonderful views all along its way.
The full walk, which can last up to 6 or 7 hours finishes at the giant Cuber reservoir and reaches a maximum height of 950 metres at the two peaks known as the Cornadors (because they look like the
horns of a bull) which have amazing views down to Soller and the sea beyond.
Many people who don't want to go the whole way, return to Biniaraix at this point where there's a welcome drink waiting at the local bar!
The Consell of Mallorca, which was responsible for the renovation of all the paths along the GR 221 has a "_blank">downloadable PDF available giving details of the route and the refuges along its way. Just click the link.