Days on Trails

Mallorca and Barcelona

Escape winter with a taste of Mallorca's rugged "Serra de Tramuntana" before cruising the Mediterranean on a ferry to reach Barcelona. Once in Catalonia, we explore the rough coastal cliffs of Cap de Creus and dive deep into Barcelona's rich cultural life.

Quick overview

What?
  • Unique combination of a  light guided trek in the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, Catalonian sea cliffs and culture in Barcelona. Experience the old Aragon from two extremes.
  • Private bus with panoramic tour (including stops) of historical Palma de Mallorca. Situated on the Bay of Palma, Palma de Mallorca is a historical treasure, renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and labyrinth of winding medieval streets. 
  • 4 Days exploring Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains. We sleep in a hut near a lighthouse and spend 2 nights in the the 13th century Santuari de Lluc monastery while exploring the limestone mountains overlooking the island and the Mediterranean sea.
  • Ferry from Mallorca to Barcelona and live Flamenco performance.
  • A full day in Barcelona, including a guided tour of the Gothic Quarter and Park Guell. Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, authentic cuisine, stunning architecture, and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Bus transfer to the Costa Brava where we’ll hike wonderful trails near the sea cliffs of Cap de Creus.
  • You’re in the good hands of an UIMLA International Mountain Leader and Wilderness First Responder.

Late fall is often the time where the big grey sets back in and winter slowly creeps upon the Northern hemisphere. Let’s go South for an invigorating mix of Spains culture and rugged coastal mountains. A guided trip of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains on Mallorca, the rugged Costa Brava and the vibrant city of Barcelona! All in one trip!

Situated on the Bay of Palma, Palma de Mallorca is a historical treasure, renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and labyrinth of winding medieval streets. Colourful markets, vibrant public squares and an endless array of galleries and artists’ studios pay tribute to the rich cultural history of the city, dating back more than 1,000 years. We start with a lower level coastal trek with minimal climbing. The hike will lead us to our destination of the day – the Cap Gros lighthouse, which controlled the entrance to the Port de Sóller with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The refuge occupies the building of what used to be the Muleta army telegraph station, which was in use between 1912 and 1956.

After this the mountains get more rugged. We spend a day winding our way through pine forests and limestone rocks to climb up to the heights overlooking the island and the Mediterranean. We spend another night in a mountain refuge and make our way to the 13th century Santuari de Lluc monastery which we’ll use as a basecamp for two nights while further exploring the surrounding trails.

Next up is a full day of travel which will take us to mainland Spain. A  7-hour ferry to Barcelona while admiring the white sand coves and crystal-clear water along the way. In the evening we attend a live Flamenco performance. After a good night’s rest ina hotel, we go explore the beautiful Costa Brava by exploring the rugged coastal cliffs and coves near Cap de Creus. To finish, we spend a full day in Barcelona including a guided tour of the Gothic Quarter and Park Guell.

Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, authentic cuisine, stunning architecture, and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the afternoon you can enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs, sample local foods, or simply stroll through the city’s lively streets and tranquil parks. A very diverse mix of adventure and culture while escaping Northern gloom!

When?
  • 2019: October 26 – Nov 3
  • 2020: April 4 – 12

Date doesn’t work for you? Just contact us!

Departure is guaranteed at 6 participants. To keep the group small enough to ensure a quality experience, we have a maximum number of 12 participants. 

Don’t wait too long to sign up! 6 Participants is easily reached and as soon as departure is guaranteed, we’ll let you know so you can still book cheap tickets well before departure! Last minute flights/trains are always more expensive.

Pricing

  •  EUR 2250 / CAD 3295 / USD 2550

Book your trip!

To book, simply email us your interest (info@daysontrails.com) and we will respond with detailed information.

Feel free to mail/call us with any questions you might have!

What’s Included
  • Guiding by UIMLA International Mountain Leader and Wilderness First Responder.
  • Four full hiking days on Mallorca, hike on the Costa Brava and exploring Barcelona.
  • Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Two nights in refuges and two nights in a 13th century monastery.
  • Four nights in hotels.
  • All local transport.
  • Ferry transfer from Mallorca to Barcelona.
  • Flamenco show in Barcelona.
  • Guided tour in Barcelona.
  • Emergency communications equipment so the leaders can deal with any incidents. 
  • Support from the Days on Trails team in the build-up to the adventure.
What’s not Included
  • Flights to Palma de Mallorca and from Barcelona. (Can be arranged through our agent)
  • Lunches, snacks and beverages.
  • Anything not listed in the “included” section.
Day by day itinerary & frequently asked questions

Day 1: Saturday, Flight to Palma de Mallorca

Land in Frankfurt and board flight directly to Mallorca. Situated on the Bay of Palma, Palma de Mallorca is a historical treasure, renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and labyrinth of winding medieval streets. Colourful markets, vibrant public squares and an endless array of galleries and artists’ studios pay tribute to the rich cultural history of the city, dating back more than 1,000 years. Here, we will board a private coach and enjoy a panoramic tour, hopping on and off to experience Palma’s most notable historical sites. Discover the fascinating history of this Balearic paradise and the Roman, Byzantine and Moorish civilizations which shaped it. After a full day of travel, enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening at the hotel.  

Day 2, Sunday, Palma de Mallorca – Dejà – Port de Sollèr – Ref Muleta 

Today’s program is an active adventure! After breakfast at the hotel, we will set out for the breathtaking coastal village of Dejà, whose idyllic landscape of steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, lush with orange and olive groves, have provided inspiration for countless artists and literary figures. Hikers will leave their suitcases at the hotel in Palma and pack a small backpack which they will carry throughout the hike, a relaxed 10km lower level coastal trek with minimal climbing. The hike will lead us to our destination of the day – a lighthouse overlooking the bay of the Port de Sóller. With its tranquil harbor and population of Egrets, Muscovy ducks and Herring gulls, this peaceful seaside resort provides a contrast to the bustling streets of Palma.

We will spend the night in the charming Refugi de Muleta, where dinner will also be served. The refuge occupies the building of what used to be the Muleta army telegraph station, which was in use between 1912 and 1956. Its location, near the Cap Gros lighthouse, which controlled the entrance to the Port de Sóller, bestows it with spectacular views of the Mediterranean, the cliffs along the north coast and the mountains that border the valley: of these Puig Major, Puig de l’Ofre and Es Teix, all of which are over 1,000 meters high.

Day 3, Monday, Ref Muleta to Ref Tossals Verds

Following a relaxing night in the refuge, a 16 km mountain adventure awaits! Early in the morning, we will board a shuttle to the Sant Bartomeu church in Sóller, a Baroque treasure whose construction began in 1688 and was revived with a modernist facade by a disciple of famed architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century. From there, we begin the climb to the Coll de l’Offre (875 m), winding through pine forests along an old mule path. The panoramic view from the top is truly breathtaking, overlooking the Serra de Tramuntana and the flatlands of Mallorca. From there, we traverse to scenic Cúber Lake for a well-deserved rest. After a short last climb to visit historical ruins, we descend to our destination, the Refugi Tossals Verds. Dinner will be served at the refuge.

Day 4, Tuesday, Ref Tossals Verds to Santuari de Lluc

Following breakfast in Tossals Verds, the day’s 14 km hike begins with a challenging climb to Coll des Prats. Along the way, dugout pits once used to store ice into the hot summer months provide a glimpse into the island’s rural history. Arriving at the peak, the highest ground on the island, hikers will be exhilarated by the stunning views over Mallorca’s rugged mountains. A long and winding stone path leads toward the destination for the day, and the most unique stay of our journey – the 13th century Santuari de Lluc monastery.  

Day 5, Wednesday, Santuari de Lluc

The day will be spent exploring the extensive trail network surrounding the Santuari De Lluc. Mallorca’s most important pilgrimage site, the monastery and surrounding trails are rich with history, from tales of the pilgrims who once walked the trails barefoot to legends of miracles performed along the way. Ancient oak trees, natural caves and curious rock formations provide a spectacular backdrop for the day’s activities. At the end of the day, we return to the monastery where we will dine and spend a second night.   

Day 6, Thursday, Palma de Mallorca – Barcelona

A full day of travel which will take us to mainland Spain, today’s program begins with a morning bus pickup and return to the hotel in Palma de Mallorca to retrieve the luggage that was left there on Day 1. From there, we will transfer to the 7-hour ferry to Barcelona, admiring the white sand coves and crystal-clear water along the way. Upon arrival in Barcelona, we will walk down the famous Las Ramblas boulevard, a vibrant promenade and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. For evening entertainment, the group will experience true Andalucian culture with a live flamenco performance.

Day 7, Friday, Barcelona, Costa Brava, Barcelona

In the morning, we will transfer by bus to the Costa Brava trail for a 4-hour, 13 km hike following the GR-11. This section of the Costa Brava is one of the most secluded areas of the trail since it traverses the rocky landscape of the Cap de Creus Natural ParkThe peninsula marks the eastern-most point of the Pyrenees Mountain Range where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. Picture-perfect views of the coastline with France off in the distance are a photographer’s dream. The park itself boasts an extensive network of small trails, leading to coves and beaches and to awe-inspiring rock formations created by erosion. A mountaineering guide provides insight into the natural flora and fauna. Following the hike, we return to the hotel in Barcelona for the night.

Day 8, Saturday, Barcelona

A full day in Barcelona, including a guided tour of the Gothic Quarter and Park Guell. Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, authentic cuisine, stunning architecture, and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs, sample local foods, or simply stroll through the city’s lively streets and tranquil parks. For dinner, we will savour a delicious paella, considered by many to be Spain’s national dish, before returning to the hotel.

Day 9, Sunday, Flight back

Return flight.

For a breakdown of the walking equipment you’ll need for this trip please see the summer hut trip kit list. There will also be a detailed packlist in the trip folder we’ll send you on booking. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Since we’ll only be carrying light packs on the treks and will be walking moderate daily distances (up around 5 – 6 hours), this trek should be fine for most healthy people that lead active lives.

We’ll spend 4 nights in hotels where you’ll be given twin bed rooms. Upgrades to single rooms or other can be discussed depending on availability at the time. Breakfasts included. On our nights in hotels, we’ll have restaurant dinners.

Our two nights in huts will be quite basic with shared dormitories. We’ll get home cooked Mediterranean meals according to what the guardian has on the menu that day. We can’t offer a la carte food. During the day, we eat packed lunches and snacks.

We meet in Palma de Mallorca and depart in Barcelona. We’ll set an exact meeting point once we’ve coordinated with all participants. Feel free to book tickets yourselves or to arrange flights with our agent. Booking extra nights in hotels is also not a problem. This is a nice trip to add some extra days on for yourself!

As with any product or service, you will find seemingly similar offers at different price ranges. Offering something “cheap” usually means selling something in high volumes or compromising on quality. As a small dedicated team, we do neither. We are not a large operator that (re)sells bulk trips, to which we assign volunteers as leaders. Instead we do nearly all trip development “in-house” and assign only experienced and qualified leaders. This comes at a cost both for us and our guests. Compromise often comes at the expense of the guest. Remember, this might be your main holiday this year!

Going into remote and mountainous areas – just as any other activity in life – contains an element of risk. The biggest factor we are always dealing with is weather. As guides, the core of our job is risk reduction and risk management. We do this by careful planning and constantly re-evaluating everything while we are out on the trip. On the average day, you’re safer than you are in traffic back home. In order to deal with hazards caused by environmental conditions, we ask you to follow our gear & clothing advice as well as possible, to trust our decisions in the field and to accept there’s always a small amount of risk left. Still not convinced? Look at it like this… We make our living providing experiences. We wouldn’t have been doing it for this long if we were traumatizing and hurting people! In rare cases, extreme weather conditions can be reason for cancellation. Due to the realities of weather prediction, we can only make big decisions like this last minute.

Mallorca and the Costa Brava should have mild “indian summer” temperatures but the range can vary from cool 10°C all the way up to a warm 20°C or more. Rain is possible but not expected in large quantities.

As much as we intend to avoid setbacks, they can be expensive. It is compulsory to prove that you have travel insurance covering search & rescue and repatriation. We strongly advise you to get cancellation insurance so you don’t lose any non-refundable deposits in case you can’t make it to a trip because of circumstances or due to unsafe weather conditions or natural disasters. For Canadians, travel insurance may be purchased through Georgia Hardy Tours Inc. at the time of registration. GHT and its insurance partner, T.I.P.S, offer a wide range of travel insurance plans, including but not limited to: Ultimate, All-Inclusive, Emergency Medical, Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption. People from Europe have multiple options available from insurance providers and can be purchased online. Feel free to contact us for advice.

American, Canadian or EU citizens travelling to Spain do notrequire a visa, but will need a valid passport.

It is important that you let us know about any pre-existing medical conditions you have so that we can make sure we can support you fully throughout the trip. If you are concerned that a medical condition will prevent you from completing the activity, it is essential that you see your doctor and show them the itinerary. Please remember that failing to declare a medical condition could invalidate your insurance, and if there is an incident, put yourself, our guides and other members of the group at risk.