MALLORCA: For adventure seekers

MALLORCA: For adventure seekers

- Spain -

INTRODUCTION:
Mallorca is a very popular destination, It can sometimes be overcrowded but it’s still possible to find hidden gems and off the beaten track places.
I spent over 3 weeks on the island exploring the south west coast and trying all the best activities Mallorca has to offer.
The island is a playground for adventure seekers and I’m all about that! There is a vast variety of day trips and sports for all levels, newbies up to professionals.

ROCK CLIMBING: Did you know Mallorca is one of the best destination for rock climbing in Europe? I didn’t know and I was very excited to personally verify that.

Elite climbers are travelling to Mallorca every year. The rock formations over the sea are not only stunning but perfect for deep water soloing.
I know this activity can sound very extreme but the island offers different levels for everyone. It’s the perfect way to try rock climbing for the first time as you will have calm and warm waters to break your fall and you don’t have the stress of using ropes and major equipment. (“Rock and Ride” school organises deep water soloing session for beginners every week. – http://www.rockandride-mallorca.com ).

It was my first time trying and I loved it. It was challenging, rewarding and definitely an adrenaline rush.

If you are looking for something more than deep water soloing, the UNESCO mountain range “Serra de Tramuntana” offers many sport climbing routes going up to very difficult levels.

HIKING and CANYONING: Serra de Tramuntana is home to different canyons with the most popular being “Torrent de Paris” by Sa Calobra town. This is a very popular route for cyclists because of it’s intricate roads and beautiful views over the sea.

Hiking across “Torrent the Pareis” was one of the best walks I’ve ever done. It takes between 4 to 6 hours and it includes climbing incredible rock formations and jumping over pools of water. It’s considered a very difficult walk!

A guide is recommended but not essential, there are few things to keep in mind when planning this trek: There is no phone connection in the canyon, you need to bring all the essentials with you (such as food, water, appropriate clothes) and you will need a map as the canyon splits into different routes.

The most important thing to consider is that the trek starts and ends in different locations, you can call a taxi to take you back to your starting point, public transport (including buses and boats) stop running early in the afternoon.
The mountain range offers a lot of different options for hikers, including more traditional kinds of treks.

​Canyoning has become a very popular activity in Mallorca, it consists of travelling across canyons using different techniques such as climbing, abseiling and swimming. This kind of activity requires a lot of equipment and technical knowledge so a guide is essential. A day trip will cost between 60 to 90 euros.

WATER ACTIVITIES: The island offers a lot of options for water activities such as cliffs jumping, paddle boarding, snorkelling and scuba diving.

You should probably know the main reason I went to Mallorca was to do a PADI DiveMaster course! I loved every second of it, the dive centres are very professional and trustworthy. It’s a great place to enrol in a course but if you are looking for a fun activity without the stress of studying you can always discover scuba diving on a day course witch allows you to dive safely under strict supervision.

One of the most popular location is El Toro Marine reserve, due to strict regulations diving there is only permitted with an authorisation from a diving club. There are other interesting spots such as the Madonna cave (Cap de Llamp- a cave with a madonna statue 18 meters deep).

Palma aquarium offers the opportunity to dive in the deepest shark tank in Europe (150-160 euros per person, available for certified and non-certified divers).

USEFUL INFORMATION:
How to get there: Palma de Mallorca Airport is the main international airport on the island. Barcelona and Ibiza have boat transfers to Mallorca.
Around the area: Renting a car is recommended, there are different bus services and routes but times and limited.
Activities: Rock climbing, Clift jumping, hiking, canyoning, coasteering, scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding. Here is a list of companies: http://www.mallorcahiking.com/en/c1/walking-mallorca-majorca.html | http://www.rockandride-mallorca.com | https://palmaaquarium.com/en | http://www.tramuntanatours.com/canyon.html | http://www.bigbluediving.net/en/tauchschule-mallorca.html | ​https://www.norwaydive.com

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2 Comments
  1. Great post, I am heading to Mallorca next week so will be sure to check some of these out!

  2. I have a friend who is from Mallorca. I know about the diving since we’re both marine sorts. But I didn’t know the hiking can be that challenging!

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