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An adventure on the dry-stone route: Historical hikes in the Tramuntana mountains

    The route Piedra en Seco is one of the best-known and best-preserved hiking excursions on the island of Mallorca. It is a very well signposted path that stretches for 271 kilometres and passes through the mountains of the Serra de la Tramuntana. One of the best experiences for your holidays is to choose a section and take part in this adventure, but do you dare to do the whole of it?

    At ROIG, we know that some of the places where this route begins are quite inaccessible. For this reason, we recommend that you choose car hire in Mallorca and enjoy the route Piedra en Seco.

    Discovering the Piedra en Seco route: origins and significance

    The Serra de la Tramuntana is probably not as well-known as the main beaches of Mallorca, but it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Cultural Landscape category in 2011. It is a mountainous formation that stretches for about 90 kilometres.

    In the landscape of the Serra, we can find traces of the different civilisations that have inhabited the island in the past and have shaped what has become our land today. Here we discover the delicate balance that exists between man’s production needs and how he modified nature to use its natural resources. 

    The Tramuntana mountain range is also full of hiking trails of great scenic beauty that will take you to places with a history of their own. Along the way, you will travel back in time to the time of the Arabs, learn about the smuggling routes and find out how landowners demarcated the margins of their lands – without a doubt one of the best things to do in Mallorca!

    Landscapes and heritage: What awaits us along the way

    To follow the Piedra en Seco route you must follow the GR221. This route will allow you to discover the places marked out with ancient margins that have been restored over time to keep them in perfect condition.

    It is an accessible route, suitable for all types of hikers, from the most experienced to beginners. The best thing about this excursion is that, thanks to the good weather in Mallorca, the trails can be done at any time of the year. 

    As mentioned, the entire route is 271 kilometres in total and is divided into 8 daily stages. You can choose to do just one or dare it and live the whole experience. These are the stages of the dry-stone route:

    • Stage 1: Port d’Andratx – la Trapa
    • Stage 2: La Trapa – Estellencs
    • Stage 3: Banyalbufar – Esporles
    • Stage 4: Esporles – Can Boi
    • Stage 5: Can Boi – Muleta
    • Stage 6: Muleta – Es Tossals Verds
    • Stage 7: Es Tossals Verds – Son Amer
    • Stage 8: Son Amer – Pollença

    Many of the starting or end points of the route are not served by public transport, so we recommend that you choose one of our premium services at ROIG, such as chauffeur-driven car hire in Mallorca, so that a professional driver will take you to the starting point and pick you up at the end point.

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    Hidden gems of the Tramuntana: Villages and nature on the route

    When you’re doing the Piedra en Seco route you’ll mostly find yourself surrounded by mountains, nature, and wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to take in some breathtaking scenery from the heights. However, there will be times when you will return to civilisation and pass through some of the prettiest villages on the island:

    • Valldemossa: This village surrounded by greenery and breathtaking views is famous for its monastery and cobbled streets. 
    • Deià: It is known as a haven for artists and writers. You will fall in love with its stone architecture, its bohemian atmosphere, and its location on top of a cliff overlooking the sea.
    • Sóller: Located in a valley of orange trees and is famous for its modernist architecture, its historic tramway and its main church.
    • Fornalutx: It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain thanks to its narrow streets, stone houses, and panoramic mountain views.
    • Banyalbufar: This village is known for its ancient, terraced vineyards and stunning views of the Mediterranean.

    You can also get to these villages on your own, without having to do the Piedra en Seco path. To do so, you can choose one of the car hire offers in Mallorca that we have at ROIG. Also, if your hotel is located in one of these villages, you can hire a transfer service that will take you from the airport without you having to worry about anything.

    Fun facts and tips: How to prepare for adventure

    We have said that this trail is for all types of hikers, however, it is important that you are well prepared physically to be able to cope with the pace and conditions you will face. Here are some tips that may help you:

    • Consider transport: If you plan to do only one section, you can drive to the starting point with your rental car and then arrange for a taxi in Mallorca to pick you up when you finish.
    • Plan the route: Research the route, check maps and guidebooks, and plan your itinerary in advance.
    • Be physically prepared: Make sure you are in good physical shape before you start the walk, especially if you plan to walk long distances or difficult sections.
    • Hydrate: Take enough water for the entire hike, as natural springs can be difficult to find in some sections.
    • Choose comfortable footwear: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes with good grip for walking over rocks and uneven terrain.
    • Respect nature: Don’t leave rubbish, respect the signs and established limits, and avoid damaging the local flora and fauna. 

    Now you know a little more about the historic hike known as the Piedra en Seco route. If you are planning your getaway to the Balearic Island, don’t hesitate to take a look at our fleet of cars at ROIG rent a car Mallorca, so we can find the vehicle that best suits your needs.

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