For a holiday with the element of adventure, try Majorca. Spelt Mallorca in Spanish, the largest of the Balearic Islands sits on the Mediterranean Sea just off the South East coast of mainland Spain and enjoys typical Mediterranean weather: warm, dry and pleasant most of the time.
The Tramuntana mountain range, or Serra de Tramuntana, is the ideal backdrop for hikers, scramblers and explorers and is a perfect setting for getting up close and personal with Majorca’s stunning natural scenery. It runs for 90km all the way from the cape of Formentor in Pollenca to the cape of Sa Mola in Andtrax, with the highest parts in the central section of the mountain range reaching over 1,400m. In terms of where to stay when you visit, Club Mac is an all-inclusive hotel in Alcudia offering good access to the mountains.
There’s loads for intrepid adventurers to explore here, with rugged landscapes, hidden coves and steep cliffs along the coastline, as well as deep torrents caused by natural erosion to the area’s plentiful limestone. Choosing a particular walk or excursion when you come here is the best idea, as there’s so much to see you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your time. It is also safer to go with an organised group as many areas are protected or may not be safe in certain weather.
A popular excursion is to La Trappa in Sant Josep Valley in the South East of Tramuntana, named after a group of Trappist monks who settled in the area after escaping the French Revolution in the early 19th Century.
Another recommended trip is to the Torrent de Pareis, around which you can take guided hikes. Like much of the area, the torrent is protected and is home to local wildlife including the endangered Majorcan midwife toad, birds including the rock dove and the crag martin and mammals such as the domestic goat and several varieties of bat.
When you visit Tramuntana, keep your eyes peeled as well for birds of prey including the osprey and Eleonora’s falcon, which visits the area from the island of Madagascar. As well as abundant wildlife, the area is also home to more than three hundred species of flora, ten per cent of which live only in this area.
Take plenty of water as well as decent walking boots and a camera to capture all of the area’s magnificent natural beauty when you visit Majorca and Tramuntana.