Although Mallorca is a famous destination for mass tourism, it still boasts of several nature retreats that will delight nature-loving visitors. Escaping the crowd and din of Palma de Mallorca is easy, all it takes is a short drive and you will be encased in…
Although Mallorca is a famous destination for mass tourism, it still boasts of several nature retreats that will delight nature-loving visitors.
Escaping the crowd and din of Palma de Mallorca is easy, all it takes is a short drive and you will be encased in a tranquil cocoon of stunning mountain scenery and remote white sand beaches. Whether you go on a hike along verdant mountain paths, conquer rocky terrains or explore caves, you will be rewarded with dramatic vistas and remarkable views.
One of the most spectacular natural sites in Mallorca is the Mondrago Natural Park. Drive along scenic winding roads going south of the island. The park is located near the town of Santanyi. It is renowned for its gorgeous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Due to its dazzling beauty, prepare to find several visitors when you get there. However, despite its popularity, it is not impossible to find a quiet spot to claim your own for the day. There are a good number of beautiful beaches within the park’s vicinity so make sure to walk around and explore for that perfect location.
If you do not mind an easy hike around a picturesque route, La Reserva Nature Park will do perfectly for you. This park is located near Puigpunyet village, along the slopes of Puig de Galatzo. The well-marked trails within the park will lead you through splendid mountain scenery with views of waterfalls and pristine springs. You will also learn a lot about the site’s flora and fauna from the educational signposts scattered along the way. La Reserva is the ideal destination for a family adventure.
If you want to combine a good hike with a trip down history lane, then pick Goat Island or Cabrera National Park as your hiking destination. Aside from the island’s historical relevance as an infamous prison camp back in the Napoleonic Wars and the birthplace of the notorious Hannibal, it is now home to a popular hiking trail which leads trailblazers to a charming lighthouse, a 14th century castle and an interesting ethnological museum. The park is open only in summer and can be accessed by boat from Colonia St. Jordi.
Mallorca also offers avid bird-watchers with several excellent locations. Go to the Llevant Peninsula if you are staying anywhere near north of the island. It also offers several hiking trails and remote beaches onsite. Don’t miss the church of Ermita de Betlem near the coastline, which usually comes as a pleasant surprise to visitors who deem the area too remote for the church’s location. The uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera Natural Park off the western tip of the island also makes for a worthwhile trip. It is open only in summer and can be reached by boat from Sant Elm.
Finally, those who love scenic drives should not miss a trip to the wild peninsula of Cap de Formentor located in the northeast tip of Mallorca. The meandering road to the area is one of the most breathtaking on the island. The drive will take you along towering cliffs, pine woods and countless view points with the most spectacular vistas. For a magnificent view of the entire peninsula and the bays of Pollenca and Alcudia, a stopover at the watchtower of Mirador des Colomer is a big must for those who can’t get enough of the island’s splendid panoramas.