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An Exclusive Coastal Walk at its Best in Mallorca

“Islands do not come much more elegant than this! Concentrating on the less-visited, north-western side of the chic Spanish isle, Mallorca Walking explores the Cap de Formentor, the Alcudia Peninsula and the Port of Soller. The coastal walk leads to pine forests and secluded coves; colourful markets and medieval towns; white sandy beaches and cliff top restaurants.” ~ Butterfield & Robinson (B&R)

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This region tenders incredible undulating coastal walks, secluded coves, the smell of citrus everywhere, and remarkable hotels in unforgettable settings. Not to mention superb cuisine, with wines to match. Since B&R’s first foray the island has become well-known as a hardcore cyclist’s paradise. But they are proud to once again invite walkers to discover corners with even more cachet, far from the reach of wheels. The terrain is not easy, but richly rewarding for those willing to plant heel above toe, and discover one of the great sensual secrets of the Mediterranean.

“Variety is important,” says Lewis Evans B&R trip designer and travel expert.  “The Alcudia Peninsula, and the orchards surrounding Bay of Pollenca, along with the more rugged landscape near Deia are a good balance.”

There are a total of 5 walks as follows:

    • 1 inland walk through orchards.
    • 2 coastal walks – one ending in a cove where you board a private boat.
    • 2 that round out the variety of landscapes Mallorca has to offer.

“It is not as strenuous as one would think,” says Lewis. “There are longer and shorter options on most days. More importantly, there is a lot of downtime each day to enjoy the fabulous hotels and nearby villages and towns.”  Each day also has a cultural element attached which could include a tour, visit or tasting. The walk is the active element!

Coastal Walk Hotels

You will stay in premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often that means they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip.

Son Brull Hotel & Spa, Pollenca

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“In this former hillside monastery in Majorca, asceticism lives on in the décor, where white walls shine forth against the deep blue sky. The spa is a water and teakwood paradise using essential oils derived from the island flora. The swimming pool, a chic camping ground, provides large white parasols to ensure deckchairs remain in the shade. The rooms offer views of the sea, the olive tree orchards and the bay of Pollença. Organic produce, including olive oil, wine, citrus fruits and vegetables, is cultivated on the grounds and served in the restaurant.” – Relais & Chateaux

Gastronomic Restaurant, 365

The chef at Son Brull’s restaurant is Rafel Perello. The cuisine is based on traditional Mallorcan recipes and excellent local ingredients. Simple fish and meat dishes, lots of veggies and every now and then a touch of something exotic.

La Residencia in Deia

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“Set in the artists’ village of Deià, Belmond La Residencia is a refined, spacious and ultra-secluded retreat surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.” – Belmond La Residencia

“Coastal walk highlights that you can expect along the way include:  a gin tasting; a delightful meal at a hard to reach restaurant run by two sisters; a leisurely cruise up the coast on a sail boat; private tour of the Jakober Foundation; and a tour of artist studios in Deia.” That is not all, but Lewis stops there, ” I have to keep some things a secret,” he says.

By the end of your journey you will likely ask yourself, “Why don’t I move here, and radically simplify my life? And get by on a diet of fresh fruit and cheese, and wine and good coffee, and daily walks to gorgeous places.” These are the charms of Mallorca!

For further information and for the full itinerary visit Butterfield & Robinson Mallorca Walking

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