Majorca's Magnificent Mountains and Coast - Puerto de Sóller

Majorca's Magnificent Mountains and Coast

This Majorca trip is guaranteed

The holiday price includes flights

Superb guided walking, good company and an excellent hotel - all make this a "must do" holiday. Our walking in Majorca takes us through an undiscovered landscape, a rural idlyll, a land of orange and lemon groves, where twisted and knarled olive trees are on every corner.

Majorca offers a mountain landscape that sweeps down to the sea, offering us lovely coastal walking as well as the high tops. Its pretty, unspoilt villages compliment the walking we do, and its deep valleys are magnificent to walk up and down.


We stay in Port Soller,  a lovely old port with cafes and bars on the sea front. The bay of Port Soller - a curved  horshoe is magical, and at night we see the setting sun disappear over the horizon in front of the hotel. Bathing from the doorstep of the hotel, and a long promenade which extends a mile round the bay. Excellent walking from the door of the hotel.

Great reasons to join us

- meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social  atmosphere

- beautiful countryside to walk through and enjoy

- super value for money

- professional, friendly walk leaders who are passionate and knowledeable about this area

- hotel right on the beach front - swimming from the door

- flights from many UK airports and its only 2.25 hours away

Accommodation

In Port Soller we use the Hotel Marina Soller, right on the bay front. All the facilities you need, comfortable rooms, good food. Swimming pool, leisure facilities. 

We sometimes are allocated the Mini Marina - an annex to the hotel, some 30 metres away from the front door.

 Breakfast is taken in the hotel’s dining room or on the outside terrace, by the bay.  Plenty of choice, buffet style.  Dinner - three courses from a table d'hôte menu that changes each day.  The starters are filling, and main courses come with vegetables grown on the island.  We generally eat inside during the time we are on the island, but if it’s a warm evening then outside eating is highly recommended. We stay half board, and dinner is always a feature of our holidays - time to socialize, with good food and wine to swap stories about the day’s walking.

 The hotel is, located just across from the beach.and is fully air conditioned and has a  swimming pool and leisure centre.

Port Soller is a lovely old port, but good shops and cafes abound. It is also the terminus of the famous Soller to Port Soller tram..

Single supplements

There is a single supplement of £196 per seven nights on  this holiday.- Note - you will be allocated a twin room for sole occupancy- there are no single rooms available at Hotel Marina

Sea View suites

These are available at an additional premium. Please ask.

Your holiday programme

A typical walking day

We leave at 9.15am, travel by minibus or loacal taxi to walk start - generally each walk lasts for five and half hours - maybe with a coffee or orange jiuce stop in the country, lunch is nornally packed from the local supermarket - lovely baguettes. Walking is moderate with some steeper sections, but we won't rush these.The Majorcan country side is superb - high mountains all around but lovely river valleys, a coast line that enchantes  and splendid villages to pass trough, and it is always a pleasure to look at the lovely wild flowers and village floral displays.

Walking is varied and some of the routes are shown here.

  • Cala Tuent -  classic varied walk to idyllic Cala Tuent cove
  • Valldemossa - The Arch Duc path  -  lovely walk along ancient way marked routes and mule tracks
  • Deia - Soller - on the GR221 national route
  • Castell de Alaro -  to the Castell, perched on one of the “Molar Mountains”, once a Moorish stronghold, beautiful view
  • Tossals -  Lloseta -  starting under Puig Major, at the Cuber reservoir, ascend the Pigeons Pass, and down to Almendra and Loseta.
  • Binifaldo - Menut - Lluch Monastery - starting at Coll de Sabatia, reaching Coll des Palat, with superb views of Massanella, the second highest peak, finishing at the historic Lluch Monastery
  • Cuber -Es Barranc - Soller Climbing the majestic L'Ofre peak, then descending the Barranc on an ancient Pilgrims Way into Soller Town centre.
  • Ses Barques viewing point - Fornalutz- Soller- hotel- leaving the lovely viewpoint and taking in the idyllic village of Fornalutz and Soller Old Town

We transport you to the walk start each day and also to the various historical sites we visit.  The travel through these magnificent mountains is a big feature of our holiday.

The Climate
Is typically Mediterranean, mild winters and hot summers - too hot for walking.  We organize our holidays in March/April- lovely spring flowers and a green paradise, and October, when it is still lovely and warm, ideal for walking.

Flights

There are flights from most major airports to Palma and you will be transferred to Port Soller from the airport.  We will quote you from the nearest airport to you, but dependent on flight days and times, we may advise different airports at the time of reservation -  but the choice is yours.  There may be flight supplements dependent on the airport you fly from, and on how late you book with us.  We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.

Whats included

What you pay for on a Secret Hills Majorcan Walking Holiday

  • Individual quotation
  • Your flight arranged. Your local airport where possible.
  • All transfers to and from airport and hotel
  • En suite Accommodation at the Hotel Marina Soller.
  • Single room occupany if required
  • Three course evening dinner
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Transport to walks start and from walk finish
  • Expert guiding
  • Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention throughout the holiday
  • Flexible walking programme designed to suit those who reserve a place
  • Our administration support through out the reservation process

Whats not included

 Lunch, all your drinks in the evenings, at lunch time and on our walks.

Walking Grades

On each Majorca holiday  the grade of walking.is moderate .

On the moderate walks - 8/9miles - we ascend and descend at least once per day - up to 300 metres but generally over  an hour and a half. Pace is critical - we dont rush, there's too much to see, but we do stride out where it is possible. Underfoot conditions in Majorca can be stony - it is limestone country after all - and we take care on these sections.

 

 

 

Customer Reviews

Jane McMahon – Majorca April  2017  

 

I just wanted to let you know my husband how very much and I enjoyed our trip in Majorca last week, with Ian Cartwright as our guide.

We don't really have walking holidays in New York State that we know of, so we did not know what to expect.  I just keep telling people we discovered paradise.  Ian was wonderful, we would not have changed a thing.  He was knowledgeable, kept as challenged but always aware of individual abilities.

 Each walk was different, most times off the "touristy" paths, and each walk was magical.  And he always knew of a perfect time and location for café con leche.  We are already talking about another journey to walk with  you again.  Thank you again for making our vacation truly memorable!

Regards, Jane McMahon

 

 

Pat Barker- Majorca – Group holiday – September 2017

 

Lovely walks and Ian accommodated all levels among our group very well. Very good holiday and was enjoyed by all the group

 

 

Robin Fisk –  Majorca October  2017

 

We came home tired but very happy. We were well cared for, had great company and a superb leader in Jill. we were well cared for and it turned out to be a cohesive, supportive and relaxed, friendly group

 

Julia Carroll – Majorca October 2017

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the total experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Looking forward to the next

 

 

 

Sarah Morris October 2016

The hotel was excellent, I was in the annex & the room was lovely & big & clean.  Hotel staff was really friendly & were always happy to help with anything, the food was excellent.  Good choice of food available everyday & with it being a buffet you could have as much or as little as you liked 7 you got to try everything!!

Jill was an excellent leader.  Brilliant knowledge of the area was always on hand to help anyone who needed it & a great sense of humour. This is the 2nd Secret hills holiday I’ve been on & I’ve nothing but praise. 

Majorca was a beautiful destination, hot weather, stunning scenery, great walks brilliantly lead by Jill, cakes & beer always managed to be found at the end of a hard day, and Jill knew all the best places!!!  Hotel was great.  Spent the week with a fantastic bunch of people

Fiona Morag Macdonald 

Cake was on the agenda, so I could not complain! 

Walking with a leader takes the strain off things, so you can spend time enjoying the walks and views without map reading. It's also good to have the local knowledge from the leader also.

The week was great, from the hotel, to good food and wine, good company and fantastic walking, led by a great host

Michael Carter Majorca October 2016

 

The hotel food hosted a regular buffet offered lots of choice with opportunity to sample Mallorcan food on one evening. I have been on many guided walking holidays and this ranked among the best I have experienced

Marilyn Squires October 2016

It was a lovely hotel in a beautiful location. Walks were well selected, two were walks I would never had had the chance to do independently

Linda Campbell Majorca April 2015

The holiday not only met, but exceeded our expectations. We particularly enjoyed our three nights eating out, and it was evident you had gone to a lot of trouble to make this holiday successful.

Richard Killen

Dear Alan, Just a short note to thank you and your team, Jill and Tom, for a wonderful walking holiday in Majorca.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a wonderful combination of great walking, great guiding and a fantastic location. I think it is fair to say that we will be back next year with another group.

Thank you again for a memorable holiday.

 Regards, Richard Killen

Judy Ponsford Majorca 2015 April

This was a marvelous walking holiday. The guides Jill and Ian were friendly, efficient and fun to be with. Port Soller is a wonderful place and the Hotel Marina very good.

Nigel and Jane Bostock

Hi Jill

How we enjoyed Majorca with you and Ian – and the legs have just about recovered. Just a few pictures as a reminder!

Best wishes Nigel

Keith Worsfold Majorca March 2015

Hi Alan,

Great holiday, you never told me I was the only bloke, still it was O.K as I get on better with women and there were some great characters and we all gelled very well,

Jean Harding Majorca October 2013  

 An excellent holiday – lovely walks, great company and lots of laughs – I’ll be back!

 Eunice and Kevin Long Majorca -October 2013    

Best walking holiday we have had so far and we have had 

Trudy Wibberley Majorca April 2014

Once again, a brilliant holiday with Secret Hills. Our guides Alan Gill and Eileen made sure everybody in our group had a good time.  All I would say is to any other single ladies (or gents) out there thinking of doing a walking holiday on their own for the first time then Secret Hills are the people to do it with. Everything from the minute you leave your front door to the time you get back is catered for. Allen and his team are there to make sure you have the best time ever and all walks are catered to suit your own personal capabilities so do not worry if you think you may not be able to keep up or may not fit in with the group. Take it from me, you will, and like me, once you have experienced a Secret Hills walking holiday you will be straight back on the net looking to book your next one.  Thanks once again Alan Gill and Eileen for a fab time.

Trudy Wibberley

 

 

Majorca - the place

Majorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains are a great walking experience—on this holiday island renowned for it’s sun, sand and sangria, there is an area of peace and tranquillity, where the walking is superb. 90 km long and 15 km wide, the Tramuntana range gives a vast range of walking possibilities. The coast line is also very rugged, and this affords us tremendous sea views as well as mountain scenery. The limestone allows deep gorges and waterfalls, yet there are pine forests as well.

Our walking is moderate - with some strenuous stretches, all done at a manageable pace. We stay  in Port Soller.  hotels with excellent  rooms and a short walk from the town centre. We eat in the hotels dining room—a wide choice of international food for your delight.

.Majorca's walking is through an undiscovered landscape, a rural idlyll, a land of orange and lemon groves, where twisted and knarled olive trees are on every corner. Majorca offers a mountain landscape that sweeps down to the sea, offering us lovely coastal walking as well as the high tops. Its pretty, unspoilt villages compliment the walking we do, and its deep valleys are magnificent to walk up and down.

Add extra days or nights to your holiday

You can add extra days and nights to your holiday with us. 

There is much to explore in Majorca - so ask us to quote you for the extra nights you need.

Of course you can add extra nights by organising these your self

 The beautiful city of Palma is close by, a joy to explore with its magnificent cathedral. The island too with its gardens, villages and coastal grandeur is well worth exploring.

 To learn about what you can do, see and explore in this beautiful region, look at the following web sites.

http://www.seemallorca.com/palma

http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/

Our relationship with New Experience Holidays/ATOL protection

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinery when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding - New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

How to book a holiday

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

- the basic price of the holiday as advertised

- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice

- single supplement if this applies

- a choice of flights if this is applicable

- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

- final price and payment information

The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation

In order to conform  to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna  Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form,  and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays  organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on their web site  - before you sign the booking form.

Tourist Tax

Please note

The Majorcan Government have imposed a tourist tax, which is collected locally by the hotel.

Normally this is collected on your arrival- and the tax is a daily tax of between 1.50 euros and 2.00 euros dependent on the size and grade of hotel

We are not allowed to collect this tax within the price we charge, as it is collected at local level.

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

What Others Said...

Jane Binyon Nepal October 2014 The Ama Dablan basecamp trek was an excellent 'taster' of what Nepal has to offer - a wonderfully heady mix, from the hustle and bustle of KMD, then following the famous route of past and present mountaineers heading for their conquest of Everest, or its Basecamp, before taking to the quieter, arguably more beautiful surroundings of Ama Dablam basecamp and on from there to even more secluded sherpa villages and buddhist monasteries that are still unspoilt by tourism.   A real insight into such a fascinating culture, wonderful mountain scenery, on a route that was sufficiently challenging to provide a great sense of satisfaction at the end, with lodge accomodation run by local families that gave a glimpse of traditional Sherpa lifestyle that continues  in the region, and provided us with excellent food throughout.   Having Jill lead the trek, alongside a Nepalese guide, was a real bonus. For someone who doesn't know her left from her right (and she doesn't!), Jill is unbelievably capable, inspiring, encouraging, caring, fun and lovable! She worked so hard to give each of us as many options as possible throughout the trip, so we could each get out of it the things we had come in search of. At the same time, making the holiday both fun and exciting. Jill encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the magic that is Nepal, even teaching us enough of the language to engage with our fellow guides and the locals.  She has the rare talent of being both a leader and a great travelling companion at the same time. I can't wait for her to organise another trek in the Himalaya.  

Jane Binyon

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