Walks in the North
It sounds simple but this stunning stretch of the bay is often overlooked. Parallel to the main road between Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa, this coastline is hidden by the urbanization of Bacares. However, turn off the main road just after (or before if coming from Alcudia) the kitesurf shops and park up where you can. You are no more than 25m from the shore. Once there you will be rewarded with a beautiful seascape of the bay of Pollensa. The shoreline goes on and on and you’ll take in not just the sea views but some stunning properties that will leave you searching the property pages for prices and availability.
Keep walking until you find Red Rum, a British-owned pub that serves good old egg and chips and more.
Puerto Pollensa-Cala Sant Vicente
Park up at Duva, follow the sign to Siller on the right. Once you see the iron Siller sign, 500m later, you turn left. Take in the views and the hill coming up ahead of you. You will be up there very soon. Along the way you will come to a gate with a padlock, but don’t worry, this is mere gesture probably to ward off roaming cars. You can walk through, no problem. Now you are really on your way – up. The path is a bit rough but always marked with cairns or arrows made of stone.
The walk up is a steady climb, not too taxing but if you need to catch your breath, stand back and admire the view that has been gathering behind you. And once you get to the top, prepare yourself for another one of those breathtaking moments as Cala Sant Vicent appears before you. 100m on, there is a narrow path on the left. It might not seem like a path but look for the rocks and red dots to be sure. Keep going, before you know it, the beach will appear and you can enjoy a café con leche at the bottom.
Puig de Maria
A trip to Pollensa is not complete without a trek to the top of Puig de Maria. As you leave the Old Town the signposted road is on the left side. Park in town and walk up, don’t try and drive or you may be looking at a tricky 10-point turn. Instead join the regulars who jog, run, cycle (seriously) or simply mosey their way up. It’s a steady walk uphill but with many twists and turns and viewpoints (and benches) it’s totally doable. The cobblestones at the top are a sign that you are there but don’t get too excited, they can take another 10 minutes or so. Look out for the seat in the stone. At the top is the monastery with a beautiful chapel. Attached is the hermitage where you can picnic, or even cook a meal and eat in the long picturesque dining room. Walk around the building and take in the different viewpoints. Then enjoy a coffee from the café before heading back down. Or why not sleepover to complete the experience?
Castell del Rei
The king of walks in the north, you even need a pass via the council to get there. It may sound like a faff and it is controversial, but it does mean that with limited visitors per day (20) you will feel like the only people there. All the way to the beach and back is pushing nearly 20k so make sure you take snacks and drinks and camera.
Start the walk along the cami de Ternelles, show your pass to the guard at the gate and follow the path, you can’t go wrong.
The Boquer Valley is a perfect walk with paths that spread across the breadth of the valley; it means that every time you walk it, you can go a different way. Goats and birds will keep you company and the scramble down to the beach at the bottom is a doable challenge. It’s not for young children so head off with the older gang and enjoy a good flask of tea at the end.
Find the Cami de Cala Boquer at second roundabout on the main road at the back of town, where there is a carpark, go through the gate and past the old house and you’re on your way.
A day out in Son Real will reward you with animals, woodland, picnic areas, beach, rock pools, a refuge, a seemingly natural swimming pool and if that wasn’t enough, a pre-talayotic town, megalithic sepulchres, and a talayotic necropolis are there for exploration.
The walk to the beach is long but varied ensuring the little ones are entertained. Located just past Can Picafort.
A real family favourite, a walk in the woods at Ses Font Ufanes is great for kids and escaping the sun with shade a plenty. Bring a picnic and take your time but be careful after any heavy rain. A geological phenomenon lurks beneath and when the water tables are high enough the water literally springs out of the groud. A superb sight that you should try and see if you can.
Park by the Coves de Campanet and walk round to the finca. Follow the signs and you will enter the woods after crossing a little bridge.