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Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route

Last month, when I received a message about housesitting in Mallorca, I pretty much immediately said yes. I had just visited Spain for the first time a few weeks before, and was already dying to go back. After checking flights and seeing that it was doable, I confirmed the sit… and, about a week later, I was en route to Palma.

I didn’t know until after I returned to Malmö, but apparently this is a really popular destination for Swedish people. It was described to me by a friend as being to Swedes “what Cancun is to North Americans” - their yearly holiday spot… overrated and overrun by resorts.

I’ve personally never been to Cancun, so I’m not sure how well this comparison measures up… but I can say that the Mallorca I experienced was definitely not just an overrated, resort-filled island. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see a single gaudy resort the entire week I was there. I did, however, see lots of olive trees, dusty roads, mountains, and breathtaking coastlines… all while doing what might be the best thing I’ve done all summer - Trekking from Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca’s GR221 Dry Stone Route.

This old trading route runs along the west coast through the Tramuntana mountains from Port d'Andratx to Pollença. I only had time to cover a small portion of the GR221, but what I saw of the coastal hiking trail was absolutely breathtaking.

Don’t believe me? Scroll down… Though, I must warn you… you might end up hopping on SkyScanner and booking a flight to Palma to go see this beautiful island for yourself.

Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld

Ahh, I get all swoony heart eyed just looking at these photos and reliving this day - and MOST of them are straight off the camera… because you don’t need to put a filter on places as magical as this one.

If you’re planning a trip to Mallorca, you should definitely take a day to do this trek, or one of the other sections along the route. It was challenging, but SO beautiful… and incredibly rewarding in the end.

Want more information about the GR221 trek from Deià to Port de Sóller?

Stay tuned for the full guide coming soon!

…But for now, I leave you with this polaroid drone shot gif.


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Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: Deià to Port de Sóller on Mallorca's GR221 Dry Stone Route by Kirstie Hall | HallAroundtheWorld

Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores

I never imagined I’d be visiting a volcanic island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean…

…In fact, I didn’t even know such a place existed until a few months ago when a friend and I began toying around with the idea of a little Portugal vacation.

Basically, the whole thing started when my friend Lindsey posted an instagram story saying something along the lines of “Portugal in April? Anyone want to meet me there?” To which I of course said, “Abso-freakin-lutley. Don’t tempt me with a good time.”

She sent me a photo of a hike in the Azores - One photo... Anddd that was all it took to turn my “Abso-freakin-lutely” into a “Take my money, Skyscanner.”

Plans were made, our group grew from 2 people to 5, and, in early April, we all travelled from our current homes (Malmo, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok) to São Miguel, the largest of the nine islands in the Azores Archipelago.

It was the start of a what was an epic Portugal vacation.

If you browse photos of São Miguel Island online, you may find yourself seriously questioning the saturation levels of each shot… because there’s NO WAY a place could possibly be that green, right? Wrong. São Miguel is hands down THE GREENEST, most beautiful place I have ever been - (yes, even over Ireland).

I started to edit some of my photos from the trip, and then thought to myself… “This is pretty pointless. These photos don’t need editing at all.”

In honor of today being Earth Day, (and me proving to you just how naturally beautiful (and insanely green) this island really is), I wanted to share some of my favorite, unedited, straight off the camera shots with you.

If you’re anything like me, go ahead and get SkyScanner, Kiwi, or whatever flight search engine you use ready. It only took one picture to convince me to visit the Azores, and these 45 photos are definitely about to have you planning a trip there, too.

Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorldPhoto Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld

ANNDDD #45

…(as if you need any more convincing after all the hiking, biking, waterfalls, cows, lakes, beaches, tea fields, and green, green, green landscapes in the previous 44 photos)…

Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld

No, your eyes do not deceive you! Those are in fact bottles of wine… for less. than. 2. Euros.

So, go ahead then - Book that flight… Cash in those airline miles.

Go get a big dose of nature therapy (and your fill of cheap wine). You know you want to ;)


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Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld
Photo Diary: 45 Unedited Photos to Convince You to Visit the Azores | HallAroundtheWorld

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