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.
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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