Mallorca's Magnificent Mountains and Coast

 

 

The holiday price includes flights

Superb guided walking, good company and an excellent hotel - all make this a "must do" holiday. Our walking in Mallorca 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.

Mallorca 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

WHY CHOOSE A SECRETHILLS/SHORTBREAKS GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY?

We believe that we offer the best holiday experience - we consider these points to be key in your decision-making process

Experience - Secret Hills have been designing and delivering walking holidays in the UK and Europe for 14 years. Our holidays are all designed by experienced staff who plan the walking around the needs of our clients.

Personal Service - we strongly encourage anyone who is interested in joining us to discuss their requirements with us before booking. We can advise on all aspects of your needs.

Value for Money - all our holidays are excellent value for money. We provide an exceptional service at a very competitive price, but we do not compromise on the quality of every element of your holiday.

Walk Leaders - we use experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders, who know their walking areas very well. Their responsibility is to ensure that you have an enjoyable, safe and interesting holiday. We commit to provide total commitment, flexibility and personal attention at all times. Please see our Meet the Team page and our Testimonials page.

Flexibility- on each holiday - we recognise that each individual who joins one of our holidays is different, and we provide an individual service within the framework of a holiday. We understand that each requirement will need to be assessed and agreed as the holiday proceeds.

Flexibility- before you join us - you may need additional nights, specific diets, personal travel plans, all before you join a holiday. We are happy to provide that through our professional pre-holiday administration service - just ask!

Your safety - is top priority. We examine each walk many times prior to you walking them, and our attention to detail in our walks' planning is excellent. If we do have any safety/accident issues, we have excellent experience, training and qualifications to deal with any emergencies.

ATOL Bonding - on our European Holidays we have ATOL bonding insurance, always an excellent guarantee that your holiday reservation is secure.

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 - is buffet style with superb choices 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.

In the evening, relax outside by the bay, with a lovely atmosphere and inexpensive drinks. If it gets chilly - wrap your self in the blankets kindly provided by the hotel. Just chat, listen to a little music and watch the world go by.

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 £217 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 local taxi to walk start - generally each walk lasts for five and half hours - maybe with a coffee or orange juice 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 through, 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, From Ses Barques viewing point through lemon groves to the cliff edeg - then walk to Cala Tuent for the journey back by boat- sometimes we reverse the route and take the boat at the beginning of the day.
  • Valldemossa - The Arch Duc path  -  lovely walk along ancient way marked routes and mule tracks. Magnificent views over a blue sea for miles around. The classic Majorca walk enjoyed by so many people over the years.
  • Deia - Soller - on the GR221 national route. Visit Deia Bay to start with, then climb to the Gr221 route to Can Bleda, a couple of choices then- either down to Port Soller lighthouse or a shorter trek back to Repic beach and your hotel
  • Castell de Alaro -  to the Castell, perched on one of the “Molar Mountains”, once a Moorish stronghold, beautiful view. We ascend from Lorient to the castle, then wander our way down hill to Alaro town for that well earned drink.
  • 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  Along side the reservoir, then climbing the majestic L'Ofre peak, then descending the Barranc on the ancient Pilgrims Way to Biniraix then 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.

Exclusions

Although our leaders are well trained  and experienced in dealing  with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about  any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.

They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.

We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.

 

Flights and Transfers

 

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.

Note- we always try to advise that you fly from your local airport- this is one of the unique selling points for our holidays.

There may be a small flight supplements from your local airport- as we price our holidays well in advance and based upon typical London departures.

The advantages in cost and convenience however far outweigh any additional local airport supplement- and to support the environment - reducing the overall carbon footprint is good policy.

Transfers as you have the choice of airports and flight times- where this is practical – we arrange transfers that accumulate clients together for onward transfer to hotels/and return to the airport.

This can mean small delays whilst we accumulate clients together for group transfers- un avoidable- and this policy impacts favourably on the cost of your holiday.

Should you want an individual transfer- to avoid any waiting time - then there will be an additional charge for this

Holiday Highlights

- Majorca's outstanding walking trails

 

- Walk the Tramuntana mountains and coast

 

-glorious scenery every day.

 

- lovely beach front hotel

 

- our social relaxed approach

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.

Customer Reviews

Janet Coates - Majorca, October 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The pre-holiday information and dossier was comprehensive with nothing left to chance. The hotel was excellent. Great location, facilities and staff. The food was very good. The buffet was varied with plenty of choice. It was great to walk in a new location with Jill as a guide. As a solo traveller, having a guide and company made the experience most enjoyable and far better than anything I could have arranged independently. The walking was well organised with an interesting variety of walks including coast, mountains, ridges, peaks, gorges villages and cafes! All expertly led by Jill. Brilliant holiday.

 

Ramona Wagner - Majorca, October 2019.
There is nothing to complain about. Everything was very well organized and the walking tours covered the most important places that should be visited at the destination. Our guide Gill did a great job, not only in guiding the walks, but in bringing together a homogenous group as well. Especially the daily hour in the evening, when we sat together reviewing the day and getting the instructions for the next day worked very much team building. As a German I felt really welcomed and I am already looking for a next holiday trip with Secret Hills Walking Holidays!

 

Aileen Drummond - Majorca, October 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Excellent organisation of holiday. Very much enjoyed the guided walking experience. Lovely hotel in superb location & very comfortable & lovely food. Have recommended 'Secret Hills Walking' to others.

 

Pamela Taylor - Majorca, October 2019.

I thought the whole holiday was brilliant and would not have changed a thing - except for the mosquito bites. All the walks were well planned, explained and included everyone in the group.  It was good that we did the harder days just before and just after out day off. Hotel was very comfortable, and the staff were friendly.  Good position in resort.  Food was very good with lots of choices. All communications with Secret Hills Walking were very prompt and clear. Pre-holiday information all very clear, informative and was good to have mobile numbers – just in case.  All well organised. Jill contacted me before I flew as well, which I appreciated. It’s the first time I have flown abroad by myself so was a little nervous, but I needn’t have worried as everything was so well planned. I definitely would reserve another holiday and recommend to others.  I have filled the form in for another exiting adventure and can’t wait for it to be confirmed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for organising these walking holidays.  You are a gem of a company and I am lucky to have found you.

 

Kate Oxley - Majorca, October 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Very much enjoyed the guided walking. The walks were well planned by Jill and she introduced us to a variety of landscapes and trails in the region. I felt challenged enough by the walks but never overwhelmed. Holiday very well organized and attention paid to detail. Overall, I enjoyed the holiday and Jill’s input as the leader together with her skill in helping us all bond together as a group. I was surprised by how beautiful and varied the landscape was in the area we walked in. I would reserve again and recommend to others.

 

James Ford - Majorca, October 2019.
Guided walking great, 10/10 for Jill (walk leader). Pre holiday information good and holiday very well organised. Hotel very nice, great location, staff very friendly. I would book another holiday and definitely recommend your company. 

 

Nancy Robbins-Lackey - Majorca, October 2019.
Hotel and food excellent. Jill did a masterful job as a guide keeping the group together and allowing those who wanted to walk at a faster or slower pace to do so. Everyone started together and finished together, and ended as friends. That takes a masterful guide, and Jill fills that order. Jill well represents Secret Hills and I would strongly recommend her as a guide!

 

Majorca October 2018 Yes I enjoyed the walks and enjoyed the stunning views"


- Paul Gaskell - October 2018


"Mallorca October 2018 I felt completely at ease with Ian and Katie. Some of the walking was a little challenging but personally it felt good to push myself. Nothing was left to chance; transport, flights, meals etc all taken care of. I especially liked the arrangement with the Spar shop adjacent to the hotel where we could order and pay for the next days sandwiches. "

- James Betteridge - October 2018


 

Majorca October 2018 I really enjoyed the Majorca trip . Everything was good and the guides especially Katie (who believe was new ) were great.I have asked for a couple of quotes for March to La Palma and Gran Canaria and going to look and see which one suits me best ,so will be booking another walking trip with you .. Thanks Anne Dawson "

- Anne Dawson - October 2018

"Majorca October 2018 Thanks to the whole team for their hard work in making this such a fun trip, despite the weather. "

- Karen Willcox - October 2018

Hazel Hailey October 2018

Dear Alan

I really enjoyed the holiday thank you. Thank you also for helping to re-arrange my flight home. I really appreciated that and was thankful to be at my friend's funeral but sad to be leaving the holiday early.

I hope to book another holiday in due course. 

 

Kind regards Hazel

 

John Pallot Mallorca GR221

Jill was, as always, brilliant with her leadership and organisational skills.  Many thanks to her for making it such a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Jane Beaumont Mallorca GR221

The whole experience was just brilliant. Jill is such a good leader. The walks were challenging enough to really earn the beer at the end of the day!

Angela Scott- Leader of Owl’s Group Majorca April 2018

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Insurances needed

Insurance - you need to be fully covered

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel,medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance

Mallorca - the place

Mallorca’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.

.Mallorca'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.

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.

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

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