GR 221- Dry- Stone Route

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GR 222

 

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www.camins-mallorca.info

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www.torrentdepareis.info

(the most beautiful hike)

www.valldesoller.info

 

 

 

GUIDED HIKES ON THE GR 221

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New Edition February 2017

SET OF 4 waterproof MAPS

Serra de Tramuntana Scale 1:25.000

(Tramuntana South, Central & North + Capes Formentor and Pinar)

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December 2016: The hut Coma d'en Vidal has been opened but only for groups. It should be open for individual hikers along 2017

 

After 15 years, the GR between Banyalbufar and Estellencs was reopened on june 2016

 

January 2017: The GR 221 is closed between Esporles and Valldemossa but the hikers are going through

 

2013- 2015: some stages of the GR 222 have been signposted (Coll des Racó (near Artà) to Cala Torta and Colònia de Sant Pere to Can Picafort and Son Serra

 

 

The best hiking maps for the GR 221(1:25000)

 

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In this website you will find more information about the long-distance trail GR 221:

  • Online booking for the mountain hostels
  • The laws and the projects
  • Maps of the trails'network (Visor del senderista)
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    THE DRY-STONE ROUTE (GR 221)

    ☻ The GR 221 is the ‘Ruta de pedra en sec’, as much of the route takes advantage of the old cobbled paths (which communicated the villages and the estates on the Serra) and also because the most emblematic landscape is the rows of olive trees on terraces with dry-stone walls. The GR (173 km) will cross the Serra de Tramuntana from the Port d’Andratx (in the south of the island) to Pollença (in the north) and some buildings have been restored as mountain hostels. Some alternative sections (129 km) have been planed which will go by way of Peguera, Es Capdellà, Castell d’Alaró, Bunyola and Cala Tuent. The work restoring the paths and the buildings is being carried out by the Department of the Environment of the Consell Insular de Mallorca.The sections opened follow public paths and cross public land, but the fact that most of the Serra is private property will delay the opening of some sections. It is planned as 8 stages with a mountain hostel at the end of each

     

     

     

     

     

    STAGES

     

    1ª Port d’Andratx- Sant Elm- La Trapa, 3h 45’

    2ª La Trapa- Estellencs, 7h 15’

    3ª Estellencs- Esporles, 5h

    4ª Esporles- Deià (Refugi de Can Boi), 6h 30'

    5ª Deià- Port de Sóller, 3h 15’

    6ª Port de Sóller- Ref.de Tossals, 8h

    7ª Ref. de Tossals Verds- Lluc, 6h

    8ª Lluc- Pollença (Refugi del Pont Romà), 4h 45’

     

    ☻The opened sections cross public lands and use public trails, but 10% of the planned route cross private lands. On their initial approach, the government will try to reach an agreement with the owners. If they don't accept, the new law on long-distance trails will permit a compulsory purchase order

    Law of the GR-221

    At the beginning of 2015, the GR was completely signposted from Deià to Pollença with 6 mountain hostels already open. For the unsignposted sections, it is advisable to have the maps Alpina Mallorca (1:25.000): ‘Tramuntana Nord ‘, „Tramuntana Central’ and ‘Tramuntana Sud’.

     

     

     

    THE FOOTPATHS IN MALLORCA.....

    Mallorca has a huge trail network: some of the trails were built during the time of the Arabs (902-1229), other trails cross the forests to places where charcoal was produced, others lead to inaccessible places on the coast. These were built by tobacco- smugglers around 1920 or for the watchtowers against pirates (built in the 16th century). Around Valldemossa the Austrian Archduke Lluis Salvador also built panoramic trails.

     

     

    ..........AND THEIR PROBLEMS

    A big problem is private trails being closed. 92% of the mountain range "Serra de Tramuntana" is private property. Free access is only possible on public land and on public trails. And even in these, some owners don´t recognize free access and apply to the courts to close  public trails.

      They are plenty of reasons to close a trail and sometimes the owner has been provoked by "hooligans" who have crossed his land. Lighting of fires, leaving rubbish, noisy people, hikers who forget to close gates, are also other reasons for closing a trail.

    However recently, Fodesma (the dry-stone wall building college) and the GEM (Majorcan mountain club) have opened and signposted a wide range of "lost" or overgrown trails.

     

     

    We are interested on your opinion and your tips Email

     

    Map of the Dry-Stone Route in the hiking exhibition of the mountain hostel Son Amer- Lluc

    We want to thank Carol Green for her help with the correction of these pages