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Mallorca; sun, sea, mountains – and Bird Watching too

On Mallorca’s north-west coast

 

 

Say ‘Mallorca’ and most people think, “Sun, beaches, mountains, walks, sea-food, sangria …..

 

 

 

Avocet

There’s another excellent reason for visiting this beautiful Balearic island, set in the blue Mediterranean.

Mallorca is home to a surprising number of bird species and acts as a passing-through stop-off for even more bird groups.

Bee-eater

The island’s varied geography, from coastal cliffs to rugged mountains, from wetlands, reservoirs and coastal areas, offer bird life of many kinds a welcoming place to live, rest, feed and breed.

 

 

If you’re visiting Mallorca and would like to see some of the resident and visiting birds, take a look at this new map.

It’s an excellent and up-to-date detailed map (waterproof, tear resistant and guaranteed) perfect for touring the island, with a wealth of details such as best beaches, picnic areas, miradors – plus the locations of the best bird-spotting places.

The map reverse details 51 bird species together with photos and ID information.

 

Who got a Garmin for Christmas?

If you are one of the many who found a Garmin GPS in their Christmas stocking, this post is for you.

Get your hands on a free sample ‘real-time’ map and see your Garmin come to life. You can choose a sample map of Graciosa ( off Lanzarote, Canary Islands) or Sierra de Aracena (Andalucia, Spain).

What you’ll get is a highly detailed real-time Tour & Trail digital download map, which you can save on your hard drive, transfer to your Garmin GPS CustomMap memory or onto a micro-SD card; you can also use the maps in Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth.

If you like what you’re seeing then you can purchase more mapping to download, for a whole host of destinations including:-

CANARY ISLANDS

Sample segment, Gran Canaria.

Sample segment, Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria
Tenerife
La Palma
La Gomera
Lanzarote
Fuerteventura

MAINLAND SPAIN
Alpujarras (Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, southern Spain)
Costa Blanca Mountains (Alicante, southern Spain)
Axarquia (Andalucia, southern Spain)
Sierra de Aracena (Helva province, southern Spain)

BALEARIC ISLANDS
Mallorca
Menorca
Formentera
Ibiza

PORTUGUESE ISLANDS
Madeira

For more information about Tour & Trail Maps take a look HERE.

Walking Newsletter Now Available

http://ymlp.com/zxgIwa

Take a look at Discovery Walking Guides latest newsletter; topics include Menorca, Lanzarote, free digital maps and Walk! books and more. Click the link to read all about it.

Discovery Walking Guides ENews

Madeira

Breathtaking views on the island of Madeira.

Take a look at our latest ENews featuring Ibiza, Formentera, Corfu, Madeira and Dartmoor.

Dartmeet stepping stones

Dartmeet stepping stones

Click here to see the Enewsletter.

Ibiza! Formentera!

Ibizan sunset

Ibizan sunset

Hot off the press are two great new maps, highly detailed and just the thing whatever you want to do on this lovely isle; bikers, hikers and beach-lovers will find just what they seek on Ibiza and its little sister, Formentera.

 

There’s a special offer on for either (or both) maps :-

HERE.

Just one of Formentera's perfect beaches

Just one of Formentera’s perfect beaches

Formentera? Where’s that? UPDATE

You’d be forgiven for not knowing the location of this little gem of an island. It’s surprisingly easy to reach and has a delightful personality all its own.

Formentera is one of the Balearic Islands to the east of mainland Spain, in the Meditteranean. It’s the little sister island to Ibiza and is only a 30-minute ferry trip away.

Here’s a few facts and figures:

  • Beaches, beaches – so many of them for such a small island and white, clean and beautiful.
  • The island had been occupied by the Carthaginians, then the ancient Romans, the Visigoths, the Byzantines, the Vandals, and the Arabs.
  • Eventually the island added to the Crown of Aragon and later became part of the medieval Kingdom of Majorca.
  • The main island of Formentera is 19 kilometres (12 miles) long and is located about 6 kilometres (4 miles) south of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sant Fancesc Xavier

    San Francesc, Formentera

  • The major villages are Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola and La Savina.
  • Formentera comprises one municipality, also called Formentera, and has a population of 9,962 (as at 1 January 2010).
  • Its land area is 83.24 square kilometres (32.1 sq mi).
  • Cars are easily hired in the port and there’s a good choice of conventional or electric vehicles. There are more electric vehicle charging points here than anywhere else in the world, given its land area.
  • Mopeds and bicycles are available to hire; the terrain is mostly flat and there are dedicated cycle lanes in some areas.
  • The island has four Martello towers.
  • Ferries to Formentera from Ibiza operate every half hour in high season.
  • A local Ibizan (eivissenc) variant of the Balearic dialect of the Catalan language is spoken in Formentera though English and other European languages are frequently heard too.

Discovery Walking Guides carried out an intensive cartographic survey on Formentera a few weeks back and design of the new Formentera Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

For full details about the new FormenFormentera TT Map 9781782750246 half sizetera map, click here.

 

KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to be a part of this exciting project.

Take a look at DWG’s Kickstarter Project here.

 

Ibiza – white beaches, azure seas, verdant pine forests UPDATE

Forget the tabloid image of all-night clubbing, loud music and young visitors in various states of inebriation and undress.

The real Ibiza is a beautiful place, blessed by a wonderful climate with many hours of sunshine each month.

Numerous fine white beaches and little coves tempt the swimmer and sun-worshipper, while walking/biking trails meander through wild flowers underneath a canopy of fragrant pine woods.

A few Ibizan facts:

  • Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean east of the Spanish mainland.
  • It’s a naturally beautiful island with white sand beaches, turquoise seas and verdant pine woods, olive groves and wild flowers.
  • The island has a long history of invasion by various forces including the Ancient Romans, the Vandas, Byzantines, the Moors, the Norwegians and were finally claimed by Spain. Nowadays, the ‘invaders’ are tourists.
  • Ibiza is 572.56 square kilometres (221.07 sq miles) land area.
  • The highest point of the island is Sa Talaiassa, at 475 metres (1,558 ft).
  • The population is estimated at approximately 132,500.
  • Eivissenc, a dialect of Catalan, is spoken on Ibiza, as is Spanish. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
  • Though renowned for its clubbing scene, there are beautiful beaches, pine woods and walking/biking routes across the island.

 

Ibiza Sunset

One of Ibiza’s beautiful coves (on the west coast)

Until now, the maps available for the island of Ibiza have been basic and without the kind of detail you need to enjoy exploring.

That’s all set to change as Discovery Walking Guides has completed their ‘on the ground’ mapping survey. Design of the new Ibiza Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

Click HERE for all the details of the new Ibiza map.

Ibiza TT Map I9781782750239 half size

 KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to part of this exciting project.

Take a look  at DWG’s Kickstarter project here:

Kickstarter Project

 

Mallorca: Update on the GR221 – thanks Eryk Grant

These notes were sent by Eryk Grant re the GR221, while using Charles Davis’ book ‘The GR221 – Mallorca’s Drystone Way’

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mallGR221Spec.htm  , notably the stretch between Esporles and Valldemossa.

“Hi Charles

Walked this section last Sunday (6th April) without any problem.

The Mallorcan town of Valldemossa

The Mallorcan town of Valldemossa

There were five other walkers on the route and it looks like the obstructions placed by the landowner (notices and fence) are largely ignored. I saw no attempt to ‘repair’ the fence and it was easy to negotiate-there are cairns galore and helpful green/yellow spots on rocks. The track has not become overgrown suggesting it is really well used. There is also a shiny new GR route map in Esporles town centre showing the route going through and all the subsequent wayposts except one refer to it. I guess there may be some tacit acceptance that walking will continue and I would not hesitate to walk this part again.

 

Up by the Tossals refuge there is a fair amount of building material but not much sign that anything is happening! Last time we stayed there in 2012 we had a conversation with a Dutch couple who were using your DWG guide, and making their way based on “what does Charles say?” – your directions and supporting commentary have never let us down either and in fact have really added to the enjoyment in places.”

Thanks Erik – feedback from walkers who’ve been there is valuable both for those who come after you, as well as providing us with valuable information for new editions.

Mallorca (Balearic Islands) Author Update

Mallorca map section Cuber Tossals Verd From Charles Davis, author/researcher
20 February 2014 17:39

Bit of vital information for our updates pages:

Anybody planning on walking the Dry Stone Way, Mallorca (GR221) has a slightly surreal and stunningly irritating headache coming their way.

The refuge at Tossals Verds is closed on safety grounds and won’t be open before October if then. There is no comparable accommodation between Soller and Lluc. The ‘alternatives’ (such as they are) proposed by the authorities can be found here:

http://www.conselldemallorca.net/media/34483/alternatives_tossals_ANG.pdf

Taxiing back and forth between Cuber and Lluc rather spoils the point of doing a LDP*. Staying at Cuber would be lovely, though it might be a bit Spartan for some tastes and implies carrying extra weight. To get an idea of what this unmanned refuge is like, see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwweVJtw1fE or google ‘refugio cuber’ for photos.

*LDP = Long Distance Path

The map section above shows a section of Walk! Mallorca Tour & Trail Map to illustrate the relative locations of Tossals Verd and Cuber. For more information on Mallorca maps and walking see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mall.htm

Nearly Spring In Menorca

Walk Menorca Cales Coves Walk 30Menorca might not be the first destination you think of for a walking holiday. We find it surprising and fascinating. It has beautiful wild countryside and great walking. The island is full of interest, especially if you have an interest in ancient history, archaeology, geology, birds or flora.

And if you’d like to escape the winter, you’ll find Spring starts a little earlier here.

Above; on the Cales Coves route, Walk 30.

This pic (right) was taken on a coastal route (Walk 8) in the island’s south-east, crossing limestone ‘tables’.Walk Menorca limestone tables walk 8 south east

Walk Menorca on the north coast route 39 – and here’s a view (below) along the rugged north coast on Walk 39.

More about walking on Menorca at http://dwgwalking.co.uk/men.htm