Trekking in Mallorca : GR221 - The Drystone Route Paperback
by Paddy Dillon
This guidebook describes the GR221, a 140km (87 mile) long-distance trail through northwestern Mallorca, from Port d'Andratx to Pollenca.
Also known as the 'Ruta de Pedra en Sec' ('the Drystone Route'), the GR221 is a celebration of Mallorca's limestone heritage, taking in many historic drystone structures as it traverses the rocky peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana.
Following old stone-paved paths and mule trails, it showcases the region's beautiful landscape of mountains, forests and cultivated terraces, as well as its spectacular coastline.
The GR221 can be walked in 1-2 weeks, although the guide also covers 3 alternative start-points and 3 alternative finishes, which would allow for a shorter trek.
The main route is presented in 10 stages of 8.5-20.5km (5-13 miles), with a handful of optional detours to bag neighbouring summits.
Detailed route description is accompanied by 1:25,000 mapping and inspirational photography, plus a wealth of information on local points of interest.
Accommodation and travel are also thoroughly covered: the trail boasts good transport links and plentiful facilities on route, with accommodation in welcoming mountain villages and the occasional 'refugi'. A comprehensive introduction offers the opportunity to discover more about the region's diverse plants and wildlife and unique history and culture, and an English-Spanish-Catalan glossary can be found in the appendix. With a favourable climate and stunning scenery, the Serra de Tramuntana has much to tempt the walker.
The GR221 Drystone Route represents an ideal way to explore this fascinating World Heritage Site.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 216 pages, 54 colour photos, 17 maps
- Publisher: Cicerone Press
- Publication Date: 15/04/2017
- Category: Walking, hiking, trekking
- ISBN: 9781852848507