The 8 Best Hikes in the Balearic Islands

Cala de Sant Vicent with ships in the water
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The Balearic Islands draw thousands of visitors every year for their stunning beaches, but that's not the end-all-be-all of what they have to offer. Whether you're a die-hard nature lover or just want a relaxing way to stretch your legs for a bit, you won't want to miss these hikes in the Balearic Islands.

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Archduke's Path (Mallorca)

View of the sea from the mountains of Mallorca

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Directly north of Palma de Mallorca, the town of Valldemossa is one of the archipelago's most beautiful. Spend some time exploring the village, then make your way uphill out of it along the trail known as the Archduke's Path.

Some parts of the trail (which reaches a height of 638 meters) are steep, but the terrain is well-surfaced. It's moderately difficult, making it a good fit for experienced hikers or newbies looking for a bit of a challenge.

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S'Albufera des Grau National Park (Menorca)

View of S'Albufera National Park on the island of Menorca

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An especially beautiful hiking location in the summer, the S'Albufera des Grau National Park stands out as the largest wetland area on Menorca. Within its sprawling 5,000 hectares, you'll find plenty of great hiking paths.

The Sa Gola trail in particular stands out for its low difficulty and accessibility. It's not long by any means—just under 2 kilometers—but it makes for a short, sweet and memorable hike.

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Cala de Sant Vicent (Ibiza)

Cala de Sant Vicent in Ibiza

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Although its claim to fame might be that it's an iconic party destination, Ibiza is home to some seriously impressive natural wonders. One of them is the Cala de Sant Vicent bay, with its crystalline waters and the dramatic cliffs that surround them.

Start along the boardwalk before heading up into the forest and the mountains. At the highest point of the hike (just 240 meters), you'll walk along those same breathtaking clifftops before heading back down to the sea. The whole loop takes about three hours to complete and is quite easy.

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Son Castelló (Mallorca)

The Tramuntana mountains in Soller, Mallorca, Spain

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A popular hiking option between the Mallorcan towns of Sóller and Deià, the Son Castelló path makes for an easy, enjoyable walk through the Tramutana Mountains. You'll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery of inland Mallorca over the course of the three-hour (not including breaks) hike. If you need to get back to Sóller after you finish the path, buses are available.

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Cala Galdana to Sant Tomas on the Cami de Cavalls (Menorca)

Cala Galdana beach in Menorca

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The Cami de Cavalls is an age-old path that would take around 20 days to hike in its entirety. It's been divided up into 20 smaller sections to make things a bit more manageable.

If you only have time to hike one stretch of the Cami, make it this one. The 11-kilometer hike from Cala Galdana to Sant Tomas will take you through peaceful forests as well as along the coast for a bit. Keep an eye out for Cala Mitjana, a secluded white sand beach with turquoise waters that's just begging for a swim.

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Cala Codolar to Cala Bassa (Ibiza)

Cala Codolar beach in Ibiza

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If a relatively quick beach-to-beach walk in a nearly undiscovered (by tourists, anyway) corner of Ibiza is what you're after, this one's for you. This 90-minute hike starts off in the village of Plana de la Llentia at Cala Codolar and takes you nearly 6 kilometers along the coast to Cala Bassa. As you walk, you'll find plenty of small bars and cafes along the way if you need a quick snack break.

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Puig de Maria (Mallorca)

A small religious sanctuary at Puig de Maria, Mallorca

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The short but steep hike from the town of Pollença on Mallorca up to the top of Puig de Maria is fascinating in all aspects. Not only is the ascent to the top an opportunity to take in some pretty amazing views, but the small 14th-century religious sanctuary at the summit offers some great exploring. Give yourself about 40 minutes for the hike itself.

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Cami de sa Pujada (Formentera)

Sa Pujada path on Formentera, Balearic Islands

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Even the smallest of the inhabited Balearic Islands has some great hiking opportunities. Formentera's Sa Pujada path dates back to ancient Roman times, and has withstood the test of centuries.

Connecting the towns of Es Caló and La Mola, the hike takes about 45 minutes one way. If you'd like to do the full circuit, start at the top of the hill in La Mola. This way, you can grab an ice cream or a drink in Es Caló before heading back uphill.

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