Walking Mallorca (Majorca)

Mallorca Hiking Club (MHC)

The concept:

MHC is a community of local, Mallorca residents who like to get out there, walk, and explore new parts of the island with fun, like-minded people.

You may have been living in Mallorca for a short time or have had a home here for many years – but the reality is that you probably still haven’t seen even a small proportion of this beautiful island that we live on.

It is true for many of us that we get tied up in our work and family lives and we neglect the opportunity to switch off, relax and make the effort to explore the island on our door step or just enjoy our surroundings. Well here is your opportunity to do just that, and at the same time to meet like-minded people, make new friends, and much more, by joining the Mallorca Hiking Club.

Members include walkers of all ages and levels of ability, so if you’re a beginner, you won’t feel like the "odd-one-out" as there are bound to be other beginners walking too. Likewise, there are also experienced walkers who can offer others advice and useful tips. In due course, we’ll also have separate walks to suit different levels of ability.

Member benefits

  • - At least 1 guided club walk per month
  • - A varied schedule of walks in different parts of the island
  • - Car pool / transport
  • - Membership of an active hiking community – connect with other walkers and like-minded local people
  • - Hints, tips and advice
  • - Outings and events, and fun après-hike activities
  • - Special rates for Mallorca Hiking’s regular walks - please ask us for details

Walks and other activities

Club activities are organized and facilitated by Mallorca Hiking:

    - Walks are usually guided by a MH guide or a club member

    - A Mallorca Hiking representative participates in each walk

    - Some walks are followed by a good lunch, which is a great opportunity to chat and socialise with your fellow walker, compare notes...

    - Occasionally we'll organise an additional activity for the day, e.g. a wine tasting with lunch, boating...

Members should always check the following before signing up for a club walk:

Please contact Nina at Mallorca Hiking:

    - If you know a walk well and would like to share it with the club

    - If you have ideas or suggestions about a walk you’d like to do, or other activities for the club

Club Rules

Each member of the MHC accepts and agrees to abide by the following rules:

  • - Not to go ahead of the guide without his or her express permission;
  • - To keep in sight of other walkers in the club;
  • - Not to leave the group without informing the guide;
  • - To take all rubbish home with you;
  • - To come properly equipped - see What to bring
  • - To be responsible for any guest that you bring and to look after them throughout the walk;

Please note that dogs are not allowed on regular Club walks. Walks organised especially for members and their dogs will be clearly specified.

Member commitments to each other

This is a members' club and the success of it will largely depend on its members, so all members please:

- Sign up for a walk in good time – and latest by 5pm on the Thursday evening before the weekend of a scheduled walk. This will give MH enough time to make the necessary arrangements for member transport, logistics and restaurant or other bookings;

- If you sign up for a walk, please show up for it – if you don’t, it may affect your fellow members’ enjoyment of the day, transport arrangements etc.

- If you've signed up and really need to cancel, please do so in good time - if you don't you are preventing someone else from enjoying the day instead of you! We allow a maximum group size of 22 people on each walk, and invariably we have a list of people waiting for a cancellation so if you simply don't turn up, or cancel at the very last minute they miss out.

- If you’re signed up for a walk, and a last minute emergency etc prevents you from attending, please call Fiona at MH on 679 808 905 asap – if you don’t, other members will be waiting for you and wasting their precious weekend and hiking time;

- Be patient and supportive of members with less walking experience than you!

Joining fee and member contributions

1. Annual joining fee of 50 euros (10 euros discount for joining before June 2014)

2. A contribution of 5 euros per person per walk towards MH organization and administration

3. All members are asked to offer fellow members who don’t have their own transport, a lift in their car (but they will pay a contribution of up to 5 euros for the favour)

4. All members who don’t have their own car are obliged to contribute up to 5 euros to any fellow member that offers them a lift to the start of a walk and home again

5. Where a club outing includes lunch or an additional activity, each member is required to pay for their own lunch or the cost of the activity (the cost of which will be provided well before the day)

Guests

Members are very welcome to bring friends and family along for Club walks, subject to the following conditions:

1. Guests pay 10 euros per person per walk (+ lunch and transport contributions)

2. Members take priority to guests if the group size for a particular day gets too large

Health, fitness, safety and insurance

All members of the MHC confirm that they have read and agree to the terms and conditions set out in the following links:

Communication within the MHC

Most club communications will be via Facebook so it is important that all club members become fans of the Mallorca Hiking Facebook page by clicking the "like" button.

For the benefit of all members, and to ensure the success of the club as a whole, we ask every member:

1. To be an active member of the group, for example:

    - after each walk, post your comments and feedback on the Mallorca Hiking Facebook page

    - post your photos and videos on to the Mallorca Hiking Facebook page

    - participate in Facebook conversations and other activities on the page

    - tell us your ideas and what you’d like us to include in the club’s annual schedule of walks, e.g. is there a particular part of the island you’d like to discover? Is there a particular walk you’d like to try…?

2. To help spread the word about the MHC, tell your friends, bring your friends along, suggest to your friends on FB that they become a fan (“like”) the MH FB page and anything else that you can think of…

We will try and accommodate members who do not want to participate on Facebook by email.

Photos and Videos of past MHC walks

- Our inaugural walk - March 2011 - Cami de Correo from La Granja just outside Esporles to Banyalbufar, followed by a paella lunch at Son Borguny in Banyalbufar

- Villages in the Sóller valley - April 2011 - Sóller - Biniaraix - Fornalutx (and a delicious lunch break at Es Turó) - Sóller

- Banyalbufar to Port de Canonge - July 2011 with a fantastic lunch at Pegasón y el Pajarito Enmascarado - this little restaurant is a real find!

- 4 Picturesque rural villages - November 2011 with a lunch at the Olive Fair in Caimari (well worth a visit if you're on the island in November)

- Cala Egos - January 2012 and a picnic on the beach

- The GR221 - in Jan/Feb 2012 a few highlights from an amazing 6-day trip in the Tramuntana with club members

- Alaro Castle - April 2012 and of course lunch at the "lamb restaurant" to follow!

- Sant Elm - May 2012 and fabulous views of Dragonera island

- Cap de Cala Figuera - January 2013 and a picnic on the rocks

- Almond blossom season - February 2013 around Selva and Caimari

- MHC walk & boat trip - May 2013 Mirador de Ses Barques to Cala Tuent

- Cap de Ferrutx and the NE coastline - May 2013

- Torrent de Pareis - June 2013 an epic day out!

- S'Estanyol - September 2013 a gentle start to the new walking season after our summer break