Walking Tour: Three Coastal Peaks

  • Start Ermita de La Victòria
  • Finish Penya Rotja
  • Length 6km; 2½–3 hours

One of Mallorca's most dramatic and exciting coastal walks, this medium-level hike takes you along precipitous ridges and cliff tops to three crags, perched like eyries above the Cap des Pinar peninsula. Look out for the Mallorcan wild goat (Capra ageagrus hircus) that inhabits these rocky heights. It's wise to avoid the midday heat and take a map and plenty of water. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, too.

From the Ermita de la Victòria hermitage, head up the hill along the wide path through the pine forest, passing the signposted Ses Tres Creus – three crosses among the trees, overlooking the Badia de Pollença. Turn left after around 15 minutes, following signs to Penya Rotja and Penya des Migdia, onto a narrow footpath (don't follow the signs for Talaia d'Alcúdia, which is another hike), which wends uphill through woods, then gently downhill (watch out for roots across the way that can trip you up). Pause for sensational Badia de Pollença and Formentor views to the west. Sheer cliffs now rise above you and the sea glints far below. Pass overhanging cliffs and at a fork in the path, veer right and follow cairns uphill to crest Puig des Romaní (387m) after 1½ hours, where a superb panorama awaits.

From the summit, return to the main trail, which descends gradually along a ridge as it skirts a bluff, with the cliffs to your left falling away sharply. Squeeze through a vertiginous tunnel that burrows through the rock. Entering old coastal fortifications with gun emplacements, follow the path that skirts the knife-edge cliff face, using the fixed rope to negotiate the steepest parts, to reach the top of Penya Rotja (354m) after 1½ hours. Topped by a cannon, the 360-degree lookout takes in the full sweep of Mallorca's north coast, reaching across Cap des Pinar to the Badia d'Alcúdia, Pollença and Formentor.

An optional boulder-strewn scramble takes you up to the cannon atop Canó des Moró (355m), where you'll most probably be alone with the goats, wild rosemary and striking views across the peninsula to the cobalt waters pummelling Platja des Coll Baix far below. Retrace your steps along the same path back to Ermita de La Victòria.