2 days on the GR221 – Mallorca’s Dry Stone Route

Tossals verds hostel GR221 Serra de Tramuntana

We had a recent holiday in lovely Mallorca and for a couple of days of that I headed into the mountains, to walk two days / two sections of the Serra de Tramuntana, along the GR221 ‘Dry Stone Route’.

It was really hot for both days. That probably sounds obvious but it was actually hotter than usual, according to a couple of folks I talked to on the trip: around 36 degrees or so on both hikes.

Pretty hard work on the long stretches above the tree line. That lone spotted vulture riding the thermals above me just added to the sense of adventure.

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Stumbling across Il Sentiero Del Viandante

Sentiero Del Viandante hike trail lake Como Italy

We had a short road trip down to Lake Como last week, a bit of a mad dash through France, Switzerland and then into Northern Italy.

We camped at the bottom, eastern leg of the lake (at Abbadia Larianna) in a small campsite which is actually more local community bar / cafe than touristy campsite (but all the better for it).

The plan was to just chill out for a few days, sample the Chianti (mission accomplished) and do the tourist thing in the small, picturesque towns that dot the shores of the lake.

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