I've booked 15 days in Mallorca this October, primarily for sport and DWS. I'm looking to break this up by doing some scrambling and trail running. Looking for recommendations for big scrambles and decent length trail runs, ideally ones that form a loop and give a good amount of ascent and descent (need to train for upcoming trip).
Also, can anyone recommend somewhere cheap for scooter hire? I've only been able to find expensive Vespas online.
All other suggestions for rest day activities, things to see/do welcome.
Firstly, never hired a scooter in Mallorca before but a google for 'scooter hire palma airport' gave a few results - e.g. www.cooltra.com which has them for about 100EUR for a week....
Where are you going to base yourself? Presumably you'll be be somewhere between Andratx in the west, Soller in the northwest and Pollensa in the north east?
Trail running is pretty massive in Mallorca, mainly among the superfit locals. They usually use the main walking trails of which there are dozens in the mountains - the Tramuntana. You'd do well to get yourself a copy of Cicerone's Walking in Mallorca which does an excellent job of squeezing about 80 walks into a small and very useful guide. Basically, any of the walks graded A++ to B+ will suit you.
You will need to take a good map (Editorial Alpina maps are the best and can be bought online before you go or in decent book/travel shops out there - about 20EUR for the whole mountain range). Mallorca Offline Map App (iphone) by Marco Tenback is a lifesaver also - shows all the trails and plots exactly where you are by GPS. Also you will need to get good at looking out for tiny paint spots on rocks and making interpretations of the myriad little cairns (fitas) which point the way.
Off the top of my head, these ones will make excellent moderately hard circuits with scramble opportunities.
Serra de Cavall Bernat Ridge. Starts/ends near Puerto de Pollensa via Vall de Boquer. The classic ridge scramble of Mallorca. Can feel a little like climbing a diff at times but you just take the line you want. Absolutely stunning!!
Serra d'Alfabia ridge scramble. Starts/ends in the gorgeous mountain village of Orient. Bangs straight up the side of Alfabia, the mountain ridge separating Orient and Soller. Follows the ridge of several KM then through beautiful alpine scenery you drop back down into the Orient valley via a tricky pilgrim's track and a massive estate with a cunning one-way pedestrian system....
Alaro-Orient circular. This one is a steep trail run but will a fantastic pitstop at the mountain hut within a restored moorish castle overlooking the whole south of the island. Unmissable.
Cala Tuent from Soller. Great mixed level trail from the lovely town of Soller via lonely valleys to the precipitous sea cliffs ending at a tiny cove. Get the tourist boat back to Soller from Cala Tuent for a different perspective on the cliffs and maybe some dolphins!
Es Teix and the Cami d'Arxiduc. A big day but breathtaking. Ideally start in Deia or Valdemossa (get a bus, the service is very reliable) and end in Soller. This takes in some of the highest ground on the island, starting from about 150m.
Galatzo. Shorter trip up to the highest peak in the west of the island. Scrambling at the top. A wonderful mountain, Starting/ending near Puigpunyent.