Talaia d’Alcudia on the Victoria Peninsula
The hike to the highest peak on the peninsula Victoria belongs to one of my favourite tours, as from the peak we can see the sea almost all around. For having such a spectacular view, the mountain is not very high, it only measures a little more than 400 metres. The first 300 altitude metres are easy to walk, for the last 100 altitude metres one needs to be most definitely, extremely good on your feet and have a good head for heights.
Start of the hiking tour is at the parking place of the Ermita de la Victoria. Therefore, you drive from Alcudia in direction to Mas Pas, from there, the Ermita and/or Victoria is signposted.
If you do not know the peninsula Victoria you will be surprised and will have a completely new aspect from Mallorca. One reason why I love Mallorca so much after having been here for the 25 years is the multifaceted nature of the island. The parking place at the Hermitage is relatively big, but nevertheless I recommend that you do the tour in the afternoon. In the mornings, experience shows, that there are a lot of hiking groups on the way, especially on peaks as here on Talaia it can get quite crowded. In the afternoon it’s a lot more relaxed.
The Ermita is one of the many old monasteries on Mallorca, with a large church. What is unusual is that the rooms of the monastery were located on the nave of the church. Today, it is a nice hotel, situated in the middle of a pine forest with views overlooking the bay of Pollenca. Next door there is a restaurant with a large terrace, which is used by Mallorcans mainly on Sundays, so I cannot recommend this excursion then. This is probably the reason why it can be difficult to park on Sundays.
Thus, you start at the Ermita and first walk up a comfortable driveway through the pine forest. Here, there are several hiking paths, you follow the indication Talaia d’Alcudia and stay on the driveway until it ends. Here there are various paths one can take which end at this point where the wooded section also ends and from here, you already have a first impressive view of the bay of Pollenca.
Now the trail continues uphill on this pathway, but there are several possibilities, one is that you continue in this direction, always uphill and therefore cannot get lost. All paths end in one path that then becomes very narrow, and has a very steep drop to the left-hand side, so its better you don’t suffer from vertigo! Then on the other side, you have the “Wow effect” breathtaking views, overlooking the bay of Alcudia and the mountains near Arta. There is also the possibility that you can see Menorca, one of our neighbouring islands from this point. From here on it isn’t long until the top, and it just keeps on going uphill!
The view from the peak of the mountain is amazing. From here we have sea views all around us. The peninsula is only connected to the rest of the island by a narrow strip of 2.5 km. Thus, we can see up to the mountains of Arta, up to the Table Mountain Randa and almost the whole Tramuntana mountains up to the foothills of the Cap Formentor.
I have sat here until the sun went down. The only important thing is to get up to the driveway until the beginning of dusk in order to safely reach the car. The easiest way is to go back the same way. There are several possibilities for a round trip, but they all take a little longer and are not so easy to describe.