A mixture of sport and hiking Nordic Walking has become fashionable on Mallorca as a new modality that attracts both foreign visitors and inhabitants of the island. The mild climate of our region, combined with the incomparable scenery it offers, form a perfect setting for practising this activity, relatively unknown in Spain hitherto, but which promises to open up new channels of visitors who prefer to discover Mallorca at other times of the year than summer, thus contributing to the sought-after and necessary deseasonalization.
The origins of Nordic Walking lie in the 1930s in Finland, although it was not until 1997 that it really took root in the Scandinavian country. The sport came into being as a result of an idea of cross-country skiers with the aim of training out of season by walking and running with the aid of ski poles. Their idea was to keep fit all year round by practising the movements they would later perform on the snow.
Inestur (Instituto de Estrategia Turística de les Illes Balears, an organ of the Regional Ministry for Tourism of the Balearic Government) recently created a Nordic Walking park which one can already enjoy in Alcudia, with three perfectly-studied routes: the Barcarès Route, the La Victòria Route and the Coll Baix Route.