Tramuntana Should Be on Your Bucket List

Tramuntana Should Be on Your Bucket List

The dramatic mountains skirting the length of Mallorca’s northern coast are known as the Serra de Tramuntana. Running almost 90 kilometres and with numerous peaks over a kilometre high, the whole range has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historical, cultural, and environmental importance. Whether you choose to drive, hike or cycle, there are countless incredible sights to see and places to visit along the way – we’ve picked just 11 reasons why the Tramuntana Mountains should be on your bucket list.

 

Incredible views

It goes without saying that a mountain range this huge is going to provide some incredible views, but it’s hard to imagine just how spectacular they are until you see them with your own eyes. From the Moorish terraced hillsides dropping down to the sea in Banyalbufar, to clifftop viewing points like the Mirador de Ricardo Roca and the Mirador Es Colomer that will take your breath away. At the Mirador De Ses Barques you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the restaurant deck, with views down the mountain to the Port of Soller in the distance – particularly worth doing while the sun sets over the sea.

MIrador-Es Colomer-Mallorca

MIrador Es Colomer

Galilea – Mallorca’s highest village

At 460 metres above sea level, Galilea is the island’s highest village. A tiny and blissfully quiet place, there is little more to it than some houses, a 17th-century church, and a couple of restaurants, but the main reason that people brave the slightly terrifying drive is the views. The village church has a courtyard out front with panoramic views down across the hills to the sea in the far distance. If you’re not in any rush, the best way to take in the stunning vista is over a beer and some tapas at the Cafe Sa Plaça De Galilea, opposite the church. This tiny bar might not look like much from the outside but out back there is a vertiginous terrace with picture-perfect views (and their tapas are pretty good too).

Cafe Sa Placa de Galilea

Cafe Sa Placa de Galilea

Cafe Sa Plaça De Galilea

 

La Torre de Verger

La Torre de Verger is an ancient watchtower, perched precariously on the edge of a cliff near the village of Banyalbufar, on the west coast. Originally used to keep lookout for pirates, the tower was part of a network of similar towers across the island, with around twenty along the coastline of the Tramuntana. Now in a state of ruin, the tower is a popular spot for photography and to watch the sunset over this particularly dramatic stretch of coastline. If you don’t have any issue with heights, you can climb a little ladder to the top of the tower for an even better view.

Torre de Verger

 

La Reserva Puig de Galatzó

At the western end of the Tramuntana, is La Reserva Puig de Galatzó, a nature reserve and adventure park deep in the forest. You can hike the pathways through the ancient woodland, see local animals and birds of prey, and then cool off with a dip in the clear pools and waterfalls. The adventure park contains Mallorca’s longest zip wire, as well as Tibetan-style suspension bridges high in the trees, and climbing walls. If you get hungry after all that activity, not only is there a restaurant, but a barbecue area where you can cook your own food.

Reserva Puig de Galatzó

Reserva Puig de Galatzó

Reserva Puig de Galatzó

 

Deià

No trip into the Tramuntana would be complete without a visiting Deià, the stunning village high in the mountains with spectacular sea views. The English poet Robert Graves made Deià his home in the 1930s, and drew many other famous faces to the area over the years, with the village becoming known as a haven for bohemian, creative types. The village is one of the prettiest on the island, and these days has become a playground for the rich and famous thanks to soaring property prices and the presence of the five-star luxury hotel, La Residencia. The nearest ‘beach’ (Cala Deià) is a picturesque rocky cove with two fish restaurants perched on the rocks, one of which, Ca’s Patro March, starred in the popular BBC television series, The Night Manager.

 

Deia

Hiking

Mallorca is a paradise for walkers, with one of the highlights being the epic 135 kilometre (84 mile) ‘dry stone route’ running from Port D’Andratx in the southwest to Pollensa in the northwest, all through the Tramuntana range. The route is based on a network of ancient pathways and is split into eight stages – some parts are easier walking and better sign-posted than others, and many parts are better done with the help of a guide. If you feel up to the challenge of walking the whole 135 kilometres, there are refuges at various points along the route, where walkers can re-fuel and spend the night.Serra de

Tramuntana Hiking

Tramuntana Hiking Guide

 

Cycling

Cycling in Mallorca

Cycling in Mallorca

Mallorca is a top holiday destination for cyclists of all levels, but it is also where many professional cycling teams come to train over the winter months. This is partly due to the mild and mainly sunny weather, cyclist-friendly hotels, and good quality roads, but for many it’s all about the challenge and drama of the mountainous terrain. Cyclists come to Mallorca specifically to tackle routes such as the famous Sa Calobra (or Colls Dels Reis) which involves a dramatic descent down into to the village of Sa Calobra first, before making your way back up the 10km ascent with its incredible 26 hairpin bends. One of the most unusual roads in Europe, and with spectacular views every step of the way, it is most certainly something to tick off your bucket list if cycling is your thing. The stunning ride to the Cap de Formentor, the most northerly point of the island, with yet more hairpin bends, is also a popular one.

Sa Calobra
Sa Calobra

Wine

It may seem surprising to think that any area with terrain like the Tramuntana mountain range could be suitable for producing wine, but in fact there are numerous wineries in the region, and the famous terraces around Banyalbufar were traditionally used for growing vines. The Malvasia grape variety was brought to the island from Italy in the 15th century and has continued to be used in wine production in this area. Bodegas such as Son Puig, and Son Vives offer tours and tastings.

Mallorca Vine Tours

Lluc Monastery

The Lluc Monastery or Santuari de Lluc, was historically an important place of pilgrimage and is still a key religious site on the island. High in the mountains, and surrounded by forest the sanctuary is quite hidden from the world. Legend has it that Lluc was the son of a local farmer who found a wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary in the woods, but after giving it to the local church it kept mysteriously re-appearing back where he had found it, and so eventually the sanctuary was built in that very place. These days, as well as the chapel, there is a shop, restaurant, and a museum, and you can stay in accommodation formed from the old monk’s cells.

Lluc Monstery
Lluc Monstery

Es Guix Restaurant

Hidden in the forest, not far from the LLuc Monastery, is Es Guix Restaurant, a must-visit if you are in the area. The interior of the restaurant is rustic and cosy, but really it is all about the shady terrace overlooking a fresh water pool, hewn out of the rocks, with a small waterfall cascading down one side . Not only is the food fantastic, but after lunch you can take a refreshing dip in the water, and enjoy drinks on the poolside terrace in the dappled sunshine. The setting of this restaurant is absolutely magical, and although a little out of the way, it is well worth the drive. Reservations are essential.

 

Stunning mountain villages

All along the mountain range there are picturesque villages, with beautiful architecture, and stunning views, and a drive, hike, or cycle, in the Tramuntana creates the perfect opportunity to visit some (or all) of them. Villages like Estellencs and Banyalbufar give the impression that the houses are cascading down the mountainside towards the sea, and offer stunning views, while the ancient town of Valldemossa, which was famously the one-time home of Chopin, has a maze of stunning, narrow, plant-lined streets to wander around (and lots of great places to eat). Fornalutz, high up in the mountains, and overlooking the Soller Valley, is picture-postcard material and has made it on to the list of prettiest villages in Spain. At the far eastern end of the range, lies Pollença, with its pretty streets and historic Calvari steps (all 365 of them) leading up to the hilltop Calvario chapel, passing many beautifully rustic houses along the way.

 

Na Foradada, a lookout restaurant

Na Foradada, un restaurante mirador

Na Foradada, a Lookout Restaurant

Na Foradada, sa Foradada, la Foradada … no matter what name is given to such a majestic natural formation bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean and located in the Sierra de Tramuntana de Mallorca, the visual spectacle it offers is difficult to describe with words, you have to live the experience personally to enjoy with all the senses the spectacle of light and color that every day meet at sunset at the foot of this peculiar geological formation.
This a more challenging but shorter route with a 6% uphill gradient and a fair few sharp bends. The road does have a little traffic and the descent requires some skill, but the journey provides you with beautiful views over Soller and the coastline to the north, as well as olive trees and traditional stone walls to the south. Much of the traffic takes the mountain tunnel but this is closed to bicycles. It is an interesting route and suitable for confident cyclists experienced with steeper descents. More info

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Costa dels Pins Mallorca

Costa dels Pins Mallorca

As its name suggests, the Costa dels Pins (Pine Tree Coast) is on a slope running down to the sea from the island’s Llevant Mountains.

 

As its name suggests, the Costa dels Pins (Pine Tree Coast) is on a slope running down to the sea from the island’s Llevant Mountains.
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As its name suggests, the Costa dels Pins (Pine Tree Coast) is on a slope running down to the sea from the island’s Llevant Mountains. These mountains run from the county of Artà to Felanitx in a discontinuous chain that never rises above six hundred metres. The mountain behind the resort protects it from the north winds and separates it from the town of Canyamel in the municipality of Capdepera.
The Costa dels Pins juts into the sea and has a multitude of coves, the best known of which are Sa Marjal and Es Rajolí. They are perfect for those looking for a quiet beach and ideal for snorkelling and diving to see the marine fauna of our coast. A very popular spot with visitors is the Cap des Pinar lookout point, to the north of the Costa dels Pins, with its spectacular views over the whole of Cala Millor bay. There are also attractive hiking routes that link the Costa dels Pins with Canyamel.
The Costa dels Pins is mainly a residential zone with many luxurious houses and is famous for its architecture. Its residents include a large number of well known artists and captains of industry who have chosen this area for their summer residences. It has a small shopping centre with a couple of shops and restaurants, an emblematic hotel, an 18-hole golf course and, of course, unbeatable scenery. The small shopping centre is to the north of the main beach and can be reached on foot, by public bus or on the mini tourist train.

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Fornalutx

Fornalutx

 

Fornalutx Mallorca

The authentic mountain village of Fornalutx is nestled high up the Tramuntana mountain range overlooking the Sóller valley.

 

 

The authentic mountain village of Fornalutx is nestled high up the Tramuntana mountain range overlooking the Sóller valley. Often referred to as the ‘Prettiest village in Spain’, the stone buildings and red tiled roofs combine with the scent of the surrounding orange and lemon groves to provide a traditional rustic charm. Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this traditional Mallorcan village.

Things to do in Fornalutx

Fornalutx’s enviable location in the Serra de Tramuntana makes it ideal for hikers and mountain bikers. It is within easy reach of the famous GR221 long distance route that winds its way over the full length of the mountain range.
A guide is recommended for this route, and Mallorca Hiking or Tramuntana Tours (also bike rental) can provide a capable and experienced guide should you need one.

The main square is Plaça d’España, which is surrounded by cafés and is home to the general store. Just off the main square you will find Panaderia de Fornalutx (local bakery) offering several wonderful freshly baked items. For more serious shoppers nearby Sóller offers a range of designer items and local art. It’s also where you’ll find the tram into Palma, which is home to the best shopping on Mallorca.

The nearest beach to Fornalutx is 7km away. However, there is a tram linking the nearer town of Sóller to Port de Sóller (or Puerto de Sóller). This can make the trip to the beach as enjoyable as the beach itself.

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