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.
Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Tramuntana mountain range, this quaint Mallorcan district nestles among four smaller peaks, where scattered farms and vineyards scale the heights around the historic town centre.
The resident community of Banyalbufar is small, but this area boasts many visitors attracted by the island’s hidden places, steeped in history and authentic Mallorcan culture.
As well as winding village streets and historic agricultural systems, there is the working fishing port of Es Port de Canonge and a number of coves and beaches for sunbathing and swimming. These include: Cala Banyalbufar, Es Corral Fals and Son Bunyola.
The neighbouring town of Estellencs on the slopes of the mountain Galatzo is also too close by to miss visiting. We hope you enjoy our abcMallorca guide to Banyalbufar.
History and Culture of Banyalbufar
The name Banyalbufar is a combination of Moorish and Catalan and means founded by the sea. This area was inhabited and cultivated by the Moors in the 10th century who created around 2000 terraces on the mountain slopes and a sophisticated irrigation system of aqueducts which still work today.
The area was famous for the cultivation of the highly prized Malvasier or Malvasia grape variety for wine production, which modern vintners in Banyalbufar are now successfully re-establish. It is said that this wine was highly prized by the King of Aragon and was a motivating factor in the re-conquest of Mallorca by Jaume I.
Today Banyalbufar remains a quiet place surrounded by many other charming mountain villages to explore.
Major Attractions in Banyalbufar
The journey to Banyalbufar and its surrounding villages is an attraction in its own right. The magnificent views, along the winding roads which stretch down to the coast are breathtaking, with mountain peaks and dramatic rock structures.
Take time to enjoy the historic surroundings and explore the various coves and beaches.
As well as the charming town centre there is a pretty waterfall and the historic tower called Tour de Ses Animes which was built to provide protection from pirate attacks in the 17th century.
The surrounding area also contains other villages of note such as the pretty village of Estellencs which is popular with hikers and bikers.
Excursion to Banyalbufar, Valldemosa, Deia, Esporles, Galatzón Natural Reserve…
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