Introducing Serra de Tramuntana
Dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana range, Mallorca’s northwest coast and its hinterland form a spectacular contrast to the built-up resorts you leave behind around Palma. The landscape is remarkably wild, ensnared by limestone peaks scarred by wind and water and cliffs that drop abruptly to the brilliant blue sea like natural ramparts. Gold-stone villages and hamlets sit atop hillsides, providing a tantalising taste of Mallorca before mass tourism kicked in. The terraces that march up from the coast date back centuries, and the high, rugged interior is beloved of walkers for its pine forests, olive groves and spring wild flowers. The region’s unique cultural and geographical features have been inscribed by Unesco on to its World Heritage List.
The range covers 1100 sq km and is 90km long, extending all the way north to the Cap de Formentor. The highest peaks are concentrated in the central mountain range. The highest, Puig Major de Son Torrella (1445m), is off-limits and home to a military communications base. It is followed by Puig de Massanella (1365m). The area is virtually bereft of surface watercourses, but rich in subterranean flows that feed the farming terraces of the coastal villages.
Andratx to Valldemossa
Welcome to the one of the Mediterranean’s most exhilarating stretches of coastline, embraced by the Ma10 road that climbs away from Andratx into the pine-clad hills marking the beginning of the majestic Serra de Tramuntana range. Pasted to cliff tops and hillsides, the hamlets and lookouts that dot this mostly lonely stretch of road have arresting views of raw coastal beauty.