Mallorca’s serene interior is the alter ego to the island’s coastal buzz. Although the beaches are rarely more than an hour's drive, the interior feels light years away, with its vineyards, hilltop monasteries and meadows stippled with olive, almond and carob trees. It's here that the island's rural heart beats strongly in church-topped villages, where locals fiercely guard their traditions – and throw some of Mallorca's most spirited festas (festivals). Other towns preserve the time-honoured crafts of pot-throwing, shoemaking and glass-blowing.
Most travellers race quickly through the geographical heart of the island along the Ma13 motorway, although the older route (Ma13a) takes you through some interesting country. Dip into the interior, if only for a day, for wine tastings, country walks and tucked-away fincas (farms), where you can spend idle moments lounging poolside and rapt nights gazing up at the Big Dipper.