Serra de Tramuntana – Mallorca

Mallorca’s beautiful and rugged mountain range, the Serra de Tramuntana, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. The spectacular mountain range stretches from the town of Andratx, in Mallorca’s southwestern region, to Cap de Formentor in the island’s far north, for nearly 90 km (56 miles).

In the area, you can find two lakes, the reservoirs of Cúber and Gorg Blau, and the soaring peaks of Teix, Tomir, Massenella, and the Puig Major (1,445 m, 4740 ft.). The beautiful landscape boasts centuries-old olive groves and several villages and towns that are definitely worth visiting for their historical and cultural interest,

The towns of Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, and Fornalutx are all situated in the Tramuntana region, where you also can marvel at the dramatic Torrent de Pareis with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Lluc monastery.

The Tramuntana area contains many landmark sites that are a combination of Western and Islamic cultures, with ancient irrigation systems dating back to the Arab occupation, and dry stone terraces, one of the distinctive features of this unique mountain landscape.

Mallorca’s longest hiking trail bears the name of the Tramuntana’s affluent dry stone rock, the ‘Ruta de pedra en sec’ (Dry Stone Route), which stretches from Andratx in the south to Pollença in the north. The 8-stage trail offers hikers an authentic and varied experience of Mallorca, and the possibility to tread ancient cobbled pathways that were linking mountain communities in the old days.

Hiking

Mallorca boasts two mountain ranges that have more than five peaks that reach more than 1,000 meters (3280 ft.) high, and there are numerous guided mountain tours that will offer you a one-of-a-kind experience, and that has become pretty popular over the past decades.

Nowadays, there is something offered for everyone. Depending on your level, you can opt for a relaxing mountain walk, go on a rigorous hike that’s only offered to advanced hikers, or take a challenging mountain climb that requires suitable equipment and a mountain guide.

On Mallorca, you can walk over spectacular mountain ranges, covered with boulders, through tranquil valleys full with olive or fruit trees, check out picturesque fishing villages, or walk through spooky oak forests. All these activities have their vantage points that offer you the best lookouts over the Mediterranean Sea or the impressive countryside.

The Dry Stone Route (Ruta de Pedra en sec) includes official mountain refuges that offer places to eat and stay overnight at very affordable rates, but be sure to make advance bookings (go to the website of the Consell de Mallorca).

A pretty unique refuge is Castell d’Alaróis, situated in a rugged spectacular rock-face castle, and the Sanctuary of Lluc offers accommodation as well, but you really need to book well in advance. If you visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2011), bring also a visit to the splendid, original, and historic town in the beautiful region.

Tramuntana Towns

Alaró – The lively town of Alaró is located in a tranquil valley on the southern portions of Mallorca’s Tramuntana Mountain range, and though the town is not on every tourist’s menu, Alaró has lots of interesting things to offer.

The town’s narrow cobbled streets and ancient architecture provide a traditional charm that forms a stark contrast to the island’s coastal resorts. This is a great destination if you visit Mallorca during the winter months.

Deià – The tiny village of Deià is located on Mallorca’s northwest coast. This is really one of the most picturesque villages on the island, and the way it is perched at the foothills of the beautiful Teix mountain provide the most dramatic views of the Mediterranean below, For many years, Deià was home to famous writers, artists, and other creative types such as Robert Graves, the famed writer.

Selva – The very picturesque little town of Selva is situated right at the base of the Tramuntana Mountains, and this dramatic and impressive backdrop is adding one more dimension to this already highly attractive village. Selva offers its visitors a relaxing and secluded feel, and here they can experience a piece of genuine, authentic, rural Mallorca life. The town has managed to retain its pre-tourist character, which makes it a one-of-a-kind environment in the ever-developing world of tourism. This is a great area for outdoor activities.

The Tramuntana region contains many more beautiful, picturesque, and historically interesting towns such as Andratx, Valldemossa, Sóller, Pollensa, and Fornalutx. For more interesting places to visit in Spain, check out this post.