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Tramuntana Mountains, Majorca

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The Serra de la Tramuntana, a World Heritage Site, represents the alternative of sun and beach, perhaps the least crowded option on the island. Although there are many visitors and locals who escape visiting their charming villages, trekking routes and cycling.

In general, the entire coastal area of the north of the island has a unique beauty, because of its proximity to the mountains and forests of the Sierra de Tramuntana to the sea.

Villages of the Tramuntana

Their villages are staggering along the paths of ascent. Gradually inhabiting the mountains and cultivating the numerous terraces, with orange trees, olive trees, almond trees, vines and cypresses. Getting a very Mediterranean look with the houses on the staggered slopes facing the sea.

Incredible landscapes that attract all kinds of artists, painters, ceramists, sculptors and writers to the area.

Esporles

In this beautiful little village in the Serra de Tramuntana, you can travel from Palma in just one hour.

An urban route of 3.5 kilometers, discovering its streets. Highlights the typical architecture of the area starting from the church of San Pere, which highlights the district of Son Torrat, the Casa des Poble, the District of SA Vilanova and the Street des Balladors. The painted tiles, a popular technique from the medieval period, are especially striking.

After the route, rest and enjoy to eat on a terrace on the Passeig del Rei. We recommend you to try a typical llonguet, traditional Majorcan bread, known in the village as French muffin.

Banyalbufar

Beautiful village embraced by mountains, surrounded by vineyards, and attn the other side by the sea. A small hidden gem with a lot of history and tradition, which still keeps its Mediterranean and Mallorcan essence intact.

From the Mirador de San Andrés, we find the Torre de Es Verger from 16th Century. Typical icon of the town, from where the invasions that came by sea were monitored.

The village is located along the skirt of the Tramuntana, down to the coast. It is characterized by its inclined streets, and the plantanciones of fruit and vines distributed on terraces. In the lower part is located the hidden Little Cove, which continues to remember the fishing past with the colorist wharf of traditional boats. It is protected by a cliff from which a natural stream emanates. This area is synonymous with peace.

After the bath, we recommend eating in the restaurant 1661 Cuina of Banyalbufar. Created by a family of Germans offers exquisite dishes. It has certainly become a reference not only in Banyalbufar but in all of Majorca.

Valldemossa

We arrived in Valldemossa on a 20-minute drive from Palma.  It is the village in the highest point Majorca and the largest in the Sierra. In it lived the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin along with writer George Sand for a year, looking for health and fresh air.

In the Royal Monastery of Valldemossa are the Cloisters, church, the old pharmacy and the cells of Chopin and Sand, which still retains the piano and other objects of the artists.

In this place was born Santa Catalina Thomas, the only saint of the island. And it is characteristic, to see in the entrance of all the houses, tiles that refer to episodes of his life.

In Valldemossa, Michael Douglas bought one of the best farms in the area, founded a contemporary cultural centre.

Deiá

Just a few kilometres from Valldemossa, and 40 minutes from Palma, is this small and charming village, full of nooks and crannies.

Known to be chosen as Robert Graves ‘ retirement for about 40 years. A connoisseur of Greek and Roman mythology, he is the author of “I, Claudio” and numerous studies on these civilizations. Being a refuge also at the present time for numbers of artists.

The small and Hidden cove of the town stands out, in which we find the recommended C´as Patró March Restaurant in the seaside. Fresh fish and seafood cuisine, mainly, although they also prepare meats. Do not miss the red prawns, which although high-priced, are characteristic of the area and blow away by its meat and intense taste.

In the winter months it is closed, but from April it is a date that you can not miss. It is advisable to book a table, and carry enough cash, as they do not accept credit cards. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Soller

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Another nice and beautiful village of the Sierra, which can be accessed by car through the mountain tunnel. Or you can take the classic train from Palma to Soller. It keeps the traditional wooden wagons, and make a nice route through the mountain. Do not miss the famous products made with its famous oranges, ice cream

Cape Formentor

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At the northeast end of the Sierra we find Cape Formentor or Cap formentor. It is highly recommended your visit through the sinuous roads. In the summer the number of visits is controlled and it is necessary to be informed well in advance.

Highlights in the area, the famous hotel Formentor, luxury hotel from the beginning of 1900. Famous refuge of celebrities and artists. Picturesque and beautiful place, both to enjoy the scenery, as well as the rest and peace of the area.

In 1959 Camilo José Cela, organizes the Poets Club that will celebrate annually a prize in the hotel. For the next 80 years, writers such as Goitisolo or Miguel Ángel Asturias, among many others, passed.

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