Serra de TramunTana, paradise with lots of history.
The serra de tramuntana is one of the most precious treasures of the island. It’s a mountain range located in the north of the island which protects its inhabitants from the strong winds and rain, and also give beautiful landscapes of mountains and trees which can be seen from nearly every point of the island.
Serra de tramuntana declared a heritage site
In 2011 it was declared a heritage site by UNESCO due to its beautiful cultural landscape, which has also helped to protect it. Elements such as dry stone constructions and water canalizations are just some of the facts which helped UNESCO to make this decision, because they perfectly reflect authentic Mediterranean agricultural landscape.
In the range we can find 18 towns some of which hold the highest points of the island such as Puig Major, Massanella, l’Ofre or the Puig Tomir.
Each one of these towns has its own history, and its own character. To explain each and every one we must start by parts, so in this post we will explain 9 towns starting from Andratx and finishing with Soller.
Serra de Tramuntana
- Andratx is the most western town of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is one of the points where the island ends and also a town of great dimensions. It has land and sea and also attractives such as the natural park of Dragonera, a small island located in front of the town and also the natural reserve of la trapa, a finca which monks built with water previsions and dry stone walls. The town has five areas: Andratx, Camp de Mar, Puerto of Andratx, s’Arracó and Sant Elm.
- Calvia is one of the areas mostly visited by tourists due to its beaches. Its touristic infrastructures in Paguera, Camp de Mar and Magaluf, are combined with daily life of locals and that of those recently arrived. It has 47.900 inhabitants and is land of stories and legends such as “Comte Mal”, which has references to a Duque which used to appear at night mounted by horse and coming from hell.
- Puigpunyent is a small nucleus of about 2000 inhabitants which has 3 main areas: Puigpunyent, Galilea and Son Serralta. It’s a town different from the ones mentioned before due to it being mainly mountains. It has a large speciality in agriculture and dry stone work. It has “horseshoe paths”, thetype of pathways used for transporting animals. We can see how many antique constructions are still preserved which remind us of Mallorcas past.
- Estellencs. This town best represents what the spirit of Mallorca was like long before tourism. Its streets remind of the medieval period, and via a road you can reach Cala Estellencs, a pretty entrance to the sea which was used by fishermen as refuge.
- Esporles is a small interior town of The serra de tramuntana in which we can observe the beauty of its stone houses and narrow ancient streets. Here you will find one of the most popular farms, which has great amounts of history.
- Banialbufar. This is a coastal town known best for its Ramellet tomatoes, a variety of tomato which is supposed to be the best on the island thanks to their irrigation system originating from the Islamic era.
- Valdemossa. Known for being one of the prettiest towns of the island and with medieval character, it’s located in a valley and has its own port even being a mountain town. Some of the best writers and musicians have passed through the town such as Chopin or Ruben Dario.
- Deia. This pretty town is located on a hill which comes from the sea and has some of the prettiest views of all Malloca, for example Son Marroig, where you can see the famous sunset where the sea meets the stars and you can see some of the most beautiful scenery.
- Soller. A beautiful valley surrounded by orange trees which hides thousands of stories of immigrants, mainly French, which in their day and due to maritime trading they decided to establish themselves in this town. Two of its main attractions include the train and tram, both from the start of the 20th century, which still work today and are a great tourist attraction. It also has hiking routes through the Serra de tamuntana, where most of them end up in Biniaraix, a small habituated nucleus belonging to Soller.
In the serra de tramutana you can also find a wide range of refuges where you can relax if you decide to go from town to town, and also recreational areas which have equipment to facilitate the visit of people who wish to stay the night.