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Discovering the Serra de Tramuntana mountains

24-01-2020

If there is something in Mallorca that nothing has to envy its crystalline coastline is the “Serra de Tramuntana” mountain range, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011. It forms the backbone of the north-west of Mallorca, running for around 90 km, from Andratx to the Cape of Formentor, and merges alongside the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in a unique landscape, sculpted by numerous torrents, surrounded by a lush variety of endemic flora and dotted with charming villages. Absolutely, the “Serra” is one of the Majorcans’ most appreciated treasures and one of the biggest tourist attractions of the island all-year round.

The best way to enjoy the landscape of Mallorca is to explore the natural spaces of Serra de Tramuntana, with some of the best views of the Mediterranean. The Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra, Sa Foradada, the Gorg Blau and Cúber reservoirs, the Lluc monastery or the villages of Sóller, Deià, Fornalutx and Valldemossa – this one was described by Chopin as the most beautiful place in the world - are probably the most emblematic sites, although the Serra is crossed by countless trails. The most famous hiking route is the so-called “Ruta de preda en sec” or Dry-Stone Route (GR 221), the largest long-distance path on the island, which owes its name to the abundant dry stone walls and structures, such as snow houses for storing ice and even ovens still standing along the route.

This famous walk runs from Port d'Andratx, in the south-west of Mallorca, all the way to Port de Pollença, in the north-east; although there are some projects to link other locations, including one that intends to ring the island through this famous route.

Sometimes it approaches the coastline, and sometimes it climbs up to 1,200 meters high, so hikers can see the diversity of the flora of each section, and also get to know some interesting historical vestiges, traditions, crafts and gastronomy typical of this place on the island.

Undoubtedly, one of the must-sees of Mallorca, as the Majorcan people themselves know.

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