Mallorca is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Millions of tourists flock to the island every year to enjoy its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. But apart from the more well-visited places, there are still many hidden treasures to be discovered on the island.
The Tramuntana mountain range in the northwest of Mallorca is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural value and a true paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Here you will find secluded oldstone villages, breathtaking views of unspoilt landscapes, and a wealth of unique experiences off the beaten track. One of the Tramuntana’s best kept secrets are the charming villages scattered amidst the majestic mountains. These include Sóller, Fornalutx, Valldemossa, and Deià.
Sóller is known for its orange and lemon trees, and ice cream made from local oranges is a popular treat all across the island. There is also an antique railway which runs between Palma and Sóller, offering scenic views from itswooden cars. The town contains some beautiful examples of art deco architecture in addition to traditional Majorcan stone townhouses, and there are multiple cultural centers to choose from including the modern art museum CanPrunera, the Sóller Botanical Gardens, and the adjoining Balaric Museum of Natural Sciences.
Another hidden treasure in the Tramuntana is the village of Fornalutx, often cited as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. The traditional Majorcan stone houses and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains make it a truly unique place where one can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle at slower place.
Fornalutx and neighboring Biniaraix are excellent setting off points for multiple trails through the mountains, both for serious hikers and Nordic walkers as well as more leisurely day trippers and picnics. The GR-221 trail, also known as the “Dry Stone Route”, is a well-known route stretching over 135 kilometers and connecting various villages and landscapes of the Tramuntana, including Fornalutx, Biniaraix, and Sóller.
Valldemossa is a picturesque village known for its cobbled streets and charming stone facades with flower displays. Stroll the narrow streets and discover one-of-a-kind shops and cafes as well as scenic viewpoints andoccasional pop-up art galleries and vendors.Don’t miss the opportunity to try a “coca de patata,” a traditional local pastry made with potatoes.
Those more adventurous souls can also take the opportunity to practice canyoning in the Tramuntana. There are numerous canyons and gorges that are great for abseiling, jumping and rock climbing. Professional guides can help you safely enjoy these exciting activities.
In addition to the natural beauty, the Tramuntana also offers a rich cultural history. Visit the village of Deià, known for its bohemian chic lifestyle and calm, quiet atmosphere as well as beautiful seaviews. This inspiring environment has led artists such as Robert Graves and Mati Klarwein to live and work here. Stroll the narrow streets and visit the church at the top of the hill, the house of Robert Graves, and the cultural center to learn more about the village’s history.
Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountain range offers a variety of unique experiences for those who want something more than a beach holiday. Discover charming villages, hike through breathtaking landscapes and immerse yourself in the cultural history of the region to experience the true beauty and authenticity of the island.