Serra De Tramuntana in Majorca
The mountains of Serra de Tramuntana are a UNESCO World Heritage site, reaching heights of over 1,000m and offering a unique opportunity to explore a wild, breathtaking landscape. The Tramuntana range runs for 90km along Majorca's northern coast, offering some of the best panoramic views around. It may mean a long, slow uphill drive on narrow, winding roads to get here, but it's well worth the effort.
Make sure you take time to stop for photos, as you'll find plenty of opportunities along the way. Smell the wild rosemary and spot vast limestone peaks towering over tiny traditional Spanish villages.
An active day out
If you're feeling active, there's plenty to keep you busy in Serra de Tramuntana. Hike through the olive groves or pine forests, or rent a bike and explore the many cycle routes. One of the best is the downhill ride from Sa Calobra to the coast. Make sure you check your planned routes before setting off though, as much of the land here is privately owned.
Adventurous days out
Serra de Tramuntana is a popular spot for rock climbing, abseiling, adventure swimming and coasteering, so whatever extreme sport you're into, you're sure to find it here. There are a number of specialist companies in the area offering excursions and training for all abilities.
Pack your camera
The Tramuntana's highest peak, the Puig Major de Son Torrello, stands at 1,445m. It's a military base, so sadly it's off-limits to visitors, but make sure you snap some stunning photos of it while you're here. There are ten other peaks over 1,000m above sea level here too, as well as two lakes, the Gorg Blau and the Cuber.
A laid-back pace
It's not all about hiking, biking, and climbing in the Serra de Tramuntana range. There's a laid-back pace here that hasn't changed for hundreds of years, and one of the best ways to experience this first hand is to take off on the Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route). This is the area's longest hiking trail, running from Andratx to Pollenca. It's relatively easy going too, and the cobbled paths once linked ancient mountain villages so the views are constantly changing.
Soak up local life
While you're here, why not stop off at one of the historic towns and villages nearby, like Valldemossa or Soller? The town of Valldemossa hosts an annual Chopin music festival (Chopin once said it was the most beautiful place on earth) while the market town of Andratx is home to a historic 13th-century church and hosts a lively Wednesday market.
Head for Soller and you can hop on board the 'Orange Express', a narrow-gauge railway with traditional wooden carriages that takes you to Palma, the island's capital.
The mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana is a must on your Majorca holiday adventures. With so many great outdoor activities and adventure sports for all ages, as well as charming traditional towns and villages, and some unmissable photo opportunities, this is a trip you won't forget in a hurry.
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