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The Serra de Tramuntana

The Serra de Tramuntana is one of the most magical and attractive places one can visit in Majorca. It is located on the northwest of the island and its name comes from the iconic north wind blowing in that direction and that largely determines the morphological character of the area and the customs of its inhabitants. It is the largest mountain range of Majorca being the largest natural area with a great ecological and environmental value. It is approximately 90 kilometers long from Cape Formentor in Pollença to Cap de Sa Mola in Andratx, with an average width of 15 kilometers. Here you can see some of the island’s endemic species such as the mountain holm in the higher parts. In the Serra de Tramuntana about 14 days of annual heavy rainfall and snow can be recorded, which offers a variety of climates and a wide range of leisure opportunities even in winter.

Sierra de Tramunntana view from Sa Calessa
Sierra de Tramunntana view from Sa Calessa

UNESCO World Heritage Status

The human footprint has been linked to the Serra de Tramuntana for centuries, with many places of great cultural and ethnographic value. Take its agricultural terraces (‘marjades’ in Majorcan), a real feast for the eyes that has been used throughout history by Majorcan farmers to turn inhospitable cliffs into fertile, arable areas. Its magic increases proportionally because they were built without any mechanical aid, coating stone walls for long, hard days of labour. Nowadays, the resulting landscape is spectacular, which together with other equally recognizable elements like snow houses for the use of ice or lime kilns, provides this area with incalculable value. Not surprisingly, for all this the Cultural Landscape of The Serra de Tramuntana was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

Stunning villages

The many roads that formed the communications network of the Tramuntana Range are, today, a gift to the thousands of hikers and nature lovers visiting the area. Villages like Sóller, Deià or Fornalutx are a must stop for everyone who comes to Majorca for its steep, cobbled streets, its typical Majorcan shutters, their environments with olive, pine and carob trees, its stone buildings and a charm that makes you disconnect from any external interference. For its environmental, ethnographic and cultural value, Mallorca would certainly not be the same without the Serra de Tramuntana.

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