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Serra de Tramuntana

December 7, 2020 | Blog

Mallorca’s crowning landscape—literally—is the Serra de Tramuntana, or the “Mountains of the North Wind.” This mighty limestone range dominates the island’s northern reaches, stretching some 56 miles/90 kilometers from Port d’Anratx in the southwest to Cap de Formentor in the northeast.

Many of our Hoposa hotels and vacation apartments lie within shouting distance of the Tramuntana Range’s scenic, ecological, and cultural glories. These are wonderful mountains to explore on foot, by bicycle, or via auto-touring, and they certainly paint some mesmerizing vistas that’ll lodge forever in your memories!

The Serra de Tramuntana: Mallorca’s Grand Heights

The Serra de Tramuntana rise from coastal headlands, cliffs, and promontories to the horns and domes of the interior, with some impressive, steep-walled gorges cutting the range. The chain tops out at 1,445-meter/4,474-foot Puig Major, the high point of the entire Balearic archipelago. Puig Major lies on military-owned lands closed to the public, but the range’s second-highest peak, 1,364-meter/4,474-foot Puig de Massanella, makes a popular hiking destination. The high country occasionally collects a snow dusting: quite remarkable, given Mallorca’s mild Mediterranean climate.

All told, the Serra de Tramuntana account for about 30 percent of Mallorca’s land area. Scenically, the range mixes wild, craggy eminences and defiles with fragrant pine and oak woods, olive groves and orchards, and some nicely woven-in works of humankind.

These include the age-old dry-stone terraces and waterworks that have helped Mallorcans farm these rough, rugged heights: an agricultural heritage honored in 2011 with UNESCO World Heritage Site status as the Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana.

Along with the goats and sheep that have grazed these mountains for centuries, keep your eyes peeled for native Serra de Tramunana birdlife, which include such impressive raptors as the booted eagle and the black (or cinereous) vulture, one of the largest birds of prey in the world.

What to See & Do in the Serra de Tramuntana

Besides clambering up the Puig de Massanella and other summits, hikers have an outstanding network of trails to explore in the Serra de Tramuntana—none so well known as the long-distance Dry Stone Route, which follows dry-stone terraces in its traverse of the mountains.

Cyclists, too, love the switchbacking roads of the Serra de Tramuntana. With Hoposa accommodations in Puerto PollensaDeia, or Cala San Vicente, you can embark on some magical pedaling odysseys around the range.

Speaking of our Hoposa Hotel Costa d’Or in Deia, it provides the perfect jumping-off point for visiting the wonderful mountain hamlet of Soller in its orchard-quilted valley. Deia itself is its own destination: Among the luminaries drawn to its beauty and atmosphere were Pablo Picasso and the British poet and novelist Robert Graves, known for such works as I, Claudius and The White Goddess.

Valldemossa is another must-visit settlement in the Serra de Tramuntana; its Chopin Classical Music Festival nods to when, in 1838 and 1839, the great pianist and composer Frederic Chopin wintered here with the writer George Sand.

Then there’s Fornalutx, often hailed as the prettiest village in Spain—and it’s not hard to see why! The Lluc Monastery is another defining Serra de Tramuntana landmark, watched over by the stony peaks and containing an enigmatic Black Madonna statute.

Explore the Serra de Tramuntana on a Hoposa Getaway to Mallorca

Savoring a luxury Hoposa perch in DeiaCala San Vicente, or Puerto Pollensa, you’ve well poised to answer to the Serra de Tramuntana’s beckons. Drink in some glorious scenery and experience a marvelous interweave of nature and culture in the Mountains of the North Wind!

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