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Wellness Hotel near Serra de Tramuntana
October 18, 2018 | Blog
The crown jewel of the Mallorcan landscape is the island’s limestone roof: the Serra de Tramuntana (the “Mountains of the North”), which stretch for some 90 kilometers (56 miles) along the northern coast. These fabulous mountains serve up head-spinning scenery, some fascinating history and culture, and some of the most extensive opportunities for outdoor adventure in Mallorca.
As a guest of ours at a Hoposa hotel or vacation apartment, the rugged, shining heights of the Serra de Tramuntana are never far away. Our properties in Puerto Pollensa, Deia, and Cala San Vicente all lie in the shadow of the range, giving you a luxurious coastal home base from which to explore on unforgettable day trips.
The Geography of the Mountains of the North
The Serra de Tramuntana forms a lofty backbone for Mallorca’s northern reaches, with a southwestern terminus at Port d’Andratx and a northeastern one at the Cap de Formentor peninsula. A southern spur of the main range, the Serra de Na Burguesa, edges the Bay of Palma. Altogether, this northern highland accounts for some 30 percent of Mallorca’s land area.
The Tramuntana landscape encompasses a mosaic of craggy limestone peaks, deep gorges, high valleys, and sea cliffs, headlands, and idyllic coves where the mountains abut the Mediterranean. The botanical quilt includes pine and oak woods, orchards, and olive groves.
The highest peak in the Serra de Tramuntana (and the crown of the entire Balearic Islands) is 1,445-meter (4,740-foot) Puig Major; the next-highest peak, 1,364-meter (4,474-foot) Puig de Massanella.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2011, UNESCO recognized the Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana as a World Heritage Site: a reflection of the centuries-old terraces, waterworks, farms, and other agricultural heritage that developed in intimate relationship with the demanding terrain.
Exploring the Serra de Tramuntana
Whether by car or on foot, there’s a bewitching mountain realm to explore in the Serra de Tramuntana. Charming towns and villages, including Deia (where our Hoposa Hotel Costa D’Or lies), Soller, and Lluc, make rewarding destinations. The monastery of Lluc is among the best-known architectural landmarks of the range.
Hikers have a field day in the Serra de Tramuntana. While Puig Major lies off-limits to the public on military land, you can scramble up the range’s second-highest peak, Puig de Massanella, for a panoramic view that’ll definitely range among the “high points” of your Mallorcan getaway. And Mallorca’s most celebrated long-distance footpath, the Dry Stone Route, traces the Serra de Tramuntana spine.
Keep an eye out for the many great raptors (birds of prey) that nest on the cliffs and hunt the ridges of the Serra de Tramuntana, including the Eleonora’s falcon, the booted eagle, and the enormous black vulture.
Take advantage of the Hoposa hotels and apartments’ proximity to the mountain kingdom of the Serra de Tramuntana the next time you lap up our luxury hospitality on the magical island of Mallorca!