Between Andratx and Pollença stands the most unique of the natural areas in Majorca: the Serra de Tramuntana. Thanks to its natural beauty and the way in which its inhabitants have adapted to its curious landscape, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 2011. As it is home to the highest point of the island, it is no wonder why its steep profile invites so many visitors to explore this area with a rental car in Majorca. This is one of the most popular options to visit this area due to the freedom it will give you, since you can reach the most hidden corners without being limited by schedules, without worries and at your own pace. Therefore, ROIG Rent a Car wants to give you some advice to explore the Serra de Tramuntana by car, so you can choose your own journey without missing a thing.
What to do in serra de Tramuntana
If you are looking for a route by car through the Serra de Tramuntana, the first thing you should discover are its natural landscapes, which have given it this unique and unrepeatable character. Here are the places you cannot miss:
–Torre del Verger. The strategic location in which the mountains are located led to the construction of a network of watchtowers and coastal signaling during the Modern Age. Although you will find many along your route, we recommend the great views of this tower built in the sixteenth century.
– Sa Foradada. An unmissable stop is this curious viewpoint. From here you will have great views of the Mediterranean and the incredible rock formations that have been created over the years. The most popular is the one that gives the place its name, a rock with a hole that supposedly resembles the shape of the island.
–Jardins d’Alfàbia. Following your route, you must make time to stop at this historic estate, representative of Majorcan culture and with traditional son gardens, a typical landscaping style with a Hispano-Arab origin.
– Cúber and El Gorg Blau. Under the shadow of Puig Major, the highest peak in Majorca, you will find the artificial lakes of Gorg Blau and Cúber, two ideal places to spend a relaxing time surrounded by mountains, admiring the incredible reflections that form in the water. Thanks to the richness of its landscape, they have been declared protected areas.
– Torrent de Pareis. One of the most spectacular natural formations is this torrent that crosses the mountain range and flows into the sea. Leave your car aside and take this walking path that will take you to some of the most beautiful corners of the area.
– Santuari de Lluc. Following the winding roads of the mountains, you will arrive at the sanctuary of Lluc, founded in the 13th century and where it is said that the homonymous Virgin appeared. Visit its, surroundings formed by unurbanized gardens or stop to taste the local cuisine.
–Vinyes de Mortitx. Learn about the winemaking tradition of the area by strolling through the magnificent white grape vineyards and tasting its wines in a unique setting.
– El Castell del Rei. Park your rental car at the point where the Roman bridge of Pollença ends and take a hike to the top, where you can find the ruins of this castle created by the Arabs and reinforced by King Jaume I. Keep in mind that is in a private estate, so you can only access after obtaining a permit and with a guide.
–Talaia d’Albercutx. One of the last watchtowers that you will find on the road is this one on the Serra del Cavall Bernat. Located 380 meters high, from here you can admire the views towards the Cape of Formentor or the islet of Colomer.
– Cap de Formentor. End this route across the Serra de Tramuntana by car on the peninsula that is located to the north of the island. The great views you will have at sunset and a visit to the island of Es Colomer will close this wonderful trip through the wildest Majorcan landscapes.
The best coves in serra de Tramuntana
We must devote a separate section to the coves that are hidden behind the cliffs of this mountain range. Getting to them will be easy with your franchise-free car rental in Majorca, so we will talk about a few where you can stop along the way.
- Sa Calobra. Next to Torrent de Pareis is this small, pebbled cove, surrounded by rocks and some small fishing constructions.
- Cala Deià. One of the most beautiful coves in Majorca is Cala Deià, with its transparent water and charming surroundings. Find your corner among the rocks and admire the turquoise reflections that the Mediterranean will offer you.
- Cala Figuera. Another classic is this small beach of fine sand that is located in Santanyí. For many years it was a fishing port, so it still retains its unique charm.
- Cala Tuent. At the foot of the Puig Major we find the largest cove in the entire area and one of the few that maintains its virgin appearance.
- Cala de Llucalcari. One of the least known, but no less beautiful, is this one in the vicinity of Deià. Also known as Es Canyeret, this is a quiet cove where you can walk quietly to Cova Fosca, a cave that is a short distance from the beach.
Beautiful villages in the Serra de Tramuntana
But if there is a more charming element than those previously described when touring the Serra Tramuntana by car, it is the towns that you will find along the way. Next, we are going to find out about the most beautiful villages that you must visit during your route:
–Andratx. Begin your route through the mountain villages of the mountains by visiting the historical center of this municipality in addition to its natural harbor.
–Estellencs. Located on the Puig de Galatzó, this town is structured in a labyrinthine network of cobbled streets that will take you to the pretty town cove.
–Banyalufar. This spectacular coastal town preserves some examples of Majorcan civil architecture dating from the sixteenth century and is framed by Malvasia fields, a type of grape that is typical in the area and with which its excellent wine is created.
–Valldemossa. One of the most charming villages is this one in which dozens of artists have decided to spend some of their time. One of its most important elements is the Charterhouse, where George Sand and Chopin spent a romantic winter.
–Bunyola. Small but preserved, Bunyola breathes calmness amid in the mountains that surround the village. We recommend that you visit the small weekly market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday.
–Deià. Known for being the municipality chosen by many famous people to spend their holidays in Majorca, it also hides some of the most spectacular natural landscapes and coves in the area.
–Alaró. Between two hills we find this small town where one of the medieval castles of the island still (partially) stands. Ideal if you are also planning to take the bike with you or you like hiking, here you will have beautiful views of the mountains.
–Fornalutx. Here you can get a good idea of the typical architecture of the mountains, since you can see examples of sixteenth century buildings such as the house of Can Arbona, which will definitely surprise you.
–Pollença. To end your route through the Serra de Tramuntana by car and its municipalities, we recommend that you stop at this coastal town that not only houses the cliffs of Formentor but hides some of the most beautiful coves in the north of the island.
Delicious restaurants in the Serra de Tramuntana that you will love
And as we know that hunger will appear at some point during your route through the Serra de Tramuntana by car, we would like to give you a list of some of the best restaurants in which you will be able to taste the most typical products of Majorca.
–Es Roquissar (Valldemossa). In the heart of the town we find this intimate place where you can taste the best fusion cuisine, which combines traditional dishes with ingredients from around the world.
–Can Quet (Deià). With great views, this restaurant in Deià offers diners the opportunity to taste an exquisite grilled meat and delicious rice dishes.
–Bens d’Avall (Sóller). In front of the Mediterranean, you will find one of the most traditional restaurants in the area. Here you can taste the best of Balearic cuisine in its most gourmet expression.
–Posada del Marquès (Esporles). In a rural estate 4 kilometers away from the center of the municipality is this 16th century farm. In the old oil mill, you can try dishes such as lamb with rosemary or salmon with fennel, a feast for the senses with the value that kilometer 0 food offers.
–Na Foradada (accessible only by foot). If you want to enjoy one of the best views of Majorca while you taste some incredible slow-cooked paellas, you have to get to this restaurant by boat or walk to it, parking your rental car near the house of Son Marroig and following the signs along the mountain path .
–S’Hortet (Deià). Fresh products, warmth and friendliness. This is the winning combination of this endearing place. Choose between the beautiful interior or the quiet garden where you can eat outdoors and enjoy the sun.
–Ca’s Xorc (Sóller). This oasis of tranquility located in an old Majorcan estate offers dinners under the stars for all those who want to try the best Mediterranean fusion cuisine in a very special environment.
–El Olivo (Deià). To end this list, we recommend this restaurant with privileged views over the town of Deià, ideal to dine while the sun sets among the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana.
What did you think of this trip around the best of this area? Now that you know more about this route around the Serra de Tramuntana by car, do not hesitate to discover the advantages of choosing ROIG, your trustworthy rent a car in Majorca. If you have any questions or you want to tell us about your experience, do not hesitate to share it with the rest of the readers, they will thank you!