Mallorca: The Serra de Tramuntana

The most spectacular views in Mallorca are found on the North coast in the mountains in the Serra de Tramuntana.

Windmills were used by farmers to grind grain and pump water.

Windmills, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries are still a significant feature of the landscape on Mallorca. The ones with the “arrow” feature are used for extracting water into a reservoir. Many are commonly seen in poor state of repair. Today their presence is so inherent to the island’s heritage that the Mallorcan government developed a project dedicated to their restoration and preservation.

Our bus tour started in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
Hillside terraces were made to help manage water and erosion.

The cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana is an example of the Mediterranean agricultural landscape. The system of terraces and cobbled road network, common to many Mediterranean landscapes, is combined with an articulated network of devices for the management of water, revolving around farming units designated in the Middle Ages. Several villages, churches, sanctuaries, towers, lighthouses and small dry-stone structures punctuate the terraced landscape and contribute to its actual character.

It was a two hour drive up the mountain.
The big tour buses shared the 2-lane road with many bicyclers who must have been in training. I can’t think of another reason for riding up this extremely steep road loaded with tour buses.
Incredible views with the Mediterranean in the background.
The snaking road is where we had been.
A lone goat climbed the rocky hills.
Our destination … Sa Calowbra

The Serra de Tramuntana mountains plummet dramatically into the Mediterranean. The tiny coastal village of Sa Calobra has two beaches trapped between spectacular cliffs.

We had a two hour break to enjoy Sa Colobra. We brought a picnic lunch and sat by the beach.
A view of the beach and restaurants at Sa Calowbra. I think there was a hotel and casitas in there too.
This boat will take us to our next destination … the town of Soller.
It was a beautiful day for a boat ride on the very blue waters of the Mediterranean.
There are many caves in the steep mountainside.
A number of boat cave tours are available to visitors. Very intriguing but no time to explore caves on this trip.
The lighthouse marks the entrance to Soller.
The harbor and village come into view. We had about a 30 minute stay in Soller.
Our next mode of transportation was a tram followed by the vintage train that would take us down the mountain. We went through several tunnels.
More beautiful views.
We passed olive groves and herds of sheep and other grazing animals. Our bus met us in Palma and returned to the hotels.
Back to our beach neighborhood.

It was still warm when we returned from the day of touring. I walked down to our beach and took a dip in the Mediterranean. The water wasn’t cold and it wasn’t warm. It was perfect. Soft sand could be felt under my feet and seen through clear blue water. Gliding through the gentle waves, I watched the sailboats off in the distance as the sun began to set. What a memorable moment and one of the highlights of my trip to Spain.

Beautiful sunset tonight.

Our time in Mallorca is nearing an end. Now what? Tomorrow we fly to Barcelona on another Ryan Air bargain flight. Our ticket to fly from Mallorca to Barcelona was $12 in addition to the $19 for a seat and another $37 to check my backpack. With prices like this, I am a happy traveler.

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Jane is a resident of Browndale neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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