Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca

Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca

Anna Celma, the owner of Hotel Can Verdera looks forward to welcome you to Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca

Description

The Sierra de Tramuntana, considered the most valuable natural environment and cultural landscape of Majorca, is located in the northwest and protects the island from the cold north winds (hence its name which refers to the wind that comes from that direction).

It extends from Andratx to Cap Formentor and is the largest mountain range and the largest natural space of Majorca: It is somewhat more than 1,000 km2 in size, with peaks rising above 1,000 m between Valldemossa and Escorca.

Declared a Natural Area of Special Interest, the sierra retains its ecological value and presents an important wealth of flora and fauna. It also covers 19 emblematic locations with their customs, traditional lifestyles and artistic values.

The excellent preservation of the traces left by various civilizations that crossed its territory was one of the enhanced values due to which the Sierra de Tramuntana is now part of the World Heritage List.

A landscape that has been the refuge chosen by writers, painters, and even aristocrats for a long time and that has been painted hundreds of times. A grand and yet cozy scenery.

Travel guide

How to Get There

From Palma de Mallorca, town or airport:

Leave the airport towards Palma on motorway MA-19. After 3 km take exit 3 towards MA-15/Manacor and then merge onto MA-20 Via Cintura-Andratx.

After 4 Km, take exit 5A towards MA-11 Sóller.

From Soller you can go either north toward Escorca and Pollença or south toward Deià and Banyalbufar.

Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca: Plan your journey by public transport

Palma Airport, also known as Son Sant Joan International Airport, is the third largest airport in Spain by passenger volume. It is located 8 km from the center of the city of Palma de Mallorca.

The Port of Palma is located in the middle of the city, just in front of the old part. It is one of most important ports in the Mediterranean Sea for cruise ship transit.

Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca weather forecast

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Places to go

Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar is located on the slope of Sierra de Tramontana, on the seashore, in Majorca, Spain.

TO SEE: Banyalbufar surprises with its intricate system of terraces. Its name in Arabic means “vine of the sea”, because since late Middle Ages until well into the nineteenth century, every inch of the slopes were exploited to cultivate vineyards whose grapes produced a widely celebrated sweet and fragrant wine.

TO DO: The watchtower, known as Ses Ánimes, is an excellent viewpoint of the town and its shore, and a symbol of the city. In the interior of Banyalbufar you might like to visit the magnificent Historic-Artistic Site of Clastra de sa Barona, which contains a cloister and a defence tower that date back to the 17th century. Nowadays, it houses a hotel establishment.

Fornalutx

Fornalutx is a beautiful mountain village in northern Majorca with winding, narrow streets joined by steep staircases, and picturesque leafy squares.

TO SEE: Fornalutx is a much-visited colourful village located in the Valley of Sóller, in the centre of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

TO DO: Stroll through its streets and visit Casa de la Vila (Town Hall), which includes a defence tower dating from the 17th century, and the Parish Church, which was originally a 13th century Gothic construction, but it has undergone many renovations and its current style is more Baroque.

Pollença

Situaded in the north of the island of Majorca, Spain, the town of Pollença, the Roman Pollentia, sits among mountainous outlines and pinewoods.

TO SEE: The northernmost spurs of Sierra de Tramuntana are the backdrop of the Majorcan town of Pollença. Widely known for its lively port and crystal-clear bay, the town has a medieval historic quarter that sits only a few kilometres away from the Mediterranean sea. This town, under the shade of the mountains of Puig de Pollença and Calvari, has managed to preserve intact its personality, despite being only steps away from the bustle of the beach.

TO DO: Cobbled streets lead to the most emblematic monuments, including the church of Nostra Senyora del Roser and the parish of Our Lady of the Angels.

RECOMMEND: Cape Formentor, Cape Pinar, Alcúdia and the port are a must for anyone who wishes to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the island.

Routes

Tour from Soller to Fornalutx

A nice route without significant drops that connects Sóller Fornalutx Binibassí through the village.

The start of the trip is located at the football court of Soller, accessible from the Plaza of the Constitution  and Calle la Lluna, Calle 11de Mayo y Avenida de Asturias. Arriving there we follow the Torrent to the right until you reach the washers, near the bridge Can Rave.

At this point there is a road where we cross followed by the left. Do not turn left the road and then Marjades ses sa Capel1eta, part of another route.

Some meters ahead leave a dirt road that leads to the left: the road to vel1a Balitx. Streams and an edge in a very sharp bend, signaling suggests that we should abandon the road suitable for vehicles to follow the paved trail that climbs slowly between orange and olive-documented in the area since the year 1242 – up the little village Binibassí, which marks the border between the Sól1er and Fornalutx.

To the left of the village continue rising along the water mill. Leaving behind a stone gate and continue the rise among pine, oak and some olives, reaching a point where we turn right and go another barrier which begins a short Descent From this point the path Cross  a small spectacular saves comel1ar. Fau away see of the silhouette of rock des Migdia we mark the horizon, then we find much closer the cemetery of Fornalutx. The path has become a paved cart path that borders the cemetery and through the olive groves, brings us to the first houses Fornalutx. Across the street from the Plaza reach the Plaza España in the foothills of the parish church!.

Distance/Time:
Time estimated: 45 min
Type of route: linear
Points:
Soller – Binibassi – Fornalutx

The Camí de s’Alzina Fumadora Route

The Camí de s’Alzina Fumadora hiking tour in Fornalutx, Majorca, is an easy walk suitable even for children over six.

Start out on the walk from the popular plaça d’Espanya up the steps that lead to the parish church, a baroque construction dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Next, go on up the Carrer l’Esglèsia, a street where you can see the ceramic tiles of one of the Stations of the Cross, and then continue along Carrer de la Tramuntana, a street at the beginning of which your attention will be caught by the painted tiles under the eaves of the roof of Ca ses Escolanes, depicting a great full moon and a rooster – the symbol of Jesus.

You soon emerge from the built up area and go straight up the cobbled bridle path, which gains altitude between terraces of olive and orange trees, water tanks and scattered houses, until you cross the Ma-2120 road.

The path carries on, up a steep slope, between olive groves with their drystone huts (buildings with tiled roofs that were used as a shelter for people, animals and tools), until it joins up with the main road to Puig Major (Ma-10). Behind you there are some excellent views over Fornalutx, Biniaraix and Sóller and of the summits of the mountains surrounding the valley, of which Penyal des Migdia (1,401 m), es Cornadors (956 m), Serra d’Alfàbia (1,067 m) and es Teix (1,064 m) are the most prominent.

On the other side of the road, to your right, you will find the entrance to the Comuna de sa Bassa common land, which gives you access to a narrow path that widens out when you reach the level of the Pla de ses Mates plateau, where there is a water tank for the use of forest fire fighters. Here you walk on past a turnoff that forms part of the old path of sa Comuna and then, after passing a hut, you also ignore another path on your left that would take you up to the top of the Puig de sa Bassa peak. From this point, a short downward stretch takes you to the Pla de sa Bassa plateau, very close to the Ma -10 road again, where there is a small recreational area next to a field.

Returning by the same route which is downhill and a little easier.

Distance/Time:
Estimated time: 1h 30 min
Difficulty: Low
Distance: 3.204 meters
Type of route: Linear
Total Ascent: 426 m
Total Descent: 91 m
Not suitable for: Children’s pushchair/Wheelchairs
Points:
Fornalutx – Recreation area of the Comuna de Fornalutx

The Camí de Sa Figuera Route

Easy hiking tour for the whole family in the area of Port Soller in Majorca.

Following the tracks of the Saracen pirates

In the month of May 1561, the Saracens disembarked at Ses Puntes, and splitting up into two squads, made their way towards Sóller where they sacked the church and took numerous of prisoners. One of the platoons took the Camí de sa Figuera path, and it was here that the exploits of the inhabitants of Sóller took place, as they finally achieved a victory that is still commemorated every year on the second Sunday in May.

Description of the route

The walk starts in Port de Sóller in the street named Carrer Antoni Montis, which was widened by reclaiming land from the sa Figuera stream. To your right and a little further up stand the buildings of the Es Port estate, today converted into a hotel, but which conserve some of the architectural features that used to guarantee their defence: a slender tower erected on a great crag and the machicolation above the main entrance.

On reaching the roundabout that provides access to the sa Mola tunnel, you will notice, on the other side of the road, the beginning of the old track called des Port or de Sa Figuera. Set off along this, after going through a gateway with a wooden gate and then past the partially restored firing chamber of a nearby lime kiln.

After a slight climb, you now come to a level area full of olive trees and after crossing the Son Llampaies stream you will see some buildings of the same name, as well as those of Can Alfonso.

A little later, you will find yourself on an earthen track that is suitable for cars (the Son Llampaies road). If you were to continue off to the left, before arriving in the hamlet of Sa Figuera, you would go past the (now dried up) spring of Font des Moro, where local tradition has it that one of the bloody skirmishes took place between Christians and Saracens. So, because of the blood split there it is also known as the Font Roja, or Red Spring.

However, your route takes you off on the path to the right up towards the Coll d’en Borrassar pass. During the subsequent descent, the remains of the bridle path take you quickly down to the buildings at Can Penya. This is where, in the sa Cabra olive grove to be exact, the pirates lost their way when they were trying to get back to their ships, and took a wrong turning up to Coll d’en Marqués pass, with terrible consequences for them.

Carry on in a westerly direction, and soon you turn off towards the left to get to the houses of Can Tamany. Here the Casesnoves sisters – thereafter called ses Valentes Dones, or the Valiant Women – defended themselves from the assaults of the Saracens, slaying their attackers with the bar from the door and then throwing them out of the window. To commemorate their heroism, a Mass is held in this spot in May every year on the day of the Firó.

After leaving the houses behind, and after a short stretch of tarmac, you reach the Ma-10 road. There is no need to cross the road as just to one side, a path leads off alongside it and will take you as far as the old road to the Port. On the other side of the road in the middle of the roundabout stands es Monument, a sculpture created by Pavia the sculptor in memory of the deeds of the feast day of Sant Ponç.

Your route now leads you through the former flood zone of the valley of Sóller, where, even now, the Jaiot stream is known to overflow on occasions. Once past the stream and on the main road to Port de Sóller, walk on along this for a short distance until, on the other side next to one of the tram stops, you see the bridge and the path you now take.

Your next landmark is a crossroads. The Camí de Binidorm is the path that goes off to your left, while the royal Muleta path is on your right. Take this as far as a turning off on your right which goes past the Rocamar Hotel, which is today deplorably in ruins. Soon you join the road that goes to the beach at Platja d’en Repic and the Cap Gros lighthouse; continue with great care because of the traffic. The road crosses the area known as Camp de la Mar, formerly a wetland that was drained and converted into a fertile market garden.

When you get to the d’en Repic sands, you begin the urban section of your walk, returning to the starting point round the Bay of Sóller on pedestrianised roads where you can enjoy your surroundings in a traffic free environment.

Before coming to the end of our route, when you come across the tracks of the tram for the first time, you will see before you the old castle of the Port, a fortification built in the 1540s to check enemy landings in the harbour, but ill fated as for years now it has had a house built on top and is all but surrounded by high buildings.
El próximo hito es un cruce. A la izquierda se encuentra el Camí de Binidorm, mientras que a la derecha comienza el camino real de Muleta, que seguimos hasta coger un camino a la derecha, que pasa por el hotel Rocamar, hoy en un estado de ruina lamentable. Poco después conectamos con la carretera que conduce a la playa d’en Repic y al faro des Cap Gros, por donde continuamos con precaución a causa del tráfico de coches. Ésta atraviesa el Camp de la Mar, una antigua zona húmeda que fue desecada y reconvertida en huerta de gran producción.

Llegados al arenal d’en Repic, se inicia el tramo urbano por el que regresaremos al punto de partida, rodeando la bahía de Sóller por viales peatonales que permiten disfrutar del entorno sin el tráfico de los coches.

Antes de finalizar, y cuando nos topamos por primera vez con la vía del tranvía, reconocemos delante nuestro el antiguo castillo des Port, una fortificación construida durante la década de 1540 para controlar los desembarcos enemigos en el puerto, malograda hace ya tiempo por la construcción de una casa en la parte superior y de grandes edificios a ambos lados.

Distance/Time:
Estimated time: 2 hours
Distance: 6 km
Difficulty: Low
Type of route: Circular
Total ascent: 113 m
Total descent: 114 m
Points:
Port de Soller – Coll d’en Borrassar – Platja d’en Repic – Port de Soller

Festivals and Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

These are the upcoming fiestas, events and festivals in Sierra de Tramuntana – Majorca. The given dates may vary, so please contact the local tourist office if you wish to take part in or attend a specific event.

May

Fira and Firó, Saracen Invasion 2016
Saracens Invasion and Sollerics

The ” Feria ” and ” Firó” are the most popular Fiestas in the town, celebrating the victory of the ” Sollerics ” against the Sarracens who invaded on 11th of may 1561.

After months of preparation, these celebrations last four days, during which a number of sporting events and traditional ceremonies take place, notably a Proclamation of the Fiesta and the Investiture of the ” Valient Women “, chosen to represent historical figures who had the courage to defend their honour against the Sarracens, and the Offering of Flowers to the Virgin of the Victory,…

The Fiesta has two distinct parts. The ” Fira ” is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, when local artisans display and sell their craftwork and the country fair displays local produce and animals.

The other part is the ” Firó “, on the Monday after the ” Fira “.

This is the grand celebration, carefully organised, months ahead, by the groups taking part.There is an historical reenactment of the Saracen invasion, from the landing on the beach in the Port to the feverish defence by the Sollerics who, after three battles finally defeat them in the Plaza of Sóller. The ” Firó ” involves much noise, with explosions, gunshots and firecrackers and the enthusiasm of the Sollerics for their own and history is joyfull displayed.

When: Second Sunday of May
Where: Sóller and Puerto de Sóller

August

Frédéric Chopin Piano Festival 2016
This piano festival’s tradition runs back to 1930. It consists of a series of concerts held in the cloister of Valldemossa Monastery, Mallorca.

The festival’s main focus is on works by Chopin, played by both renowned pianists as well as up-and-coming young talent. Apart from the piano recitals, the festival has other activities such as artistic installations and exhibitions of avant-garde plastic arts, performances, etc. These extras have been introduced to modernise and update the romantic message of Chopin and his partner, the writer George Sand.

When: 4-25 August
Where: Valldemossa, Mallorca

October

Balearic Islands International Dance Festival 2016
Cala Millor, in Majorca, brings together some of the most important figures in contemporary dance for this festival, with an emphasis on diversity of language and styles.

Dansamàniga, the Balearic Islands international festival of dance, invites you to come and enjoy the talent and creativity of choreographers from all around the world. Along with the most long-established artists, other, upcoming new dancers will be presenting their latest work allowing spectators to discover the latest trends in dance. During the festival there will be performances for everyone, including the little ones.

When: 6 October – 2 November 2012
Where: Cala Millor, Son Servera, Majorca

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