Mallorca possesses dazzling natural beauty that is enhanced by the taste for the good things in life. Its beautiful limestone cliffs, distant, dreamlike mountains, charming little villages, magical forests of oak, pine and olive trees, vast and exuberant plains covered with carob trees, almond trees and vineyards… all these things contribute to make this Mediterranean island much more than just beaches with turquoise waters and fine, white sand.
The Serra de Tramuntana, included on the World Heritage List, is a mountain range that rises in the northwest of the island. It is made up by paths, walls and terraces, together with traditional stone constructions that are perfectly integrated in nature. This is also the location of the most charming towns in Mallorca. Here go a few of the most interesting of them:
· Banyalbufar is built upon terraces of vineyards that reach down to the sea. There are spectacular sunsets to be seen from the Tower of Ses Animes. Malvasia, a sweet white wine, can be enjoyed at Son Vives, a wine cellar.
· At Esporlas you can visit La Granja, a stately home that is now a museum dedicated to the history and traditions of Mallorca.
· Located on a small hill and crowned by the Tower of la Cartuja, the town of Valldemossa is laid out in such a way that it invites you to walk around at random along cobbled streets lined with trees, with quaint stone houses and impressive villas. Valldemossa served as a resting place for famous characters such as Chopin and George Sand, Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges and Santiago Rusiñol.
You can’t afford to miss the famous potato cocas, a local dessert. Ask for the directions of the Ca’n Molinas bakery and enjoy it with a cold almond horchata drink.
· Many consider that Deià is the most charming town in Mallorca. Its stone houses with painted windows and shutters, the fruit trees, palm trees, cypresses and narrow streets make up one of the most beautiful landscapes in Mallorca. The poet and writer Robert Graves and other celebrities such as Michael Douglas chose this garden overlooking the Mediterranean as a place of refuge, rest and disconnection from worldly concerns.
In Deià you should visit Sa Foradada and enjoy the sunset, and there are plenty of concerts and nightlife in Sa Fonda.
· Sóller is in a valley surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana.
It is worthwhile to explore its streets featuring elegant modernist architecture, with gardens and orange and lemon groves. There is a line of vintage trains and cable cars connecting Palma and the Port of Sóller.
· Right in the Serra de Tramuntana is Fornalutx, one of the most beautiful stone towns in Mallorca. It is a simply delicious place that seems to be isolated from the rest of the world.
· Sa Calobra, a stone beach by the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis, is an essential place that is hard to reach and it is surrounded by impressive cliffs.
Among the appealing features on the island of Mallorca are its impressive caves. In the southeast of the island you can visit the Coves del Drach, plentiful in stalactites and stalagmites, subterranean waterfalls and a large lake of crystal-clear waters.
Mallorca is a paradise for drifting away and resting. Now if you’re an active type you will find many routes for hiking and bike-riding, all of which are well marked out, covering the entire island.
Mallorca is a Mediterranean paradise that will always be beckoning to you to return.
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