The northern slopes of the Serra de Tramuntana provide some magnificent views and a wonderful sense of isolation. Andratx and Valldemossa have a number of interesting historic sights but it is the scenery of the rugged coastline, which manages to be both sinister and beautiful, that is most impressive. The route is dramatic, traversing tunnels and gorges, but it is not difficult, except for the approach to Port d’es Canonge and Port de Valldemossa. It can be covered in a single day. If you are fit, you could even cycle.
A small town with old stone houses, an interesting, mostly 18thcentury, church and a handful of souvenir shops. The route follows the main street.
Mirador de Ricardo Roca
This viewpoint is situated on the terrace of the Es Grau restaurant. It affords a spectacular view of the northwestern coastline.
A charming little town with attractive houses and cobbled streets. The market is held on Wednesday and is a time when the usually empty streets teem with life.
Mirador de Ses nimes
The former defence tower, standing on a steep rock, now serves as a viewpoint. The entrance to the tower is narrow and the top terrace is accessible only by stepladder.
Founded by the Arabs, this small town is surrounded by terraced fields descending to the sea. Until the late 19th century, the district was famous for its vineyards.
Port d’es Canonge
The road leading to this small fishing port and beach is narrow and winding, but the beauty of the spot makes it worth the trouble. Fishermen’s huts and a restaurant are by the beach.
Port de Valldemossa
A small, shingly beach and a few good fish restaurants are the main reasons to follow the winding road from Valldemossa to this pretty hamlet. It offers peace and idyllic scenery, and is visited by only a handful of holidaymakers.
At the centre of this friendly town, far from the tourist haunts, is the shady Passeig del Rei, lined with numerous cafe and restaurants. The nearby church was built in the early 16th century.
Frederic Chopin wintered here in 1838. It is worth taking a stroll through the town’s narrow alleys, after visiting the monastery and the royal palace.
Once a country estate, La Granja now houses one of the island’s most interesting museums. It stages shows of regional dance, crafts and local wine-tastings.