Serra de Tramuntana
Towering above the coast at 4,740 feet (1,445 meters), Serra de Tramontana’s principal peak, Puig Major, is the tallest in the Balearic Islands. Surrounding it is an impressive range of limestone mountains that seem a world away from Mallorca’s sun-soaked beaches. The area is a haven for island visitors craving an outdoor adventure—from hiking and horseback riding to more extreme sports like mountain biking, rock climbing, and even cliff-jumping. Historic villages such as Deia, Soller, Banyabulfar, and Valdemosa make excellent pit stops to recharge with a Mallorcan meal and soak up local mountain culture.
Things to know before you go
- Smaller cars are better suited for the narrow mountain roads, which have many hairpin turns.
- Use caution when driving and be prepared to share the road with cyclists.
- Many hiking routes are very steep and best suited for experienced hikers.
- While many villages dot the mountain landscape, be prepared with all the food and water you need for the day.
How to get there
If touring on your own, cars can be hired from Mallorca’s major towns. Public TIB buses and a historic train run from Palma de Mallorca to the town of Soller. ATV tours are a popular way to explore the rugged terrain, and most organized tours include transportation from the island’s major tourist hubs.
When to get there
The best weather for hiking in Mallorca is in the spring and fall months (from February–May or September–October), when wildflowers are also in bloom. The highest peaks of Serra de Tramontana receive snow in the winter, and summertime brings spikes in heat and crowds.
One Day in Soller
Situated among orange groves between the mountains and sea, the lovely village of Soller is a popular day trip destination for Mallorcans and the perfect place to stop for lunch or even the night while exploring the Serra de Tramontana. Cafés and tapas bars line the central Plaça Constitució square, while a botanical garden and modern art museum provide cultural diversions. A vintage tram connects the town to the beaches and sleepy resorts of Port de Soller, just a few miles away.
- Valldemossa and La Granja
- Son Amar Dinner Show
- Palma Arab Baths (Baños Árabes)
- Puig de Galatzo Nature Reserve (La Reserva Puig de Galatzo)
- Sa Calobra Canyon and Beach (Torrent de Pareis)
- Palma Plaza Mayor
- Es Baluard Museum
- Basilica de Sant Francesc
- Palau March Museum (Palau March Museu)
- Royal Palace of La Almudaina (Palau de l’Almudaina)
- Palma Cathedral (La Seu)
- Bellver Castle
- Na Burguesa Viewpoint (Mirador de Na Burguesa)
- Genova Caves (Cuevas de Genova)