Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana mountain range) is one of the most distinctive locations in Mallorca. It is the island’s largest protected area (around 62,000 hectares of land and 1,000 of sea). The area consists of a mountain range that is about 90 km long; it crosses the north-west of the island and has more than a dozen peaks that are higher than 1,000 metres. At 1,445 metres above sea level, Puig Major is the Serra de Tramuntana’s highest peak.
The Serra de Tramuntana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, under the "Cultural Landscape” category. This landscape is formed by roads, terraces, walls, lime kilns, water pipelines and many other human elements that were built using the traditional dry stone technique, without mortar. The result is a beautiful example of human integration with the natural environment.
In the area there are numerous paths with varying degrees of difficulty. The Ruta de Pedra en Sec (GR 221) path is particularly worth noting; it has various different stages and runs along a large portion of the mountain range. At the end of each stage there is a shelter where you can spend the night (prior reservation is required).