One of the first views a tourist may admire, during the planes descent on Mallorca, is the range of mountains called the Tramuntana.There is only one railway, from Palma to Soller, which crosses the Tramuntana, while, for comparison, around 8000km of railway track cross the Alps. However, there are a lot of ecologists who are claiming that the Tramuntana range of mountains should be declared a National Park. One of the many reasons for such a claim, is the preservation of some threatened animal species such as the “Voltor negre” or (Black vulture) and the “Ferreret”, a small frog.
The Tramuntana has an area of around 1000km² and a longtitude of approximately 100km and represents the “water – paradise” of the island. In the 19 villages that belong to the Serra de Tramuntana, Serra simply meaning mountain Range, there is strong agricultural activity, mainly based on the raising of sheep, goats and black pigs and on the plantations of almond trees. In the old Majorcan estates, life used to have a traditional flavour until, more or less, 40 years ago.
Valldemossa, Son Marroig, S’Estaca or Sa Calobra are typical Tramuntana – locations one should not miss visiting. On the other hand, those who love hiking are also attracted by the magical power of the Island’s Mountains.
Besides this presentation of Tramuntana in Teleweb, you can also watch a wonderful audiovisual production about the Tramuntana range of mountains at Costa Nord in Valldemossa in which the presenter is none other than Hollywood actor Michael Douglas!
UNESCO inscribed yesterday, June 27th, 2011, the wild mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana in the World Heritage List – a great international recognition that again situates Mallorca in the world map and opens new possibilities for major preservation of the Island´s natural environment. Congratulations!