The Flâneurs

Mallorca by Camila from Studio Erhart

Get ready to discover one of Mallorca’s hidden gems: the Sierra de Tramontana. Roughly 45 min away from Palma, this beautiful natural landscape has been declared one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and it hosts three of the most picturesque villages of the Mediterranean. The entire Sierra is characterized by terraces, water mills and dry-stone buildings, and planted with olive trees, almond trees, oranges, tomatoes, and vines.

VALLDEMOSSA

About: Dubbed as «the most beautiful place on Earth» by composer Frederic Chopin, he and George Sand spent a winter in Valldemossa’s Cartuja, a monastery of the XVth Century.

Where to Stay: We recommend you stay at the Relais & Chateaux Valldemossa Hotel. Located in the center of the valley, close to a view of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the Cartuja and the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, the hotel is a spectacle on its own. The building is located in the middle of a field of olive trees and the rooms are named after Frederic Chopin, George Sand, Miguel de Unamuno or Rubén Darío.

Where to Eat: Among some of the best in the town are those of Panaderia Can Molines. After a walk in the beautiful gardens of the Cartuja, have a quick bite at the Capuccino Café Valldemossa. You cannot leave Valldemossa without trying its pastry specialty: coques de patata (potato starch brioche).

Must do:  During the month of August, the International Chopin Festival of Valldemossa is a must.

DEIÀ

About: Roughly 10km away from Valldemossa and on your way to the coast, you’ll find Deyà, one of the prettiest villages on the island. Perched in a ravine at the foot of the mountains, with views out to the Mediterranean below, Deià has long been a magnet for artists and writers.

Where to Stay:  The most famous hotel in Deià is the five-star Belmond La Residencia. Between olive groves and citrus trees, this historic site dating back to the XVIth century provides luxurious accommodation and facilities on the outskirts of town.

Where to Eat: Deià is home to some first-class restaurants catering for the affluent visitors that the village tends to attract. The crème de la crème is the Michelin starred Es Raco d’Es Teix which serves up swanky Mediterranean cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. It also boasts a splendid view over the village. For a more low-key option, make a reservation at Ca Na Marca and enjoy traditional Mallorcan cuisine and its famous paellas. After dinner, make sure to go and have some drinks at the Cafè Sa Fonda, Deià’s hot spot for nightlife.

Must Do: While in Deià, go to Cala Deià, a tiny, cove beach, to enjoy the clear, green-blue water, the majestic surroundings of mountains and stone houses, and good food. There are two restaurants here, Can Lluc Restaurant and Ca’s Patro March, with fresh fish as their specialty.

SÓLLER

About: The old town of Sóller sits in the heart of the ‘valley of oranges’ or ‘valley of gold’. Stroll through its historic center of narrow cobbled streets, full of elegant modernist mansions and traditional Mallorcan houses.

Where to Stay: Stay at the palatial Gran Hotel Sóller, originally built in 1880 as a small residential palace, and enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean fusion food Ca’n Blau.

Where to Eat: For authentic Spanish food and wine, you’ll find Casa Alvaro in a narrow street just off Sóller’s main square.

Must Do: The market in Sóller is on Saturdays, where you’ll find everything you would expect from a truly traditional village such as local products and crafts. For the most beautiful views of the Sierra de Tramuntana and the Mediterranean Sea, head back to Palma on the old narrow-gauge wooden train opened in 1912 to transport oranges to Palma. The 30km railway journey – through a dozen tunnels and breath-taking scenery – is one of the island’s best experiences.

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