Your dream property on the west coast of Majorca
The imposing backdrop of the nearly 90-kilometre-long Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 – defines Mallorca's entire west coast.
Like the spine of Majorca, it stretches from Andratx in the southwest to Cap de Formentor in the north of the island. Old drystone walls and terraces together with rustic olive trees characterise the picturesque landscape. Nestled in between are the culturally and historically interesting villages of Banyalbufar, Estellencs, Valldemossa, Deiá, Soller, and Fornalutx, all in their original glory. The Torrent de Pareis – an impressive river canyon – the Lluc Monastery, and a few great country estates are hidden in the mountain range.
The longest hiking trail in the Balearic Islands is also located here: The "Ruta de pedra en sec" or drystone path, which consists of eight legs and offers hikers a diverse and authentic experience of the original Majorca. If you prefer driving over walking, enjoy the scenery along the coastal road with stunning views of the sea and the Serra de Tramuntana.
Valdemossa, Deia und Port of Soller
Valldemossa, home to around 2000 inhabitants, can be reached within 20 minutes by car from Palma. Perched on top of a hill in the middle of the Tramuntana Mountains and surrounded by terrace-shaped landscaped terrain, it offers a wonderful alternative world to the capital. Its pedestrianised cobbled alleys and rich cultural heritage make this elegant little Majorcan town especially popular.
The highest place on the island is best known, however, for two important personalities who spent the winter of 1838/’39 in rented rooms of the Valldemossa Monastery: the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his equally renowned lover, the French author George Sand.
Living in Valldemossa is nothing short of a treat. The residents respect their town, and the artists who have traditionally settled here enthuse about its peace, quiet and beauty, all within easy reach of Palma and the airport. Some residents commute to Palma daily, and they are all thankful to get back to their favourite hilltop place once the working day is over.
The colourful, sunny street market appeals to those wishing to purchase the best local vegetables, first-class cheeses and Spanish hams. A visit to the market producers is also worthwhile; for example, the 700-year-old estate of Son Moragues, which has been producing the only 100 percent Majorcan olive oil since time immemorial. Don’t miss the delicious organic jams from the farm shop either.
From Valldemossa, you can also take some time to refresh your soul on one of the secluded, peaceful beaches such as the Cala Sa Marina with its simple, cosy restaurant. Follow the signs to Andratx and Port de Valldemossa, from where a narrow, windy lane in the harbour area leads to the gravel beach. Or take a secret tip from the locals: the intimate little bay Caló de s’Estaca, which is reached via a challenging footpath (nevertheless easier than taking the somewhat adventurous route by car!). A refreshing swim in the turquoise waters makes it all worthwhile.
The elegant architecture of the little town and its attractive surroundings attract primarily well-off and prestige-minded people: high prices are paid for the few luxury properties. The exclusive development of George Sand is on the edge of town, offering an alternative with contemporary designer houses.
Deià is home to around 700 inhabitants and looks down over the sea from a gorge at the foot of the Teix Mountain. The captivating surroundings are evidently relaxing and beneficial, with residents appearing relaxed, and artists like Peter Ustinov, Pablo Picasso and Anaïs Nin all magically attracted by this pretty coastal village. The rugged landscape even inspired the well-known author Helen Walsh to set her novel The Lemon Grove in Deià.
Visitors are drawn to the pretty little bay of Deià with its gravel beach and two fish restaurants, which can be reached within 30 minutes on foot. Others prefer Llucalcari, which boasts a lagoon that can only be reached by boat or on foot. Perhaps that is also why one sees the occasional naked bather! Visitors stroll through the town’s narrow alleys as they admire the carefully restored stone houses, browse in the art galleries and indulge themselves at one of the local tavernas such as the Michelin-starred Es Racó d’es Teix.
The peaceful Belmond Hotel Residencia once belonged to Sir Richard Branson, and a host of famous faces have stayed there. Princess Diana came here on holiday, and Robbie Williams and his girlfriend stayed here before their wedding.
If you purchase a property in Deià, you have a good chance of ending up with high-class neighbours such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Douglas, or PR guru Lynne Franks; some descendants of deceased artists have also developed the soft spot that their parents had for this special place.
Deià today is something of a hideaway for millionaires. An abundance of property types can be purchased here, from the classy restored farmhouse to the ochre-coloured village house and the stylish villa.
Port de Sóller, surrounded by the high mountains of the Tramuntana range and stunning orange groves, is a picturesque coastal village counting around 3000 inhabitants. It features a huge bay and was made famous by its historic tram and the protected harbour. The fish market, old sea port and classy marina as the starting point for yachting and cruises all add even further to Deià’s appeal. Like in San Francisco, the tram, which previously transported oranges, shuttles between the town and the harbour, past gardens full of citrus fruits.
Soller y Fornalutx
Sóller, a small town boasting 8000 inhabitants, is located 34 kilometres from Palma and 3 kilometres inland from the coast. It offers direct access to the sea via the Port de Sóller area of the town. The historical railway Tren de Sóller offers comfortable and quirky transportation between the centre of Sóller and the centre of Palma.
Sóller’s image is characterised by elegant patrician houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The foyer to the railway station is the oldest in the world; erected as a villa in the 17th century, it was converted to a foyer later. Another historic tram runs from there to the harbour Port de Sóller. Passengers can hop off anywhere they wish by simply pulling a cord which rings a bell to signal the driver to stop.
Sóller, originally Sulliar (gold in Arabic) is home to famous orange plantations and has the yellow-gold colour of the olive oil grown here to thank for its name. The ancient olive tree Es Camell stands on the Camino de Muleta in the parish of Sóller on the Finca Ca‘s Avinyons, and to the east of Biniaraix one can find the equally ancient olive tree Sa Madona des Barranc. The parish covers 43 square kilometres and ends in the valley basin in the parish of Fornalutx.
Fornalutx is a small restored village in the Sierra da Tramuntana. It is already the proud winner of two prizes as one of the most beautiful villages in Majorca. Enchanting, rustic stone houses and pretty, expensive cafés border narrow, steep alleys with steps that date back to the Middle Ages; lemon and orange trees in terraced gardens diffuse a wonderful fragrance all year round. Fornalutx is home to 700 inhabitants and lies at the foot of the Puig Major, Majorca’s highest mountain. Even the many visitors to the village do not detract from its relaxed calm.
Around 40 kilometres from Sóller sits the Cala Tuent, one of the few untouched bays between Sa Costera and Sa Calobra. A small gravel beach opens into crystal-clear water and is surrounded by steep cliffs. The Cala Tuent is reached via the main road from Sóller to Lluc or by boat.
Estellenc, Banyalbufar, Port des Canonge
Estellencs is a small, pretty village northwest of the capital Palma along the coastal road from Andratx to Sóller in the Tramuntana Mountains, and is home to fewer than 250 inhabitants. Properties and estates of noble Majorcan families characterise the village’s appearance, with traditional stone houses, terraced gardens, water courses and lakes making up the landscape, coupled with fantastic sea views and awe-inspiring sunsets. Grapes and tomatoes are grown here in terraced fields, and Estellencs also has its own oil press.
Banyalbufar is a beautiful coastal village on a terraced mountain slope of the Tramuntana Mountains offering access to the sea, and located only 20 km from Palma. The village nestles picturesquely between four small hills; farmers and winegrowers meet in the historic heart of the village with its winding streets.
Banyalbufar was once a single great vineyard, and today is rightly famous for its Malvasia wine.
Only about 300 people live here, yet the area is always busy with visitors keen to explore this enchanting spot of Majorca that is steeped in mystic stories and exciting culture. The well-preserved watchtower of Torre de ses Animes outside the village, once manned for protection from pirates, and the busy fishing port of Es Port des Canonge draw many tourists. Not to forget the bays and beaches for sunbathing and swimming: Cala Banyalbufar, Sa Galera and Port des Canonge.
Port des Canonge: a narrow street halfway between Banyalbufar and Esporles leads to the beautiful enclave named after the fishing harbour, Port des Canonge, a holiday destination particularly popular with Majorcan families from Esporles and Banyalbufar. A walk also takes you to Port des Canonge: the famous Route Sa Volta des General. The path leads along the coast and connects Banyalbufar and Port des Canonge.