On Saturday we made a big tour by car to the north-western area of Mallorca, which is dominated by the Tramantura mountains.
This area may not be the best for swimming, but it is offering very beautiful views on the sea, the mountains and some small towns in between.
First we had to drive nearly an hour across the southern part of Mallorca from east to west, but once we reached the western coast we were soon rewarded by some very nice views.
These pictures were taken from the first viewpoint we reached this day.
The small town Estellencs.
Once this was famous for its agriculture, but now most people rather work in the tourism sector which makes them easier money.
The second viewpoint that we reached was an old watch tower.
These were built all around the coast of Mallorca for the puprose of spotting pirates approaching the island.
Some pictures of our small family.
Later we visited a monastery in Valldemossa, which is famous because Frederic Chopin stayed a few months there together with his girlfriend.
The view from the monastery's garden.
This is the chamber of the abbot. Not very comfortable.
Frederic Chopin stayed in this room during his visit.
Frederic Chopin and his piano.
More views from the monastery's garden.
Just next to the monastery is a small palace of the local sovereign.
His rooms look much more comfortable than the chamber of the abbot.
Our next stop was Son Marroig, where we had some beautiful views down on the coast.
The Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator built a villa at this place and spent the most time of his life there, because he liked Mallorca so much.
You can see his picture below.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) also visited the Archduke in Mallorca.
Near the villa there is a pavillon...
...which is offering some very nice views.
We continued our journey and passed by Deia, a small town which is a popular place for artists.
The mountains got higher and higher...
...until we reached the Puig Major, 1445m, the highest mountain of Mallorca...
... which is topped by a radar station.
Nearby is an artificial lake. Its water is collected and is used during the summer season, when only very little rain will fall on Mallorca.
This part of Mallorca has very alpine character. Here it looks nearly like at home in Austria.
A very curved road leads from the Tramantura mountains down to the sea. You'd rather expect to find such a road in the Alps than here on Mallorca, but it was really a pleasure to drive down this road in late afternoon, with nearly no other cars blocking our way.
The landscape got more green again until we finally reached the bay of Sa Calobra.
A well-paved trail leads...
...through a tunnel...
...to the beach of Sa Calobra.
Actually this is one of the most visited places of Mallorca.
Our opinion is that the route leading there is really very nice, but the bay itself is not so spectacular.
There are nicer bays to be found on Mallorca.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at Mallorca's 3rd biggest city, Inca.
It is famous for its "wine cellars" where you can eat some typical Majorican food and of course also drink Spanish wine.
We had leg of lamb and "fritto mallorquin".