When Mallorca or its sister islands of
Menorca and Ibiza
are mentioned, people invariably think of lobster red tourists on white
sunny stretches of sand. And, to be sure, Mallorca has no end of these,
along with pricey high- rise resorts on its eastern coast.
however, it is much akin to Sri Lanka, with beaches on the coasts
way to a central mountainous region. The third week of my stay in
I rented a car with friends to sample a bit of the island's charms.
photos provide at least of taste of the island's geographical diversity.
began our trip by heading due north into the Serra de Tramuntana
Our first stop was at the start of the ascent, at the Gardens of
an old Muslim style villa and farm. On the left Steven Cotton of Kuwait
and Matthew Cooper of Japan give you some idea of the size of the
To the left is one of the many walkways located throughout the
gardens on the property.
Alfabia we drove further into the mountains, and stopped at Teix, a
village that bottles much of the water consumed on the island and a
trekking spot. We spent several hours hiking to the top of the mountain
and were rewarded this lovely view of the Mallorcan interior.
PTraveling toward the west coast of Mallorca over the mountains, we arrived at the very popular destination of Soller. This is a view of the Esglesia Parroquial de San Bartolome and the Placa de la Constitucio in the center of Soller. Below is 360 panorama of these landmarks by flaviabutron.
Panorama of Eglesia Parroquial de San
Bartolome and Placa de la
From Soller we
began the long descent down the mountains
toward the rocky
west coast, and the town of Deia. On the way, we stopped at very
beach, the Cala de Deia, a rather steep descent into an idyllic little
cove. After a refreshing swim, we headed for the city proper.
stop of the afternoon was in the coastal town of Deia for an
afternoon drink. After all, Steven and Matthew renounced their siesta
favor of scaling the top of the mountain earlier. [For my part, I
cultural sensitivity and napped as they trekked to the summit] The
to the right shows the extreme tip of Deia. The chapel in the photo
small cemetery where the English poet Roberts Graves is buried.
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