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Citrus Groves & Dramatic Coast

Mallorca's Tramuntana Sierra
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Why not stay a night or two in Palma? The vibrant capital boasts a superb old quarter and top-class restaurants.
Conversely, if you have less time, we also offer a 3-night version of this holiday, Mallorca's Tramuntana Sierra.
Short breaks
We also offer 3-night breaks here.
  About the island >Mallorca is distinctly Mediterranean in character, both in its ways of life and its landscapes. What is most astonishing is the variety of scenery on such a relatively small island. At its heart lies a gently rolling plain whose almond groves provide a beautiful display of blossom each spring. This is bordered to the south and east by the hills which frame the island’s rugged, lesser-known coastline, while to the north rises the Tramuntana Sierra, whose craggy limestone peaks plunge into the sea. Aleppo pines, holm oaks, olives, carob and orange trees predominate, the latter bearing their main crop in January. The island’s gastronomy is excellent, the sea providing a range of fish – one of the most popular of which is sea-bass, sometimes baked in rock-salt – and seafood. Savour dishes such as caldereta de sambfaina, a lobster casserole; sopa mallorquina, made with bread, garlic and leeks; the ratatouille-style tumbet; and llom amb col – pork and pine nuts wrapped in cabbage leaves.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walking holiday
  • dramatic mountain and coastal scenery
  • choice of well-located, comfortable hotels
  • flexible walking and sightseeing options
  • widespread local transport

Mallorca’s most dramatic scenery – and its prettiest villages – are to be found in the Tramuntana Sierra in the north-west of the island. With their craggy limestone peaks contrasting with the sea below, the rugged mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to clusters of honey-coloured houses which sit amid immaculate terraces of orange and lemon trees stretching as far as the eye can see.

The town of Sóller is a real gem. The Saturday market is spectacular and the whole town is involved – one stallholder offers to grill your fish and is very proud of his local wine list.
     
Mr Lamb, Surrey

One such town is charming Sóller, a bustling place nestling in a fertile, bowl-shaped valley planted with yet more citrus groves. Within easy reach of the capital, Palma, it makes a great base for walking and exploring in Mallorca’s magnificent north-west corner and beyond using the efficient and widespread local transport system (or inexpensive taxis).

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 12 12 13 15 19 23 27 27 25 20 16 13
mm 66 53 55 60 46 28 16 35 65 101 84 74

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The proximity of mountains and sea means that the weather can change quite quickly. Sea mists are fairly common, particularly in the morning, but don't tend to linger long. The spring flowers start to appear in early March.