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Mallorca's Tramuntana Sierra

Land of orange groves & stone villages
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We also offer a week-long version of this holiday, Citrus Groves & Dramatic Coast. Alternatively, as a contrast to the countryside, why not add a couple of nights in cosmopolitan Palma, before catching your flight home?
  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
  • excellent base for discovery
  • flexible walking and sightseeing options
  • explore using the excellent network of public 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.
There's a certain nostalgia to Sóller - the elegant fruit merchants' mansions, the narrow-gauge railway which links the town to the capital, and the old tram which trundles through the town down to Port de Sóller.
Beth Hancock, Inntravel
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.