This route, which runs through much of the western part of the island, has as its starting point the municipality of Escorca. From there, we will go 4 miles down the road MA-10 to the turnoff for the MA-2141.
The road, designed by Italian engineer Antonio Parietti in 1932, was built without the use of tunnels and machines and is considered a masterpiece of road construction for its environmentally-concerned design of 8 miles length. Antonio Parietti was a visionary who became accessible to the world.
Once in Ça Calobra, we can see why in 2003 was declared a Natural Monument by the Balearic Government. Its more than 300 species of flora and fauna, sea water purity and beauty of the enclave, will delight the visitor.
Back to the MA-10, we continue our journey to Fornalutx. Amid the beautiful journey through the Serra de Tramuntana, we can see Cuber reservoir and Gorg Blau, from which some of the water that blasted Torrent de Pareis in Ça Calobra comes from.
The Gorg Blau is an artificial reservoir located in the Sierra de Tramuntana, between the slopes of the Puig Major and Puig de Massanella. Its name, in Catalan, can be translated as "blue lake". Enjoying this lake will make the distance covered was worth it.
Fornalutx is a medieval style village nestled in the mountains, with steep streets and which feature a defence tower of the seventeenth century called Casa de la Villa. If you want to access it, we must take the detour to the MA-2121.
Our path to Sóller will travel just 4 miles from the MA-10.
Finally, it is interesting to mention the possibility of visiting the gardens of Alfàbia, found on the road from Sóller to Palma. Alfàbia is a complex consisting of a house, gardens and an orchard located in right in the heart Bunyola of the Tramuntana mountain range. This complex appears in literature dates from the arab Which was of Mallorca. Well worth a visit.
Despite not having the charm of other locations around the island, Manacor is probably best known for its artificial pearl factory and being the birth place of tennis player Rafael Nadal.
The company Majorica was founded by the German entrepreneur Eduard Hugo Heusch Frederick founded in 1902. Majorica pearls are man-made imitation pearls that mimic the look of real pearls.
The Majorica pearl is made of an opaline crystal nucleus coated in multiple fine layers with the “pearl essence”, an extract obtained from the Majorica secret processing technique of natural organic elements of the Mediterranean Sea. Its complex formula reproduces the iridescence, beauty, resistance and perfection of the finest natural pearls.
After a brief visit to the factory, we head to the caves of Drach by the road MA-4015 to Porto Cristo, taking the exit to the caves about 10 miles further.
Drach caves have become one of the major tourist resorts of Mallorca. The caves extend to a depth of 27 yards, reaching 1.5 miles in length. They were formed by the water erosion of the Mediterranean Sea in the Miocene epoch.
Its visit takes about an hour and ends with a floating violin concert in Lake Martel, Europe's largest underground lake. The lake is named after the French geologist Edouard Martel, who first Explored These caves in the late 19th century.
This route starts in the municipality of Andratx, where we find the island of Dragonera, declared Natural Park in 1995, which is easily accessible by sea, as there are many transportation companies to the island.
Andratx is known to be the resting place of many personalities such as Rodolfo Valentino, Claudia Schiffer, Michael Schumacher, Tom Cruise, Felipe González or Guy Hamilton.
We take the road MA-10, a climbing road with appealing sea views, towards our first destination: Estellencs. Belonging to the Sierra de la Tramontana, Estellencs is one of the prettiest towns on the island.
Four miles further, we stop at the Ses Ànims viewpoint where we can enjoy the views from the 16th-century watchtower.
To finish our 29 miles journey, we reach the outskirts of Deià, where we will find indications to Son Marroig House Museum. Formerly the residence of the Archduke Ludwig Salvatore of Austria. Dazzling sees from this old Majorcan domain of the coastline, and Ça Foradada.
Pollença and Alcudia are one of the most beautiful areas in northern Majorca. The ruins of the old Roman city named Pollentia (Alcudia nowadays) is considered rich in history and one of the oldest of the Spanish Mediterranean, being an important Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, Muslim and Aragonese harbour in past times.
Pollença was chosen as a relaxing destination for many famous names such as Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie or Peter Ustinov among others.
Remember the Italian engineer Antonio Parietti? Another one of his creations was a road (MA-2210) to the northernmost point of the island: Cap Formentor. Outstanding natural beauty and 400 meters tall cliffs. The lighthouse is situated 210 meters over sea level and can be seen at a 21 nautical miles distance. Definitely a must-see.
Pollença’s harbour has a long promenade where you can stretch your legs a bit before moving forward to Alcudia bay and our final destination: Albufera Natural Park. The Park consists of a protected wetlands environment with over two hundred kinds of birds. You’ll find more information in its reception centre about wildlife displays, footpaths and bird watching hides.