Welcome to the Serra de Tramuntana

The Serra de Tramuntana has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the Cultural Landscape category. This is the international community’s acknowledgement of the near-perfect symbiosis between the action of human beings and nature, which has occurred for centuries, resulting in a monumental work by humans in which culture, traditions, aesthetics, spirituality and identity are merged.

The cultural landscape of the Serra is the fruit of the exchange of knowledge between cultures, with small-scale works performed collectively for a productive end, conditioned by the limitations imposed by the physical medium. Limitations overcome by knowledge and the intelligent use of resources, without destroying the medium. And it is also the recreation of a region through the collective imagination and works by artists who have found inspiration in it.

According to the European Landscape Convention, Cultural Landscape is “an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and reaction of natural and/or human factors”. This would suggest that the aim is not only to maintain the Serra as it is now. It is also to improve human intervention, promoting it with sustainable activities in accordance with certain objectives.

These are the lines along which the Serra de Tramuntana Management Plan has been working, taking the economic and social environment into account at all times. This is a strategic plan for the future which will bear fruit if it achieves the maximum involvement of all sectors, public and private, economic and social agents. The main goals established include the following areas:

  1. Communication and participation
  2. Economic development
  3. Education, training and research (*)
  4. Heritage
  5. Visitor management

(*) Word Heritage in Young Hands. To know cherish and act. An educational resource kit for teachers. Published in 2002 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Situation
 
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range forms the backbone of the north-west of Mallorca. It runs for around 90 km, with a maximum width of 15 km, over 20 municipalities, the largest of which are Calvià, Pollença and Escorca—, and covers 30% of the island’s territory and more than 1,000 km2. Approximately 8,000 people live in the central areas, but the buffer zone population is 40,000 inhabitants. Several of its peaks have an altitude of over 1000 m, and the highest are Puig Major (1,443 m), Puig de Massanella (1,348 m), Serra d’Alfàbia (1,069 m), Es Teix (1,064) and Galatzó (1,026 m).

 

BLOG

  • 30
    Jun
    2017
    The Serra de Tramuntana in June

    Since 2016 the Serra de Tramuntana Consortium has believed that the time has come to speak again with the different agents that participate in the 90 km of the Serra so that, among all of them, the improvement actions can be developed that must be started up in upcoming years and define the path to take if tourism flows keep growing.

     
  • 31
    May
    2017
    The Serra de Tramuntana in May

    The main new feature of the 2017 call for subsidies is that property owners and non-profits will also benefit, and not only the town councils of the municipalities integrated in the landscape of the Serra.

     
  • 31
    Dec
    2016
    From a mountain path to a mountain of paths

    2016 has been, for many , like a mountain path.

    With tortuous climbs bordering the abyss, areas that have left us breathless, and others in which we have needed to support ourselves with our hands and feet.

    It has rained torrentially on us but also given us sun.

    We have fallen, we have got up (...)

     
  • 30
    Nov
    2016
    The Serra in November.

    November has been a month of surprises…and contrasts. Of light and shade.
    A month that has bought those things very typical of Autumn to the Serra; that has coupled fantastic days of sun with others grey and full of rain clouds.(...)

     
  • 31
    Oct
    2016
    The Serra in October.

    In the month that unofficially marks the start of Autumn in the Serra, we have seized the opportunity to do some sporting excursions on its trails and in its landscapes.

    Every Monday, we have picked and shared with our followers, through the hashtag #SerradeTramuntana, “esclatasangs” (wild mushrooms), sunsets, races, trekking, villages in the rain, new reservoirs (thank you) to bounce back from a never-ending high season, and clouds.  Many clouds (...)

     
  • 30
    Sep
    2016
    the serra in September.

    During the month of September, in Serra de Tramuntana (and our blog and social networks) a great many things have happened.

    Every Monday, we have looked through your retinas in order to capture the best images labelled with the hashtag #SerradeTramuntana of the weekend. From daytrips to boatrips, photographs of roadside views, rains, storms, strawberry bushes and (semi) deserted villages.

     
  • 01
    Sep
    2016
    Hello World, Hello Serra

    There is a saying in Spanish, "if Mohamed doesn't  go to the mountain, the mountain comes to Mohamed".
    Serra Tramuntana is being visited, each day by many people that understand it´s natural value and appreciate it´s wonderful landscape and culture.
    People, like UNESCO, that can find the beauty in how, over the course of history, man has intervene in a respectful way, creating a symbiosis that is now our heritage.
    The only thing missing was that the mountain came to the people, as people  came to the mountain.