The Serra de Tramuntana in June
Last citizen consultation of the Serra de Tramuntana
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.
The purpose of this participative process is to share with organisations and citizens both the current positive and negative issues related to the Serra, and to make proposals that can be developed at the Serra de Tramuntana World Heritage Consortium.
The vineyards of the Serra linked to their terraces
The modification of the landscape by introducing viticulture has been one of the most significant consequences affecting our heritage.
One charismatic example is the typical terraced fields on the Serra de Tramuntana—also used for other crops, like olive groves—a technique employed in the times of Arab domination, letting steep slopes of the Serra be sowed.
These terraces today represent one of the most valued and spectacular scenic traits of the district’s landscape.
The Serra de Tramuntana town by town: Banyalbufar
The name Banyalbufar comes from a hybrid blend of Catalan and Arabic and means ‘nestled in the sea’. This area was inhabited and farmed by the Arabs in the 10th century. They built some 2000 homes on the mountain slopes and an aqueduct irrigation system, which is still in operation.
According to sources from the Banya-al-Bahar Cultural Association, the first information available today on human settlement in Banyalbufar dates back to the pre-Talaiotic culture (3000-1400 BC).
Majorca’s students learn of the values of the Serra
Finding out about, learning of and offering service to the Serra de Tramuntana. Through an innovative methodology on the islands—that of service-learning—the Majorca Island Council’s Serra de Tramuntana Consortium collaborates with different schools on the Balearic Islands to impart the true and necessary values of the Tramuntana (apstramuntana.cat ).
These activities are encompassed within the Serra de Tramuntana Service-Learning that has been implemented this year by the Serra de Tramuntana World Heritage Consortium and the Balearic Islands Government Regional Ministry of Education and University.
Illustrious travellers on the Serra: Archduke Luis Salvador
Lover of culture, the Mediterranean and the Serra de Tramuntana, he came to Majorca for the first time in 1867 with a plan to write a book on beetles. In 1871 he returned to the island to recommence his research and, in 1872, when he bought the Miramar Possession (or large rural estate), he formed his enduring connection to the island.
The primordial purpose of settling in Majorca was none other than conserving the natural spaces and popularising them by constructing scenic viewpoints and mountain trails.