Discover Mallorca by car
Ma10. Sounds simple, but there is a lot of fascination behind it.
The Ma10, a winding road from Andratx to Pollensa, is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe and undoubtedly a must for visitors to Mallorca.
The southern section from Andratx to Deiá, with its spectacular sea views, quaint villages, olive groves and monuments, is ideal for anyone who owns a property in Port Andratx or Camp de Mar. The entrance in Andratx is quickly reached and off you go on your Sunday excursion to the "other" Mallorca - holiday feeling included.
Take your time on the 50-kilometre-long narrow road along the breathtaking west coast, stop here and there and always discover something new.
The perfect Sunday - this is what it looks like:
Estellencs - Underestimated beauty
Leaving Andratx with its castle-like town hall behind, the road winds up into the mountains and lets the view float freely over the sea. Soon you reach the Mirador d'en Ricardo Roca and the first mountain village lies at your feet: Estellencs.
The tranquil village is underestimated, tourists rarely stop here. But a walk to the bay is worthwhile. The protective mountains provide Estellencs with plenty of water, which nature returns with a sea of flowers. The tour leads through gardens, past small houses, to a sheltered harbour and back through a charming maze of alleys. Take your time for Estellencs! It´s worth every minute.
Banyalbufar - Moorish masterpiece
We continue along the coast, past the popular lookout tower Torre del Verrer, to Banyalbufar, a masterpiece of Moorish terrace construction. There is hardly another place where the art of landscaping, brought to Mallorca by the North African occupiers in the 10th century, can be found as here. Abundant water from the mountains feeds the basins and allows oranges, olives and wine to flourish high above the sea.
Our tip in summer: Cool off in the bay of Banyalbufar.
Valldemossa - Where Chopin spent a winter
The Carthusian Monastery, the centre of attraction for many tourists and Chopin's former winter quarters, stands at the entrance to the town. Works that went around the world were written here, and even today you can listen to the sounds of classical music in the rooms steeped in history. Concerts are held regularly in the summer. A tip and a must for anyone living on Mallorca.
Valldemossa is lively, bustling and crowded in the high season. It's worth exploring the pretty village in the later hours, when the tourists have left and the locals fill the alleys, decorated with abundant flowers, with life.
A small diversions leads those with a head for heights to the harbour of Port Valldemossa. The narrow road, on which only one car fits, winds down in serpentines to the sea. Just the right place for a lunch stop.
Miramar and Son Marroig
Leaving Valldemossa in the direction of Deiá, you pass several estates of the Austrian Archduke San Salvador, who left a monumental mark on this section of Mallorca's west coast. He had bridle paths laid out in the mountains, built a landing stage for ships at the legendary hole rock Sa Foradada and erected several country houses for pleasure walking, living and enjoyment. Miramar and Son Marroig are two of the Archduke's masterpieces open to the public. At Son Marroig, classical music lovers are treated to the Deia International Music Festival concert series every year.
A hike to the hole rock Sa Foradada can be combined with an excellent paella in the restaurant there.
Deiá - Art and Nature
Owning a property in Deiá - this is probably the dream of many people who drive into this picture-book village. Here, chic fincas with a dreamlike view nestle against the imposing mountains and in the old village centre, renovated houses wind their way up to the church. Artists and international celebrities love the mountain village just as much as Hollywood producers, who have already shot various films in Cala Deiá. Deiá is the perfect mixture of cultivated, upscale quaintness, imposing scenery in front of the thousand-metre peaks of the Tramuntana and international charm. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, and if you fancy a bit of city flair, Palma is a 45-minute drive away.
The leisurely Sunday tour continues comfortably via Valldemossa back to Palma or further along the west coast to Sóller.
In all the towns there are places to stop for refreshments, shops with local specialities and, above all, lots of sea. A cool dive into the crystal-clear blue is always just a short diversions away.