Mallorca (1/3): day trip Sierra de Tramuntana, Pollença, Formentor & Port de Pollença

Last week, we went on a holiday to Mallorca. This island turned out to be so much more interesting than I expected! If you rent a car and take some day trips, you will see that Mallorca has much more to offer than just beaches, the city of Palma and tapas.

We (me and my husband, my parents and my sister) stayed in a traditional Mallorcan house in the town of Llubí, in the center of the island. The town was quiet but had some good restaurants, and it was a good base to explore the island from by car. From Llubí, we did some one-day road trips (plus a trip to Palma on the last day). In the next weeks I will share the itinerary of each of our three day trips. This is the first one, that included stops in the Sierra de Tramuntana, Pollença, Cap de Formentor and Port de Pollença.

Sierra de Tramuntana

From Llubí we entered the Sierra de Tramuntana via Selva, and drove through the mountains to the Gorg Blau basin, an artificial lake surrounded by mountains.

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One of the views along the route
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Gorg Blau basin

We had originally planned to continue our drive towards Sa Calobra, a well-known small beach in a cove. However, the road leading there was full of twists and turns, as well as fanatic groups of cyclists… not a good combination. So we skipped the beach and drove to the town of Pollença instead. Pollença is not a large town, but it has a nice centre with lots of bars and restaurants. We found ourselves a table in the sunshine and ordered a tinto de verano to prepare for the rest of our trip.

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Pollença

After another drink and some ice cream in Pollença we drove to the Mirador Es Colomer. From here you have amazing views over the ocean, the mountains and the cliffs. To me, this was one of the highlights of our trip. We then drove to Cap de Formentor, a lighthouse on the eastern end of Mallorca. It was our plan to watch the sunset from here, but when we saw the road leading to the lighthouse (small, steep, with lots of turns) we decided it was not a good idea to drive here in the dark.

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The view from Mirador Es Colomer
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The view from Mirador Es Colomer

Since we still wanted to watch the sunset, we drove to Port de Pollença. A small town with a port and a beach and very clear water. My sister even took a swim! We found a bar offering wonderful views, ordered a wine and enjoyed the sunset 😊 Even though you do not actually see the sun set from here, it was just as beautiful to see the sky and the mountains change color.

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Port de Pollença
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The sky changing colors

 

Over the day, we did not even cover that many kilometers. However, due to the difficult roads it did cost us almost a full day to cover this route. If you would include Sa Calobra in your itinerary, as we first planned, be sure to calculate sufficient time!

Next week I’ll share our itinerary for a more southern part of the Sierra Tramuntana.


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