THE PEARL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
Exploring the treasures of Mallorca to see an untouched-by-human side of the Mediterranean
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Oscar Nord, Marc Schadegg
13 June 2019
There is a lot to be seen in Mallorca. It is a place so beautiful, it has often been portrait in movies and in books. In other words, known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Mallorca guards some places, which until today have only been influenced by nature. Although a popular tourist destination, the Balearic island has a hidden potential that needs to be seen in it.
Serra de Tramuntana is considered to be the least known place in Mallorca. It is a mountain range, located southwest–northeast. Its location gives the mountain a unique space advantage, as it covers about 30% of the land's territory. With its dimensions, 90 km long and 15 km wide, the mountain range forms the backbone of Mallorca. What makes the place so precious is the way people have adapted to it. Humankind had to learn to exist in this mountain region, which was lacking water. When the first people started leaving their marks upon the land, they found a way to bring water to the region. Engineering Arab water-channelling systems, they were able to tame the mountain and make it their home. Their co-existence with the land is the reason Serra de Tramuntana has been listed in the UNESCO heritage. The uneven nature of the mountain gives it a water view as the range overlooks the sea. It is a place so beautiful because of its natural capacity and how easy it is to feel at one with nature there.
Cala Banyalbufar guards a bay, hidden within a cliff. The stone-build nature of the place is an ideal source for experiencing the wideness of the Mediterranean. There, water runs through the rocks, falling freely down the bay. It is the perfect spot to take a nature sourced, refreshing shower. Cala Banyalbufar is a secret Mallorca spot because of its tranquillity. Thanks to the very few boats that are passing by and the almost no human presence, when being there experiencing the island through its wideness is a rare pleasure. Swimming in the calm waters and exploring the cliffs in peace and quiet is an idyllic preposition for anyone who wants to get to know the natural side of Mallorca.
One of the largest Mediterranean canyons, Es Torrent de Pareis is a natural challenge. It is a spot for the lovers of hiking as the rocky surface of the canyon makes it interesting to climb. Many narrow walk paths lead a way going higher up and around the rocks. Surrounding a sandy bay, Es Torrent de Pareis' view will make you forget all worries and focus on your inner peace.
If you travel through the picturesque villages, surrounded by trees and tranquillity, you might find yourself in the town of Sóller, known as the Valley of Oranges, or wonder around the Deià village. Deià has charmed numerous artists and other creative individuals in the past because of its simplicity, unpretentious aura and the view that looks like it has been painted there by a skilful hand. There is, however, another small village under the name of Llucalcari. The area guards waterfalls and rocky bay. It is so small, that there are only about twenty to thirty houses. The limited amount of the population makes it a very special place to see. There people respect nature and co-exist with its wonders. Often people go there to dive in the crystal-clear sea waters or experience the mud therapy as they apply layers of it on their skin, as it is known to be healing. Llucalcari is the kind of place that is accessible only on foot. There is no other way to get to the heart of it and explore what it offers than simply walk into it but the views that it reveals will be worth every step taken.
Stone bays form the cost of the village of Colònia de Sant Pere. Just after it, there is Betlem, known for the distance between it and the rest of Mallorca. Many Mallorcan citizens are known to own properties in the region, which is the reason this place is a bit more private and deprived of tourist attention. The winter is not easy on the area. The sea starts showing its character. It is common that during the cold months the waves will push against the cliffs, shaping their surfaces differently, according to the water's wishes.
While talking about the influence of the sea, we can't miss mentioning the beach. Migjorn and its white sand beaches are a symbol of the Mediterranean. The charm of Santanyí and the bay of Es Caló des Moro surprise with their tropical outlines. Hidden around trees, rocks and pine forests, those are places that showcase the details of a sea-city. The sand is soft, the beach line is tiny, and the sea is the shade of blue that cannot be compared to anything else.