This driving route takes you from Andratx to Port de Sóller via Banyalbufar, Valldemossa & Deià and is the most scenic drive on the island.
This is an incredible drive that begins at Andratx, the largest town in southwest Mallorca and follows the MA-10 north to the very pretty and rustic mountain village of Estellencs. The route to this village is an attraction in its own right with the deep blue Mediterranean sea to the left-hand-side and the dramatic and changing face of the Tramuntana Mountains to your right. The landscape is covered in thick pines at times and sometimes it is arid and sparsely vegetated.
Before you arrive at the laid-back and quiet little village of Estellencs, you will see a restaurant called 'Es Grau' on the left-hand-side of the road; which has the most incredible views from its terrace and is the perfect location for a stop.
The first thing you will want to do when you come to Estellencs is reach for your camera, the narrow timeworn streets with their flower adorned stone buildings framed by the mountains is picture postcard perfect, no wonder that this beautiful village is a magnet for hikers and cyclists.
From Estellencs, continue north along the MA-10 until you reach the small picturesque and authentic coastal hillside town of Banyalbufar. This quaint, rabbit warren of a town is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range and boasts many visitors who wish to stroll down the beautiful plant-lined lanes which wind down towards the sea and admire the glorious views and stunning sunsets.
From Banyalbufar, the driving route takes you inland for a few kilometres before resuming its northward trajectory to the eye-catching village of Valldemossa, famous for the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a palace / monastery where King Sancho of Majorca resided prior to his death in 1324 and the musician Frédéric Chopin and the writer George Sand lived from 1838 to 1839.
Surrounded by the wooden slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, the village boasts tree-lined, cobbled lanes, stunning villas and ancient blonde stone houses.
Whilst you are in Valldemossa, we recommend that you try Coco de Patata, a sweet tasting potato pastry; which is sold in every bakery in the village.
From Valldemossa, the driving route continues north to the small mountain-coastal village of Deià, one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca with honey-coloured townhouses, citrus orchards, almond and olive trees all perched on a picturesque hillside and set against the mountain backdrop of the Puig des Teix at 1062m.
The writer Robert Graves famously lived in the village twice with many of his creative, artistic friends coming to visit and Deià quickly gained a reputation as an artist’s retreat.
From Deià, your journey continues north and then inland into Sóller.
Also known as the Golden Valley, Sóller is famous for its grand merchant houses, orange and lemon groves and the famous tram which connects the small town with the Port de Sóller district.