This afternoon I decided to drive to the western part of Mallorca, which has beautiful vistas of the Balearic Sea (which is part of the Mediterranean Sea). On the other side of the sea are the Tramuntana Mountains which are on the north west side of the Island. There are a lot of pretty mountain towns and of course the Lluc Monastery I visited a while back.
I drove from Sa Pobla to Andrax then on a winding road to the Ricardo Roca viewpoint which had an excellent view of the coast.
I drove past the cute village of Estellencs which is terraced to the side of the mountain. Unfortunately I couldn’t take a photo as I didn’t see a spot to pull over…the shoulder on the road was nonexistent. At least it was wide enough for two cars, more than I can say about many Mallorcan streets.
My next stop was the Mirador de Ses Animes, which has a tower with great views…or so I assume, since it was under repair and closed. The view of the coast was pretty nice from there anyway, as there was a place to pull over and take some photos.
I passed through the terraced town of Banyalbufar. It had lots of crops growing on the terraced hillsides and I saw a greenhouse in the distance. There were lots of bikers on the winding narrow road…Mallorca is known for biking and hiking in addition to water sports, tennis and golf. It must also have a lot of rocks because rocks are everywhere…stone fences, stone barriers on the roads, stone houses.
I passed through the town of Esporles which looked interesting as well. It had a large church and otherwise looked like a typical central Mallorcan village, with narrow streets lined by stone buildings with green or brown shutters, a center plaza and a few shops.