There is a good reason why the southwest of the island is referred to as the playground of the rich and beautiful. It is worth seeing the fashionable marinas of Port Portals, Port Adriano and Port d’Andratx with their very special multicultural charm. Port d’Andratx is not only a chic celebrity venue, but also an idyllic little town with its own fishing fleet. Around five o’clock each afternoon flocks of noisy seagulls announce the return of the fishermen to its picturesque harbour. Then the many cafes, restaurants and boutiques of the colourful promenade begin to bustle. The fresh catch is off-loaded and taken directly to the best restaurants in Majorca. After that, nets are repaired and different varieties of Mediterranean fish are taken to the fish market where they are recommended as a “good catch” for your lunch or dinner.
Majorca is a paradise for hikers
On June 27th 2011, the Serra de Tramuntana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category of cultural landscape. In particular, in addition to the spectacular location of several villages, they recognized the centuries-old cultural landscape with its distinctive flora and fauna which, despite being used for agricultural purposes, had retained its scenic beauty. Here you will see an example of a successful and rare interaction between man and nature. With a length of more than 90 km, a width of about 15 km and 20 villages, the Tramuntana mountain range occupies a large part of Majorca’s northwest region. There are more than 30 peaks that are over 1,000 metres high. The highest are the Puig Major (1,443 m), the Puig de Massanella (1,348 m), the Serra d’Alfábia (1,069 m) and the Galatzó (1,026 m). Below the Puig Major lie the two fresh water reservoirs Embassament de Cúber and Embassament de GorgBlau whose overflow will pass through the Torrent de Gorg Blau into the Torrent de Pareis canyon.
Well developed with numerous marked trails and log cabins for shelter, these mountains are an ideal area for hiking. With a beautiful, wild landscape, unspoiled countryside and impressive views of the sea, they are an oasis of peace and contemplation, luckily far away from mass tourism. However, climbing up to the highest peaks requires a good level of fitness and surefootedness and should not be underestimated!
At the foot of the Puig de Galatzó, in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range, lies the Boutique Hotel Castell Son Claret, one of the largest privately owned luxury estates in Majorca. It was first mentioned in 1450 and at that time comprised five properties. The eponymous Don Gabriel Claret, who lived in the manor house in the 18th century, consolidated the 132 hectare estate and 100 years later the castle was extended with a few more buildings and stables. The façade of the Castell as well as its layout, which has been unchanged to this day, dates from the beginning of the 19th century.
After being lovingly and faithfully restored back to the original by owner Klaus-Michael Kühne and his wife Christine, the Castell Son Claret was opened in May 2013 as a five-star plus luxury hotel. It has been turned into a wonderful amalgamation of historic castle, modern architecture, contemporary art and enchanting park with Mediterranean flora and fauna. The two-Michelin star restaurant, Zaranda, is the only 2-star gourmet restaurant in the Balearic Islands. Fernando P. Arellano and his team create exceptional culinary delights of the highest standard with local ingredients and exotic herbs and spices fresh from the market. The Olivera is the ideal complement to Zaranda and offers Mediterranean cuisine with typical Spanish specialties as well as dishes with eastern influences from the former Moorish rulers which have now become an integral part of Majorcan culture. There is nothing better than to sit on the sunny terrace and be pampered with culinary delights whilst enjoying the breathtaking views of the Tramuntanas.
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