That Mallorca is dangerously close to paradise has been made clear countless times. You just need to go around any of its beaches and coves. But not so well known is its interior facet: the enchantment of those little towns that are not so well known and that ooze history, nature and atmosphere on all four sides. Chopin, Borges, Ruben Darío or Gertrude Stein are just some of the personalities who fell in love with the character and landscapes of the Mallorcan countryside . A bucolic and romantic atmosphere that has inspired thousands of novels throughout history.
Perhaps the best known of all is Valldemossa. It is located in the western part of the island, in the Tramuntana mountains, just 20 kilometers from Palma and has its origin in the small rural houses of Arab origin that settled in the valley. Its beauty begins with the valley that gives it its name and that surrounds a historical complex in which buildings such as the Real Cartuja, the church of San Bartomeu or the Palace of King Sancho stand out. In addition to the beauty of its buildings and the charm of its streets, Valldemossa soon became a cultural center and a multitude of artists and painters settled here, leaving a rich cultural legacy to the town. Its cultural and artistic importance is such that in 2012 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the Sierra de Tramuntana and very close to Valldemossa we also find Deiá, a small town with cobbled streets and traditional buildings built on a hill. You can also get closer to the coast, dotted with headlands that jut out into the sea and small coves with crystal clear waters.
We continue advancing along the coast and we arrive at Soller, the town of orange trees. If you want to make a different trip, the most romantic and interesting way to do it is to get to the town on the famous Soller railway, a wooden train built in the 20th century that joins the 27 kilometers that separate the town from Palma and runs through the mountains. from Alfabia until you reach your destination. Once in Soller, the town offers many options to spend the day: stroll through the traditional streets, learn about the history of the region in any of its museums or spend a gastronomic day tasting the town's traditional products, balsamic vinegar, jams and Ice creams, among others, are some of the typical delicacies here. And you cannot leave Soller without visiting its beautiful port, one of the most fashionable locations on the island, or going up to the Santa Catalina viewpoint to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the sea.
We have left many towns without mentioning, Fornalutx, Formentor, Alcudia, Capdep era ... and Mallorca is an island with many hidden treasures. If you have the opportunity, the best way to get to know it is to rent a car and go through the many towns that irrigate it one by one. You will be surprised to see the great variety of traditions, landscapes and details that you will find in Mallorca beyond the typical summer sun and beach tourism.
Plus, if you're lucky with the weather, you might be one of the lucky ones to see these charming snow-covered villages, a postcard stamp you won't forget.