During the 35th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Paris this June, Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana landscape was recognised for its outstanding universal value. The sheer-sided 90km mountain range running from Andratx in the southwest to Pollença in the northwest has now earned a place on the World Heritage List for its continued protection.
Stephen Dight, Managing Director of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty, comments: “The Serra de Tramuntana is an enormously popular part of the island in which to live and holiday as the scenery is so dramatic. Towns such as Deià which has been home to Mick Jagger, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Branson and poet Robert Graves, Fornalutx which has twice been elected Spain’s most beautiful village and Valldemossa which has hosted Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and French writer George Sand, all occupy this geographical area of Mallorca and each attracts a wealth of expatriates from across the globe keen to soak up the culture, the sea views and the sunshine. Properties in this region often command high price tags and rarely stay on the market for long.”
Characterised by agricultural terraces, dry stone walls and large farming estates often owned by wealthy Mallorcan aristocracy, the Serra de Tramuntana is the most significant limestone area on the island and it has been eroded by centuries of weather and water to create deep torrents and dramatic gullies. Native flora includes holm oaks and pine forest while a variety of fauna from goats to sheep and ospreys to falcons, have all made the Serra de Tramuntana their home.
On the property market in the Serra de Tramuntana:
Deià, West Mallorca
A classic 230m² built townhouse dates back to 1880 and is located in the centre of Deià, one of the most sought-after and picturesque villages on the island. Arranged across four storeys, the ground floor, which used to be a carpentry, comprises two split-level rooms and a recent extension of 30m² that has been converted into a bedroom and washroom – this part of the house would make an ideal separate apartment with its own street and garden access. The main entrance is on the first floor with an open-plan living/dining room, woodstove and kitchen with open fireplace while the second floor accommodates the master suite with 20m² dressing area. Two further bedrooms are found on the third floor with sloping wooden ceiling beams. The lovely 195m² garden with various terraces has breathtaking views of the village and mountain range.
Price 880,000 euros
Valldemossa, West Mallorca
Charming 150m² built historic townhouse situated in the centre of the popular mountain village of Valldemossa. The spacious and well-loved accommodation comprises a large open-plan lounge/dining room with terrace and feature central fireplace, separate television room, office, an en-suite master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom – all with panoramic views of the village, La Cartuja (15th century former royal residence) and mountains.
Price 380,000 euros
Puerto Soller, West Mallorca
The home has three en-suite bedrooms, a double aspect lounge with patio doors leading out to the barbecue area and terraces, a large kitchen/dining room with patio doors and a guest cloakroom and laundry room. Extras include hot and cold air-conditioning, an internal lift, full alarm system, carport and a stunning infinity swimming pool set on a 980m² plot.
Price 875,000 euros
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