The Sierra de Tramuntana nominated as “Cultural Landscape” by UNESCO

The Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range of Mallorca has been nominated to receive UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The Consell de Mallorca has earmarked €8 million for improving the natural and historical heritage and landscape, according to Mallorca President Grancesc Antich and Consell President Francina Armengol. This includes €2.6 million for renovating the roads and recovering the shelters and lodgings in the Sierra de Tramuntana in a bid to promote hiking tourism – all very good news for our clients at Mallorca Hiking.

The first traces of human presence on the landscape of the Tramuntana Sierra date back some five thousand years, with new settlers leaving their Talayotic, Roman, Moorish and Christian marks.

The road connecting its 19 municipalities offers extraordinary views of the northern coast of Mallorca, and several historical remains can be seen along its route: medieval defence towers, farm buildings, monasteries, churches, Talayotic villages, castles and a palace of the Kingdom of Mallorca.

The immense intangible wealth of this region – such as the oral traditions surviving in place names, verses and legends, the popular wisdom kept alive through local arts and crafts, the gastronomy, traditions and festivals – constitutes knowledge and skills which are susceptible to being lost, and which are key to understanding the cultural heritage of the towns that existed here. With a view to preserving this cultural ensemble and its natural landscape, the Consell de Mallorca registered the Tramuntana Sierra as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category of “cultural landscape” and this has now been officially accepted.

Below is a beautiful selection of photographs depicting the stunning scenery of this region and a sample of what you will experience when taking your walking holiday with Mallorca Hiking:

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