Brighton, United Kingdom
June 7, 2002
The first striking scenery was the Serra de Tramuntana. This was clearly visible in the near distance from Andratx - surprising, because we hadn't expected to see such rugged barren mountains until much closer to Soller. And once we’d crossed the mountain ridge to the west coast proper, the winding road revealed a constant series of sheer drops to blue seas, or soaring slopes to granite peaks, and often a combination of both. Hillside villages, like Estellencs, Banyalbufar, and Deia, cling to these slopes spreading both up and downhill from the road.
Driving, contrary to our expectations of the Spanish, was unhurried and safe along these near hairpins. And a big plus of heading south to north was that the steep drops were well across the other side of the road to us.
Parking for the many view points was not so clearly thought out. Our hire car company map indicated many viewpoints along this stretch of road, but only a couple had either advance warning signs or anything more than a precarious layby to park in.
From journal Mallorca; More than just beer & chips