Tramuntanas Mountains & West Coast Mallorca
Inevitably this region is one of the least-densly populated, but there are some highly attractive towns and villages that are well known to discerning property buyers.
Best known are Soller, Puerto Soller and Deia, the latter of which became a favourite haunt of celebrities and royalty long before Mallorca became established on the tourist map.
The distinctive landscape of the Soller Valley, dotted with orange, lemon and olive groves, is what many people have in mind when they think of traditional Mallorca.
The eastern, side of the Tramuntanas also offers some characterful and charming locations, including typical mountain towns like Alaro, Puigpunyent and, in the foothills further to the southwest, Calvia.
These places are steeped in local culture and tradition, ideal for getting away from the more touristy side of Mallorca. They have strong communities with well-established international elements, making them good places for both holiday and permanent homes.
The locations highlighted here are all easily accessible from Palma and good bases from which to go exploring, walking or cycling to more remote spots such as Orient and Sa Calobra.