Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana runs along the north-western coast of Mallorca. From Andratx in the west to Cap Formentor in the north-east it has a length of about 50km and a width of about 7km. It elevates up to 1445 at Puig Major (which is not accessible for the public). The scenery is characterized by bizarre shaped limestone rocks, pine woods and grass with some, partly abandoned, fincas inbetween. The coastline is steep and has only very few beaches. Limestone walls fall directly into the sea from a height of about 300 to 500 meters.
This is the best option to travel in the Serra de Tramutana. The R710 on its run from Andratx to Pollenca is by far the most scenic drive on Mallorca and many places are only accessible by car / your own transport. This way you will see the best parts of the nature. Since there are not so many cities, villages, kiosks etc. it is strongly advisable to take your own food with you.
The north-east end of the island, Cap de Formentor is accessible only by car or bicycle on the land. One way to this corner is over a road passing by Platja de Formentor. As of 06.09.2018, the road was very narrow and very curvy in the mountains. Since this road is quite narrow by car, most people travel in this part with bicycles, therefore you have to pass cycling people which is sometimes very dangerous. Despite the road connection Cap de Formentor is very difficult to travel by car, because in the high season many people would like to go there by car. On 06.09.2018 Thursday lunch time there was a very long queue of cars in the entry of Cap de Formentor. It is recommended to go there as early as possible in the day, e.g. before 9 am, because there won't be many cars on the road. Recommendation is to plan at least 3 hours to see Cap de Formentor (1 hour to go there, at least 1 hour to look around there and at least 1 hour go come back - from the nearest place Platja de Formentor).
The road connection from Platja de Formentor / Pollença to Sóller is very good. It takes about 1 hour (06.09.2018, weather was cloudy but no rain). In the beginning to road is straight but before entering it will be curvy through the mountains. On the way to Sóller there are fabulous hills with clouds and phantastic small lakes, like Parita de Gorg Blau. There are almost no villages or any restaurant or kiosk on this route.
There are three ways to come to Sóller: from west (Deià), from south (Bunyola) and from east (mountain way from Pollença). The entry from south has 2 ways: one is from tunnel and the other is from the mountains. The way from the mountains is very curvy and takes much longer than the tunnel but you will see the beautiful nature.
Public transport into the Serra de Transmuntana is good along all major arteries via TIB bus. From Palma de Mallorca buses run to Soller and via Andratx, Soller and Lluc to Pollenca on the R710. There are buses from Palma to many destinations in the Traumantana, Esporles, Galilea, Puigpunyent, Valldemossa, Soller etc. It is possible to access the southern part of the coast (estellence and and banyalbufar) via TIB bus from Palma via Esporles. There are buses to the northern locations (Lluc, Sa Calobra, Puig Major) via Inca and Soller.
As public transport is rare a car will be the best option. Car rental is available at nearly every town and prices are relatively cheap.
Please respect private property and don't cross land or fields if not permitted. If you go through a gate, leave it as you found it, i.e. leave it open if it was open (otherwise the cattle cannot get to their drinking place) and close it, if it was closed (otherwise the cattle will escape.)
Rent a bicycle and cycle around the island
Don't forget to stop for a drink in one of the many cafes at Pollenca's and Soller's market places. In the port of Andratx there is an old homemade ice cream shop called "Gelateria Capri". They make great natural icecream and milkshakes, the locals say its the best on the island and some tourists say its the best of the world...
Crime is no problem but the weather is! Keep in mind that weather changes may occur every time so take a jacket and warm clothings with you. The hiking trail along the Torrent de Pareis is especially dangerous after rainfalls so inform yourself about the weather. And don't forget to take something to drink.
Leave no valuables in your car at popular sites such as the view points (Miradors) near Formentor or elsewhere.