S’Olivar is a short 400m walk from the village of Estellencs in the Serra de Tramuntana, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. This landmark mountain range runs from Cap de Mola (in Andratx, close to Sant Elm and the Dragonera Island Natural Park) to Cap de Formentor in Pollensa. Its peaks rise from sea level to almost 1500 m. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, the Serra has also gathered great acclaim for its marges – the distinctive dry stone walls that, by retaining the terraces of the rugged slopes and thus preventing erosion, have enabled the cultivation of olive trees that date back hundreds of years.
The pebbled cove of Estellencs with its crystal-clear water is a five-minute drive or 25-minute stroll away and offer the perfect setting for swimming. The cove is part of the Costa Nord, the basin of the Serra de Tramuntana facing the Mediterranean. It is here, where the landscape blends with the azure of the sea that the Serra’s beauty is at its most stunning. Thinkers and artists such as Ramón Llull, Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria, Frédéric Chopin and Robert Graves found great inspiration for their work here.
Considered Mallorca’s magic mountain, the Galatzó’s magnificent presence and subtle mystery have given rise to timeless legends. Its northern slope descends to the sea, creating the vast and yet sheltered valley of Estellencs that faces the Mediterranean and is home to S’Olivar. The Galatzó’s abundance of hiking trails and paths are great for discovering the Serra and admiring the island from a bird’s-eye view.
The Serra de Tramuntana was declared a World Heritage site not only for the unique beauty of its countryside. Equally important for the UNESCO award were man’s close ties to the landscape – his sensitive interaction with it as he re-shaped and made it more livable and pleasant. The time-honored marges bear witness to this: the dry-stone walls transformed the rugged terrain, creating the agricultural terraces where the region’s signature olive trees have now been growing for centuries.