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.
A revealing indicator of these settlers’ exploitation of their environment is the series of dry-stone wall constructions: terraces, carriageways, charcoal kilns, water channels, etc.
The road connecting its 19 municipalities offers extraordinary views of the northern coast of Mallorca, and several historical remains can be sighted along its route: medieval defence towers, farm buildings, monasteries, church, Talayotic villages, castles and a palace of the Kingdom of Mallorca.
The immense intangible wealth of this region –such as the oral tradition 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 techniques which are susceptible to being lost, and which are key to understanding and remembering the towns that existed here. With a view to preserving this cultural ensemble and, at the same time, the natural landscape, the Consell de Mallorca hopes to register the Tramuntana Sierra as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category of “cultural landscape”.