Road MA-1131, a narrow high shelf drive intimidating to beginners

Carretera MA-1131 is one of the most exciting drives in the world. Located in the island of Mallorca, in Spain, this tortuous route should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. It’s a very narrow high shelf road intimidating to beginners, or those not fond of heights. Some buses have to try twice to make some of the turns.

The road is paved. It’s 5.7km long and is a narrow and curvy coastal road which rarely permits speeds over 30km/h, located in Valldemossa, a village and municipality on the island of Mallorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It links Valldemossa (a famous town for one landmark: the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa, built at the beginning of the 14th century, when the mystic and philosopher Ramon Llull lived in this area of Mallorca) and the Port de Valldemossa. This small beach tucked away in the port of Valldemossa is not well known by tourists and is usually only used by locals.

There are 9 hairpin turns along its way. The road is very tiny road with extremely sharp corners; a real challenge for anyone who likes driving in the mountains. This spectacular mountain road clings to cliffs all the way 5.7km down to Port de Valldemossa. The giddying sea and cliff views are breathtaking and the descent is akin to traversing a precipice with a village glimpsed through the trees a very long way down below; drivers shouldn’t take their eye off the road and there’s only one place to pull over for photos.Along this winding, narrow and steep road going down, be prepared for a bit of a drive to get to this little beach, it’s not for the faint hearted and in some places is just a single track road. It’s a winding, hairpin road between the Tramuntana Sierra and the Mediterranean Sea leading to the small fishing port of Valldemossa.

The narrowest sections of the road can be impassable for 2 medium cars at the same time. The road is pretty steep: it’s 5.7km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 365 meters, and the average percentage is 6,4%. On the way down, as there are numerous rocks looming over the street you can sometimes spot mountaineers like the ones on the panorama. Also you have a splendid view on the valley and the Mediterranean.


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