An epic road trip to Puig Major in Mallorca
Puig Major is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.417m (4,648ft) above the sea level, located on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The top of this mountain is off limits as a military zone and corresponding permission by the Air Force will be required.
What is on top of Puig Major?
Set high in the rugged Serra de Tramuntana range, the road to the summit is totally paved. This route includes 8 distinguishing hairpin turns. It was built in 1958 in order to install a military radar tower, built and installed by the Americans. The summit of the mountain is off-limits to the public as there is a radar station used for military purposes.
How long is the road to Puig Major in Mallorca?
Starting at the scenic Ma-10 road, the road to the summit is 6.9 km (4.28 miles) long. The climb to the top is fairly consistent. This really is a worthwhile effort as you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view over the Serra de Tramuntana and practically all of Mallorca. Puig Major is the highest peak on the island. The summit is subject to strong north and north-westerly winds.
How hard is Puig Major?
Tucked away in northwest Mallorca, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 23% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting from Ma-10 road, the ascent is 6.9 km (4.28 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 587 meters. The average gradient is 8.50%.
Pic: Rafael Vaquer