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Puig Major

Puig Major is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.445m (4,741ft) above the sea level, located in the Serra de Tramuntana, 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.

The asphalted road to reach the summit is a minor mountain road starting from the Ma-10 road. The building seen on top of Puig Major is a military radar tower, built and installed by the Americans in 1958. Some considerable secrecy is involved as to the nature of the military installations and whether responsibility rests with the Spanish and/or the US Forces. After 1958, a road was built leading up to the radar tower, and the need for a cable car construction became obsolete.
The climb to the top is fairly consistent. This really is a worthwhile effort as we are rewarded with a spectacular view over the Serra de Tramuntana and practically all of Mallorca.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Inca, the ascent is 38 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.407 meters. The average percentage is 3.7 %. And starting from Puerto Soller, the ascent is 24 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.492 meters. The average percentage is 6.2 %. This route includes distinguishing hairpin curves. After 14 kilometres of ascent you will cross the Tunnel of Monnaber (849 m). 


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