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Mallorca Almond Blossoms 2018 bookings

Book a trip to see Mallorca’s famous almond blossoms!

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 7 Dec 2017

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Mallorca Almond Blossoms 2018 bookings

Did you know that Mallorca’s almonds are some of the best in the world? You didn’t? Oh well, you do now! 

More than 4 million almond trees can be found across Mallorca. The island’s countryside and the inland microclimate create the perfect conditions for almond blossom to flourish. From late January and throughout February, the island completely transforms when the trees burst into blossom. The white, pink and cerulean colours of the almond blossom create something that could be described as a scene from a fairy tale. So much so, that Mallorca’s almond blossom has received international interest in recent years, with people (including photographers and painters) travelling from far and wide to see this annual natural spectacle taking place in the Balearic island’s countryside.

There are almond trees all over the island, but head to the central and eastern regions of Mallorca for some of the best sights. The biggest concentrations are around the rural towns and villages of Bunyola, Lloseta, Marratxí, Sant Llorenç, Santa Maria, Selva and Sencelles.

Almond blossom tours & events

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One of the best ways to make sure you get to see the very best of the almond blossom in Mallorca, is to place yourself in the hands of a knowledgeable tour guide. Mallorca Hiking offers guided tours of some of the prettiest scenery there is while the almond trees are in blossom.

The Fira de la Flor d’Ametler is the biggest almond fair on the island and takes place in the northeasterly 18th-century town of Son Servera. The fair offers a wide range of almond orientated products, with stalls selling different types of almonds, arts and crafts made from almond wood, almond oil, almond-scented candles, perfumes and floral crafts made from almond blossom. There are also displays of equipment used to farm and harvest the almonds. The date of the fair is yet to be confirmed for 2018 but normally takes place on a Sunday in late January or early February. Entry to the fair is free, but be sure to get down early as it is only open from 09:30 to 14:00.

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What to do in Mallorca during the almond blossom

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The best way to soak up the jaw-dropping scenery is to embark on a hike or cycle ride through the inland plains of Mallorca’s countryside. Fortunately, the winter in Mallorca provides the right climate for hikers and cyclists keen to explore the islands diverse terrain. There’s an abundance of routes available, whether it’s the mountains or easier flat routes, you will find something to suit your individual needs.

There are so many different routes to choose from, but for hikers, the famous 3-hour walk from the pretty village of Es Capdella through the publically held Galatzo Estate is a favourite. The trail presents some magnificent views of the conical Puig Galatzo. Cyclists can base themselves anywhere inland and explore the quiet lanes of Mallorca’s countryside! Keep in mind, the western side of Mallorca is dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, and the north by the Serra de Llevant mountain range, whilst the rest of the island is predominantly flat.

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Also see: Walking Routes in Mallorca, Majorca

How to get there

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Flying is the easiest way to get to the island, although airlines reduce the number of flights to Mallorca in the winter. Some airlines offer some good prices for flying at this time of the year, for instance, if you are flying from London there are plenty of good cheap flights with different airlines. Other starting points can prove quite expensive because there are limited flights.

Alternatively, from mainland Europe you can drive to one of the ports on Spain’s northeast coastline (Barcelona, Denia or Valencia) and get the ferry across. Although this isn’t necessarily the quickest or cheapest method of transport, it is favoured by those who want to bring their car across.

Once on the island, renting a car is probably the easiest way to travel around the island to see the different landscapes at your own leisure. The good news is, renting a car in the winter in Mallorca is extremely cheap (especially in comparison to the peak summertime). If driving isn’t an option, then Mallorca’s countryside is well connected with public transport thanks to some good bus links. Or cycling enthusiasts might find a bike a perfectly satisfactory mode of transport during their stay.

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Also see: How to Get to Mallorca, Majorca

Where to Stay

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If you want to be within easy reach of the almond blossom, then we would highly recommend staying in one of the many boutique hotels to be enjoyed in Mallorca. Some hotels are within the villages and towns, whilst others are in the countryside. There are some wonderful villas and fincas available for large groups keen to have their own space.

West Mallorca
Bunyola is a traditional Mallorcan village and is on the route of the vintage Palma to Soller train ride. The 4-star Alqueria Blanca Hotel is set in what was once a Moorish farmhouse. Its rustic style reflects Mallorca’s heritage, with beams in many of the rooms and some lovely four poster beds. The conversion into a hotel certainly included some more modern luxuries including a lovely outdoor swimming pool. There are some delightful fincas and more modern villas available in the surrounding area too. Or, down the road, the ancient town of Lloseta has several prehistoric sites. The splendid Cas Comte Petit Hotel & Spa is an 18th-century manor house oozing traditional Mallorcan charm and its highlights include a rooftop infinity pool.

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Central Mallorca
Santa Maria del Cami has become increasingly popular in recent years, and there’s more to the place than just being a pretty town with quaint buildings. It has a history of wine production and one of the best markets on the island. In terms of accommodation, the Reads Balance Hotel is in high demand thanks to its position, surrounded by vineyards and lush gardens but it also offers a good range of facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a healthy food menu. Fincas are also in abundance in the neighbouring countryside if a secluded farm stay is more what you need. Finca Agroturismo Sarbosar takes service to the next level thanks to its offering of bike and car hire, perfect for exploring the countryside. And to top it off, it’s pet-friendly. The town of Marratxí nearby is surrounded by some of the prettiest countryside. It is well-connected by road, train and bus and has a decent selection of fincas and villas in the vicinity.

Selva is a bit of a cycling hub as it is a gateway to the Serra Tramuntana. Luckily, it has managed to preserve its local charm and laid-back nature. Perhaps Can Cota Boutique Hotel might take your fancy? It features traditional Mallorcan charm juxtaposed with a few modern fixtures and fittings. Its elevated position means you can admire Mallorca’s countryside from your room. Alternatively, the more humble Petit Hotel Son Arnau is the kind of place you could imagine kicking back with a drink on the balcony after a long hard day exploring Mallorca’s countryside.

Sencelles is another prime spot to base yourself to see the almond blossom. The iconic 18th-century church of Sant Pere is a stand-out feature of this small village. Nearby you will find Hotel Son Xotano, a former 16th-century farm. Stay here for an authentic Mallorcan countryside experience, although there is a bar and a swimming pool for those needing the luxuries in life.

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East Mallorca
Sant Llorenç des Cardassar is a municipality situated near the eastern coast of Mallorca, surrounded by almond plantations, vineyards and fig trees. Within the sleepy town, you will find stunning architecture and the critically acclaimed Bou Restaurant. In terms of accommodation, boutique hotels are the way to go here.

Can Solaies is a small, tastefully decorated hotel in the town centre, within the traditional blonde stone building you will find it has a home-away-from-home vibe. Alternatively, the Es Lligats  - Adults Only is an equally attractive option. It’s a farm just outside the town, which has been carefully modernized but still has much of its charming original character remaining intact. The large swimming pool is a particularly alluring feature!

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Where to eat

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Keeping in with the almond theme, many of the cafes offer Gató de Almendra, an almond cake often served with toasted almond ice cream. But if you are sick of the sight of almonds, then Mallorca’s countryside provides a selection of good quality restaurants. Inca is the biggest town in the middle of the island and encompasses some of the best restaurants.

Tomeu Caldentey’s team offers a truly inspiring gastronomic journey at the Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Bou Restaurant, which presents Mallorcan and Catalonian cuisine at a Michelin-star standard! Moli des Torrent near Santa Maria del Cami provides the perfect pit-stop to rest and rejuvenate after a hard day exploring Mallorca’s countryside. The restaurant resides in an old windmill, with an enchanting patio and serves up a mixture of Mediterranean and international treats.

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