Winter Blues Got You Down? Well, you’re not the only one. As fortunate as we are here on Mallorca, the rain and chill does tend to get old. We realize we’re not under two metres of snow nor do we have frost on our car windscreens in the mornings…but it’s all relative, and darn it, we’re ready for Spring!
Lucky for us, February is the beginning of a season of spectacular buds and blooms, as well as hotel and food options, all over the island. The best part is, you don’t have to look far to find them.
It’s Almond Blossom Time! #
Almonds are relative newcomers to Mallorcan agriculture. The trees were first planted in the 19th century after wine production on the island was all but wiped out by an infestation of phylloxera (a type of louse that attacks and kills the roots of grape vines). These hearty trees took root, literally, and today there are estimated to be from more than 3 million up to 5 million island-wide, covering roughly 55,000 hectares of terrain.
Their “season” begins typically in February, when the trees, seemingly overnight, blossom. The flowers are generally pink or white and give off a heavenly aroma. Finding them is as easy as falling off a bicycle, as they are present in nearly every part of the island. But to get the best concentrations, head to the Raiguer region and the villages of Sóller, Bunyola, Santa Maria, Sencelles, Lloseta and Marratxí. Inca, Felanitx and Llucmajor also are fantastic viewing spots. With the many walks and hikes in these areas, you can double up and get your exercise as well as a feast for the eyes, all in one afternoon.
The Boathouse in Palma is offering a €25 voucher for our Almond Blossom Photo Contest. Join us in our great appreciation to honor the island's most recognizable tree. Try any of the myriad of products made locally from almonds - from turrón to Gato Mallorquin, a special cake made from almonds that is delicious when paired with gelado de almendra. We have a special recipe you can find here >>
Spring Food Fling #
And since you’re already out and about… Head to the farmer’s markets where you’re sure to find a healthy shot of sunshine AND vitamin C. Warmer temps mean more produce is on offer and with the aid of the Mediterranean climate, our selection is fantastic. Strawberries, lemons, olives and oranges are in abundance, as are asparagus, spinach, artichokes, and that short-lived delicacy, courgette flowers. Spring is also the time to savour the wonderful local lamb.
Bring a Jacket #
True, on a bright sunny day you may sit outside on a café terrace sipping your café con leche and think there is no use for words like “being cold” on this island. But as soon as the sun has disappeared over the brink of the horizon the thermometer starts its headlong downwards rush. “Hasta el trenta de mayo no te quites el mayo” (“Keep your cardigan on until May”) is an old Mallorquin saying, and the locals are right! It can get chill at times. Our recommendations? Even on the most glorious days of island spring, always keep in mind our Seven Essentials to Get Through the Winter on Mallorca>>
Affordable Mallorca Tip: Mini Breaks
This is also the season to take advantage of seriously good rates on hotels island-wide. Whether a visitor, or a local looking to staycation, there are loads of deals to be had. And as Spring is still considered “off-season”, the crowds of summer are still a far in the future, allowing you to eat in those restaurants or stay in those hotels that are rarely available in peak summer months. So, pack your cases, folks! Come see Mallorca in all its Springtime glory. It’s certain to not disappoint.
Follow Lizzie and take a horseback ride through the stunning wilds of the island. Seeing this place from atop a horse is magical. Visit a vineyard or watch the filming of Mallorca Files. Wondering the backstreets of many villages, including Palma's neighborhoods, you might come across the filming of movies and tv shows as Mallorca is becoming a second Hollywood. Check out our Village Profiles to learn more about special places on the island.
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By Stephanie Horsman
10 February, 2020