Majorca is famous as an island paradise, to which countless tourists flock each year but it also has a proud tradition and relationship with its own land and produces a wide variety of local products that have put Majorca on the map for different types of holidays. Here at Son Julia Country House & Spa we have covered the local wines and the importance of the almond harvest in Majorca to the locals. However, Majorca excels in other products that are much in demand. Having been produced on the island for more than 600 years, the production of local olive oil is very important, not just as a key component of the mediterranean diet but also to the economy and the people of Majorca.
The Phoenetians and Greeks are known to have introduced the olive tree into the Iberian peninsula, which later led to its arrival in Majorca. By the mid XV century it was already a product that was exported on a regular and continual basis from the island, especially from the town of Soller. In the 16th century, with the improvement in the cultivation and production processes, it rapidly became one of the main sources of income for many of Majorca’s farms, particularly in the northern areas and the southern Sierra de Tramuntana.
In the 19th century olive oil accounted for 80% of Majorca’s exports and the Archduke Luis Salvador praised Majorcan olives in his writings. However it wasn’t until 2002 that the Denomination of Origin ‘Oli de Majorca’ was created, which meant this hallmark was applied to some of the best extra virgin olive oils on the island, made with the local varieties of olive, which include; Mallorquina, Arbequina and Picual varieties. With over 279,000 litres of oil produced annually from the 750,000 trees here, you don’t have to search far and wide during your holiday in Majorca to try this liquid gold, with a large number of olive oil producers all over the island from Soller to the town of Caimari where you will also find the annual celebration of Fira de s’Oliva (Olive Fair), which takes place in this picturesque old town, famous for its incredible olive oil and yearly fair which brings together a host of stalls filled with the best typical Majorcan products.
Here at our boutique hotel in Llucmajor we are excited to announce that since we planted the 130 olive trees of the Arbequina and Picual varieties over a year ago, the time has come now to collect our first ever harvest and get ready try our very own Olive Oil from Majorca. When the olives have been collected, they will be sent to Caimari to be processed into the final product which you will be able to try here at our wonderful Las Bovedas Restaurant and even purchase as a souvenir. So take the taste of Majorca home with you and try our very own delicious olive oil here at our 5-star hotel and enjoy a spot of oleoturismo (olive oil tourism).
This month has also marked the closure of the Son Julia Country House & Spa. We say goodbye to our wonderful guests from the 4th of November while we close our doors for the winter months and prepare to return in March with a number of improvements, refreshed for the 2019 season. But there is no need to wait, if you make your 2019 holiday booking now you will receive an incredible 15% discount. So make the resolution to travel more and experience the finer things in life with a holiday in Majorca.