Are we finally over those January blues? With the arrival of February, perhaps you are able to see a light at the end of the wintery tunnel and are preparing to come out of hibernation? Well there is no better way to get ready for the imminent change of season than by booking a holiday and where better than a holiday in Majorca. This magical island in the Mediterranean bursts into full bloom at this time of year… or at least Majorca’s famous almond trees do creating a beautiful white and pink sweet smelling canopy over its scenic flatland.
Although the Son Julia Country House & Spa will not be opening its doors until next month, we thought we would tell you more about the famous almond blossom in Majorca and why now is the perfect time to book your 2019 holiday with us and enjoy an unforgettable holiday at our boutique hotel in Llucmajor while making the most of the early booking discounts which you can find on our official website.
As previously stated, winter in Majorca is well known for its 7 million blossoming almonds originally brought over from Asia by the Romans. It is this precise moment when the stunning beaches and dramatic mountainous landscapes play second fiddle to the vast almond tree plantations found in the centre of the island; mainly Selva, Santa Maria, Lloseta and Marratxi. Here the wonderful climate of Majorca combines with the farming system to provide unique growing conditions for the Majorcan almond, which gives the ‘ametlla de Mallorca’ (Majorcan almond) its sweet flavour and high nutritional value (containing more protein and vitamins than almonds from other regions).
Known by locals as ‘Majorcan snow’ these beautiful flowers create a subtle white and pink blanket which attracts tourists, aspiring photographers and artists from all over the world during this time of the year. This wonderful spectacle can be admired during one of the many hiking routes explored in Majorca or from one of the numerous breathtaking viewpoints such as the Monasteries of Randa or Bonay. There are few better places to set up a tripod or easel and attempt to capture and recreate the delicate scent and beauty on paper or through pixels.
Now, although the almonds are not harvested until mid summer, that doesn’t mean that Majorca will wait to celebrate one of their most important agricultural products. On the first weekend in February, in the town of Son Servera they host an almond-themed fair which celebrates and coincides with the flowering of the blossom on the island. The fair hosts a huge number of stalls selling a variety of products made from almonds, including: almond based nougat (turron), ice cream, milk, oil, the perfume “Flor d’Ametler” and of course the famous almond cake (Gato de Almendra), which must be sampled during your holiday in Majorca. The fair also offers up entertainment in the form of the charmingly traditional folk music and much more. It truly provides travellers with a local experience that gives you a glimpse of Majorca’s history and culture.
Even though this all takes place a month before we reopen the doors to our 5-star hotel, there is always something new and exciting to see on this paradise island so in an attempt to wet your appetite and start you planning your 2019 holiday at Son Julia Country House & Spa, we remind you not to forget about the latest updates and improvements which you can expect to enjoy, including the range of services and facilities we proudly put at your disposal. Book now and let our luxury hotel compliment an unbeatable holiday destination.