How is the weather where you are? It’s still deepest winter for many of us – the ski season is still in swing! But if you’d like to swap your ski chalet for a luxury villa then turn your thoughts to spring and your compass to Mallorca because on the Mediterranean’s most beautiful island the green shoots of your next luxury travel adventure are already stirring.
Finest Holidays has a great collection of villas – available all year – The “Mediterranean Lady” puts on her finest attire in early spring, the season of almond blossom, carnival, and cooler weather that is perfect for exploring one of the world’s great cycling destinations or taking to the interior on horseback.
Early spring in the Balearics reveals a different side to these sunny beach islands. The weather is still wonderfully warm for Europe. As January passes into February the island’s estimated 4 – 5 million almond trees blossom. This sea of delicate pinks and whites is an awe-inspiring sight. The heart of almond-growing country is around Sant Llorenc, Manacor, and Son Servera, where you can enjoy the Fira de la flor d’ametler, the island’s annual almond blossom festival. In 2018 it takes place on Sunday, February 4th, and you can enjoy folk traditions and costumes while tasting the harvest from those famous trees – a traditional gato d’ametlla cake is a must!
It’s a spectacular reminder of Mallorca’s rich, traditional food culture – the almonds are said to be the best in the world with great health benefits – and a great excuse to explore the sleepy villages of the interior. The produce – from sobrasada sausage to olive oil – from these beautiful, historic communities is starting to have an impact on a wonderfully diverse dining scene.
The concept of terroir and sustainable, local production of the best ingredients is powering a new wave in world cuisine born in Barcelona and bearing beautiful fruit on Mallorca. You’ll find world cuisines here – clean, healthy Asian flavors are favorites at beach clubs; German, Italian and French… it’s all here – but these days the island’s fashionable gastro bars and cutting-edge fine dining establishments healthy dash of local good taste. Mallorcan flavors are dominant among the island’s 10 Michelin-starred restaurants – after the making their names overseas, the islands culinary stars are starting to shine at home too.
Sea, Mountain and City
Mallorca’s beaches in early spring may be more suited to strolling than swimming, though hardy surfers love a spring tide, and luxury beach clubs like the world-famous Nikki Beach and the two PURO clubs won’t be in full swing, but the coastline is just as majestic and a Mediterranean sunset has extra romance before the summer crowds show up.
The cooler weather is a definite bonus for adventure sports fans. In the home of Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins cycling gets the headlines, but there is much more to try.
For Lycra-clad warriors the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana are a series of challenging climbs, but hikers can enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site at a gentler pace. And Mallorca is natural horse-riding country. Your equestrian adventure can come with unprecedented luxury at the new VMG Horse Ranch in Llucmajor, a 100-acre estate developed into a world-class riders’ ranch with dressage courts, show jumping, stables, and top-of-the-range dining and relaxation facilities.
A sophisticated take on the simple life abound is one thing, but Mallorca’s bubbling capital, Palma is one of Spain’s most exciting cities. Alongside world-class shopping, dining, and clubbing are historic glories like City Hall, Bellver Castle, Portixol, the Almundaina Palace and the Arab Baths. The enormous cathedral has interiors by Antoni Gaudí, famous for Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.
Palma comes alive in the early spring, the traditional Latin carnival season. This year, Sunday, February 11th is the date of the Sa Rua Carnival, so book now a hotel or villa to enjoy a city transformed by parades and parties, color and music.
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