Being at one with nature is the best way to disconnect from day-to-day life. Instead of the usual thoughts flickering through your mind, (jobs to do; people to meet; social events to organise) nature helps you switch off, quieten the noise and use only your senses to experience the world around you.
Mallorca is special in this case because you can experience nature at any time of the year. Now coming to the end of January, for example, is the season when the famous Mallorcan almond trees start to bloom. Take a train from Palma to Manacor, Lloseta or Santa María and stare with admiration at the hundreds of almond trees blending together to form a sea of soft pastel colours, ideal for the picture-perfect moment! Maybe you’ve already tried some typical desserts that you never actually realised were made from almond trees grown especially in Mallorca like tambor d’ametlla or gató. And if you haven’t, get yourself down to your local panadería and try some! A few stores down from where our Pirates Village Apartments Hotel is located you’ll find a local bakery selling Mallorcan pastries and desserts, popular amongst residents and tourists.
Climbing the Tramuntana mountain range will truly help you disengage from any distractions of daily life leaving you alone with just your thoughts and the occasional cry of the mountain goats! Hiking boots on, lunch prepared, iPod at the ready, all that’s needed is for you to pick the trail that suits you best. Easy or hard, it doesn’t matter, any of them will get you where you want to be: taking in the breathtaking views of Formentor; the charming town of Deià or the stunning bay of Pollensa.
You’ll have a wealth of Instagram-worthy views at your disposal without having to go too far from civilisation. And the best bit? You have over half a year from October to March to discover all these trails before the heat makes hiking unbearable!
If you’ve ever wandered around the outskirts of the big cities and towns of Mallorca we’re sure you’ve noticed the array of orange trees amongst the fields, in residents’ gardens and in open public spaces. However, if you really want to appreciate the oranges at their ripest, head over to Sóller during April Time. Sóller valley is famous for its bitter and sweet orange trees; the bitter ones brought by the Arabs in the 10th century when Spain was under muslim influence and the sweet ones arriving later on in the 15th century from India along the Silk Road. Take the Sóller Old Train from Palma and admire the stunning views of the countryside as the train climbs further uphill. You’ll be able to stop and get out of the carriage for several minutes to take pictures and marvel at the Sóller Valley from up top.You’ll know when you’ve arrived to Sóller Valley as you’ll be enveloped in sweet orange fragrance; potent but not overwhelming.
Finally we come to the summer season. Of course there’s an abundance of activities you could be doing: discovering hidden coves, going on a bike tour or having a day out with the kids at one of the many amusement parks on the island. However, have you ever tried scuba diving? Mallorca is seen as one of the best places in Europe for this activity due to its crystal clear waters and variety of marine life. For beginners, the best locations for scuba diving are west of the island in the area of Palmanova and Santa Ponsa where you’ll find many of our Gran Isla Hotels. This is a great way to do something different on your holiday and will leave you with unforgettable memories when it’s time for you to head back home.
We believe the world is your oyster when it comes to discovering nature in Mallorca and we hope these tips will help you do just this!