Almond season on Mallorca 2018

It’s that time of the year again, time to welcome the most spectacular natural phenomenon in Europe, namely the blossom of the almond trees on Mallorca.

The almond trees blossom from late January to the beginning of March, covering the surface in a duvet of white and pink silky leaves with a feminine scent. The nature on Mallorca call for walkers, cyclists and other outdoor junkies, who are in for a special treat.

Almond fair 2018 in Son Servera

On February 4th, the traditional annual almond fair is held in the cozy little village of Son Servera on the Mallorcan east coast. The almond fair is known to be one of the most interesting fairs on the Mallorcan cultural scene, a true audience magnet. Other fairs with such attention includes the olive fair in Caimari in November and the Apricot fair in Porreres.

The almond fair start at 9:30 in the morning and will continue until 14:30. During the day, you can browse through the many stalls and booths sampling local products made from, and with, almonds like sweet pastries, jams and delicious pates.

At 12:00h, come enjoy the dancing group, Sa Ravetla, perform a series of traditional Mallorcan dances called “Cases de CA s’Hereu”.

Why almond trees are special on Mallorca

Mallorca is home to more than 7 million almond trees spread all over the island. Almonds has been cultivated on Mallorca for centuries, they were brought here by the Romans who found the almonds in Egypt where they had been cultivated and used probably all the way from 4,000 BC.

Almonds was used as a snack by sailors and traders who crossed country borders during long journeys, as the nut already at that time was known as a nutritious and saturating commodity. However, already back then almonds was a very expensive commodity and normally preserved for the richest people.

On Mallorca, the first almond trees was planted by Romans who conquered the island about 123 BC, after centuries with 3 Punic wars. However, the many large plantations of almond trees you see today wasn’t there until the beginning of the 20th century. As you may have heard, Mallorca, and the rest of southern Europe, was in the late 19th century brutally attacked by phylloxera, that led to the complete destruction of all of Mallorca’s vineyards. To compensate for the lost income, farmers of Mallorca planted these almond trees in large plantations to supply income coming from export of olive oil, figs and oranges.

The almond has during the last century grown to become one of the most remarkable sources of income to the agricultural Mallorca, and therefore very important to pay tribute to.

Boosting your health with almonds

Almonds are not just great tasting little snacks that you can use for marzipan, they are actually real life savers and health boosters.

Almonds contain high concentrates of vitamin B and E, thus a wide range of antioxidants and monounsaturated fat acids makes almonds extremely effective and healthy for your immune defense and digestive system.

Some of the main benefits of almonds include:

  • Prevention of overeating and unnecessary snacking due to the great saturation feeling they provide.
  • Fights cancer because of the concentration of gamma-tocopherol, which functions as an extremely powerful antioxidant.
  • Help control your blood sugar by slowing down the rate at which glucose is released into the bloodstream, which results in a stable sugar level that prevents diabetes.
  • Maintains your brain activity and prevents cognitive decline, due to the rich level of riboflavin and L-carnitine vitamins.
  • Prevents heart deceases because the monounsaturated fat acids actively helps in keeping your artery walls clean, stimulates your blood pressure and supply you with good cholesterol.

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Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions

Palma Cathedral

la seu gothic cathedral in palma mallorca on the balearic islands in spain

Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.

Learn about Palma cathedral La Seu

The Antique Train

excursion with antique train in mallorca

The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.

Enjoy a ride in the antique train

Castell de Bellver

beautiful gothic bellver castle in palma mallorca spain

Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.

Visit the Bellver castle

Cuevas del Drach

cuevas del drach or dragon caves is a major tourist attraction in mallorca located in the holiday resort of porto cristo

Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.

Visit Cuevas del Drach

Santuari de Lluc

santuari de lluc monastery and major tourist attraction in mallorca

Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.

Visit Santuari de Lluc

La Granja

two women wearing traditional mallorcan outfits at la granja esporles ethnological museum in mallorca

A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.

Visit La Granja

Sa Dragonera

sa dragonera island and nature park with much balearic wildlife

Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.

Visit Sa Dragonera island

Almudaina Palace

the almudaina palace in palma mallorca is a major tourist attraction

The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.

Visit the Almudaina Palace

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