Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands with a rich and varied terrain, from the jagged mountain peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana in the north to the patchwork fields edged by drystone walls of the central and southern plains, all surrounded by dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches. Under Moorish rule for three hundred years, it is now part of Spain, with strong Catalan ties. About one fifth of the population comprises British, German, Swiss and French expatriates, some of whose exceptionally beautiful gardens are included in this tour alongside those of Moorish influence.
We have carefully chosen two fine hotels for this six-day tour: Belmond La Residencia is sheltered by green mountains on Mallorca’s peaceful north-west coast, and enjoys a reputation as one of the most intimate hotels on the island. Its twin manor houses sit in lush gardens among olive and citrus groves on the edge of the artists village of Deià. Hotel Son Julia is a former manor house with historic Arabic gardens in the countryside to the south of Palma.
Day 1: Sunday 23rd April
Depart at 12:25 from London Heathrow on flight BA0450, arriving in Palma at 15:50. We then travel into the countryside for a warm welcome at Belmond La Residencia where we stay for two nights and dine on excellent Mediterranean cuisine with local wines included.
Day 2: Monday 24th April
A day in the north-east begins at the famed garden of Torre d’Ariant (managed now by the Black Vulture Foundation) created by Heidi Gildemeister, doyenne of Mediterranean gardens. Famous for her books on Mediterranean gardening, Mrs Gildemeister has learnt from first-hand experience about gardening the dry eastern reaches of the Serra de Tramuntana. We follow this exceptional visit by travelling down from the mountains to the peninsula of Alcúdia to enjoy a tapas lunch and see the unusual Museu Sa Bassa Blanca, otherwise known as the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation, with sculpture park, rose garden and private art museum. We dine together again at Belmond La Residencia.
Day 3: Tuesday 25th April
Start the day at Jardines de Alfabia where, in 1229 King Jaume I rewarded his ally, the Moor known as Benhabet, with a large estate, thanking him for his help in conquering the island. Benhabet created the lush terraced garden in the Arabic fashion that continues to impress. The estate has never been sold: it is still in the hands of the Zaforteza family. Down on the central plains we find Biniagual, a private hamlet lovingly restored to include a contrasting series of small gardens that surround a sequence of historic homesteads producing excellent vintages mainly exported to Switzerland & Germany. Here we are offered wines & tapas. Later in the afternoon we take you to a small garden at the private home of Señor Mateu Morro, a local Nursery owner, a garden with exceptional planting featuring colourful displays of many rare species. Later we check in to Hotel Son Julia where we will dine together.
Day 4: Wednesday 26th April
A duo of delights in the south-east of the Island: Son Muda is the home of Helene & Christian Lindgens who are developing an ambitious and wonderfully intriguing white garden decorated with a host of sculptures by local artist Pedro Flores. After lunch at a local restaurant we are the guests of Professor & Mrs Liesenhoff at Ca’n Estel, an ambitious garden of roses and orange groves divided by a snaking dry riverbed. Return to Hotel Son Julia to dine together.
Day 5: Thursday 27th April
After breakfast we drive through floral-rich meadows to the exquisite garden created by Camilla Chandon. Son Muleta is a hidden retreat enlivened by rivers of blue-flowering plants studded with olive trees and tightly-clipped silver and green Mediterranean shrubs threaded with climbing roses. Drive into Palma for a tapas lunch together followed by a walk around the old town to include views of patio gardens, the old Arab baths and the wonderful Cathedral. Return to Hotel Son Julia to dine together.
Day 6: Friday 28th April
We have a special invitation to visit writer and ex-Member of Parliament, Jeffrey Archer’s garden, followed by lunch at the cliff-hanging restaurant of the iconic Cap Rocat, where some of the award-winning BBC series, ‘The Night Manager’ was filmed. Afterwards, we head back to Palma Airport for flight BA0451 departing at 20:10, arriving at London Heathrow at 21:45.
The price includes: two nights with dinner and breakfast at Belmond La Residencia; three nights with dinner, bed & breakfast at Hotel Son Julia; five lunches, all with local wines; and return flights from London Heathrow.
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