Did you know that Mallorca …
Nicole Rose, a Mallorca insider
Nicole has been living on Mallorca for nearly 15 years and she knows the hidden gems of the island. She can tell you best places to enjoy breathtaking views alone and recommends amazing hiking trails and extraordinary excursions on a Mallorca blog: www.mallorquissimo.com
Did you know, for example, that there is an Aloe Vera farm on Mallorca, that you can dive with sharks and observe the vulture, a huge bird threatened with extinction? Find these and more insider tips from Nicole online.
A VISIT ON THE ALOE-VERA-FARM
The flora of Mallorca offers more than cacti, palm trees and oleanders. 300 sunny days a year and few rain are ideal conditions for the growth of Aloe Vera, which is grown on a farm in the north of Mallorca, very close to the Playa de Muro. From the precious juice of the plant natural cosmetics are produced.
A visit to the 40 hectare finca with 200,000 plants is worthwhile. Here you learn that the aloe vera must be at least 5 years old until the leaves can be harvested. A plant needs at least 2,000 hours of sunshine a year to build the valuable nutrients for the juice.
The free tour gives an overview of the 100% organic cultivation and the production of the products. Afterwards, I recommend a glass of fresh orange juice with pure Aloe Vera juice (an energy drink) in the cozy garden.
If you’re looking for gifts for friends or for yourself, there are plenty of cosmetics in the shop.
For more information about the Aloe Vera Farm in Mallorca and opening hours, please visit:
Orange and Mediterranean Fragrances
Do you know the orange valley?
Most people link Mallorca with lemons, oranges and fragrant lime blossoms and would like to stroll through a lemon grove. Best place to do so is a visit at the orange valley of Soller. To reach this lovely mountain village take the old train called “red flash”, connecting Palma and Soller.
In Soller it blooms and smells all year long. It is a real dream for nose and eyes to stroll through the groves in front of the gigantic scenery of the Tramuntana mountains. The natural tangerines, clementines, lemons and oranges are available all year round. You can try and discover them during a tour of the Sóller and Fornalutx farmers’ associations. From November to February, the fruit growers offer a guided walk with guests through the orange gardens.
Also, you should definitely try the delicious ice cream of Fet a Soller, natural, fresh from Soller and available in many varieties.
My Mallorca insider tip:
Let fresh oranges simply send home. Fet a Soller sends the fruits to all over Europe. Particularly tasty are the navel oranges just before Christmas! Get the Mallorca feeling far away from your favorite island! www.fetasoller.com
Olive Oil – The liquid gold of Mallorca
Did you know that olive trees in Mallorca are between 300 and 500 years old?
In addition to fig and citrus trees, they form the landscape of Mallorca and produce aromatic fruits, which can not be compared with those of young trees.
So it is not surprising that Mallorca produces excellent olive oils.
In contrast to mass production, only ripe fruits come into the press, especially the olive varieties “Mallorquina” or “Empeltre”, “Arbequina” and “Picual”.
As they did hundreds of years ago, Farmers put their olives in old mills where the oil is cold pressed. As a result, in Mallorca we have a particularly natural olive oil with soft fresh taste.
My insider tip:
In the middle of November begins the olive harvest and the oil mills run on high trances. A visit is worthwhile in the old mill Can Det in Soller, where one of the best oils of Mallorca is traditionally produced. Also one of the most beautiful festivals takes place at this time: the olive festival in Caimari. Stroll along stands offering local products and visit the oil press.
Poc a poc, Siesta and Mañana – this is how the islanders live
For some it is only a cliché for the others a motto of life: in Spain we love a calm lifestyle. Even though many modern companies and shops have abolished the siesta, the traditional lunch break, thanks to air conditioning, there are still small shops and businesses closed from 2 to 5 pm. Then the islanders meet in the local restaurants for the lunch menu which is usually accompanied by a glass of wine.
“Poc a poc” is a typical Mallorcan saying, meaning “bit by bit”. The locals just love to meet with friends, spend the weekends with cooling boxes on the beach and are reluctant to stress. This is really healthy! Spanish – and thus also Mallorcans – have an above-average life expectancy in a worldwide comparison. They are 83 years old on average, Mallorcan ladies even 85.2 years.
My tip: Live the Spanish work-life balance. Spanish people use 67 per cent of the day on basic needs. 16 hours daily they spend with sleeping, eating and leisure activities.