February brings with it one of the Island’s most typical phenomena: the blossoming of its almond trees. In Mallorca, from the end of January until the middle of March it is common to find fields covered with white and pink flowers hanging glistening from the almond trees. These trees only need to accumulate about 400 hours of winter cold, so they are often the first to flower and paint the landscape with a pinkish mantle that really takes the eye.
Where to see the almond blossom
On foot, by car or bicycle. On main roads, secondary roads or rural roads. There are a multitude of options for seeing this spectacle in Mallorca. Without leaving Palma, in Secar de la Real or in the neighbouring district of Son Espanyol, at the ParcBit (Balearic Park of Technological Innovation) or on Valldemossa road, almond trees in blossom can be admired without going too far from the city centre.
On the nearby Sóller road, on its way through Son Sardina, the surroundings of Bunyola or the beautiful Alfabia gardens, also awaiting you is a natural fairytale setting. We recommend you stop a few kilometres beforehand, at the Raixa public estate, so you can enjoy its fabulous gardens. In the Pla area, there are other villages with numerous almond groves, such as Santa Maria, Consell, Binissalem or Lloseta and, at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, there are Selva and Caimari, among others. On the east of the island, for the last 14 years around this time, in Son Servera, the Fira de la Flor d’Ametler has been held. It has around fifty artisan stalls with all kinds of almond– related products: sweets, perfumes, decoration… If you want to discover all the richness of this fruit and love tradition, it is an event not to be missed.
An excellent raw material
The importance of the almond in Mallorca goes beyond its seasonal beauty. Almond production plays a significant role in the island’s agricultural economy and has done so for centuries. Mallorcan almonds are known for their unique quality and flavour and are used in numerous local recipes, from traditional desserts such as gató to savoury dishes. Roasted and salted almonds are also a popular snack for locals and visitors alike.
Top quality cosmetics, also at Nivia Born Boutique Hotel
In addition to their culinary value, almonds are also used in the production of cosmetics and personal care products. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, almond oil is a common ingredient in moisturisers, body lotions and massage oils, known for its properties that nourish and soften the skin. At Nivia Born Boutique Hotel, we are aware of their enormous benefits and that is why almonds are the main protagonists of our amenities, made by Tot Herba, a local natural cosmetics company that is environmentally friendly to the utmost degree. Not only do we care about your skincare, but we also choose to continue promoting local products and artisanal means to be faithful to our philosophy of care and respect for the environment.
Don’t you love the aroma it has? We also have a fragrance, Flor d’Ametler, which will bring you the freshness of the Mallorcan countryside in a bottle which contains a delicate flower.