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Adopt a Mallorcan Olive Tree

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If I had to name my one indispensable Mallorcan product – apart from the wines! – it would have to be the island’s luscious extra virgin olive oil.  Olive trees first came to Mallorca more than two thousand years ago and today there are thousands of hectares of land devoted to growing the trees. Many of them are more than a hundred years old, and nature and time have sculpted their trunks into living artworks – shapes that further enhance the […]

Mallorca’s Only Hotel with a Treehouse

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Visit the five-star Gran Hotel Son Net in Puigpunyent, southwest Mallorca, and you stand a good chance of spotting a set of classic wheels in the car park. The hotel is on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tramuntana mountains, which offer some adrenalin-spiking drives for keen motorists. The views of olive-tree-clad mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean views have made this – the ‘backbone’ of Mallorca – a dream place to take a classic (or even a bog-standard rental) car for a spin. And […]

Gold in the Soller Valley (Part 1)

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This is an edited version of my article published in Food & Wine Journal (quarterly), September 2013. Blinking in the bright sunlight, having emerged from the long dimly lit Sóller road tunnel, motorists see a roadside sign announcing their arrival in the ‘Valley of Oranges’. The sign is hardly necessary: for a large part of the year it’s impossible to miss the profusion of citrus fruit trees – laden with oranges or lemons – growing in Mallorca’s Sóller […]