Mallorca is an outstanding island which delights with its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, but also boasts a stunning natural wonder that occurs every year – the almond blossom.
The almond tree is the most common tree on the island of Mallorca and also the most famous. It has had a significant cultural and economic importance for the island for centuries and has been exported to countries all over the world.
Almond Blossom in Mallorca
The almond blossom marks the start of the agricultural year and is a symbol of hope for a bountiful harvest.
Between the end of January and February, you can enjoy a true natural spectacle: the Mallorcan fields are covered with a magnificent white-pink cloak and millions of almond trees all over the island are in full bloom, a truly beautiful way of showing us that spring is just around the corner.
The Almond Tree in Mallorca
There are two types of almond trees on the island: the bitter almond with pink flowers and the sweet almond with white flowers.
Their fruit is dry yet delicious and a great source of vitamins, oils, minerals, fatty acids and fibre. It plays an important role in the local gastronomy as it is an essential ingredient in Mallorcan dishes.
The best routes to enjoy the blossoming of the almond tree
The beauty of these almond trees is so great that excursions are organized. For thousands of tourists, the almond blossom is one of the most popular moments on the island of Mallorca.
Although there are many areas of cultivation where the almond trees bloom, the most important are:
The central area of the island
Around Marratxí, Santa Maria, Bunyola, Lloseta or Selva, to name but a few. The largest almond production in Mallorca is concentrated in this area thanks to its microclimate.
The southeast zone
In municipalities such as Manacor, Son Servera or Sant Llorenç.
There you can marvel at the combination of flowering almond trees and the Tramuntana Mountains, which have been declared a World Heritage Site. The gentle Mediterranean climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, invites you to walk or cycle among the almond blossoms.
The most recommended routes are:
- Es Capdellá – Puig Galatzó
- Alaró – Alaro Castle
- Puig de Ses Bruixes in Llucmajor
There is also a wide range of excursions and hiking tours for families with children. These are suitable for all age groups so there is no excuse not to enjoy any of these routes during your holiday in Mallorca.
Another way to enjoy this natural spectacle is to take a ride on a vintage train between Palma and Sóller. The train will take you through magical and picturesque valleys with almond blossom trees -a truly unforgettable experience.
The Almond in Mallorcan cuisine
Besides the sense of sight, we can also enjoy the almond trees with the sense of taste. Since the almond is very much linked to the traditional island gastronomy, the variety of Mallorcan almonds is characterized by its high quality.
Therefore, the lucky ones who choose to spend their holidays in Mallorca can taste many delicious dishes prepared with almonds. But among all of these dishes, desserts stand out, and among them we highlight ‘gató d’ametlles’ or ‘gató de almendra’, a type of almond sponge cake, usually served with a scoop of ice cream, also made with almonds. If we want to refresh ourselves, besides an ice cream, we can also enjoy the typical Mallorcan almond mousse.
In February, Son Servera hosts the largest almond fair – the Fira de la Flor. There you can try a Mallorcan almond cake or find a wide range of almond products. Entry to the fair is free of charge.
Overall, the almond blossom in Mallorca is a must-see natural wonder that should not be missed. With its stunning beauty and cultural significance, it is the perfect way to experience the island’s natural beauty. Plan your trip to Mallorca during the almond blossom season and experience this unique and magical time of year.