Susan Worner Tours

Mallorca – Spring Gardens on the Balearic Island

12 – 18 May 2019

Mallorca – Spring Gardens on the Balearic Island

Mallorca is an island of contrasts with high limestone mountains, the Serra de Tramuntana, in the northwest and charming sweeping landscapes featuring farms with unspoilt traditional fields in the centre. Many fields have rows of olive and carob trees under-planted with wheat, while in others the local breed of dark-skinned Iberian pigs forage.

The Moors ruled Mallorca for three hundred years, influencing farming practices and introducing the sophisticated irrigation system, seguia. We visit an inspirational selection of gardens, ranging from an example of the Arab period to a comprehensive botanic garden to a model of the modern influence in garden design. A highlight is the remote mountain garden of Heidi Gildermeister.

We stay in specially selected Mallorcan finca style hotels, one in a mountain valley and the second towards the coast in the south. Finally, we explore the enchanting historic centre of Palma on the day before departure.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE – SUNDAY 12 MAYD

Morning flight to Palma. On arrival we transfer to our welcoming country finca hotel in Orient with fabulous views of the lush mountain countryside. Short talk and aperitif before enjoying dinner together.

DAY TWO – MONDAY 13 MAYBLD

Visiting the southwest, we enjoy two gardens created around farmhouses, one on a steep terraced hillside above a village and another an elegant garden with elements of Italian design. At lunch we enjoy a delicious paella at a nearby port. Our afternoon visit is up in the mountains at Camilla Chandon’s beautifully designed garden. Wild flowers surround the terraces and the extensive palette of plants is much to be admired. We return to the finca in Orient, where dinner features local specialities.

DAY THREE – TUESDAY 14 MAYBD

Our morning visit is to Jardines de Alfabia, originating from the period of Arab domination of the island. We continue to the Sóller Botanic Garden with its wealth of plants used for research and conservation, a particular focus being on endemic species. An informative guided visit is arranged. Return to Orient to discover the village and its surrounding area before dinner together.

DAY FOUR – WEDNESDAY 15 MAYBD

We depart from Orient to visit a local nurseryman and continue to the private hamlet of Biniagual with its collection of contrasting small gardens. Biniagual is in a famed wine-producing area, and we enjoy wine tasting and tapas. We continue eastwards to a welcoming country hotel, Sa Franquesa Nova, where we will stay for three nights. A delicious dinner is enjoyed in the restaurant.

DAY FIVE – THURSDAY 16 MAYBLD

In the morning we meet Hélène and Christian Lindgens whose spectacular country garden, Son Muda, features predominantly white flowering plants and intriguing clipped hedging. In addition, Hélène’s design company has completed a new country garden, which we are also able to visit. After lunch nearby we enjoy a spectacular and unusual garden developed for the owner’s family theatrical productions. An amazing dry riverbed crosses the garden, with cypress trees, rambling roses and lavender beds all around. We return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY SIX – FRIDAY 17 MAYBPicnicD

A particular highlight of our tour is a visit to the remote Torre d’Ariant garden created by Heidi Gildermeister, the founder of the Mediterranean Garden Society. High up in the mountains and facing the sea, the garden is planted with endemic flora with an emphasis on drought tolerance. We enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we continue to the peninsula of Alcudia to the Museu Sa Bassa Blanca, situated on the coast and surrounded by rose gardens and a private art museum. Final evening together for dinner at Sa Franquesa Nova.

DAY SEVEN – SATURDAY 18 MAYBL

We depart for the beautiful city of Palma to enjoy the historical centre with its impressive Cathedral and myriad intriguing streets where we discover Arab baths and patio gardens. We enjoy a tapas lunch before leaving for the airport for the return flight.




Map of Mallorca


Tour Costs

£2,920 per person sharing
£600 supplement for single occupation of double room

Included:

All flights and transport in modern comfortable minibus. Accommodation with ensuite bathroom, delicious meals as indicated, all garden visits and guides.

Not included:

Alcoholic and soft drinks (except the first evening’s aperitivo), items of a personal nature, comprehensive travel insurance with full cover to be taken out on payment of the deposit.

Notes:

The climate in May will be warm, sometimes with showers.
Layered clothing is recommended, with a waterproof jacket in case of a shower and good shoes. Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch), P (Picnic) and D (dinner).
Guests often meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available in the hotel.

Activity Level:

Good walking ability for a minimum of two hours to visit some gardens. Please note that a number of gardens are terraced with flights of steps.