12 – 18 May 2019
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.
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.
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.