Tourists might flock to Japan at this time of year to admire the cherry blossom but in Mallorca residents and visitors alike cherish the annual arrival of the almond blossom, heralding the start of spring. Thanks to the island’s microclimate, anyone who owns a villa, finca or apartment in the countryside around Pollensa and Alcudia, not to mention those who live on the island full time, enjoy a short, mild winter. This year, the blossom promises to be as spectacular as ever.
At its most magnificent from the end of January through to the middle of February, special trips are organised from northern Europe to come and see the blanket of pale blue, white and pink that carpets much of the island. While there are almond trees all over Mallorca, including the attractive rural countryside around Campanet, some of finest areas to see the blossom are in the folds and foothills of the Sierra de Tramuntana and throughout the farmland of Es Pla, the wide plain in the centre of the island.
For those used to seeing the island in the dry summer months, the flowering of the almond trees transforms the views over the countryside from the surrounding historic country houses and fincas for several weeks. Locals refer to it as “Mallorcan snow”.