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Terraced olive cultivation

Terraced olive cultivation

Since the island of Mallorca is far too mountainous to cycle, we rather took the car to drive inland to visit some high villages. After a number of long tunnels, an hour on mountain passes with hairpin bends and squeezing past countless tour buses on the narrow roads, we reached Sóller. This town became extremely wealthy a couple of hundred years ago from exporting olive oil to France. Even today the French influence in their mountain dialect is evident (the menus read like a mix between Catalan, Latin and French!), and also their building style is more reminiscent of Nice in the south of France. Another charming component to this cute town is a vintage electric wooden train that runs here from Palma (takes only 15 minutes), and from here one can continue the scenic journey by taking an antique wooden tram to its port (Port de Sóller).
The mountain town of Sóller

The mountain town of Sóller

A quiet cobbled residential street in Sóller

A quiet cobbled residential street in Sóller

The villages up here enjoy a cooler climate, with snow on the Tramuntana range in the winter. The terrain is very steep, so whole
Wooden antique train in Sóller

Wooden antique train in Sóller

vineyards or olive and almond farms have been terraced with low stone walls. We drove further north to Pollença, stopping on the way at Lluc, a huge monastery complex in the mountains. The place claims that in the 1300’s a shepherd boy discovered the Black Madonna and Child, that’s now on display in the church. Pollença has honey-coloured buildings with narrow streets shared by cars and pedestrians; the town also seemed very hot with no trees planted on the streets except for the square. On the square, Plaça Major, is a number of cafés and a lively fruit and vegetable market on Sundays.

Alcúdia with surviving 15th C walls

Alcúdia with surviving 15th C walls


After a quick lunch of various tapas dishes, we continued to Alcudia for tea and cake. This amazing town has Roman ruins and the old town is tucked in by the nearly complete 14th century crenelated walls and its huge arched entrance gates. It felt like stepping back in time. The buildings, which resemble wealthy merchant houses, had the most beautiful architecture with carved wooden embellishments. We noticed that many of those buildings were dated around the mid-15th century. By chance we stepped inside an ice-cream shop (Helados Garrido, at Port d’Alcúdia, on Passeig Maritim 20) with an impressive array of ice-creams (including various dark chocolate ones), when I spotted 2 soy ice-cream flavours. I nearly danced on the spot! As we were wandering through the cobbled lanes where pot plants lined the stone walls, I slowly savoured my scoop of hazelnut soy ice-cream.

Alcúdia little back streets

Alcúdia little back streets

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