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when you think of mallorca, you think of the sun, beaches, sand, blue waters, and the heat heat heat. yet if you “dare” to visit the island any time between the end of january and the middle of february, you’ll have the chance to witness an amazing natural phenomenon: the blossoming of the almond trees in mallorca.

it is at this time of the year that mallorca becomes a paradise for painters, writers, photographers, artists who get inspired by this wonderful show of nature! if you´re into nature and photography, and have been looking for that perfect spanish self-made souvenir, then go hiking, biking or walking along the almond fields in mallorca, or take a train ride on the old sóller railway for some picture-perfect views.

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almendros en flor + from mallorca es asi tambien

painting by santiago rusiñol – almendros en flor en mallorca (1902), and the inspiration

 

the thought of an entire almond blossom island is truly romantic and ethereal. the thousands of almond trees have been reportedly planted by an arab king for his scandinavian-born love who missed her snowy homeland, what could be more romantic than that?

more pragmatically, it was probably the romans, who took it from the greek, who introduced the cultivation of almonds in the balearic archipelago. yet even in the greek mythology, the almond tree has a magical romantic story.

the beautiful princess phyllis was transformed by the gods into a leafless and bare tree after she had her heart broken by her fiancée, who left her at the altar. when the fiancée returned, he wept at the sight of such a sad tree that used to be his beautiful love. his tears turned into the beautiful almond trees that now cover many mediterranean regions.

from theory4 and flicktickr2009 from anieto2k and canalviajes

 

spain is the second largest producer of almonds, grown all over the mediterranean region, and are the base for favourite spanish sweets like the turrón and the marzipan.

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traditional turrón and marzipan figures

 

the almond blossoms cover mallorca at the perfect time to represent the new year and a new beginning, a rebirth, a sign of prosperity and good hopes for what the year will bring along!

 

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when they hear granada, most people will connect it directly to the brilliant alhambra palace. it is an amazing place without doubt, but do you know anything else about granada? have you ever heard that one of the most beautiful places to see the sunset  is in granada?

you probably haven’t, so let’s have a look at what granada has to offer. as the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so enjoy these photos as a preview of what you could enjoy in granada. but remember “seeing is believing”, so you should come here and experience this beautiful moment by yourself!

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you can find this breath-taking view at very top of the sacromonte quarter, which literally means the “sacred hill”. it is located in the gipsy area of granada, a hill truly worth exploring with its small, whitewashed houses during the day, and be on the top for the sunset. don’t miss the beautiful change of colours!

from here, you can also see on the left side the alhmabra palace, and the way the sunset colours hit the ancient walls of this spectacular building will be one of the best memories you will take from granada.

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finally, there is one more surprise only for this season! can you see in the background the snow on top of the sierra nevada mountains? the combination of muslim mystical architecture and snow and sunset is something that you have to put in your must-see list!

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