Jardines d’Alfabia – Mallorca’s tropical oasis

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Mallorca – Not only a party island

Was there really a time on Mallorca before binge-drinking at the beach and clubbing all night on the Britishs’ and Germans’ favourite party island?

Still, to many people Mallorca is the place for a perfect party vacation. Nothing wrong with that, but Mallorca has also a interesting long history – who knew?

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

On my way to learn more about Mallorca’s past I found myself at the Jardines d’Alfabia – an old manor house built in the 12th century surrounded by a tropical garden. Located at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains in between of a landscape which is usually very dry during the hot Mallorquinian summers with almost no rain, the Jardines are truly a cool and relaxing oasis.

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

The architecture reflects various influences of the owners who have lived here – the land has been owned by Arabs, Andalusians, Moors, Spains and many more. Multicultural at its best.

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Welcome to the jungle

The main house and some stables can be visited – and once you are through you will arrive at the gardens. With enormously high palm trees and a well-cared, densely planted vegetation the gardens are a real sight. The blooming gardens also attract many animals and the twittering of an army of birds makes you feel like you were in an exotic forest.

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Donkey love

And in the end that’s the reason which really made me fall in love with the Jardines: the donkey which lives on the property as well. Isn’t it the cutest with ist big brown eyes?

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

When to go

The whole area isn’t very big, you take a look at the house, wander around the gardens and enjoy the panoramic view. Perfect for spending the morning or the afternoon, until you continue your trip around the island. Or, as the historic cable car from Palma to Soller has recently opened a station near the Jardines, you stop for a few hours at the Jardines d’Alfabia and then head to Soller.

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Information: 

The Jardines d’Alfabia are located near Bunyola, right next to the entrance of the tunnel to Soller.
Entrance fee 6,50€ (during summer) – on the homepage you will also find a 10% discount coupon (which we missed, but okay…)
Good news for dog owners: Dogs are allowed in the gardens! (quite unusual for Mallorca)

 

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

Jardines d'Alfabia, Mallorca

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. 29. August 2015 / 14:13

    Thanks for reminding me of the mallorca that I visited when I was 12. Much has happened since but, sadly, most people dont know about the regular part of the island where normal people live, away from the British and German tourists. Looking forward to seeing the island’s rebirth

  2. 30. August 2015 / 5:03

    Wow–this place looks amazing! I love old buildings and gardens like this! Great photos–I really love the first one with the plant 🙂
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  3. Carol Colborn
    30. August 2015 / 16:26

    I have always been fascinated with Mallorca ever since I found out my favorite Nadal lives there with his family. So, the image of a party island with this wonderful garden with history in d’Alfabia gives me other reasons to go!

  4. 30. August 2015 / 20:14

    You got some amazing photos! I love discovering the ‘unknown’ historical or cultural side to popular destinations.
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    • 31. August 2015 / 11:55

      I was surprised, too 🙂 We went in the late morning, and it was during the week. It just seems to me that it’s not a well-known place, and as there are so many other attractions on the island this rather small one loses to the others 😉

  5. 31. August 2015 / 3:26

    Thanks for writing this and featuring such a beautiful location – it’s finally nice to read a post about Mallorca which doesn’t contain recommendations for an extreme overdose of booze! There really is so much more to every “party place” and I think if people were willing to not wake up hungover they would be met with a number of amazing surprises!

  6. 16. October 2015 / 11:50

    Stunning photos! My goodness what a gorgeous place. I love the doorframe that is so ornate! And the donkey and the dog photo….. I need to visit!

    • 17. October 2015 / 9:40

      The donkey was also my favourite:) I dream of living on a finca in Mallorca someday and having a donkey in my backyard

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