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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
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