Today, we set off on foot from the hotel heading for the Barranc de Biniaraix. This area of the island is famous for its citrus orchards – you can see these in every back garden as you head out of the village. The route follows part of the pilgrim’s pathway between Soller and the monastery at Lluc and is a section of the GR221 – one of the long distance walking trails across Europe. It is characterised by the ancient and traditional practices of dry stonewalling. Both the path and the surrounding walls of the olive terraces were built in this way – made by man yet fully part of this natural landscape.
Later on in the day we will leave this side of the island to travel across to the North East and to the ancient town of Alcúdia. On the way we will stop at Bodegas Ribas in Consell. Established in 1711, this is the oldest winery in Mallorca. Today, it is still owned and run by members of the Ribas family. Here we taste a selection of distinctive wines made from grape varieties unique to the island.
Our hotel in Alcúdia can be found behind the honey coloured city walls and among the narrow streets just a short walk from the main square. Recently renovated, this stylish hotel was originally a XV Century manor house.