Golf Son Vida and Esporles
The island’s oldest golf course is located on the outskirts of Palma in the exclusive area of Son Vida and between two luxury hotels, one classic and the other modern. It hosted the European Tour Open de Baleares in 1990 and 1994 where the winners were Severiano Ballesteros y Barry Lane. In 2001 it was redesigned. It is a classic course, which alternates the first round with narrow fairways surrounded by tall pines and the second, more relaxed and with less vegetation. It is suitable for all players.
La Granja de Esporles
If you are one of those who thought time traveling to be impossible; think again! If you are on the lookout for something interesting after your golf round is over La Granja de Esporles is just the place. It is even more suiting for you if you are one of the many who have gotten hooked on the show Downtown Abbey. La Granja de Esporles is the Spanish version. Well, more or less.
Closeby the small village of Esporles (which in itself is well worth a visit with its many cafés and small shops) you will find La Granja de Esporles, an abbey during the 1200s and for 200 more years, and has since then been owned by nobility. Now the old abbey functions as a type of living museum, where the employees dress in “timely” clothes, and where you can experience what Majorcas was like in the olden days. Here they make wine and marmalade in the traditional manner amongst other things, but they also prepare figbread (made with almonds and anise), sobrasada and buñelos (small, round, doughnut-like and delicious!). And the best of all this? That you get to taste all of it.
The different exhibitions in the abbey tell and show you bits about the traditional Majorcan way of life, and the different challenges that farmers could meet. There are also some exhibitions that are a bit on the scary side, like the torture chamber (!) and the dungeon, but you will also find the lovely gardens, the picnic areas and also a traditional and active farmstead. February to October you also have chance to see a show of dressage on Wednesdays and Fridays from 15:00-16:25 which is really worth watching. On these same days artcrafters in timely clothing come from all over Majorca to show how things were done in the olden days, like making cheese, spinning yarn etc. This you can experience between 15:00 -18:00, and is very interesting to see.
After all this excitement it can be nice to take a tranquil stroll around the beautiful gardens and enjoy the nature. If you’ve brought a picnic these gardens is a great place to have a sit-down. Enjoy the birds singing and the faint tinkling from the grazing sheep’s bells. The earnings from the admittance are put towards preserving the beautiful buildings, so that we in the future can come back and still enjoy and experience a piece of Majorcan history. Admittance is roughly 15€ per person (with tasting included!). If you want to know more about La Granja you can have a look at their webpage.
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