Eating, Drinking & Walking In Mallorca – Day 3


On a warm sunny morning, we embarked on our first hike in the Tramuntana Mountains – the 9 km guided walk from Calvi to Puigpunyent through beautiful countryside, visited the fine family run Bodega of Son Puig with its ancient manor house, orchards and 7 ha. of vineyards to taste and lunch, and after a short rest at our base Sa Bisbal in Selva, drove to Lloseta for dinner with a young, shy and pretty winemaker at a restaurant well known for its fish dishes.

CALVIA TO PUIGPUNYENT

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Fiona and Jes from Mallorca Hiking met us at the car park near the thirteenth-century parish church of Sant Joan Baptista in Calvia, glowing in the morning sun.
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We walked steadily uphill through narrow alleyways and a winding road pass impressive villas to the beginning of the foot path through the woods.
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Red wild gladioli were in bloom and there were isolated orchids. Lichen covered lower branches of most trees with broad leaves. Chaffinches and Redbacked Shrikes were spotted.
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Water has always been a precious commodity here the Moors who were good irrigation engineers built channels to bring water from mountain springs to covered stone reservoirs.
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Four hours later, we cleared the final stile and drove to Puigpunyent for our tasting and  lunch at Son Puig.

SON PUIG

We drove through olive groves and an orchard filled with cherry trees heavy with pink blossoms to the sprawling seventeenth century manor house. On the shady terrace overlooking the valley, Isabelle and her father poured Son Puig whites and reds to go with the a procession of Mallorcan tapas. The sun was shinning and a cool breeze rustled the palm leaves. Bonelli’s eagles circled lazily  above. More wine was poured and conversation became more animated. It was a splendid lunch.

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CA’N CARROSSA

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Mireia, the pretty young winemaker from Bodega Can Majoral was waiting for us at the entrance to Ca’n Carrossa in the little town of Lloseta. She greeted Martin like a long lost friend. The dinning room with huge glass windows overlooked the pool and a happy and chatty girl from Marrakech made sure our glasses were never empty. The food was excellent and we drank Mireia’s impressive wines from native grapes – Buti Ba Lau Si white with Prensal Blanc, Parellada and Chardonnay and the Rose with Callet, Tempranillo and Syrah. The  Giro Blanc was excellent and the oak aged Buti Ba Lau Si red was most pleasing.
I made a mental note to visit the estate next time I am in Mallorca.

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  1. Pingback: Spanish food in beautiful Mallorca: 10 days in Mediterranean heaven! | Chocolate Spoon & The Camera

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