IT is the perfect place to hole up for a weekend escape.

And at just 20 minutes from Palma, it couldn’t be easier to get to.

Yet, despite its proximity to Mallorca’s capital, Son Viscos, in Valldemossa, is surrounded by some of the island’s most stunning countryside.

The B&B sits in amazing terraced grounds, with a profusion of plants, a wonderful bamboo grove, and two former Moorish mills.

There are some lovely views, including up to the nearby village, where composer Frederic Chopin once lived.

Each of the five well appointed rooms are decorated with a range of antiques picked up from around the world.

There is a big communal dining/sitting area, where you will eat a fabulously healthy breakfast in the morning.

Best of all though, are the walks around the area, which are (mostly) well-signposted and offer up some of the best scenery in Europe.

Ask the British/Venezuelan owners for their advice on where to start and the level of difficulty.

I took a rather convoluted yomp directly up the back of the hotel, cutting my way through deep undergrowth, before finally finding my way.

Many will simply prefer the easy ten minute stroll into the charming nearby village for a spot of lunch.

There are plenty of places to eat, including the rather eccentric QuitaPenas, which only really serves up one dish… a mixed plate of local meats, cheeses and other delicacies.

On a plus side it was fresh and organic and also served some good local wines.


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