Time appears to have stood still in Majorca’s Jardins d’Alfabia, at the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. These cool, fragrant gardens date from the 13th century, when the island was under Moorish rule. The name Alfabia derives from al fabi, meaning ‘jar of olives’ in Arabic. The gardens are the perfect
retreat from the midday sun, with their shaded walkways, profusion of flowers and ancient hidden statues. Take some postcards, a good book and bag of almonds, and snooze in the heat to the soothing sound of gently-splashing pools and fountains.