In our extensive gardens (20,000 m2) and terraced land, and in the woods that surround the estate, you will find over 100 native and introduced species, among shrubs, trees and smaller plants, at first sight a majestic pair of araucarias stand out, located in the centre of the main garden. However, the real star is a yew that can be found at one end of the pond. The yew was for centuries a tree that was at the same time highly valued for the hardness of its wood and feared for its deadly berries. The example at La Granja de Esporles is very distinctive, as it is one of the few examples of this species on the island, as well as being over a thousand years old and because of the Baroque forms of its trunk and its intertwined branches.
A little oasis in the Tramuntana mountains
A quiet walk through our gardens, terraced land and woodland is the best way to discover Majorca’s flora and fauna, thanks to the superb natural setting in which La Granja de Esporles is located and its abundant aquifer. Likewise, youngsters and those who are not so young, will enjoy our range of typical animal life of the farming estates and of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
At La Granja de Esporles there is a variety of typical farm animals that would be used for working in the fields (donkeys, horses…), for their coats or milk (sheep, goats…) and those directly intended for the table (pheasants, ducks, geese, rabbits…). The “porc negre” (Majorcan black pig) deserves a special mention. This is a native breed whose meat is the basis for traditional Majorcan sausages of the highest quality (sobrassada, llonganissa, botifarró, camaiot, etc…). A delicious selection of these can be tasted for free in our sampling shop. Birds such kites, kestrels, wood pigeons, partridges, turtle doves, quails, shrikes, sparrows, goldfinches, European greenfinches and many more are also common, and with a little luck, you might see a black vulture gliding majestically.