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Gina V.

Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, Spain

I organize private visits all over Mallorca. Originally from Southern California, I moved to Madrid in 1988 and since 1994 have lived on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca (Majorca).

I consider myself a local and enjoy showing visitors what I love about Mallorca as though they were my family or best friend. My specialty is touring the unknown Mallorca, off the beaten path, away from tourist traps.

We go where tourist buses don't. . . or can't!

As I've travelled through Europe, I've noticed that many visitors, especially first time visitors, don't have the chance to travel outside the capital cities. Come with me to visit Mallorca's specialty wineries, its picturesque markets, villages and coves. Take a guided tour of Joan Miró's studio and the art studios of the island's most renown artists.

Slow down and enjoy our "Made in Mallorca" tours. Visit the workshops of the island's artisans and learn the process of how handcrafted concert and flamenco guitars are made from a master luthier. The workshops of contemporary and traditional ceramicists, glassmakers, shoemakers and many more are open to you.

If food and wine is more to your liking, you'll be surprised to know that the island has over 60 wineries! Let's visit a few and pair the wine with a traditional Mallorcan lunch.

Stop off at the childhood home of Junípero Serra, one of California's historical figures and founder of the state's mission system, in a small agricultural village where time has stood still. Did you know that Fr. Serra is often called the Father of California wine? Find out why.
Visit some of the island's most impressive estates or an olive grove and taste extra virgen olive oil just after being pressed. Meet the locals!

A little background
Mallorca is much more than sun and sand. It was the home of Ramón Llull, the first major writer of Catalan literature, the birthplace of Fray Junípero Serra, the founder of the California Missions. Mallorca is a crossroads, influenced by many cultures and civilizations. The island flourished under the Romans, sacked by the Vandals, conquered by the Byzantine Empire and attacked by Muslim pirates. The Caliphate of Cordoba later colonized the island introducing an age of prosperity. King James of Aragon launched an attack with 15, 000 men in 1229 and annexed the territory to the Crown of Aragon. Recent history has brought adventurers, princes, kings and queens, Hollywood movie stars, poets and artists to indulge in the beauty of the island.

Much has happened between then and now and is reflected in the sites, the food and in the faces of the islanders. This is the Mallorca I would like to show you.

A Recent Review of this guide

Gina was great for our family. We didn't want to see what all the tourists see. We wanted something different and that is what we did. We stayed away from the crowded streets and walked down the quiet ones. We met a local artist, ate at a local bar, went to a local coffee shop, and wine tasting with a Mallorca native who sells ALL THE WINES OF MALLORCA. Did You know there are 90wines on this island, grapes you have never heard of?. We were surprised at how different and good it was. Thank you Gina!
Tania Chrystal

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1978 UCLA graduate in Fine Arts. On Mallorca I've worked as a writer contributing articles about Mallorca's cultural and gastronomy scene for Finest Addresses Mallorca, the US based Cuisine Noir Magazine, The Culinary Scoop, the Nile Guide and as former editor and journalist for Mallorca Golf&Go! Magazine.

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