The most important of these islands are
Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera, and they are amongst
the most contradictory on earth.
There is the fashionable
Ibiza and her wild nights, the equally fashionable Majorca with her
peaceful Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range and the countryside,
almost thick with the scent of lavender and thyme.
old olive, almond and fig trees provide abundantly for the chefs who
are lucky enough to live on the island, and to mark the eras of
poverty, the red sobrasada sausage and cabbage soup fit for kings.
sun dried tomatoes, aubergines and olives make for incredible summer
and winter dishes, and the famous black pigs are turned into the
sobrasada sausages (the national sausage of the island
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