Once you’ve seen the light, the sunsets and the scenery of the island’s north west, you’ll feel as thought you’ve fallen into a postcard come to life. With crystal clear and calm water, it’s also a swimmer’s dream – and lovers of wine will be happy to hear it’s the home of vineyards.
The north west is home to an eclectic mix of artists, hippies and A-listers who’ve made homes in the secluded hills. It’s also popular with wellness experts, healers and yoga enthusiasts, who find the natural elements of the area ideal to perfect their practices.
Not surprisingly, the north west of the island is a summer hotspot due to its picture perfect sunsets and swimming conditions. However the chilly months also put on a pretty impressive performance, with February bringing the beautiful blooms of almond blossoms.
Sunset from flat rocks – there’s nothing quite like being in the water as the sun sinks into the sea at your eye level and it’s pretty spectacular from the leveled rock formations too. It’s also a rite of passage to take the flying jump from the highest rock into the sea below… for the brave! In February, the almond blossoms of Sant Agnes are as pretty as a field full of snow when they come into bloom.
The full moon walk through the almond blossoms in February is an annual pilgrimage for many, as is the San Mateo wine festival in October, when local winemakers get together in the local school basketball court to compare the season’s latest drops – for free!