Our family finished 2011 with a week in Majorca, a mountainous, rugged island just an hour's flight from Madrid. On foot and by car, we explored this place known for its medieval villages, olive trees, and shockingly beautiful landscape. With our two kids, ages 7 and 8, we hiked to the top of Massanella, the island's highest peak; dined at an extraordinary tapas restaurant in mountain village of Deia; and stood in awe as we gazed up at La Palma's massive 800-year-old Gothic cathedral.
"How long did it take to build it, Mommy," my son asked.
"Oh, only 400 years."
Here are some photos from our trip.