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A day in the city of Palma

A day in the city of Palma

A day in the city of Palma – a cultural city, an accessible and close city, where everything is close. Arranged like a fan facing the sea, it is imbued with cultures that have inhabited the island throughout history. Palma invites you to discover the buildings that make it up, monuments that reflect the evolution of aesthetic trends for centuries in the more than 700 streets of its historic center. There you will be able to experiance the footprints of the cultures that have been developing it. A city full of magic and light, to contemplate, to enjoy, to dream, to discover new things every day, to taste, to live.

A few recommended visits are the following:

A day in the city of Palma – The City Council in Plaza de Cort

Palma City Council (Officially and in Catalan Ajuntament de Palma), also known as Cort, is one of the four public administrations with political responsibility in the city of Palma. Its facade was declared a historical-artistic monument in 1931.

A day in the city of Palma – Arab baths

They are one of the few samples that have come to us from the Muslim architecture in Mallorca considered as an Asset of Cultural Interest and Historical Heritage of Spain. It is located in Can Serra Street, nº 7.

A day in the city of Palma – Bellver Castle

The castle of Bellver is a fortification of Gothic style. It is located about 3 km from the city of Palma de Mallorca. It was built at the beginning of the 14th century by order of King Jaime II of Mallorca and was initially used as a prison to later become a museum. It is open every day except Mondays.

A day in the city of Palma – The Lonja and the Consolado del Mar

La Lonja of Palma or Sa Llotja is one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Mallorca. Located in the old town of Palma, it is a perfect place that comes alive when the night begins. Among the multitude of restaurants and shops, stand out the “Jazz Club” of San Juan Street, “Ribello” – an Italian restaurant well known in this place – and the “Abaco Coktail Bar”, “La Bóveda” or the “Opio Bar & Restaurant”.
La Llotja and the “Consolat de Mar” are two unique buildings, located next to the pier, on the Paseo de Sagrera in Palma. They were built successively between the 15th and 17th centuries and, today, they are the seat of the Presidency of the Balearic Islands. In the Consulate you will find numerous works of art and the best architecture of the Mediterranean.

A day in the city of Palma – Palace of the Almudaina

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is one of the most important monuments of Palma de Mallorca. Built in the Muslim era, it was one of the few monuments preserved after the Christian reconquest. The Almudaina stands in front of the Cathedral of Palma forming a group of extraordinary architectural beauty together with the pond of the “Parc de la Mar” and the boulevard Paseig del Born.

All are extraordinary places typical of a wonderful island that allows us to enrich ourselves with its environment and its life.

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Mallorca Wine Express

Mallorca Wine Express

Mallorca Wine Express – Viticulture and wine production originated in the Caucasus (today Georgia) and in Asia Minor (Turkey). The first thing worth noting is that wine, throughout history, has been very well considered by Western high society, essential in any event or celebration and becoming a symbol and companion of treaties at historical level.
Mallorcan wine has become one of the most valued, opening the way among Europeans for many years and to make itself known, the island offers a very original and fun way to do it: the Mallorca wine Express.

It is a tourist train, decorated and decorated in the style of the nineteenth and twentieth century, which has its route through the center-north of the island (in the region of “Es Raiguer”) an area with quiet municipalities and full of vineyards following from Palma to Inca. The “Wine Express” is a peculiar way of getting to know everything related to Mallorcan wine, at the foot of vineyards and with visits to its wineries, where they will explain the elaboration processes that must be followed.

During the Mallorca wine express, they stop at different vineyards so they can taste the magnificent results of the vine while they receive an explanation about the different vines and the fruit that it produces. In the end, even with a tasting with aperitif of several types of wines, you can have dinner in the well-known Santa Maria del Camí restaurant, located next to the famous Macià Batle winery.

The end of the journey is carried out in the Bodegas Ca’n Ribas de Consell, a beautiful place where we can see again the process of wine storage and visit its former possession, in its interior patio we carry out the last tasting with wines, virgin olive oil and sweets Typical Mallorcan.

Apart from Santa María, with the tour we will visit the wine villages of Consell, Binissalem, Sencelles and although it does not fit within the route, we have other areas with very good wineries such as Felanitx, Banyalbufar or Andratx.

 Information about the Mallorca Wine Express

  • Santa María del Camí Station
  • Times: Monday to Friday, departures at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm (Saturdays only at 10:30 am)
  • Prices:
    o Adults: € 35 (including the tasting of four wines and appetizer)
    o Children from 5 to 12 years old: € 5
    o From 12 to 18 years old: € 10
    o Under 5 years old, free
  • Duration: between 3 and 4 hours

In addition to the tasting that you carry out in each winery, the client can taste any other wine that the wineries offer for a special price from € 1 per glass.

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“Ses Païsses” – Mallorca

Ses Païsses

“Ses Païsses” – the talayotic village

“Ses Païsses” is located at the exit of Artà to Capdepera, inside a holm oak forest above a small hill. The archaeological site, with an antiquity of more than 3.000 years, was declared in 1946 a Historical-Artistic Monument and between 1959 and 1963 the Italian professor Giovanne Lilliu made important discoveries about its constructions.

The Talayotic town of “Ses Païsses” was formed around a central talayot with a circular floor, a building that dominates the complex fulfilling its main mission of defense and surveillance and was developed with the construction of several rooms, a hypostyle hall and a defensive wall. According to Giovanne Lilliu, the site was used until the 2nd or 1st century BC, when its inhabitants, along with those of other towns in the area, settled at the foot of the hill of Sant Salvador, where today the town of Artà is located.

Without even having left the town, at a roundabout, we will find a sign to the right. Following less than one kilometer along this local road, we will arrive at the enclosure (camí de Sa Corballa s / n), which is open to the public:

  • From November to March from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, closed)
  • From April to October from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, from Monday to Saturday (including holidays).

The price for “Ses Païsses” is € 2 per entrance to this famous archaeological site of “Ses Païsses” including a tourist guide to make the itinerary. In addition, by purchasing the “Artacard” you can visit other places of cultural interest for € 3.

In order to facilitate your tour of Ses Païsses you should know that it has a parking area and also a picnic space under the shade of the sturdy oaks.

As a curiosity, in front of the door of the main entrance of the enclosure is a monolith dedicated to Miquel Costa i Llobera, poet and priest born in Pollença in 1854.

The town of “Ses Païsses” is one of the largest in Mallorca, with more than one hectare and is one of the best preserved, since its definitive abandonment, in the middle of the first century AD. it was not reoccupied, except occasionally: next to the central door was located an Arab hut and some coal activity as a lime kiln. In reality the life of the town was cut abruptly with the Roman conquest in 123 BC, but a small nucleus survived until the Romans founded a new settlement in the current town of Artà, under the Sant Salvador hill where, by the way, you can also see a Talayotic wall used as the foundation of the medieval wall.
“Ses Païsses” fell finally into oblivion but nowadays it is one of the fundamental sites to understand the way of life of the Talayotic and Balearic.

In addition, we recommend to visit also the Roman city of Pollentia. It is the most important archaeological site on the island of Mallorca and is located near Alcúdia, although its name was inherited several centuries later by the town of Pollensa.

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Gastronomy Mallorca

Gastronomy Mallorca

Gastronomy Mallorca – in addition to having a spectacular environment and some paradisaical places, will offer its tourists a quality, tasty and healthy gastronomic offer. You can enjoy a variety of typical foods in any corner of this island.

Gastronomy Mallorca – cuisine we refer to in this post, however, it must be said that there are a lot of typical products because Mallorca is rich in what the Mediterranean diet refers to. The Mediterranean gardens are rich thanks to the climate that we have here throughout the year; the sea within reach from any part of the island and the mere fact of being an island brings a series of endemic species that make the island’s gastronomy unique and special in the world.
So, here you have some recommendations that if you want to be part of the island, you should not miss.

TUMBET.

Originally, due to the exceedance of vegetables, this dish is based on frying potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, green pepper, red pepper and garlic and can be cooked either with meat or with fish.

TREMPÓ.

Original typical food is this typical summer salad that can be eaten solo or with bread. It is seasoned with oil, salt and paprika and mixes different cold meats, with tuna and many vegetables such as tomato, onion, green pepper and red pepper.

“ARRÒS BRUT”.

Typical and native to the island, it is undoubtedly the “arròs brut” made with rice, peas, green beans, onion, tomato, garlic, chicken liver, rabbit, mushrooms and various condiments such as saffron, cinnamon, paprika and pepper. All this stew makes it very characteristic because the dark broth that all these ingredients give off with their spices highlights the flavor making it an autochthonous dish from Mallorca.

FRITO MALLORQUÍN

Another of the star dishes and oldest in Mallorcan cuisine is the “frit de matances”. It can be made with fish or only with vegetables, although traditionally the fried is known to be with liver and pork or lamb, potatoes, red peppers, chives, fennel, peas, garlic, salt, olive oil and hot pepper.

CARACOLES A LA MALLORQUINA

A good dish of snails with broth made with parsley, garlic, fennel, mint and chili leaves no one indifferent. They are ideal as a starter and are combined with the traditional “all i oli” to emphasize the flavor.

RAW SAUSAGES: SOBRASSADA, BOTIFARRÓ I CAMAIOT.

The “sobrassada”, on the one hand is a very typical sausage of the island, being raw and cured it has been introduced inside a pork casing and has been maturing in a place without humidity, similar to “camaiot” although made of lean pork chopped, black pepper, anise and salt. On the other hand, the natural “botifarró”, in the same way, gets inside lamb casings and each and every one of them can be eaten either raw or cooked. A mandatory delicacy while on vacation.

ENSAIMADA.

Finally, gastronomy Mallorca shows up the sweetest snack and probably the best known worldwide. Its preparation requires practically a day between cooking and preparation of the dough but without a doubt, it’s worth it. Originally from Palma in the seventeenth century and for festivals and celebrations, these “ensaimadas” are created with water, sugar, eggs, dough and butter and can be filled or not, with cream, chocolate or with the sweetest and most typical “cabello de angel”.

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Easter Holidays Mallorca. The Holy Week and The Passion of Christ

Easter Holidays Mallorca

Easter Holidays Mallorca. The Holy Week and The Passion of Christ

As every year, the Holy Week gives way to Easter Holidays Mallorca. It is celebrated in a very authentic way representing the last days of Jesus of Nazareth. It is a moment where religious feelings are mixed with the remarkable processions that represent the arrest, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In addition to the spectacular and crowded processions of Palma de Mallorca, there are a few towns in Mallorca where you will be able to watch representations of Jesus Christ’s last days. All of them in a more modest way, but more comfortable to enjoy and where you can see the affection that the people from that towns gives to the celebration.

In the town of Felanitx, you can enjoy the Davallament (The Descent) which represents the descent of the body without life of Jesus Christ after being crucified and his subsequent burial. Practically all the people collaborate with the representation, making this day one of the most important in the Felanitx calendar.

In the beautiful town of Pollença we can enjoy several important processions and also another version of the Davallament, this time with the incomparable setting of Pollença and its famous staircase as one of the main characters. A “must seeing” in Mallorca’s Holy Week.

And Last, but not least, the offer of the beautiful town of Artà during Holy Week is also very varied and recommendable. We invite you to come and pay a visit to this fantastic town with hundreds of years of history.

Giving way to the beginning of Easter, Holy Week is one of the most important holiday periods in Mallorca. After the winter, the island begins to fill with light, the days are longer and even the beaches begin to offer temperatures to think about a bath. The island at this time of year is perfect for cycling, trekking and enjoying the Mallorcan sun. Do not hesitate to book a few days on the island, from Reservatum we will be waiting for you.

In this year 2019, we will enjoy Easter and Holy Week from April 14th to 21st.

The Reservatum team.

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Vía Verde Mallorca

Vía Verde Mallorca

Vía Verde Mallorca

Between the towns of Manacor, the second largest city of Mallorca and Artà a city full of rustic and typical atmosphere, is the increasingly famous Vía Verde Mallorca, which was built on the tracks of a former railway, from the tracks of an ancient railroad known as such worked between the years 1921 and 1977.

The old railway that connects the cities of Mallorca and went very close to the coast with stunning views of the sea and Son Servera, where it connected with the bike path leading to the nearest white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters and today continues the Vía Go away.

Vía Verde Mallorca – Forests and Mediterranean nature

As you walk along the Vía Verde, immerse yourself in the Mallorcan agriculture and in the typical forests of the island, with more than 6.000 indigenous trees from the Balearic Islands.

With 29 kilometers in length and easy level of difficulty, fully suitable for hiking, horse riding or cycling the “Vía Verde” runs from Manacor to the towns of Artà by Sant Llorenç, Son Carrió and Son Servera all very charming and full of Mallorcan tradition. Above all, this route is designed to enjoy with family and friends as well as promote tourism and sports in contact with the Mediterranean nature.

The “Vía Verde” de Mallorca has almost 4 feet wide, no difficulty in passing and has 6 seating areas with benches and picnic tables or picnic to sit and relax, also has aparcabicicletas areas and landscaped gardens.

The proximity of the greenway to Cala Millor, Sa Coma and Cala Bona make it a great option for enjoying these coastal towns and exploring the countryside further away from the coast.

From Cala Millor, known for its great international atmosphere and its white sandy beaches, halfway, there are several entrances to Vía Verde, such as:

  • On the bike path from Cala Millor towards Son Servera, right at the entrance of the city center
  • From the road PM-4023, from Porto Cristo to Son Servera:
  • From the road from Cala Millor to Son Carrió, at the roundabout, 500 meters.
  • On the way to Na Penyal.

There are other approaches along the route that make it possible to integrate many points.

La Vía Verde is a direct connection to the capital of the region Llevant, Manacor, where you can connect with Inca and Palma by train, two places full of life, we recommend you to visit.

La Vía Verde is waiting for you, do not think twice and go on one of the most beautiful routes in Europe.

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Mallorca as Tourist Destination – Why choose Mallorca?

Mallorca is a wonderful Mediterranean island and there are many reasons to recommend it, especially for the beauty of its wonderful coastal Mediterranean landscapes. There are about 13 million visitors a year, which come to explorer the beautiful island. The Balearic Islands lead the ranking of searches for Spanish communities, tourists from Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Denmark. Therefore, this makes it one of the most important Spanish tourist destinations. Undoubtedly, it is a paradise to enjoy.

Mallorca as tourist destination

The balearic islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera are the world leading island in beach and sun tourism. The white sand beaches have turned the island in one of the most known  and appreciated tourist destinations in the world.

Why choose Mallorca?

The sun, the white sand and the cristal clear waters at the beaches. The beaches are obviously the big attraction of Mallorca. If you visit the island, it’s like a dream come true. Especially the beach of Formentor en Pollensa, is one of the most charming places in europe, with its magnificent views  from the viewpoint of Cap de Formentor.

RENT A QUIET HOUSE with pool and garden, it’s a great proposal to enjoy the island with familly and friends, Close to the beaches Costa de los Pinos, Cala Millor or Porto Cristo. All of these are coastal locations with beautiful beach promenades to stroll and relax, having a drink or eating dinner in one of the restaurants.

Typical Gastronomy of Mallorca

You can enjoy desserts, like the typical ensaimada with different fillings.  How about the famous “sobrasada”, which is a raw cured sausage, made from selected pork meat, seasoned with salt, paprika and black pepper.  Also typical mallorquin but not everybody’s taste is the “frit mallorquí”. Also you should try the “Coca de verduras” which is a kind of vegetarian Pizza.

Culture and a Entertainment on Mallorca

Palma offers all the benefits of a multicultural city and an excellent location facing the sea. But not only he cosmopolitan capital of Mallorca has a lot to offer. At the east coast you have Manacor which is the 2. biggest city on the island with its international entertainment offers. Around the whole island you can find, especially in summer a lot of festivals, markets and celebrations.

Important historical buildings on Mallorca

The island is rich in cultural and architectural heritage. Visit the Cathedral of Palma, Bellver Castle, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Almudaina Palace and the Arab baths.

Golf courses on Mallorca

It’s a excellent destination for golf lovers. There are numerous golf courses of high quality across the island, with an normally enviable clima and a great flight connection, especially with Germany and England. Notably is for example the golf course in Son Servera ‘Pula Golf’, which is technically very demanding.

Discover the big variety of natural landscape

UNIQUE NATURAL AREAS

The Serra de Tramuntana is a World Heritage with a huge variety of beautiful landscape. Hike or bike around the island and enjoy all the charm of the mallorquin landscape. We recommend a visit at the Natural Park of Mondragó, at the southeast coast of the island or how about a visit at the Natural Park of La Albufera?

CAVES OF MALLORCA

Plan a trip to one of the caves here on Mallorca. Discover the inside of the caves. The best known caves are the “Cuevas del Drach”, “del Hams” and the ones in Artá. At the end of the promenade in Porto Cristo you can find the “Cuevas Blancas”, old houses of the fishermen.