Archives

, , , , , , , , Posted by on

Funfair Mallorca

Mallorca Frühlingskirmes

Funfair Mallorca – Fun for all the family

Funfair Mallorca -a  recreational event celebrated in Palma de Mallorca and where a plenty of attractions for all ages, various food stalls, sweets and candies, archery and guns stalls.

The Funfair Mallorca is located in Palma, in the area of Son Fusteret and begins on February 28 and ends on April 28.

The reason of this fair is religious and starts with the arrival on the island of a sculpture of Veronica bearer of the relic of the Holy Face, which presumably was sent from Rome to the nuns of the monastery of Santa Margarita.

This statue aroused such great devotion among the Mallorcan people, that they decided to celebrate 3 festivities since the arrival of Veronica’s statue. ”Domingo de Ramos”, “miércoles santo” y “natividad de nuestra señora”.

Funfair Mallorca – big event with tradition

During the Palm Sunday and for a long period of time, many people gathered in the monastery of the nuns of Santa Margarita to visit and venerate the image of the virgin. For this reason  many traders have begun  to sell their products  in the near of the monastery.

This event was moved to different places in Palma; due to the crowds of visitors grew larger every year more and more. Then spontaneously appears the idea from the people of calling this event “Fira Del Ram”.

There are a several forms of access to the Funfair Mallorca, such as:
– With the  car from the highway or from Palma (this place has two large parking).
– By bus, with the number 10 (Sa Idioteria), which leaves you directly in front of the funfair.
– using the metro from the Plaza de España, taking the stop  Son Fuster Vell ( third  stop).

A series of tips to keep in mind before going to the Funfair Mallorca:

– Avoid the most crowded hours especially if you go with small children
– Saturday and Sunday mornings there are fewer queues to access to the rides and the prices are usually cheaper.
– There will be two days during the week, in which the 2×1 tickets will be provided there.

Funfair Mallorca – new attractions every year

The highlight of this year in the Funfair Mallorca, is the attraction ‘’Centrox’’. It has impacted those who have got on it. Mostly teenagers had heard that it looked like the Pot, but “instead of jumping up and down, it spins like a flying saucer.

Furthermore, if you still want to see something else after your  visit to the funfair, at the same time and in the same place, there is another event. The “Dinosaurs tour” is also perfect to visit with the whole family. It is the largest exhibition of animatronic dinosaurs.

You need more reasons to visit our beautiful island Mallorca in spring break or easter holiday?

Read our next blog and find out why choose Mallorca?

Posted by on

Summer in Mallorca is unique! Don’t miss it!

verano en Mallorca

Summer in Mallorca! So much more to see than beaches!

The summer in Mallorca is unique year by year!
Of course we have beautiful beaches and small bays and we do love to jump into this crystal clear water. But there is so much more to discover and experience this summer!
It doesn’t matter if you only come to relax and try the great Mediterranean food, want to discover our culture and architectural highlights or to live great sport experiences.
Here are some of the upcoming highlights during the summer:

17. June 2019 – WTA Mallorca Open

With five natural grass courts, the competition is set to be high and will bring some of the biggest names in international tennis to Mallorca.
Last year we saw Angelique Kleber, Anastasija Sevastova,  Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Garcia, Carla Suárez Navarro, Shuai Zhang, Annett Kontaveit, Agnieszka Radwanska and many others at this important tournament.
Toni Nadal, the uncle and trainer of our famous tennis star Rafael Nadal, is the Tournament Director for the event and we might have a chance to spot his famous nephew on the courts training for Wimbledon while the competition takes place.

7. July 2019 – Inca Jazz Festival – Charity Event

Inca Jazz Festival offers a selection of jazz concerts, workshops and jam sessions. There won’t be a entrance charge but a 2€ donation is suggested. The event is organised in collaboration with local businesses and restaurants, so you can enjoy wine and tapas on the night before and after the performance. In total four jazz evenings are taking place in the Claustre de Sant Domingo, in Inca.

Summer Events in Mallorca! Sport events, concerts and Mallorcan culture!

From May until September – Deia International Music Festival – Classical music concerts at Son Marroig

The today known Deià International Music Festival had its beginning 28 years ago, when a mix of professional and amateur musicians came altogether for a workshop and began performing concerts in Llucalcari and the church of Deià. The quality of the guest artists have been growing continually since then.
Next to the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, plenty of artists from the island had already the opportunity to be part of the festival, performing at the Son Marroig Country House. Those attending have also had the pleasure of listening to well-known guest artists from all around the world.
Get your tickets here: https://www.dimf.com/index.html

27.July 2019 – Copa del Rey, Palma – Prestigious sailing regatta in the Bay of Palma

Come and see the best Spanish yachtsmen in this regatta, including the King of Spain.
The Palma Regatta ‘copa de rey’, comes this year with a new attractions. The regatta will have a more festival atmosphere with live music, bars and restaurants set up in Sa Feixina Park, located between Es Baluard and Santa Catalina. So it’s worth a visit also with the whole family.

24. June 2019 – Fiesta of Sant Joan, Mallorca – Celebration of John the Baptist across Mallorca

Sant Joan (John the Baptist) is celebrated throughout Mallorca every year on 24. June and most towns and villages celebrate this day, as it is a bank holiday on the island.
In a  lot of towns like Deià, Muro and Son Servera, the patron is saint so their festivals usually last over a week with a lot of activities for the whole family.

In Palma, the day of the fiesta you can enjoy la Nit de Foc. La Nit de Foc (or Night of Fire) is one of the largest and most spectacular events on the island. The event takes place on the evening before and marks the summer solstice.
A lot of action awaits you in Palma, including dancing devils handling firecrackers and music and bonfires on the beaches. Pay attention to the well-known correfocs, when the demons with fireworks make walking through the streets. The event lasts into the morning.
You should also visit Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, where you can see the dance of Sant Joan Pelut, “Saint John the Hairy”, whose origins are unknown takes place. The figure of Sant Llorenç closely resembles the figure of Saint John, the Baptist who preached in the desert.

, , , , , , , , , , , , Posted by on

Ballooning an adventure in Majorca

Ballooning an adventure in Majorca

Have you ever dreamed of being able to fly? If you want to join the adventure or have an experience that you never forget … Well, how about a balloon ride? Beyond its postcard landscapes, Majorca is the perfect place to enjoy unique adventures by land, sea and air. Ballooning an adventure in Majorca makes sense when all the adrenaline and maximum adventure is concentrated. On the island, you discover unique and exciting experiences that allow you to live them in the purest of insular nature.

Ballooning an adventure in Majorca is summarized in discovering Mallorca from the air and in slow motion, flying over the island in a hot air balloon, since this island is presented in a totally original way from the air and thanks to the number and variety of routes that offer these exciting trips. A walk that invites us to taste in slow motion and from the sky the most hidden and beautiful corners of the island.

There are standard excursions starting at 8 a.m. (6.30 a.m. in summer). After watching a video and receiving technical information, passengers prepare for the trip. The course is always indeterminate, since it depends on the weather conditions.
You can choose the excursions that best suit your taste, offering flights through the Sa Serra de Tramuntana, Cala d’Or, flights in the light of the moon, the Alps and even trips with breakfast and stewardess on board with video of the excursion. Under demand are also organized travels to other countries.

Germans, Majorcans and Russians are the most frequent customers, with an average age of 30 to 60 years.

Ballooning activity – an adventure in Mallorca is maintained all year round, although 95% is done in summer. In winter the most requested month is February, due to the flowering of the almond trees and Valentine’s Day.

Taking as departure base outstanding areas such as Canyamel, Portocolom, Cala Rajada, Cala Millor or Port d’Alcúdia, ballooning – an adventure in Majorca trips are perfect to live the island’s landscape experience in slow motion. A way to understand our physiognomy as a whole and the best way to know in detail the most exclusive coves and the most authentic natural parks, such as the Parc de L’Albufera.

Other recommended routes for Ballooning an adventure in Majorca are:

Hiking route through La Vall de Coanegra: with a journey of four hours approx.

A walk through the heart of the Torrent de Pareis: one of the most complicated routes due to its unevenness, however, known as the star of Mallorca.

Tijuana: located between Cala Santanyí and Cala Figuera, two of the most beautiful coastal areas of Mallorca.

In addition to this activity, you can also try paragliding, also organized by the companies that offer ballooning; a pure and very rewarding adrenaline experience.

Do not hesitate; enjoy this exciting ballooning an adventure in Majorca. It will be a wonderful trip that you can enjoy with your partner, family or friends from one of the unique experiences in life: be impressed by the spectacular views of the Mediterranean and have the opportunity to glimpse the most secret and exciting places on the island.

, , , , , , , , , Posted by on

Christmas in Mallorca

Christmas in Mallorca

Christmas in Mallorca – a time of relaxation, renewal and celebration for family and friends. Whether you want to spend a few busy Christmas or if you prefer to spend more quietly, Mallorca offers a wide range of activities and places that lend themselves to it. It is essential to visit the Christmas markets that make us know the most charming part of the island.

Puerto Portals: from 15th December to 7th January

From 15th December, Puerto Portals will be a place full of Christmas in Mallorca spirit thanks to its “Christmas Market” with dozens of stalls, where, in addition to give us some ideas for the Christmas presents, you can enjoy a good culinary proposal, with traditional Christmas specialties and international dishes, such as “Kartoffelsalat” or “Lebkuchen”.

Plaza Major: open every day from 10:00h to 21:00h

The Plaza Mayor overflows with Christmas charm. You can buy decorative objects and gifts or visit the nativity scenes that are mounted in the different squares, being the most famous in the Plaza de Cort.

Pueblo Español: from 1st to 10th December

At Christmas in Mallorca, the streets and squares of Pueblo Español in Palma become a winter wonderland, with many gift stands, charming food and drink stands and, of course, the special appearances of Santa Claus. El Pueblo Español is located in the Son Dureta area and has free parking. Totally recommended, you will be fascinated.

Alaró: from 16th to 17th December

Discover Alaró during this 2-day Christmas market that takes place every year in December.

Port Adriano: from 21st December to 6th January

Port Adriano has a 300m2 track and a 30m long slide for the whole family.

Christmas in Mallorca – family activities time

There will be exhibitions, ice skating classes with access and use of free equipment and a Christmas concert.
The hours are from Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The innumerable churches, sanctuaries and hermitages scattered throughout Mallorca pay special attention to their Christmas decoration. Join one of the most important social activities on the calendar of La Seu, the magnificent cathedral of Palma, on Christmas Eve. The Midnight Mass takes place at midnight on the day before Christmas and, here, it is an impressive event that also takes place in Lluc, the most sacred monastery in Mallorca.

Of course, do not miss the opportunity to visit the city of Palma, the heart of the city, during Christmas in Mallorca. There you will be able to walk seeing the Christmas markets and the lights that adorn the streets; they will make you believe that they are in a fairy tale allowing them to live the real Christmas.

, , Posted by on

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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , Posted by on

TAPALMA – Competition and route of tapas and Cocktails 2018

TAPALMA – Competition and route of tapas and Cocktails 2018

TaPalma – An event to participate, try and create

TaPalma – from Wednesday, October 31 and until November 4 in Palma, the tapas fair will be held and, for two years now, also cocktails. In addition, on Monday, October 29, two days before the beginning of the gastronomic route, the TaPalma 2018 Contest will take place, where all the restaurants that register in TaPalma have the right to participate in the contest but, in no case, the obligation.

One of the main attractions is the celebration of the TaPalma 2018 Competition in which all the restaurants that enroll in TaPalma can participate.

The winners of the last edition were Rodrigo Vallejo, chef of the restaurant Shamrock, with two golds in the category of tapas: Tapa Tapama ‘Picnic’ and thematic cover ‘Quelypizza marinera’. While in the cocktail mode the winner of the Gold was the bartender Víctor Abal, from MG Little Italy with his creation ‘Deseo de otoño’.

The event, which will take place in just over a month, is full of novelties and surprises, and with a single objective, such as increasing the number of visitors, as well as the quality and professionalism of the tapas and cocktails presented.

An event aimed solely at catering partners Mallorca (the association offers discounts and promotions for all who want to associate and participate in TaPalma), whose goal is not only to revitalize the city for a few days thanks to the restoration sector, but to position Mallorca, and very specifically its capital, as the nerve center of Spanish gastronomy.

With this gastronomic event, the organization together with Restauración Mallorca, aims to lengthen the tourist season by attracting its restaurants, not only to the local public, but to national and foreign tourism during those months where there is a decrease in the public and, therefore, less activity.

The event, which will take place in just over a month, is full of new features and surprises, and with a single objective, such as increasing the number of visitors, as well as the quality and professionalism of the tapas and cocktails presented. The purpose of TaPalma is to continue supporting a vital sector in the daily economic activity and, at the same time, it depends on the flow of tourists and the general public.

In 2018, more than 30 establishments will be participating and the routes will include the areas of: Santa Catalina, Paseo Marítimo, Central Palma, Blanquerna, Génova, Playa de Palma, Mercado de San Juan, and Marratxí.

Time to enjoy

Registration is now open for this new edition of the gastronomic route, which has already become a classic of the autumns in Mallorca.
You can take a walk through these fantastic routes with your family and friends and spend some pleasant days combining gastronomy with culture and leisure in Mallorca.

, , , , , , , Posted by on

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.

, , , , , , Posted by on

“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.

Posted by on

Posidonia in the Balearics

Oceanic Posidonia

OCEANIC POSIDONIA – A TREASURE TO BE PRESERVED.

Oceanic Posidonia is an aquatic plant, endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to the family Posidoniaceae. It is not an alga because it has the typical characteristics of terrestrial plants – roots, stems and leaves of up to one meter long.

Posidonia oceanic forms underwater meadows with an incredible ecological importance. It feeds more than 400 species of underwater plants and 1,000 species of marine and plant animals that find food and protection in the meadows and are also used for gastronomic purposes.

They are organized in clumps of 6 or 7 leaves, finding the oldest ones on the outside and the youngest ones in the interior reproducing both sexual and asexual way by stolons.

This species is found only in the Mediterranean Sea occupying an area of ??approximately 38,000 km², thus becoming a key species of the coastal marine ecosystem. Some believe that posidonia on the beaches is considered a solid waste and that, therefore, it should be eliminated. On the other hand, others consider that posidonia could be used as composting material, although this is prohibited by the Italian law 748/84, which prohibits the use of “algae and marine plants” for the preparation of compost.

On the beaches, especially in winter, there are also brown “balls” of Posidonia fibers formed by the waves.

It lives between 1 and 30 meters deep and, exceptionally, only in very clear waters, it can reach up to 40 meters, with temperatures between 10 and 28ºC.

The main factors that threaten the oceanic Posidonia meadows are maritime works, the pollution of coastal waters, the generation of artificial beaches and removal of dead leaves that reach the beaches and the anchorage of boats.

These ecosystems, which occupy approximately half a million km², are in decline on a global scale, with an estimated loss rate of 1-2% per year (four times the rate of loss of tropical forests); in the Mediterranean, however, this figure rises to 5%. In addition, the slow growth of these plants (2 cm / year) and their scarce seed production make the losses irreversible, since the recovery of a pasture requires several centuries.

The Balearic Islands have an area of ??55,795 hectares of Posidonia meadow, of which 7,650 hectares correspond to the waters of Formentera. This translates into 76.5 million m² to protect only in Formentera.

Let’s take care of the posidonia, value our ecosystem and respect nature. It is a treasure that was born so that we can preserve it, appreciate it and enjoy letting itself be part of the wonderful beaches of the Mediterranean and of the beauty that we can admire under the sea.

, , , , , , , , , , , Posted by on

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”.

, , , , , , , , , , , , Posted by on

Hiking Mallorca

Wandern Mallorca

Hiking Mallorca – the best open air sport

Hiking Mallorca has always been and will always be a magnificent sport to practice in a dream destination for everyone, being able to practice amount of outdoor activities. With the incomparable mild climate of the Balearic Islands, you should not miss the hiking routes that this beautiful island offers us, because as well as being able to cross it by bicycle, we can go on foot. Some of the most well-known routes perfect for hiking Mallorca, which we differentiate by their levels of difficulty, are the following:

  • Sant Elm-Sa Dragonera (medium difficulty)

Leaving from Andratx towards Sant Elm, passing through the Avenida de la Trapa towards the Tomeví road, it goes down until reaching the old monastery that is currently becoming a mountain refuge; we can contemplate wonderful views of the whole landscape including the Island of Dragonera and Cala en Basset.

  • Artà-Lluc (high difficulty)

Structured in several stages it also provides a fun and signalized tour.

Stage 1: Artà– Sa Duaia- Cala Torta- Torre d’Albarca- Refuge of S’Arenalet des Verger (17.258 km) -Parcialally signposted
Stage 2: S’Arenalet des Verger- S’esquena Llarga- S’Alqueria Vella d’Avall- Ermita de Betlem- Betlem (14,092 Km) -Signified
Stage 3: Betlem- Caloscans- Colònia de Sant Pere- Sa Canova- Son Serra de Marina– Son Serra- Montblanc- Santa Margalida (31,261 Km) -Partially signposted
Stage 4: Santa Margalida- Llubí- Inca (23.408 km)
Stage 5: Inca- Selva- Caimari- Lluc (15,170 km) -Partially signposted

  • Es Galatzó-ses Sínies (low difficulty)

In a walk of just over an hour, also adapted for people in wheelchairs; we find areas of traditional culture, typical mediterranean vegetation, a rest area and the village of Ses Sínies, an archaeological site dating from the Bronze Age.

  • Torrent de Pareis-Sa Calobra (medium difficulty)

Called “Natural Monument” in 2003 for the diversity of its fauna and flora. It has been progressively transformed avoiding the consequences of human action and develops on a rough soil free of moisture. All its way ends in sa Calobra, in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a totally recommended destination.

  • Sa Pedra en Sec (high difficulty)

Hiking Mallorca knows also the route of “Pedra en Sec” (= dry stone) or also known as the GR-221 is a 283km trail that crosses the Sa Serra de Tramuntana de Mallorca from end to end. It is known by this name for the amount of constructions made with the method of dry wall construction that are found as they go along the road combining coastal areas, little or no inhabited towns and villages; agricultural areas; forests; bushes and the highest peaks.

Finally, it is worth mentioning in this post of hiking Mallorca “the route of the almond trees”; so called because in the Balearic Islands, thanks to its great flora richness and its mild climate, more than 7 million trees bloom from the end of January, especially in the municipalities of Marratxí, Bunyola and Sóller or also in towns such as San Llorenç, Son Servera or Llucmajor. A recommended route would be the one that goes from Selva to Moscarí, where we will enjoy without limits the authenticity and color of these beautiful trees in bloom.

, , , , , , , , , Posted by on

Cycling in Mallorca

Ciclismo en Mallorca

Cycling in Mallorca is, without a doubt, the perfect choice.

Cycling in Mallorca means, for professionals and amateurs of this sport, to have an unforgettable experience. They choose every time further the peacefulness of the island during the months of March, April and May . Each spring, cycling in Mallorca offers the best conditions to practice this sport, so you can feel it in the majorcan roads or routes.

Chris Froome, the current “Tour de Francechampion spent a few days training this year with his “team Sky” nearby Port d’Alcúdia, on the eastern side of the island. He knows all about the requirements of the island’s routes, although he also enjoyed its advantages: perfect weather, routes of all kinds, clear landscapes and good roads to boost his training. It’s been a long time now since the professionals focused to Cycling in Mallorca, names like Jan Ullrich, Eric Zabel or Alexander Winokurov could improve their preparation thanks to the comforts of the island.

There are also countless routes for any kind of public.

The “Via Verda” is a country route that connects the towns of Manacor and Arta, passing through beautiful towns like Sant Llorenc, Son Carrió and nearby beaches like Cala Millor and Cala Bona.

There are also high mountain routes around the town of Soller, for stronger legs, but also bike paths through most of the island’s coastal towns for two-wheel rides. Even if you are interested in the highest level of competition, you can try the “Mallorca 312” race, which will take place on April the 28th this year and is sold out every year. 312 km and 5,050 meters of altitude, it is with no doubt the hardest cycling race on the island.

From the east side of the island we encourage you to visit us and you will enjoy a few days of sport and quietness, having a look to our complementary offer… A spectacular gastronomy, dreamly beaches and holiday homes where you will recover the strength for the next route.

Best Regards from the reservatum team,

, , , , , , , , Posted by on

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.

, , , , , , , , Posted by on

The Best Markets in Mallorca

Die besten Märkte in Mallorca

The best Markets in Mallorca

The best Markets in Mallorca. During your holidays on Mallorca you definitely should visit one of its numerous craft markets where you can buy typical mallorcan products, handmade crafts or typical souvenirs, all with interesting discounts and offers.

The markets offer a wide variety of typical Majorcan products, like food products (bakery products, cheese, ham etc.) but also furniture, music, books, antiques, jewelry or toys, in a close and very pleasant environment.

We recommend you, visiting some of the following markets during your stay on the island. These are the best markets in Mallorca.

Take advantage of the week and visit the best craft markets on Mallorca!

MONDAY: Manacor, Caimari, Montuïri, Port d’Andratx, Calvià.

TUESDAY: Alcúdia, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Colom, Santa Margalida, Campanet.

WEDNESDAY: Llucmajor, Sineu, Villafranca de Bonany, Sencelles, Petra, Selva.

THURSDAY: Inca, Campos, Sant Joan, Consell, Sant Llorenç des Cardàssar, Ses Salines, Alaior.

These are the best weekend Markets in Mallorca:

FRIDAY: Souvenirs, Postcards,  Jewelery, Clothes and more..

In Binissalem every Friday there is a market of garden products, fruits, plants and flowers. In addition to multi-ethnic clothing, leather shoes, handbags, decoration, etc.

On the market of Son Servera there are multitude of positions with products like dresses, T-shirts, shoes, jewelry, ceramics, bags and souvenirs. Son Servera is a pretty village of Mallorca with restaurants, shops, supermarkets, cafes, etc. Just 3km from Cala Millor, the coastal town with its promenade where you can relax and see the sea from one of its terraces and cafés.

In Palma, the capital of Mallorca, you can stroll through the market of Rafal Nou (between the streets of Selva and Ses Salines) and Sa Vileta (Tarent Square). In this city, there is also a wide offer for shopping with its shopping malls, fashion boutiques, perfumeries, shoe stores, etc.
On Friday there is also a market in the towns of Son Carrió, Can Picafort, Algaida, Inca and Son Ferrer in Calviá. The market in Inca is one of the best known and most popular.

SATURDAY: The ecological market of Palma de Mallorca
We recommend to visit Palma on Saturday, the market known as the “Baratillo de las Avenidas” and the ecological market, which is in the market place of “Plaza del Bisbe Berenguer de Palou”.
The market of Campos is celebrated in the main street with a very festive atmosphere and with local products of the island. In addition the cafes and terraces are a great option for a snack.

SUNDAY: The Alcudia market, a party.
The Alcudia market in the historic center of the city, is one of the most important of all Mallorca for its great quantity of products for sale. Fresh fruits, vegetables or Sweets (donuts, ensaimadas etc..) as well as Hippie article, Latin and African products (masks, bags, figurines, etc), costume jewelery, bed sheets and the most exclusive souvenirs on the island.
On Sunday you can also visit the markets of Llucmajor, Moscari, Muro, Sa Pobla, Pollensa, Porto Cristo, Santa María del Camí and Valldemossa.

, , , , , , , , , , Posted by on

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.