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Museums of Mallorca

Museums of Mallorca

Museums of Mallorca – Specifically the museum of Mallorca was created by decree of November 2, 1961, from the collections of the former Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, the Marroig collection, the archaeological collections owned by the State, the funds deposited by the Archaeological Society Lul liana and by the Prado Museum. Since then the funds have increased extraordinarily, divided into different sections: archeology, ethnography, fine arts and decorative and industrial arts.

The main headquarters are located in the house of the Counts of Ayamans, better known as Can Desbrull or popularly as Ca la Gran Cristiana. It has two sections in the Part Forana, the ethnological one in Muro and the monograph in Pollentia in Alcúdia.

The Museum of Mallorca is a scientific and cultural center that wants to satisfy the research, educational and play needs of the different types of users. It is also a place open to scientific research, study and consultation, learning, exploration, discovery and enjoyment, all referred to the field of history, art and culture of the island of Mallorca.

The house conserves a good part of the baroque pentagonal structure, only altered by the modifications made throughout the 19th century. In the subsoil, architectural structures from the Muslim era have also been discovered and among other remains.

The Museum of Mallorca was erected by the union of several old houses in the city of Palma.

It was not until 1976, when it opened its doors to the public: it has a height of three floors, a main portal with a semicircular arch, a noble floor with balconies and a loft with Gothic windows.
In 2010, its management resumed an underground excavation that had been carried out in the center of Palma in the late 1960s, and which continued in 1980, revealing the structures of a Muslim ceramic workshop belonging to the Almoravid dynasty, but that at that time, the works of archeology never finished.

The Museums of Mallorca have works by Francesc Comes and Joan Rosat, Gothic painters, as well as the Hispano-Flemish artists Pere Terrencs and Baltasar Buira, and the Renaissance artist Mateu López, all active in Mallorca.

Other important museums of Mallorca to visit are

  • Palau March
    The Palau opens its doors to the public as the new headquarters of the Bartolomé March Foundation with a permanent exhibition dedicated to medieval art, contemporary sculpture and the Neapolitan nativity scene. The building, located in the historic center of the city, next to the Cathedral and the Almudaina, has a museum; a public library specialized in the Balearic Islands and an auditorium. Price: 4.5 €
  • Castell de Bellver
    it is located on a hill 112 meters above sea level, in an area surrounded by forest, from where you can see the city, the port, Sa Serra de Tramuntana and the Pla de Mallorca. The design of a circular floor plan with attached circular towers seems to come from the upper Herodion complex (in the West Bank), also circular and with a large master tower and three smaller towers. The smaller towers are attached and the tribute is crossed by a wall so it is attached. This building have a porch in the courtyard either. Price: € 4 and for residents € 2.50.
  • Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani, Fundació Juan March i d’es Baluard with a price from € 4 – € 6 and if you go by bike, you will only pay € 2.

All these museums are true works of art that have been restored and cared for over centuries and centuries in Mallorca. Totally recommended if you visit the island to take in mind a bit of historicity.

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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.

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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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Hiking Mallorca

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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.

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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,

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Mallorca in Winter – discover beautiful landscapes and mallorcan traditions!

Invierno en Mallorca

Mallorca in Winter

Mallorca Winter – Known as a summer destination with a lot of  sun and beautiful beaches, the main island of the Balearics offers much more, special in the winter months.

Palma de Mallorca in Winter is an ancient city with a lot of activity and authentic traditions; The rural environment throughout the island is green and just beautiful to visit and the Serra de Tramuntana is covered as a backdrop of white snow. All this makes Mallorca a very successful place in which to spend your Christmas holidays as a family or have a short getaway with friends.

* The Mallorcan traditions that you should know and see:

Christmas markets in Palma:
The spectacular craft market Som Nadalencs is located in the Plaza Mayor. Popular for its figurines of Bethlehem and for the typical mallorcan gastronomic products.

The Arrival of the Three Kings:
If something represents Spain, these are the 3 kings and on Mallorca its a spectacular event, if they arrive.The streets are filled with lights, camels and riders. Specially for children its  full of color and magic, the highlight of every Christmas season.
In some places like Porto Cristo or Cala Millor you can appreciate the beauty of seeing the three Kings loaded with gifts on a boat, arriving at the famous white beaches of Mallorca that for a night filled with magic and fireworks.

But not only is Christmas something beautiful on Mallorca in winter; during all the winter months occur events worth seeing, such as the birth of the blossom of the almond trees.
Between January and February all almonds of Majorca dress in white, blue and pink flowers, a print that has served as inspiration for paintings, novels and photographs.
You can visit places full of such almond trees as Randa or Sóller, or taste typical dishes of the almond on Mallorca like the Gatò (vanilla ice cream with a sweet almond cake) or the homemade Turrón (a kind of spanish confectionery). Book one of our beautiful holiday homes surrounded by countryside and almond trees and live close to these beautiful event.

You can also enjoy the celebration of San Sebastián in Palma or Sant Antoni in the rest of the towns, in January, this party was founded on the Island of Mallorca and really is fascinating.
If you like animals you can not miss the celebration, as hundrets of people bring their animals to be baptized.
And if you like food and good celebrations you can not miss this evening, where the streets are filled with bonfires and typical dances to their surroundings, music and fun.

Also during the winter there are many cultural offerings, you can see thousands of sculptures in the streets and cities of Mallorca, and many museums at your disposal from great sculptors and architects, to great painters or museums of Majorcan history.

Now you know! Mallorca is great in its fullness throughout the year, it is culture, it is beauty, it is so much more than sun and beaches.

Definitely a great choice for a good holiday – Mallorca in Winter!

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Top 7 Beaches Mallorca

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Beaches Mallorca – Sun, white sand and crystal clear water in Mallorca

Beaches Mallorca – The main attraction of Mallorca are the wonderful beaches Mallorca. If you are planning to travel to the island and see the beaches, we recommend you to rent a villa with private pool, It gives you much more freedom than staying in a hotel; you can enjoy an entire home with family and friends, organize better without any Timetables , planning barbecues, cooking, etc.

Among the most beautiful beaches on the island we include:

  • Cala Millor with more than 1km in length, is open to the sea and it is one of the most popular white sand beaches with its clear and clean waters. Cala Millor is 3km from Son Servera. Along the boulevard of Cala Millor you can go for some shopping after a beautiful day at the beach in one of the plenty shops or you relax in one of the beautiful cafes and restaurants with wonderful sea views.
  • Costa de los Pinos is a very exclusive residential area in the East of Mallorca, famous for its beaches and sandy bay surounded by Pine woods and hills. There is a beach bar, where you can enjoy fresh drinks and have some lunch.
  • Cala d’Or is one of the first coastal residential areas of Mallorca with a variety of bays, which are open to the sea. The beach of Cala d’Or is a white sand beach with rocks.
  • In Cala Ratjada you should visit the beach of Son Moll, a beach of white and very fine sand. Also noteworthy are the beaches of Cala Agulla, Cala Mesquida, the beautiful beach in Canyamel or Font de Sa Cala.
  • The coastline of Pollensa is immense, with spectacular cliffs, headlands, islands, the closed bay of Pollença with white sandy beaches.
    Enjoy the beach of Llenaire or Puerto Pollensa with around 1.000m Length, which also is ideal for take a nice walk to the harbour. The white sand and pebbles beach of Can Cullerassa is around 500m. Other bays are Cala Formentor Pollensa, Cala Figuera, Cala Clara, Cala Murta, Cala Sant Vicens.
  • Porto Cristo is a beautiful seaside village about 12 km from Manacor, the second largest city of Mallorca. The beach is not one of the biggest with its 300m length, but its a wonderful and protected bay with white sand and cristal clear waters. In Porto Cristo you can visit also the famous caves “Cuevas del Drach” with its underground lake.
  • Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the island and offers all amenities of a big city, like restaurants, with typical mallorcan but also international foods, shops etc.

The sandy Mallorca beaches of Cala Estancia, Playa de Palma, Ciudad Jardín, Ca’n Pere Antoni and Cala Major are easily accessible and are equipped with multiple services. On the beaches of Palma you can practice various water activities such as swimming, diving, boating etc.

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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.

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Holiday home – Why choose a rental home or Villa for your holiday?

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Renting a Holiday home instead of a hotel has many advantages. At RESERVATUM we are specialists in Holiday Rental Houses, Villas and farmhouses with pool. In this article we are going to tell you about the advantages of spending your holiday in a rental house and you can see, it is always a better option than staying in a hotel.

Advantages of a renting a holiday home facing a hotel stay.

BETTER PRICE. There is a big offer of holiday homes with very economic and competitive prices, especially if you can rent together with family or friends.

MORE PRIVACY. To be in a holiday home offers more privacy than a hotel room. Many Celebrities choose a holiday Villa or house because the houses offer more privacy and comfort. It is a more private experience and incomparable to a stay in a hotel.

MORE SPACE. The fundamental thing is to rent a whole house with its own pool, garden, etc. it is just not the same as renting a hotel room, especially for reasons of space.

COMFORT. We offer holiday Villas and houses, fully equipped, so you can enjoy your stay the most comfortable way.

THE LOCATION. Mallorca is an international tourist destination of first order. The houses are located in various mallorquin locations where you can enjoy your time with family and friends, both in inner cities and their wonderful coastal towns and beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters.

Private Pools to enjoy the summer

PRIVATE POOL. The holiday houses with private pool, allow the use and  enjoyment without any time shedules or sharing with strangers, like in the hotels.

INTERNET GRATIS. In the houses you have internet connection (WIFI), the service for the Internet is gratis.

FLEXIBLE HOURS. The hours are flexible and without time limit, so you can plan your holidays at your own measure. For example you can plan a great BBQ with family and friends around the pool, whenever you feel like.

OWN KITCHEN. The holiday houses which offers RESERVATUM have a totally equipped kitchen with fridge, coffemaker, microwave, etc.. which is of course very useful all time, special if you are travelling with children.

PERSONAL SPACE The villas in general all have a private pool,  porch, BBQ, sunbeds, parasols and other amenities.

What a really unforgetable experience!