Paguera – You can appreciate it at once since your first visit to Mallorca or after many years visiting the island. Souvenirs, shops for the residents, hotels, restaurants and much more. Everything at hand.
The Paseo Marítimo – the promenade– like the one from Magaluf – has made it a little more difficult to drive on the area, but also more attractive. The beaches of La Romana, Palmira and La Torá, which have convenient approaches every 100 metres from the Paseo Marítimo, are watchful from the first coffee to the sunset… and as if that was not enough, the Basilea mountain affords the tourist the opportunity to make numerous trips, especially during the low season when the heat does not spoil the fun. During the high season there are also a lot of shopping and leisure activities.
Paguera – Palma de Mallorca: 24 km
Paguera – Puerto Adriano: 9.3 km
Paguera – Puerto Portals: 11 km
Paguera – Puerto Andratx: 9.1 km
Since ever, religious festivities have had a lot of repercussion in the islands. The “panades” and “rubiols” are an example of this. Although nowadays they are consumed throughout the year, these products are traditionally elaborated only during the Holy Week and were they consumed after the Lent fast.
The dough is made in a similar way, but the shape and content are so different that make of them two products with an incomparable taste.
The “panada” is savoury and is usually filled with meat, fish and peas. The “rubiol”, with a thinner dough, is filled with a filling made of pumpkin and syrup or cottage cheese, and is consumed as dessert.
Would you like to taste these products? You can find them in every bakery of Mallorca
Semana de Pascua, Easter Week on Mallorca truly is spectacular. The festivities begin on Palm Sunday with the Mass. The festivities begin on Palm Sunday with the Mass of the Lord’s Passion celebrated in the Cathedral of Palma. Priests and believers pass through the alleys, led by the bishop of Palma. Palm and olive branches are consecrated with blessed water and numerous spectators decorate themselves with the green branches as well.
During Semana Santa, the Holy Week, enormous images of Christ on the Cross, Madonna’s and Saints are carried through the city accompanied by figures in long pointed hoods. Like this the various brotherhoods of Palma create a medieval atmosphere in the procession “Crist de la Sang” (The blood of Christ) – Goosebumps included! This procession, documented in 1554 is one of the most important of Semana Santa.
The oldest brotherhood of Palma also dates from this time. There are 30 brotherhoods in Palma alone, 50 in all of Mallorca and most of them were established in the twentieth century particularly in the forties or fifties and a few in the nineties. The brotherhoods each have their own habit and hood colours, different banners and unique statues of Saints or of Christ on the cross. The Ceremony of the Silent Penitents (previously an all male affair, nowadays also has women members of the brotherhoods, there being one brotherhood that is only women) begins in the evening at the Plaza de l’Hospital and travels through the centre of the city along and crossing the streets of Olmos, Sant Miguel, Colom, Plaza de Cort, Paseo Borne, Jaime III, Calle Bonaire until reaching the Church, Iglesia de La Sang.
Each brotherhood is accompanied by a musical group whose drums beat the rhythm of the march. The figure, “Crist de la Sang” is the most important Crucified Christ statue in Palma. Only after the penitents have received their blessings can the celebrations of Easter begin. The Villages of Mallorca also have their processions and masses.
The Evening Mass on Easter Sunday is especially worth seeing as it is the most important Mass in the whole year and there is the presence of a great number of Mallorcas priests. The ceremony is led by the Bishop of Mallorca, with the highlight being the renewal of the sacramental oils. The oils which come from Bunyola are blessed along with bread, water and wine. On this day The Cathedral of La Seu is not only wonderful from the outside but also inside where the resplendent atmosphere of devotion is unique.
You can find the Palacio de Almudaina right beside the Cathedral La Seu and above the gardens of S’Hort del Rei. The Arabs built Almuidana as a fort outside of the city walls, right beside the sea. In the 14th Century James II added to the fort the strength and comfort of the then, Court of Mallorca.
Of the 20,000m2 that are the Almudaina Royal Palace only a small part of it is accesible to the public as it is here that the Military Command of the Balearics is based.
The King Juan Carlos uses the palace as his official residence during his vacations each year in Mallorca.
Sóller is an attractive and beguiling town in the northwest of Mallorca. Situated 3 km from the coast and it’s own port, it sits in a bowl shaped valley lush with olive trees and orange groves for which it is famous!
The valley and the mountains that surround it, the Serra de Tramuntana are a popular destination for those that enjoy sport anhd particularly when combined with natural surroundings. It also suits those that simply wish to chill and relax in the silence that the 13,000 residents of Sóller enjoy everyday.
There is the famous wooden electric train that connects Palma centre with Sóller which dates from 1912 and which today is preserved in its original state and condition.
A walk through the town of Sóller is a fascinating experience. There are houses which originated in the 14th century and numerous old buildings that have been wonderfully reformed. Especially outstanding is the parish church of San Bartolomé on the Plaza de la Constitucion. Also impressive is the bank of Ca’n Prunera on Carrer de sa Lluna and many of the buildings on the Gran Vía are worthy of note.
Holy three kings, Reyes Magos, arrive on the 5th January by the ship in a lot of harbours of the island but the pageant is extremely worth seeing in Palma. The Reyes Magos go loaded with package, delivered by parents for their children before, from the harbour to the town hall and by the oldest part of the town. The „cabalcada“ is one big happening of greatest importance for the children of all ages.
Earlier the Majorcan children received on the 6th January their Christmas presents. Today they write their long lists of Christmas wishes to the Kings as well as to the Santa Claus – there is nothing like being on the safe side.
The traditional expositions of Nativity sets around the island have been joined in the last years by the growing number of Christmas Markets – beyond doubt the influence of Mallorca´s multicultural society. The difference between the markets is not only their geography – Palma, Alaró, Puerto Portals, Santa Ponsa, Puigpunyent, Calvià, etc. – but also in the nationality of the organizers behind: in the heart of Palma organize the Scadinavians (well, rather Swedes directly); in Santa Ponsa around the mill it´s more german but downdown you can hear almost only english spoken… The Christmas Market on Plaza España in Palma is mallorcan… and all of them are about Christmas: the tree, christmas food, gifts and kids…
It brings a lot of colour to the Island, to start with the Christmas Market tradition (untill now it has been rather moderate) – now you can really recommend them in “Top Visits”!
Calender 2017 Christmas Markets in Mallorca:
Christmas Markets in Palma
24.11.2017 – 6.1.2018 Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am – 9 pm Location: Plaza Mayor, las Ramblas/Vía Roma and Plaza de España/Plaza de la Porta Pintada.
Christmas Bazar in the Scandinavian Church
24.-26.12.2017 Opening hours: from 11 am Location: Avenida Joan Miro in Cala Mayor
Christmas Market in Alaró
Christmas Fair in Santa Ponsa
25.11.2017-6.1.2018 Opening hours: 11 am – 9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10amp – 10 pm.
Christmas Market in Misericórdia
29.11.-3.12.2017 Location: Plaça de l’Hospital, 4 · 07012 – Palma
Christmas Market en Puerto Portals
15.12.2017 – 7.1.2018 Opening hours: 12 am – 9 pm week-ends, 4 – 8 pm working days. Location: Plaza del Puerto
Christmas Fair in Bodega Castell Miquel
1.-3.12.2017 Opeing hours: 12 am – 8 pm Location: Alaró