Way of the Cross

On Good Friday, on the stairways of the Cathedral of Palma, La Seu, you may see a very particular play of Christ’s “Via Crucis” or Way of the Cross, the dramatic moments on the road to Calvary and the crucifixion of Jesus are played out by the theatre group “Taula Rodonda” with dialogue written by the Mallorquín poet Llorenç Moyá.

The performance is regarded as the cultural zenith of the Semana Santa, Holy week of Easter, and thanks to the sensitive writing and the actors capable performances a particular and peculiar relationship hangs in the air between the performers and the public observers.  The drama in front of the impressive Cathedral takes place on Good Friday at about 12 pm.

Way of the Cross

Panades & Rubiols, mallorcan pastries

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

Arrival of Holy Three Kings

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.

Arrival of Holy Three Kings

Carnival in Palma 25-26.2.2017

Carnival is here!!

Even though it’s not Rio de Janeiro or Gran Canaria you should not miss the chance to see the big carnival parade in Palma, “Sa Rua!”

The large number of people dressed up for the carnival, the colourful floats from the various towns and the authenticity of the costumes will surprise you!

The procession starts Sunday afternoon on the Passeig Mallorca and goes down Jaime III over the Borne and then from the Borne back over the same route again.

Earlier Saturday at 10.30 am the children take part in their very own carnival “Sa Rueta”! They have lots of FUN!

Carnival in Palma 25-26.2.2017

Pa amb oli, a meal of the Wise

The popular dish “Pa amb oli”, (pronounced plm bowly), just like ensaïmada or paella, is known as a national delicacy.

Literally translated “Pa amb oli” means “bread with oil”, it’s as simple as that. Quick and easy to prepare, it is a humble combination of brown bread, scrubbed tomato, oil and salt. It may be simple to make, but that does not mean it has a simple taste.

There are variations on the basic Pa amb Oli such as adding garlic and fennel or leaving out the tomato. These varieties depend much on the area where the pa amb oli is made or on the particular tradition of each family. Pa amb Oli can be combined with salted or Iberian ham or with cheese and of course, you can eat it unadorned, just as it is, for lunch or for dinner.

Pa amb oli has become a sort of cultural tradition among the Majorcans. It is frequent to meet to prepare pa amb oli rather than having a coffee.

This simple meal can be found round every corner in Mallorca and in some restaurants it is served with olives as a starter.

And of course: enjoying pa amb oli in a Mallorcan beach is a dream come true.

Mallorca Museum reopens in Palma

Six years has it taken and did cost 7.5 million euros, but as from 24 July 2015, 14 rooms of the Museum of Mallorca in Palma Downtown are open again – renovated and rebuilt. By 2017, the remaining rooms of the city palace Ayamans are expected to be completed. Mallorca Museum comprises in total of 1,200 square meters and more than 300 objects, from paintings and sculptures to ceramics and architectural finds.

Originally, Museum of Mallorca opened its doors in the Palacio Ayamans in 1968.  It is a window through which we can view the history of art, a treasure trove of archaeological discoveries, paintings, craftwork and antique furniture.

Many of the ceramic works of Mallorca are artistically undervalued and in contrast to that viewpoint one may see pieces by the ceramacists La Roquete on the second floor of the Museum. The plates, vases and jars are decorated in splendid colours and with great attention to detail.

A magnificent tiled wall, decorated with a marine landscape resembles a giant puzzle, uniting in a common work, boats, trees, a house, marine birds and a cane plantation with millimetre perfect attention to detail.

The vanguard of 20th Century artists are shown next to the works of Joan Junyer and Joan Fuster, pertinent to the Grup de Lluc Alcari.  Work by Hans Otto Poppelreuther, a watercolour of the town of Deía shows the village in a carefree time now gone by.  Nevertheless in this context there is also a portrait of the writer Robert Graves by the painter Archie Gittes from 1948 that is strangely severe.

Mallorca Museum reopens in Palma

Els Calderers, museum and manor

Majorca´s old palaces and manors are really wonderful for the eyes of architects and lover of tasteful Ambientes. Today we walk by the building Els Calderers in the municipality of San Juan.

Already from the broad entrance you´ll see a cultivated garden with a decorative fountain and a sundial. The rooms and halls go out from the entrance hall and fascinate with their clear and simple line, however, with tasteful arrangements. To give an impression of the solid life, here a young Majorcan woman in the national costume of the island. Furniture with valuable carvings, chairs and armchairs with high-quality material give you a small impression of the wealth which was acquired by the squires.

In a lot of manors of Majorca and in Els Calderers as well, there is a chapel for the services in the familiar circle. This chapel was consecrated by the bishop of Majorca. The altar is made from marble, the ornaments are gilded. In the cellar spaces of the manor house caskets are filled with the wine from own vineyards. Already in bottles the best wines of Els Calderers. The copper kettles which were used by the cellarman to work are still in good condition.

Then we go up in the first floor. There is the big hall decorated with sandstone. Portraits about the desk complete the hall which was used at the same time as a workroom. For familiar parties the big table with place for 18 guests already covered with fine china. Coming from the main building, the way leads us in the perfectly furnished workroom in which not only the tools are to be seen for the farm work but also the glasses with home-made marmalade and the real Majorcan tomatoes.

On the manor Els Calderers in the municipality San Juan the time seems to have stopped. Everything is perfect, so as if the squire emerged constantly again and walk by his broadminded halls.


Pollensa Museum

Pollensa has always been the city of the artists: painters like Anglada Camarasa and Tito Cittadini even changed Paris for this place. More than thirty years ago, here took place the International Contest of Plastic Arts, whose winners exhibit their work at the Pollensa Museum, which has many other things to offer, such as the collection of gothic altarpieces that, in part, come from the parish church and, in part, from the chapel of the Puig de Santa María – Santa María hill.

An important part of the museum is dedicated to the artist Atilio Boveri, whose oil paintings, which were created in Mallorca between 1912 and 1915, reproduce the Gardens of Raixa, the King’s Castle, the Caves of Bóquer, the Torrent of Pareis, the Mill of Ca’n Jura, the Pass of Ternells, the fruit trees and orchards of Pollensa, the Calvari way, the streets of Pollença and the fig, olives and almond trees.

Moreover, a Mandala surprises those who visit the Pollensa Museum. For Buddhists, this is the explanation for the birth, existence and destruction of the universe; a complex aid for reflection and concentration.

During his visit to Pollensa, in 1990, the Dalai Lama gave a Kalachakra Mandala to the city, also known as a wheel of time. The complex Mandala represents 722 gods together with their palaces, and it was made in the Namgyal Monastery, in the Indian Himalayas.

Officially, the Pollensa Museum, opened in 1975, is located in the old monastery of the Dominicans that was built between 1588 and 1616 and occupied by monks to 1836. Today the Museum is a cultural meeting point for the art and music lovers, as well as for theatre enthusiasts.