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21 Feb de 2012

A trip to Palma de Mallorca: The year’s longest celebration

Culture, tradition and celebration; travelling to Palma de Mallorca can be a great surprise. The city celebrates the festivals in honour of Saint Sebastian, its patron saint, on the 20th of January by organising dozens of activities for all ages and likings. Prepare yourself for a long night of numerous concerts, spectacular bonfires and improvised barbeques on the city’s streets.

Most of us know that Palma de Mallorca is a perfect place for a trip in the autumn or spring, not to mention a real summer vacation. Incredible beaches and inlets, nice weather and all types of fun are waiting. However, what not everyone knows is that the city’s most important celebration takes place in the winter, specifically on the night of January 19th.

Catedral de Palma

Although Palma holds celebrations starting on the 14th until the 22nd of January, the city’s big night is on the 19th. The year’s longest night is witness to dozens of concerts in each of the city’s squares, as well as hundreds of bonfires distributed along the main streets of the centre. The city’s inhabitants flood the streets with baskets full of bread, wine, sausages and meats to barbeque in the open air and among the crowds. This is a night to share, laugh, eat among friends, drink nice wine and dance until dawn.

During the week, there are gastronomic days, craft markets, workshops for children, sports events, photographic marathons, traditional events, regional dances and numerous activities for the enjoyment of residents and tourist alike. This is the perfect time to discover the true character of this emblematic city.

This year the “fiestas” coincide with the weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), making it the perfect excuse for a short trip to Mallorca. Experience a weekend full of fun and excitement, on the coast of the Mediterranean and far from the cold of the north. Airplane fares and accommodation is much cheaper this time of the year; travellers can even find rooms in a luxury resort in Mallorca, right in the centre of Palma, and at a very reasonable price.

Furthermore, the celebrations programme for San Sebastián, 2012 includes three consecutive days of concerts by national bands, for every liking but mainly pop, like Maldita Nerea, El sueño de Morfeo, Facto de la Fe, Las flores azules, Carlos Jean, Coti, Amaia Montero, Huecco, Tanga Team and La húngara, among others. The celebrations include electronic music sessions, traditional music bands and entertainment shows on every street. Everything is free of charge.

The grand finale of the celebrations is the night of the 20th. The Aiguafoc is a renowned pyrotechnic show over the Bay of Palma. Come enjoy this multi-coloured, spectacular celebration while feeling the sea breeze on your face.

Sant Sebastià 2012

16 Ene de 2012

Mallorca a toda vela, todo el año

Mallorca es una isla diferente vista desde el mar. Todos los que la han visto, no dudan un instante en asegurar que es una de las mejores experiencias que se pueden disfrutar durante unas vacaciones en Mallorca: Un viaje en barco por la costa, con un grupo de amigos o con toda la familia es una de las mejores alternativas para descubrir la auténtica esencia de Mallorca y la belleza de sus calas.

Hacer una ruta en barco por la costa mallorquina ofrece la posibilidad de acceder a numerosas calas y playas vírgenes a las que no se puede llegar por tierra. Pequeños rincones que aún se conservan intactos e impecables, lejos de la mano del hombre. Solo para marineros.

Vela en Mallorca, un verdadero éxtasis de colores

Alquilar un barco o contratar un viaje por la bahía de Palma con patrón y guía profesional es muy sencillo. Hay infinidad de empresas y particulares que los ofrecen con garantías y de todo tipo, más familiares, más aventureros, más caros y más baratos. La oferta es amplia y con opciones para todos los gustos, pero lo realmente apasionante es disfrutar de navegar uno mismo.

Las clases de vela son una propuesta cada vez más demandanda en los paquetes vacacionales: Un mes en Mallorca disfrutando relajadamente de sus playas, sus pueblos, su gente y dos semanas en el mar, aprendiendo a manejar un velero, haciendo deporte y aprovechando el sol y el mar como nunca.

En Mallorca hay muchas escuelas náuticas que ofrecen cursos adaptados a todas las edades, conocimientos y modalidades. Las más habituales son la vela ligera, la vela infantil (para menores de 14 años), el surf a vela y el crucero, que ya incluye embarcaciones a motor y es solo para mayores de 18 años.

La mayoría de estas escuelas profesionales permiten reservas para grupos, para colegios y organizan jornadas especiales de navegación durante todo el año. Otras han apostado por innovar y dar al turista un plus: 2 semanas de clases de vela y español para extranjeros. Todo un plan para unas vacaciones completas.

Cerca de Palma de Mallorca están algunas de las mejores escuelas de vela de Baleares, a escasos metros del centro, y las clases de navegación permiten disfrutar del incomparable marco de la bahía de Palma, donde el Mediterráneo está muy calmado y el viento sopla flojo de embate.

Hotel Gran Meliá Victoria

El centro de la ciudad -y cuanto más cerca del puerto, mejor-, es la opción más cómoda para alojarse si quieres disfrutar de unas vacaciones náuticas en Mallorca. Y reservar en un hotel de lujo en Palma, justo en el Paseo Marítimo de la ciudad, con vistas a los veleros más imponentes del Mediterráneo sería la guinda perfecta para el plan…

17 Dic de 2011

Alternative travel options: Christmas in Mallorca

Mallorca is synonymous for summer; sun, beaches, royal glamour and parties that last until dawn… But the island has a side unknown to many, a version only a few tourists have discovered. Mallorca has a quiet side with incredibly green scenery, deserted beaches with pristine sand and warm, crystal-clear water. This Mallorca well deserves a winter visit.

If you’re thinking of alternatives for Christmas this year, consider a weekend escapade or a mini-vacation in Mallorca: nature, tranquillity, the perfect climate, the best shops, all kinds of restaurants, exclusive gala evenings in the best discotheques, winter outdoor markets, and to top it all off, a luxury hotel in Palma.

In Mallorca, accommodation rates this time of year are very reasonable, which will allow for you to enjoy incredible hotels and luxury dining without doing any major damage to your wallet. Most hotels offer special Christmas meals and gala dinners with cotillion to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Palma.

In December, the city is dressed with elegant Christmas lights and decoration, the shops are all carefully adorned, and the Mallorcan capital is livened by street markets offering the best typical culinary products and crafts. The mild temperature and lovely sunny days urge you to go out for a stroll, window-shop and even sit at a terrace and try a delicious helado con cuartos (a typical Mallorquin dessert).

Palma brings the world’s best shops together, brands like Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Tous, Cartier, etc. as well as countless small boutiques right in the centre of town where you can buy original presents. The heart of the city combines shops with innovative art galleries, original museums and exhibition rooms, perfect for afternoon strolls and exploring.

However, the activities available are not reduced to shopping and promenading. Christmas in Palma includes different programs for theatre, opera, classical music cycles, children’s games and even an exclusive New Year’s concert in the city’s Auditorium. For the night owls who want to enjoy their vacation in Mallorca to the fullest, Palma’s Paseo Marítimo, the ocean promenade, offers a vast array of bars and clubs where hundreds of people gather to have a good time.

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