The island of Mallorca is getting ready for this year’s Sant Antoni event. Festivities are about to be celebrated all over the island including the pueblo where you might live. Details can be found on the website of your local Ajuntament. Manacor, Artà and Son Servera are especially big with the saint and so are […]Read more "Of Bonfires, Eels, Espinagades And Ximbombes"
The Festa de l’Estendard is held on December 31st (tomorrow) to celebrate the conquest of the island by the troops of Rey Jaume I in 1229 and the subsequent incorporation of Mallorca. This tribute to the Conqueror and his standard banner is one of the most colourful celebrations one can see in Mallorca, heralding the conquest of […]Read more "Commemorating The Conquest Of Madînat Mayûrqaa"
Christmas in Mallorca is different from elsewhere, at least, it used to be. For a start, Christmas in Spain is, or used to be, a religious affair. It was traditionally celebrated as a family get-together with an opulent meal shared with friends on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and another meal shared with the extended family […]Read more "A Mallorcan Christmas Tradition"
There’s an off-time in Mallorca and an on-time, a seasonal divide. Mallorca has its busy season when up to 13,000,000 visitors arrive, when hotels are open and staff are hired for up to 180 days with not a single day off. And there is the off-season when unemployment is rife, many hotels don’t bother to […]Read more "The Seasonal Divide"
Yesterday was the 77th anniversary of the assassination of Emili Darder Cànaves. Señor Darder was the last elected mayor in Palma de Mallorca of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939). Antoni Mateu Ferrer (former Mayor of Inca, below right), Antoni Maria Qués Ventanyol (founder of ERB party, below centre) and Alejandre Jaume Rosselló (Consul of Uruguay […]Read more "Cain And Abel. Or Rather: Canet And Arbós."
For a good number of reasons, the island of Mallorca provides ideal circumstances, locations and conditions for a large number of leisure activities, be that hiking, golfing, sailing, motorbike touring, caving, surfing, rock climbing or cycling, not least of all the weather and climate. For now, let’s just talk about cycling. Spain has always been […]Read more "Cycling In Mallorca"
Two weeks ago, the annual wine harvest began in Mallorca, at least in some parts such as the region called Pla i Llevant which covers Petra, Porreres, Manacor and Felanitx. White grapes are always the first to be harvested, at least here in Mallorca, and in particular the Chardonnay, Macabeu, Malvasia and Giró varieties, amongst others. […]Read more "Harvesting Grapes"