Spain has always offered a variety of attractions from discovering hidden courtyards and junk shops in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona to sun-bathing on the golden sands of Mallorca. Choosing which of their hottest destinations to visit is a hard decision. Do you want to visit a water park in Mallorca, go to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, or buy knick-knacks in Ibiza? If you do decide on Ibiza over Mallorca you’re immediately left with the sad feeling you’re really missing out on the soft sands of El Arenal beach. Luckily, now there are new tours to help you make the most of your time no matter where you choose. continue reading
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A stunning collection of art is currently the subject of an exhibition in the CCA Andratx in Mallorca.
The Art Foundation Mallorca Collection has kicked off the season in the CCA and will run until March 1st.
Curators involved in the project include Barry Schwabsky and Friederike Nymphius, as well as Patricia Asbaek, who is also the director of the Kunsthalle.
The three have attempted to make the Art Foundation Mallorca one of the top collections in the world, pooling their knowledge and skills to bring in a host of contemporary art from across the world.
This collection now has a real eclectic flavour, with both established and upcoming artists represented in abundance.
Some of the artists involved include Jim Drain, Gerold Miller, Markus Oehlen and Carsten Fock, and with more than 50 works there may well be the need for a return visit.
In terms of disciplines, photography, ceramics and sculpture will all be featured.
Why not book the La Granja on your own tour in advance?
Everyone from seasoned boat collectors to people who have never sailed will be in attendance at the 26th Palma International Boat Show in Mallorca this year.
Organised by the Fires i Congressos de Balears, this nine-day event offers the chance for visitors to peruse the latest in marine design, all in the stunning surroundings of the Moll Vell of the Palma Port.
From April 25th to May 3rd all types of nautical niceties will be on display, with rubber dinghies right up to sailing boats by way of jet skis, canoes and motor boats.
However, for the gadget-minded, there will also be plenty of accessories and other equipment on display too.
Some 30,000 square metres of sea will be covered by the Palma International Boat Show, along with 15,000 square metres of land.
With locals and tourists alike attending in large numbers, it is also an excellent chance to make friends with people from other countries, and perhaps find a place to berth while on a sailing trip.
The event is open from 10:00 local time until 20:00 with tickets costing €5 (£4.60).
Why not book the Aquacity on your own tour in advance?
Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the most important and widely-practiced holy festivals in the country of Spain, including on the island of Mallorca.
During this week in March, the events surrounding the passion of the Christ are recalled.
Palm Sunday marks the start of the week, when people flock to the island’s churches to be blessed with palms and olive branches.
However, in the evening, this solemn and centuries-old practice gives way to colourful parades marching through the streets, as people celebrate Holy Week.
Then, on Maundy Thursday, a more sombre procession occurs, named La Sang.
During this time, the crucified Jesus Christ is represented and is carried through the streets, in an effort to symbolise what the time of Easter and the religion of Christianity mean.
Visitors to Mallorca during this time will have an excellent chance to see a traditional festival, as well as what Mallorca is really like away from the tourist areas.
Why not book the Caves of Drach (South) tour in advance?
There are many weird and wonderful festivals in Spain, but the prize for the strangest could perhaps go to the "releasing of the ducks" in Can Picafort, Mallorca.
This annual event takes place in August from 12:00, is free to attend and is rather bizarre, or to put it another way – quackers.
A boat sits in the harbour and releases 250 ducks into the sea, which the local people must try and capture.
While these used to be live ducks, enough people have protested about potential animal cruelty to mean that yellow rubber ducks are now used instead.
Some people may have complained about the breaking of a tradition, but as no one is exactly sure where the tradition came from anyway, it is hard to argue.
Even people who don’t fancy getting wet or seeing how many ducks they can capture still enjoy the show, with more than 3,000 spectators usually in attendance.
Why not book the Formentor (North) tour in advance?
Magluf in Mallorca is home to some world-famous clubs, but the biggest of the lot is BCM Planet Dance.
This dance music institution can have 7,000 sweaty punters dancing the night away at any one time, with two separate floors to provide a varied experience.
In the main arena dancers will not only be blown away by the powerful music – the hall features a 3D Tarm laser show which is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
However, the sounds come from a 65,000W – or very, very loud in old money – Funktion One Sound system, meaning that whatever DJ is spinning the tracks the music should be impressive.
Downstairs sees revellers take in BCM Millennium, which puts on foam parties and a host of other ways to make sure dancers don’t go home dry.
The club is open from 22:00 until 06:00 for over-18s only, and costs between €20 and €40 depending on the night.
Why not book the Island Tour before you travel?
Mallorca has gorgeous beaches and blue seas but Mother Nature can’t provide fun water rides – so luckily Aqualand is on hand to offer them.
Aqualand El Arenal can be found in the south of the island, near the beach of the same name.
While this is a great place to take the family, with three special areas for children: Polynesia, the Dragoland and the Mini Park, it also features some scarier rides like the Banzai, the Devil’s Tail and the Grand Canyon that provide thrills for older visitors.
Banzai offers a great opportunity for people who want to experience surfing but have never managed to stand up on a board – visitors speed down two slides on a small dinghy and then drop into a swimming pool after aquaplaning at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Polynesia on the other hand is a slower paced affair, with lots of fun rides more suited to children.
Colours are in abundance, along with an Aboriginal mask that shoots water, allowing the smallest holidaymakers to get lost in their imagination.
Why not book the Caves Drach (North) tour in advance?
Cars and petrol heads of all ages are set to descend on Mallorca in March for the Mallorca International Classic Car Rally, or Rally Clasico Isla de Mallorca.
This isn’t one of those rallies where drivers spin round muddy tracks at breakneck speeds and spectators teeter over dangerous objects to get a look – this is a far more civilised affair.
More than 40 teams have already signed up to take part in the event, which celebrates the best and brightest in both style and function.
The rally itself is more of a beauty pageant than a race, with prizes awarded for the best-looking vehicles, as the cars wind their way along an 18-stage, 600km track, which includes some of Mallorca’s best scenery.
However, points will still be up for grabs by the teams, so some competitive spirit and skilled driving should also be expected.
Last year’s competition saw Porsche 911 RSRs dominate the top positions in the general classification field.
Why not book tickets for the Citysightseeing Bus before you travel?
Easter celebrations on the island of Mallorca continue until the Sunday after the event, when the capital city of Palma de Mallorca indulges in Domingo del Angel, or Angel Sunday.
This free event includes a procession as well as lots of traditional Majorcan food, which makes the most of the island’s abundance of vegetables, including a native tomato called a Ramallet.
However, Angel Sunday is not all about culinary pleasures, with the standard Spanish festival practices of music, parties and fancy dress all well represented.
Visitors are advised not to party too hard however – festivities start in the wee small hours, when locals and tourists alike join in a walk from the town hall to the Castillo de Bellver, where the fun really starts.
The Angel Sunday celebrations have their roots in the 15th century, when the Festividad del Santo Custodio de Palma would feature a procession, along with a handing out of blessed bread to the poor.
Why not book the Western Water Park on your own tour in advance?
The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca has been a popular destination for sun-seeking British and German families for over a half century. And for good reason; this stunning slice of Mediterranean heaven has just about everything. From its mountainous landscapes and vast stretches of white sandy coastline to its charming beachside villages, kid-friendly theme parks and historical architectural landmarks, Mallorca boasts some of the most wide-ranging sights and activities for travellers of all ages. Beyond the island’s broad range of package tours and family resorts, there is still much room for uncharted adventure. It remains one of the most convenient, accessible and diverse seaside destinations in Europe.
Many seasonal travelers have already discovered the quaint ambiance of Cala D’Or, a pristine, white-washed sand castle village and convenient hub for some of the island’s most family-oriented excursions. After a few days of beaming sun, sand and relaxation at one of several beaches, your family can easily seek a bit of shade by heading a few kilometres north to the famous Caves of Drach. Descend into the cavernous passages filled with jutting, natural limestone formations until you encounter a well-orchestrated presentation of glimmering lights and classical music—a truly enchanting sight, set against one of the largest underground lakes in the world. Captivating moments like these will make your family’s travel experience truly unforgettable.
Most visitors are immediately drawn to the vibrant, historical European city of Palma, with its diverse shopping options, quaint alleyways and internationally reputable array of restaurants and evening entertainment. Climb the famous 12th century Bellver Castle for stunning views of the city from 137 metres above; delight in the vibrant street performances in Plaza Mayor, and take a cool afternoon swim at the city’s accessible public beach. And the fun doesn’t end at dusk! Be sure to take full advantage of Palma’s family-friendly nightlife; just 10 kilometres beyond the bustling city centre amidst the gorgeous Mallorcan countryside is the famous 17th century Son Amar estate, now home of the most dazzling entertainment show on the island. You will be immediately swept up in an entrancing, laser-lit extravaganza of song, dance, music and comedy.
For the more independent, adventure-seeking traveller, Mallorca’s beautiful and varied terrain can be easily navigated by car. You could begin your journey with a delicious ensaimada from Pons Bakery in the authentic southernmost village of Colonia San Jordí. Meander up the southeast coast and stop for a stroll on one of the island’s many hidden cove beaches—perhaps Cala Llombards or Cala Santanyí. Veer west through the agricultural estates and hillside villages, and breathe in the fresh, countryside air until you reach the island’s central market town of Inca, home of a range of handcrafted leather merchandise and the perfect place to grab a souvenir for mum.
Continue north until you reach perhaps the most picturesque and beautiful part of the island—the Tramontana mountains. The tiered villages of Valldemossa and Soller boast quaint cafés and marvelous views of both the countryside and the sea. Confident drivers can brave the steep, winding mountain roads, which, linking the tiny towns together, allow for the most fantastic of views, including, if you are lucky, the perfect Mediterranean sunset.