Check out our hand-picked list of the new events beginning in May 2014.
Mallorca’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Event – the only Smooth Jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area.
She creates beautiful Mediterranean-inspired dresses; the collections are known for feminine detailing and a modern approach to bridal design. Her wedding and coctail dresses represent greatness and grace, they’re glamorous and sophisticated.
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From 30 April to 4 May 2014
Venue: Port of Palma de Mallorca
Display areas: Superyachts, Nautical tourism, Boat building, Diving, Leisure fishing and many more …
(Beauty, Health & Wellness Exhibition & Trade Fair)
From 02 May to 4 May 2014
Venue: Palma Arena, Palma de Mallorca
Display areas: Health & Wellness Trends 2015, Martial Arts, Therapy area, Massages and many more …
Amazing coastal landscapes, unspoilt mountain regions and breathtaking gorges – Mallorca has much more to offer than just Magaluf and beer. There are so many ways to explore the Balearic island’s magnificent natural landscape.
No other tour on the island can rival the Torrent de Pareis in terms of difficulty. The hike through the deep erosion gorge in the north of the island is quite an adventure, with boulders the height of houses having to be negotiated. Sometimes the only way forward is through an extremely narrow gap. The overhanging rock faces allow nothing more than diffuse light into the gorge in places. You have to go at the right time of year – in the winter season, pools filled with ice-cold water provide an additional thrill. I’d recommend doing this five-hour hike through the gorge no earlier than April, when it’s dry underfoot. For information on the water levels, contact TORRENT DE PAREIS.
Over a thousand sailors from 53 countries come to Mallorca to participate in a unique event. The “Sofía” Trophy, also popularly known as the TROFEO SOFIA – ISAF SWC MALLORCA, has become over the years a tradition that is part of social and sporting calendar of Mallorca. Furthermore, the organisation will promote the Pabisa Beach Club (a leisure complex in Playa de Palma) as the social venue of the event and meeting point for sailors. All social events will be held there and it will be the place for sailing enthusiasts to follow the development of the races.
Tosca is an opera in three acts, with music by Giacomo Puccini and a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
Tickets online (in Spanish)
Our travel guide suggests some perfect locations and the best time to visit them.
Comprised of 700 islands in 100,00 square miles of ocean, the Bahamas boasts some of the clearest water on the planet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef!
November to April, although the trade winds bless the Bahamas with year-round weather, with winter lows averaging around 70f.
Although June to October is the hottest time of the year, these months also see the most rain, with a chance of hurricanes.
Fashion has travelled back to the Jazz Age since the release of Baz Lurhmann’s film of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as sartorialist Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as elegant socialite Daisy Buchanan.
The bridal industry in particular has taken inspiration from the lavish film based on the iconic American novel depicting the era when the rich got richer and style ruled.
In this post we take a look at some 1920s inspired dresses – perfect for that vintage Gatsby inspired wedding!
From stately homes to traditional fincas, rustic barns to contemporary hotels with the quirky thrown in, there’s literally hundreds of venues a bride and groom can choose for their big day in Mallorca, whether they want the whole day there, or just the ceremony or reception.
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Feeding your guests well is the key to them enjoying your day. Here are some ideas on how to keep them fulfilled.
This is still the most popular option for catering for your day guests, usually consisting of a meat and two veg option. Ask the venue to create your menu around ingredients that are in season or locally grown produce.
If you’re having a summer wedding then hire an ice cream van. Ices can replace a traditional dessert, entertain the children and transport the adults back to childhood.
So, you’ve decided that a marquee either at home or in the grounds of a breathtaking venue is the way to go. There are bound to be things you haven’t considered so here’s your guide to making sure all goes smoothly.
The size of your marquee will depend on how many guests you invite, how you intend to use the space and how much space is available where you are erecting it. For 100 people seated you’ll need a marquee around 9m by 12m, but you might want to also consider adding on extras like “chill out” tents as well.
Make sure you are happy with the look and design of your ring. A traditional band is plain gold, however you might want something more modern and unusual. Consider the style of your engagement ring and make sure the two can be worn together comfortably.
“Oui” ring from Christian Dior
Ask a Mallorcan what foodstuff best represents the island and they are likely to reply, the ensaïmada, Spain’s answer to the croissant. This versatile, light, fluffy-textured spiral pastry is dusted with icing sugar and comes in a variety of sizes, from bite-sized portions to the cake-sized ones you see people lugging on to planes. Locals eat ensaïmadas at breakfast, spread them with sobrassada as a savoury snack or serve them stuffed with nuts and fruits and covered in cream a dessert. Other popular sweet pastries are bunyols (doughnuts) and robiols and crespells (both particularly popular at Easter).
Four kilometres (two and a half miles) from Sóller, Port de Sóller is the antithesis of the brash resorts in the south-west and around the Bay of Palma. Family-oriented, slightly old-fashioned, slightly scruffy, it’s a lovely place to spend some time.
The port is spread in an arc around a pretty harbour, protected by cliffs either side, with a naval base at the north end and a couple of sandy beaches. Historically, it has always been Sóller’s gateway to the rest of the world, acting as a departure point for boats laden with citrus fruits making their way to France and mainland Spain. It was also a magnet for pirates; in 1561 the port was razed in an attack, forcing the Sóllerics to fortify the harbour with huge stone jetties and lighthouses; hence, the bay comes almost round on itself. The whole episode is re-encated with the chaotic, alcohol-fuelled moros i cristianos (Moors and Christians) fiesta in the second week of May.
There are two main options: the in-house caterer based at your venue; and the off-site catering company, which brings everything to your venue.
Wedding packages are available at many venues, ranging in price depending on the style and formality of the event and the meals themselves. Generally speaking, the more formal the occasion, the more the catering is going to cost. Most packages include the food, the people to cook and serve it, the tables, chairs, linens, china, cutlery, glasses and bar staff, all priced on a ‘per head’ basis. Or if you want to use items outside the usual package – such as coloured linens, specific glasses or having chair covers – you can list everything you want and have it priced individually.
From Port de Pollença, it’s half an hour’s drive (21 kilometres/13 miles) up and round the switchbacks of the steep, narrow road to Mallorca’s most northerly cape, Cap de Formentor, celebrated by poets and artists for its pine forests, its peace and its superlative, dizzying panoramas. It’s an essential trip if you’re in the area, but make it early or late in the day if you don’t want to be part of a tourist convoy. The main stops are at the Mirador des Colomer, a short pathway on the edge of a 232 metre- (760 foot-) high sheer vertical cliff, and the lighthouse. Further fine views can be had from side journeys up the Atalaya d’Alberutx and at Can es Faro, but you’ll need good nerves and suspension to take on the old, beaten-up roads here.
Think about important moments during your day. At the ceremony, do you want an organist/a string quartet/a choir? Do you want music while your guests are eating? And, if the wedding includes evening entertainment, will you need to book a band or a DJ, as well as other styles of entertainment such as magician or a caricature artist?
Choose the musical style according to the formality of the wedding. A grand venue and formal meal will be best accompanied by a live band. A funky DJ is more in keeping with a civil ceremony and coctails. If the rooms are large, remember to check whether speakers will be necessary – and if they are permitted.
Your guests are bound to be a mixture of ages and they won’t all share the same taste in music. You’ll find choosing a mixture of classics and modern songs will appeal to most people. If you want the dance floor heaving, 70s and 80s disco tunes are always popular.
The more performers you have the greater the cost so, if your budget is limited, think about keeping things simple: have just an organist for the ceremony; compile a CD of your favourite background music to play during the meal; and then book a DJ for the evening.
The autopista becomes the C79 just west of Magaluf. From here you can go south to thus-far unspoiled Portals Vells. Alternatively, you can head west, passing Son Ferrer and El Toro – two lifeless urbanizaciones, the latter of which has a small marina, Port Adriano, and a luxury hotel – before running along a wild stretch of coast and reaching Santa Ponça, where Jaume I stepped ahore in 1229, planting his flag and marking the start of the Reconquest of the Balearics. The event is marked by a tall stone cross, carved with reliefs at its base, which stands on the headland at the southern tip of the bay, and the Capilla de la Piedra Sagrada, where the first Christian mass was held.
You need to find someone who shares your vision for your wedding. Arm yourself with pictures from magazines and expect to be inspired.
Although just about any flower is available all year round – at a price – using seasonal flowers for your wedding will look right and save you money. Find out from your florist what will be available and in what colours.
Be clear from the outset about how many floral arrangements you want and where you want them to go. Do you need a lot of flowers at the ceremony? Most time is spent at the reception, so this is where the majority of the flower budget should be spent.
It’s essential to find a florist who can come up with good ideas to suit how much you have to spend. If they trying to get you to spend more than you’ve allocated, this florist is not the one for you.
Make a list of your favourite flowers. If the blooms you would like are particularly expensive, remember that just a few can make an impact if used creatively.
Photo Credit: Married in Sheffield
Seafood is, not surprisingly, enormously popular on Mallorca. There is a local fishing industry, but it’s small and demand is such that most fresh fish is imported, usually from Galicia. A classic Balearic dish is caldereta de llagosta, and originating from Fornells in the north of Menorca. It’s simple but stupendously rich and flavoursome spiny lobster stew, made with tomatoes and onions. The lobster for this dish is imported for most of the year, but if you order if from June to August you could be in luck and get a local creature: this is the legal fishing period, when you’ll see lobster traps in all the fishing ports.
The bride’s bouquet is the ultimate wedding accessory and you’ll want the work with your florist to create something extra special.
Blooms, usually a variety of roses, wired together or casually hand-tied. They work best at a contemporary wedding with a simple, modern dress.
A tight ball of flowers, usually without foliage, suspended on a ribbon that the bride hangs on her wrist. These are also very popular for bridesmaids of all ages.
Small, simple and usually hand-tied with ribbon. Lily of the valley makes the perfect minimalist posy.
The classic bouquet, usually consisting of larger flowers such as roses and peonies loosely arranged and tied with ribbon.
A waterfall-like spill of flowers wired to cascade from a handle. This is the most traditional and formal of the bouquet shapes and suits full-skirted dresses.
Photo Credit: Pam Scott Photography
The Mallorcan capital has more than enough distractions to occupy you for two or three days, but if you can’t spare that long, here are our suggestions on how you can get the essential feel of this beguiling city in one day.
a ticket un billet; return d’anada i tornada; card expired (on metro) títol esgotat
left esquerra; right dreta; here aquí; there allí; straight on recte; at the corner a la cantonada; as far as fins a; towards cap a; near a prop; far lluny; Is it far? És lluny?
In Catalan, as in French but unlike in Spanish, words are run together, so si us plau (please) is more like ‘sees-plow’.
à at the end of a word (as in Francesc Macià) is an open ‘a’ rather like ‘ah’, but very clipped
ç, and c before an ‘i’ or an ‘e’, are like a soft ‘s’, as in ‘sit’; c in all other cases is as in ‘cat’
e, when unstressed as in cerveses (beers), or Jaume I, is a week sound like the second ‘e’ in ‘centre‘
The official language of the Balearics is Catalan (català), of which mallorquí is dialect. Though every Spanish native on the island will speak Castilian Spanish, Catalan is the mother tongue of the majority. It was banned under Franco, and for many is a badge of pride, identity and independence. You might find that some locals will prefer to speak to you in English rahter than Castilian. Most of the road signs, street names, etc, that you’ll see on the island will be written in Catalan.
Do you know anyone who has been married recently or have you seen a wedding album that you like? Look at the real weddings section on www.youandyourwedding.co.uk for inspiration or contact a professional association such as the Master Photographer’s Association.
Do you want photographes of every part of the day or just the ceremony and important moments such as cutting the cake? How much does the price drop if the photographer is there for only part of the day?
Prices vary enormously and you’ll need to do your homework, comparing what’s on offer to find the best photographer. It is important that you like him or her too!
This exhibition at CaixaForum (until 12th January 2014) sets out to show the problem of food distribution and access on a global scale, and some ideas for feeding the planet in the future. Among others the exhibition includes photographs by Pep Bonet in rural communities of Bolivia and Tanzania, and video testimonies that give voice to small producers in developing countries – which suffer particularly from poverty and hunger.
If you want evidence of just how cool Mallorca is these days, look no further than the proud presence of the HQ of one of the hippest international brands on the island. Camper, based in the otherwise unfashionable town of Inca (between Palma and Alcúdia) is one of the hottest shoemakers of the past decade. Selling around three million pairs each year, and with an annual turnover of over 130 million euros, Camper has made its name with funky, chunky yet comfy and practical footwear that somehow floats above the vagaries of fashion.
The full version distance of the race is 1,000 km, the Challenge version about 500 km. Now, for the first time, the organizers want to come to Mallorca in October 2014 – so save the date! The Tortour Mallorca will be started in categories of solo (special: solo riders can attend this race without escort vehicles and crew), teams of 2 and teams of 3.
Formed by Gilbert Proesch (Italy, 1943) and George Passmore (United Kingdom, 1942), the exhibition compiles newspaper posters, stolen/retrieved, one by one by the artists, sorted and classified by them according to subject. The photos are a visual novel that reveals the ever nonjudgmental urban drama with all its nuances of hope, desires, sorrow and suffering. A visit is worthwhile in any case!
Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 2pm and 3:30pm to 8:30pm and Sundays and holidays from 11am to 2:30pm (Monday closed).
Getting married abroad is the dream for many couples, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be an option for same sex couples too. Fab, the wedding planner at FAB events LAB will be able to help create your ultimate wedding day, whether as bride and groom, bride and bride or groom and groom!
And for those extra special touches, details and choices of wedding venues you can enlist the help and advice of a wedding planner who specializes in gay weddings on the island and can help you to create the wedding of your dreams.
Take a look at this video of a romantic finca wedding we planned for J&S:
If you are interested in a destination wedding in Mallorca, get in contact for a FREE consultation today.
However, two non-resident foreigners cannot marry in Spain, as at least one of the partners must be a Spanish resident, although they both may be non-Spanish citizens. Therefore many couples opt for the wedding blessing which can take place in hotels, beach restaurants, yachts or other kind of venues. The service is the same as a church wedding but is not legally binding so you would have to manage the legal part in your country.
According to the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), 27,357 same-sex marriages took place up to the end of 2012. Most same-sex marriages in 2011 took place in Catalonia (886 weddings), Madrid (729 weddings) and Andalusia (484 weddings). Since its legalization, couples from a cross-section of Spanish society have entered into gay marriage. Within the first year, an influential socialist leader and Madrid city councilor Pedro Zerolo married Jesús Santos in January, and popular TV presenter Jesús Vázquez married Roberto Cortés in March. According to the Ifop poll (conducted in May 2013) 71% of the Spanish population supported allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
Decide on the style of photos you prefer. Do you want traditional shots or a more relaxed, reportage style? Choose someone who specialises in your preferred look. Reportage photography may look easy but it takes a certain sill to capture unposed moments well.
And, until recently, you weren’t missing much. Its small-scale production and basic quality in the last century meant that little island wine was exported even as far as mainland Spain, never mind further afield.
In addition, there’s a daily crafts market in Palma’s Plaça Major during the summer.
Have you chosen a formal gown, which will be best complemented by an elegant bouquet filled with structured flowers and foliage? Usually these bouquets feature a single colour theme. Or will be wearing a cocktail, prom-style or flowing empire-lline dress, which will enhanced by gentle, delicate posies? For these styles, you could try wildflowers or cottage garden blooms in a mix of colours, loosely tied together.
If you’re staying in Palma and make only one foray out of the city, make it a journey on the Ferrocarril de Sóller (Sóller Railway). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a local aboard this toytown-style service and, in truth, it’s very unlikely it would still be operational were it not for the tourist trade, but this in no way detracts from what is a hugely enjoyable hour-long journey through the mountains.
La cuina mallorquina has its roots firmly in rustic traditions, with a sprinkling of Arab influences, and is based around the classic trinity of Mediterranean ingredients – olive oil, garlic tomatoes. Much of the islands’ cuisine derives from ‘peasant’ food – local, simple and fresh. Unlike in much of southern Spain, where frying over high heat is ubiquitous, dishes here tend to be slow-cooked at low temperatures in a shallow casserole dish known as a greixonera.
Getting married abroad is becoming more and more popular and appeals to couples who have been married before or who simply want something informal in an often amazing location. A wedding abroad is usually a cost-effective way of marrying but you’ll have to accept that a lot of family and friends won’t be able to join because of financial or time constraints (which may, or may not be a good thing!).
I’ve put together my favourite event decorations and accessories inspired by popular Christmas songs.
White Christmas, Bing Crosby Simple white gives gorgeous designs a stylish edge – go for pieces with silver or glass for glamorous appeal.
Until de late 1950s, a Martini was nearly always made with gin, not vodka. Served ‘wet’ or ‘dry’, a wet Martini has more vermouth than a dry one. For ‘wet’, try a 1:5 or 1:10 ratio of gin to vermouth.
Pour vermouth into a chilled glass. Add gin to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for 60 seconds. Strain through a sieve into the chilled vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest or green olive.
Fields and farms can provide the perfect setting. Often farmers will rent out a field for a day or weekend; some will even provide local produce. Ask if you can borrow straw bales for seating, and whether there are toilets nearby for your guests. Always check with the relevant authorities if you need either a marquee or liquor licence for the event, and make sure there is access for your tent hire company and any guests with disabilities. You can set up a small kitchen tent and hire catering equipment, although food prepared beforehand will mean less fuss.
Tipis and kata tents consist of a hand-crafted timber pole structure covered with natural canvas. The design allows for easy assembly and is intended to include a real fire in the centre. Giant Hat Kata tipis are huge and can be joined together to form beautiful arrangements with enough space for hundreds of guests. Hire companies can provide gorgeously rustic trestle tables and benches, which you can decorate with foliage and candies. During chilly evenings, lay vintage woollen or sheepskin blankets across the benches.
From heavenly chocolates to personalised cards, you can make all manner of gifts that will please your friends, young and old. Think of unusual options that say something about you as a couple.
Decadent little rounds of soft chocolate, dusted with fine cocoa powder, melt-in-the-mouth truffles are simple to make at home. Prepare them just a few days beforehand, and keep them cool. Continue reading
But regardless of whether you have been saving for years or are strapped for cash, you can still have a glorious wedding. Don’t be tempted to borrow money for your celebration – in my experience this simply leads to stress and worry. It is better to start your married lives together without this burden. Continue reading
As soon as the Mostra de Cuina in the municipality of Calvia in the southwest of Mallorca was over, the gastronomic highlights continue with the GinTapa event. From 31st October to 23rd November, every Thursday to Saturday, visitors can taste a special gin and a tapa in the participating restaurants and bars, choose their favorites and even win prizes such as airline tickets.
Altogether there are seven routes and 73 participating restaurants. Map and information about the GinTapa at: www.fundacioncalvia.com.
Antique, second-hand and re-used items are great for the environment. They are effectively carbon neutral as they have already been used, and you may well be saving them from being thrown away.
Charity shops are a fantastic source of unexpected finds – buying from them will benefit both the good cause and your wallet. Relatives may also have heirloom jewellery, ceramics or linen to pass down to you. Don’t be afraid to use items that do not match – it can create a delightfully eclectic look.
Take inspiration from these classic 20th-century weddings:
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
A fairy-tale wedding in Monaco in 1956, in front of the world’s press and the adoring public. She wore a full-skirted gown, crafted from ivory silk taffeta and lace.
You may have spent months, even years, preparing for your perfect big day, and carefully choosing your green products and services. And the bulk of this work usually falls on the bride. The result is a day to which a great deal of expectation is attached. Continue reading
The seven participating chefs in October this year were: Tomeu Caldentey (Es Molí d’en Bou), Macarena de Castro (Jardín) and Fernando Pérez Arellano (Zaranda) – who all produce Michelin-starred cuisine on Mallorca. The others include British chef Marc Fosh (Simply Fosh), Benito Vicens (Bens d’Avall), Victor García (La Fortaleza) and María Solivellas (Can a Toneta). It was a memorable evening, everyone looks forward to the culinary reunion next year!
Mallorca’s annual Wedding Show, Nupcial, ended this year with a 29.5% increased visitor number and with a high degree of satisfaction regarding the results between the exhibitors. Thus, 95% of those said they will return to participate in the next edition, scheduled for the first half of November 2014. With more than 80 wedding experts and inspirational features, Nupcial is the ultimate wedding shopping experience with hundreds of ideas to plan your perfect day on Mallorca. If you didn’t make it to the show this autumn then you can take a look about what you missed here!