Mallorca is the perfect destination for your dream wedding.
Our beautiful island sits in the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, and is home to warm and pleasant weather conditions from May to October, so you’re almost guaranteed a perfect day. The island is also home to first-class wedding professionals who can help you with all the details of your Mallorca wedding. Below we have selected the top six reasons for choosing Mallorca as your dream wedding destination!
Check out our hand-picked list of the new events beginning in September 2014.
Kaiser Chiefs Concert
02 September 2014
Kaiser Chiefs, the English indie rock band from Leeds, will perform in Calviá on 2nd September. Following up their huge show at Rocks in 2012, the quintet are back and ready to hit the island stage once more, fresh off the back of the release of their fifth album, which hit the coveted number one spot in the UK charts. Tickets available via Mallorca Rocks website.
Dive fans will find a whole world of possibilities in Mallorca. The Island surprises divers with the wealth of its marine-scape and the variety and beauty of its underwater landscapes. There are interesting scuba diving areas spread all around the coast of Mallorca. You can find different scuba diving schools to learn to dive and participate in organised dives without having to own your own equipment. Want to find out why so many people are addicted to scuba diving? Shake off your stress and come and discover all the magic hidden under the sea in Mallorca.
The Fun Parade was born out of Antonio Zaforteza’s idea to create and offer something unique and special at the well-known port. Mair maids, sailors, divers and fish are some of the funny characters that now live in Port Adriano, surprising visitors with their daily shows from 19 to 23h.
Dralion by Cirque du Soleil
28 August – 06 September 2014
Dralion is the fusion of 3000 years of the Chinese tradition of martial arts with the multidisciplinary approach of the Cirque du Soleil. The name of the show has been taken of two emblematic creatures: the dragon, that symbolizes East and the lion, that symbolizes West. You can purchase your ticket at:
Menorca, the little sister of Mallorca, awakes in Es Castell.
The most easterly part of the island is an ideal vantage point to watch the sunrise. In fact, it is the first place in all of Spain where dawn breaks. Once the first rays of sunshine arrive, it becomes clear that the British influence still fills the towns pores. Es Castell doesn’t hide its past. Saint George’s horse continues to appear on its crest back from the day when the municipality was called Georgetown, in honor of King George III.
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.
Torrent de Pareis: Mallorca’s “Grand Canyon”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you’ve never been to Mallorca, you’ve probably never sampled Mallorcan wine.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.
Greixonera is a traditional kind of cheesecake from Mallorca.