Slow spring in Formentera

It is one of the most popular islands in the Balearics, especially in summer, thanks to a clear sea and its enchanting beaches. But in Formentera also beats a green heart that makes it a true paradise for a holiday in the midst of nature out of season. When the mild temperatures, the colors and the scents of the flowers and the absence of crowds allow you to enjoy all its beauty, including the small villages of the interior and the white beaches along the coast.
Formentera is an island that invites calm. For this reason it is also the ideal place to visit on foot or by bike, thanks to its small size and not very demanding slopes.

Just last year, 32 green routes were inaugurated, creating a circuit of over 100 kilometers.
The access point to the island is the port of La Savina, located 3 kilometers from the capital Sant Francesc, a cozy and quiet place, where in addition to the ancient fortress built in the early eighteenth century, is characterized by many local specialties food, craft markets and hippy stalls. From here you can start to discover the island.

 

To the north you reach the peninsula of Es Trucadors, a long tongue of sand that stretches into the sea where there are some of the most beautiful beaches. Like Llevant, Es Cavall d’en Borràs and Ses Illetes, the most famous of the island also to watch the sunset, which offers a unique show at the end of the day. All this territory is located within the Natural Park of Saline d’Eivissa and Formentera, a large protected area for biodiversity. Admission is free for those who access on foot or by bike while paying for those arriving by car or motorbike. The landscape is characterized by white sand dunes alternating with cliffs surrounded by pine woods and juniper sabina di costa. Inside, instead, there are a series of evaporation basins fed by the sea that cover the ground with salt crystals. Next to it, two large pools of water, the ponds of Estany des Peix and Estany Pudent, are the perfect habitat for terns, flamingos and seagulls.
Opposite the peninsula is, as a natural continuation of Es Trucadors, the private island of S’Espalmador accessible to all with local boats. Even here you can take beautiful walks along the coast where, among others, there is the beach of S’Alga, on the west coast.

Returning south, following a flat path of about 30 kilometers, we reach Cap de Barbaria, where the lighthouse of the same name dominates a rocky and deserted landscape. Along the way, it is worth stopping off at Cala Saona, the only real beach on the west coast, with shallow waters and protected from the wind by high cliffs.
To the east, instead, extends the Costa de Tramuntana with low rocks and crystal clear water. It is one of the most peaceful places on the island, where you can walk starting from Racó de sa Pujada along the coast and reach Caló de Sant Agustí, the only town in this area that is highly appreciated for its picturesque fishing port and its many small restaurants. where to taste the gastronomic specialties. Just a 2 minute walk away is Ses Platgetes, two small sandy and rocky bays.

Continuing we arrive near the promontory of La Mola, at the foot of which is the most chic area of ​​Formentera, with elegant hotels and restaurants on the beach that offer traditional local dishes. Going up, however, you reach the Faro de la Mola from where you can enjoy a spectacular view. For a little ‘relaxation on the beach there is Migjorn, 5 kilometers of fine sand in the shape of a crescent that frames the whole south of the island between Es Mal Pas and Es Copinar. It is one of the most magical places on the island where, it seems, that Pink Floyd composed The Dark Side of the Moon. It was a place much loved by hippies in the 60s, and today you can choose the vivacity around the chiringuitos or the calm in the middle of nature.

Ibiza, the island of emotions

A trip (but it’s also a weekend) to discover the essence of the island where everything can happen

Ibiza – the second largest island in the Balearic Islands, after Majorca – has now established itself as the most popular tourist destination during the summer months. Stoves of tourists from all over the world crowd the island in search not only for fun, but also for relaxation and psychophysical wellbeing.

Precisely for this reason, Ibiza (perhaps) has no secrets. We already know it for its trendy clubs and clubs, for its wild coves and its sea that ranges from turquoise to iridescent green (thanks to Posidonia Oceanica, an endemic plant of the Mediterranean Sea that makes the waters transparent and crystalline).

But not everyone knows that in Ibiza the five-star luxury gets married (happily) with the hippy spirit that sets it apart. When you set foot in Ibiza you fall into a sort of ancestral and magical atmosphere. A rare and impalpable alchemy.

Ibiza offers (yet) unexpected sunsets, pure energy, hidden places such as the Casita Verde, in the heart of Sant Josep, the flagship project of an association that acts as a center of environmental education and is aimed at proposing a model of eco-sustainable life through alternative energies. It is the island where everything can happen. Where joy alternates with fear, where one gets lost in the alleys of the old town of Dalt Vila and admires the puesta del sol in Benirrás.

You can wake up in the morning in a five-star villa with the scent of lavender (look at the photos in the gallery and all addresses), take a bath in a magazine pool and then find yourself barefoot at the Hippy Market in Es Canar – it takes place every Wednesday – to look for some trinkets to take home as a souvenir. (In the gallery above all our advice).

The village of Dalt Vila (the old city) and the Cathedral – Photo: adobe.stock
Ibiza really makes everyone agree. Families with children who want to relax and enjoy nature, perhaps through an excursion on horseback to the north of the island, or for the adventurers a fun and exciting ride in a hot-air balloon (and the pleasant sensation of floating in the sky), to admire the island from another point of view.

Not to be missed (restaurants and clubs)
The Thursday evening aperitif of the IT Restaurant in the heart of Marina Botafoch, where fashion, style and beauty are mixed. From 19.00 aperitif to the bar with raw and lounge music. Every Monday, do not miss the usual appointment at Flower Power (from May 29th to October 2nd) at the Pacha disco in Ibiza and for the fans of electronic music the Circoloque at DC10. If instead you are more underground try to jump to the Zooproject (the location is a scream) where every Tuesday plays a DJ of our house, the Florentine Federico Grazzini. Do not miss the evening Ants (every Saturday from 4 pm to midnight) at the Ushuaïa.

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The beautiful spring of the Balearic islands

The evocative Easter celebrations are an opportunity to discover the archipelago in the best season

Easter is one of the best moments to experience the most authentic soul of the Balearic Islands: the ancient rites, religious traditions and the excellent gastronomic proposal become protagonists in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Not only ancient rites and excellent gastronomy but also the opportunity to go to the discovery of the territory, enjoy the mild climate, the green landscapes in bloom and the scents of spring.

A trip to the Balearics during Easter as well as immersion in a truly mystical atmosphere, is also a dive into the gastronomic tradition: the must for every gourmet are the “panades”, “cocarrois”, the “robiols” and the “crespells” . The panades are based on salty pasta and contain lamb, pork and chicken, peas and cured meats; perfect for vegetarians instead cocarrois made of the same paste of the panades but stuffed with chard and raisins; instead robiols are filled cakes in the shape of half moon and crespells in the shape of stars and hearts are filled with apricot and ricotta jam.

Four islands, four worlds – For those staying in Majorca, you can book tours of historic palaces and fincas, finely furnished manor houses rich in history dating back to the thirteenth / fifteenth century. Among the most famous and representative La Granja and Els Calderers. In Menorca do not miss the tour of prehistoric megalithic monuments, well-preserved stone structures dating back to the period between 2000 and 1000 BC. which at the time served as burial places or defensive towers. Those who choose Ibiza can experience the island from a naturalistic point of view, visiting two national parks of particular interest for their ecological value: the Park of Ses Salines, the Es Vedrà reserve, Es Vedranell and the islets of the west. In Formentera, a complete tour of the island is possible with a 15 km journey along the north coast from Es Caló de Sant Agustí and ending with el Faro. Walking we discover the camí de Sa Pujada, with numerous caves of the megalithic period, descending towards the pier of Sa Cala and passing through some streams with incredible views.

The Crist de la sang in Palma de Mallorca – Returning to Easter, the Holy Week celebrations take place in the various localities of the islands and are all characterized by the great devotion and the heartfelt participation of the faithful. Among the most important celebrations, the first of great impact is that of Holy Thursday in the city of Palma de Mallorca with the “Sant Crist de la sang”: a spectacular procession with more than twenty thousand hooded confreres, belonging to the thirty official confraternities, carrying the Christ through the streets of the historic center to the rhythm of the drums.

The Via Crucis of Pollenca – Good Friday is very popular in the town of Pollenca, (Majorca) where the “Davallament” takes place one of the most intense celebrations of the archipelago for the intense and realistic representation of the last moments of Christ. A long procession ascends to the church at the top of the hill, known as Calvary, staging an intense and painful Way of the Cross; at the top of the hill there is the crucifixion and then the deposition of Christ. At this point begins the ‘Davallament’: a procession on the 365 steps lit by torches, to the pressing sound of the drums, in a solemn atmosphere and underlined by the glorious song of a “Miserere”, where the Christ is carried in procession by some representatives of the confraternities through the city.

What to do in Milan on the weekend of 2 and 3 December 

What to do in Milan on the weekend of 2 and 3 December
Openings, inaugurations, markets and events: that’s all you need to know to decide what to do in Milan this week

The first weekend of December can not but be dedicated to Christmas, with the inauguration and lighting of trees and villages dedicated to young and old. So many initiatives dedicated to shopping, from vintage markets to those of crafts, up to new shops, traditional and over the top.

There are also appointments related to taste and those in solidarity, as well as cultural events and nightlife.

Friday, December 1, at 5:30 pm Chiara Ferragni will be the godmother of the opening and lighting ceremony of the Christmas lights by Swarovski, at the center of the Gallery. More than 12 meters tall and decorated with over 10 thousand ornaments, including at least a thousand crystal stars, the tree will transform the Milanese salon into a place of magic and sharing, combining tradition and innovation.

At his feet there will be in fact some interactive screens to play, take selfies and virtually try the jewels to be included in the wishlist
At the base of the Tree will also be set up an exhibition dedicated to the many facets of the crystal and its multiple creative uses.

The flea market of Lambrate, inspired by those of East London, returns in December with two events, Sunday 3 and Sunday 17. For this first week, among the 25th exhibitors mention Francesca Suardi, which offers jewelry and accessories in the Christmas theme, in particular the American costume jewelry from the 50s onwards with dozens of pins with the symbols of the party. Beautiful and original proposals by Cravattaio Stravagante, a collector who boasts thousands of pieces of all kinds from Versace ’80s to Christian Dior’ 60s, passing through Mickey Mouse and Braccio di Ferro.

Also on Sunday 3 December there will also be a special area dedicated to four-legged friends, with the aim of raising funds to be donated to charity thanks to the organization of Charity Event Dogs Love Me. In the specially set up space you can make shots with your dog thanks to a professional photo set or extravagant Victorian portraits to animals.

From Saturday, December 2 at the Fabbrica del Vapore you go back in time, thanks to «Revolution – Music and rebels 1966-1970. From the Beatles to Woodstock ».

A journey that retraces the areas in which the revolutions of those years took place: fashion, music, drugs, clubs and counterculture; human rights and street protests; consumerism; the festivals; the alternative communities. From Carnaby Street to London to Haight-Ashbury hippies, from Bay Area’s technological innovation to French May protests, from communities all over America to the Woodstock and Isle of Wight festivals, these years were characterized by a optimistic idealism that pushed people to fight together to subvert the structures of power in every sphere of society.

A reflection on how many of them have produced a real and lasting change and how many have been lost in the following decades. An immersion in the spirit of the era that will be possible until 4 April.

From December 1st to December 31st the Pornhub Christmas Store arrives in Milan, the temporary of the famous video streaming site for adults. A few steps from Corso Como, in Via De Cristoforis, you will find Christmas gifts definitely original, for fans of the genre or even just for those who want to have fun and make some joke. Among the products on sale: red light gadgets, clothing, sex toys, games and limited edition products made by well-known Italian designers and cartoonists such as Roberto Recchioni, Davide Toffolo, Tanino Liberatore and Fumettibrutti.

Then there will be events and signatures with guests like Malena, Rocco Siffredi and Immanuel Casto. Entry will be forbidden for children under 18

To stay up-to-date on all the activities and events planned in this month, which will be boiling despite the temperatures, it is recommended to visit the official Facebook page of the Pornhub Christmas store.

A December weekend in the family Balearic Islands

december If you want to get away from the routine and start a couple of days, we now introduce you some ideas to make the most of every island in the archipelago even in winter.

Go to the discovery of the many Palma cribs that are exposed in the convents, churches and cultural centers of the city. Among them, the 18th-century Neapolitan Palau March or the traditional Mallorcan Isles of the Cultural Center of Sa Nostra.

Palau March in Majorca, in the Balearic Islands Neapolitan pilgrimage to Majorca, in the Balearic Islands
You can also stay in the sanctuaries of the island if you want to experience a full immersion with breathtaking views. There are numerous sanctuaries where it is possible to stay overnight, such as the Sanctuaries of Care or the Shrines of Lluc.


Reveal the history of Menorca and Ibiza:

Numerous activities and itineraries aimed at historical enthusiasts, who can retrace the historical events that have marked the development of the islands. In Menorca, among the many possibilities, you can go on a military itinerary (on foot, by bicycle, on buggy or on horseback) to discover the history of the island while enjoying a spectacular panoramic view of the coast.

Military Route in Menorca, Balearic Islands (II) Military Route in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Ibiza, apart from the wonderful island beaches, has unmatched architectural treasures such as the white churches, the walls of Dalt Vila or the Puig necropolis

Immersed in the wonderful nature of Formentera:

Let yourself be involved in the peace and quiet that reign in this magical island. You will discover wonderful landscapes, for example, crossing any of the 32 green itineraries that the island offers visitors.

Green Trails in Formentera, in the Balearic IslandsSpiaggia to discover thanks to the green trails in Formentera, in the Balearic Islands
Walking, biking or Nordic Walking will take you to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the rocks of Ses Salines or the Faro de La Mola.

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Christmas on the Balearic Islands

Christmas on the Balearic Islands

Spending the holidays in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands means experiencing a unique experience where traditions give new sensations: amazed by taking part in celebratory events in Menorca and Mallorca, letting yourself be enchanted by the popular Pitiuse songs and closing your eyes tasting the flavors of the rich gastronomic offer of the islands, is all you need to experience the best of Christmas in these four pearls of the Mediterranean.
On each of the islands the holiday season is open in a different way. In Menorca, Christmas is anticipated by the arrival of four characters: the llumets, cute elves who according to legend live in Colom – a small island east of Minorca – and are commissioned to turn on the lights in the streets and squares on the first Sunday of December , thus officially giving way to the most magical period of the year.

To see them you need to stand in the Plaza de la Constitución de Mahón and look to the facade of the church of Santa Maria: the llumets climb furtive on the tower of the bell tower and from there greet the spectators and distribute sweets and candy to the present. The four goblins also have the task of ending the festivities by turning off the lights right after the Día de Reyes on January 5th. As soon as the little ones fall asleep, the llumets return to Colom Island to stay until the next Christmas holidays.

In Formentera, the Christmas period begins with the opening of the Mercado de Navidad, which is held in the pedestrian area of ​​Plaza de la Constitución, in the small town of Sant Francesc. Made with the patronage of the Consejería de Comercio, this traditional market sees the protagonists of the local dealers and locals who exhibit on a stall a multitude of items. The Mercado de Navidad is open every day between 1 December and 6 January and during these days there are a number of interesting events for the public, including music shows, games and workshops dedicated to all ages. In addition, the Consejería de Cultura organizes, in coincidence with the opening of the event, a concert of popular songs devoted to the Nativity.

History and tradition blend in gastronomy and every island’s place gives the opportunity to taste the characteristic products of this period of the year: many varieties of nougat craft; ensaïmada stuffed with marzipan and Ángel cabel (a special pumpkin jam); Peix in real pasta (almond paste); sweet coconut or cinnamon biscuits, are just some of the typical delights that you encounter on the boards and in the streets of Majorca.

It’s not just the sweetness to bargain on the party menu at Christmas and at Santo Stefano – known as the Segunda Fiesta de Navidad – when the main meals are family gatherings important to be honored with banquets filled with every leccornia. The sophomore soup (stuffed soup) is an elaborate dish made from bread, meat and vegetables, which is open to Christmas banquets on the largest of the Balearic Islands, followed by dishes such as carn freda de Nadal or the labourious pastry, stuffed pasta conchiglioni of meat and served in broth. The meat is the protagonist of the mallards of the inland: poultry and piglet from roasted or in wet milk; turkey recipes such as stuffed turkey or scampi – a meat stew, potatoes and slightly fried onion, tomatoes, garlic and white wine with hazelnut and pine nuts, are not lacking, while in coastal villages it is customary to serve fish stewed to maiorchina, cooked with potatoes, onions, beets, parsley, garlic and tomatoes, flavored with salt, pepper, sweet paprika and olive oil.

In terms of Christmas gastronomy, Ibiza is a tradition – consuming accompanied by desserts and sometimes breakfasts – the Salsa de Nadal, a kind of liquid nougat prepared with a mix of very particular ingredients: almond paste, sugar, honey, spices and broth of meat, which give this seasoning a very intense, but at the same time delicious flavor. The Salsa de Nadal is very similar to the Mossona sauce that lacks the honey and is the protagonist of the starters and desserts of parties at Formentera.

In all the Balearic Islands, Christmas is celebrated solemnly for the Matines, midnight massages; those of Mallorca are internationally renowned thanks to the Cant de la Sibil-la. Declared UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage in 2010, this exciting religious song of medieval origin, was introduced on the island after its conquest by James I of Aragon. The Latin text – adapted in Catalan from the 13th century – prophesies the arrival of the Redeemer and the final judgment, and is sung by a single angelic voice – usually a child or a little girl – wearing a white dress and an embroidered coat in classic

or medieval style. The singer takes a sword suspended in the air in front of the face for the duration of the song and performs without musical accompaniment. To make notes at international level the Matines of Ibiza and Formentera, there are instead the Caramelles de Navidad, songs of very ancient origins announcing the birth of Jesus. They are sung before the Christmas Mass by two people accompanied by the music of various instruments including the flute, the espasí and the castles. It is a cultural tradition that has been orally referred to as a father in son on the Pitiuse Islands for more than five centuries and for this reason the Caramelles were declared a Cultural Heritage in 2005. Music characterizes the days ahead of Christmas in Ibiza: the Audición de Navidad, a real concert by Escuela de Música de Ibiza, is celebrated on 15 and 16 December. The Coro de la Ciudad de Ibiza also organizes a Christmas musical event on Saturday, while the Banda Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Ibiza on Sunday 17 will perform at Espacio Cultural Can Ventosa.

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Ibiza es cubells

Villa è un’incredibile villa con sei camere da letto (tutte con bagno privato), situata vicino a Es Cubells, Porroig e alla spiaggia di Cala Jondal. Di recente costruzione, ha una disposizione eccellente con un fantastico open space che si apre su un’enorme terrazza, con viste assolutamente mozzafiato sul bellissimo Mar Mediterraneo. Questa è una proprietà ideale, per famiglie o gruppi, in cerca di una villa di lusso in una posizione straordinaria.

All’interno, le spaziose aree soggiorno sono state progettate e arredate con uno standard eccezionalmente alto. C’è una grande sala di ricevimento con comodi divani che portano ad una cucina open space completamente attrezzata. Entrambi gli spazi beneficiano di diverse porte finestre che conducono all’enorme terrazza. La terrazza è arredata con vari posti a sedere, sala da pranzo e aree relax, dove è possibile rilassarsi e godersi le spettacolari viste sul mare.

All’esterno, c’è un giardino favoloso, varie terrazze dove si può godere il sole intorno alla grande piscina, un sacco di posti a sedere e zone pranzo, una cucina attrezzata, dispensa, WC e doccia.

Ci sono 6 camere doppie tutte con servizi privati. La master suite è stata splendidamente decorata e vanta un salotto, spogliatoio, bagno e doccia, accesso alla terrazza, con il lusso aggiunto di una terrazza privata con doccia esterna. Quattro camere doppie dispongono di bagno privato con doccia e accesso alla terrazza. Una camera matrimoniale accessibile dall’esterno, con doccia interna, zona reception e angolo cottura.

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Ibiza, an infinite season

From mid-May to mid-October.

Summer 2017 in Ibiza is the longest ever. Hotels, resorts, beaches and clubs have been arranged to provide customers with maximum comfort even off season. And that 2018 could start already on Easter weekend.

Ibiza in winter is a concept that thought does not consider, I told you last January. Soon we will have to re-evaluate the idea. For years, the island of Balearic is not content with just a beautiful season. In August 2014, Ibiza, along with Formentera, had recorded the historic record of attendance: 375,140. The data had led institutions and traders to reflect on the possibility that it would have been a good and just good thing to spread the season over four months. We’re five now.

In the last three years Ibiza has changed profoundly. Fun has become aware, spouses afternoon parties (those ending at midnight) and attention to quality of life is not only about the young European sculptors but also the family dimension, which can find in Ibiza every comfort possible, even for the their creatures, even out of season.

Socio-demographic-economic impact on the tourism of the Usaua Beach Hotel on the island I have talked to you for a long time and its shock has not stopped to be felt.

Right in front of the giant of Playa D’En Bossa a few weeks ago its spin-off night, HI Ibiza, over what once was the legendary Space. From the first impressions it seems we will forget it before the expected but it is too early to spit judgments. Ibiza was given to death. Many observers have underestimated their power to regenerate, to shape their body to make the signs of time disappear.

Comfortable a slow but significant exodus, even occasional, Ibiza lives discreetly even before and after the two solstices. Artists, entrepreneurs, writers, designers. They are more and more the ones who have chosen the island, if not as headquarters, as a supportive study. How to give it wrong. A favorable climate, a particular air, which knows magic, makes it all easier. Who can afford to work remotely, even for short periods, should not think about it for a moment. Goddess, the New Year’s experience was very special but just have patience a few weeks to see the island blossom.

The Pacha is open all year round. And this is already comforting. This year, in the week of May 15, it was already very hot. The 19 Marco Carola at the Magnesia, the 20th anniversary of Pacha, celebrating the fifty seasons on the island, the 21 Guy Gerber at Destiny. I’m not talking about July or August. I’m talking about May, with the 2017 season officially kicked off in her last weekend, where the maestranze find themselves at the Ibiza Music Summit, a conference for jobseekers who is depopulating and becoming more and more a reference to the industry, so to the business, so for the people.

Ibiza sometimes gives the impression of being more empty than usual. Nothing more wrong. The offer has diversified, expanded and spread over five months. There are more things to do over a longer period of time. The Easter weekend is one of the favorites from the new, independent and unconventional tourist model, perhaps unmoved by office dynamics. Technology allows some physical delay at work but wi-fi is everywhere oxygen for our keyboards. It goes on until October 15 when Solomun will close the Pacha, holding a copy of the keys in his pocket. They could serve very soon.

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Dream Islands for rent. In Spain, Croatia, Sweden and Greece. But also in Venice

Santa Cristina, a private atoll 5 minutes by taxi boat from Burano. Tagomago, the most beloved by VIPs near Ibiza. Island Lodge in the Stockholm archipelago. Palagruža, a lighthouse in the sea of ​​Croatia. Silver Island, the dolphin-shaped island in western Greece

The Maldives were, until recently, the example of the formula “one island, one resort”, the experience of getting out of the world in a handkerchief all by itself, combining luxury, spells of part time happiness, privacy and nature. But on bare feet, in total intimacy, you walk not only in the water, in the Indian Ocean, but also in the woods or among the lagoon tameris. As it happens on the private island of Santa Cristina, in Northeast Venice. This eco-friendly hermitage (five minutes by taxi boat from Burano and Torcello), where the fishing valleys have just been reopened and the vineyard of cabernet sauvignon and merlot has been revitalized, belongs to René Deutsch, of the Swarovski family.

For centuries, a monastery, Santa Cristina, a mystery to the inhabitants of the Lagoon and for those who passed, protected as it was to the sight of others from the “barrier” of tamerici, welcomes guests from last September in the classical-modern spaces of Villa Ammiana, of 1870, of Venetian bill and recently restored. A hermitage to live in company, alternating relaxation and incursions at the Arte Biennale and exhibitions in progress in Venice. The cost is € 2,200 per night, for a minimum of three nights. The nine rooms have 16 beds: three days with 16 friends in Santa Cristina cost 412.5 euros per head.
The initiatory bath, in Ibiza, traditionally takes place at Es Vedrà, the rooftop-shaped stack that rises off Cap des Jueu, to the southwestern end. For others, ibicist baptism corresponds to a sleepless night in one of the mega nightclubs that make up the summer’s trends across the Mediterranean. Is there another way to live Ibiza? Yes, choosing cans and finishes, among the olive trees, the farmhouses of an inland hinterland, which offer a similar experience to those of Apulia. And there is a small exclusive island, Tagomago, where you’ll completely unplug your fingers, djs and dancing parties, half a mile from the northeast coast, after Santa Eulària des Riu, 15 minutes sailing, 30 from Formentera. An island that replicates the Maldivian experience of the island all by itself, but with the vivid colors and scents of the Mediterranean.

Green and rocky, sufficiently “robinsoniana” to the sight, Tagomago, a half mile long, has a width of 60 hectares. With its lighthouse built in 1909, it is a natural reserve area, birdwatching and walking trails. At the center of the island, only five suites, in a white-squared home that looks like Cycladic, equipped with everything you need. There is nothing to do with the desire for privacy. At the disposal of the lucky guests there is the pool, a cook, a gardener, the captain of the tender, the staff for the kitchen and the rooms. Ask them to tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo, Rolling Stones Ron Wood guitarist, actor Justin Bieber and Welsh footballer Gareth Bale, the latter past not by chance to make his wedding proposal. Tagomago also offers a great deal of water sports. Compared to the Tropics, you may miss swimming with the sea turtle. However, you never know …

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Balearics: Even more intriguing in the winter

An original escape from the cold in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera between mysticism, nature and archeology

For a different winter weekend than usual, the Balearic Islands are the right destination even in winter. Here are some ideas on what to do and see in Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera on a off-season trip.

Mystic Majorca – In December, discovering the many cribs in the city of Palma is one of the most enjoyable activities for families. Conventions, churches and cultural centers display their cribs, some of which are real treasures, such as the Palau March, a 18th-century Neapolitan crib made up of more than two thousand pieces made by hand and elaborated in the smallest detail. For a full immersion in the frame of the Major of the Balearics, you can stay in the sanctuaries of the island. The offer is very wide: from the Santuari de Cura, which stands on the top of Puig de Randa – the highest peak in the center of the island – at the Sanctuaries of Lluc, a privileged place of the Serra de Tramuntana with a precious artistic heritage and natural, there are many solutions offered to those who really need to regenerate mind and spirit, accompanied by their own family.

Menorca, on the trail of history – Starting from the heart of the port of Maó, Menorca, you can relive a bit of island history through the military itinerary. The immense fortress of the Mola, full of underground galleries, first defensive lines and ancient dusters, rises into a magnificent natural landscape. By walking, cycling, off-road or horseback, you discover the history of the island enjoying the spectacular scenery of the coast. This fascinating journey in the past continues in the underground tunnels of San Felipe, located on the southern shore of the Maó harbor. Another interesting itinerary is the one that accompanies the discovery of the so-called British route, a journey on the trails left – precisely – by the British during the period when the island was annexed in the territories of the English crown. Masseries, fortresses, walls, towers, and museums are just a few of the suggested steps to learn how influential the British have been to the daily life of the Spanish island.

Archeology in Ibiza – In addition to the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, theatrical visits are also organized at the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. On the last Sunday of every month, through these representations you can discover the traces of civilizations that have lived in ancient times Ibiza in a fascinating and alternative way. Discovering the past of the island narrated and featured by actors is a fantastic program for the whole family, an experience that falls in love with young and old. Through the theatralized visits, you enter the everyday life of the Punic, Phoenician and Roman times, in the archeological context of the Puig des Molins, surrounded by the rich collections of sarcophagi and funerary elements that won the recognition of the World Heritage by the ‘Unesco.

Formentera and nature – There are 32 “green” itineraries of the island of Formentera. Cross-country trails that add more than 100 km of walking tracks, biking or Nordic Walking, and accompany visitors to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the rocks of Ses Salines, the endless beach of Ses Illetes, the rural landscapes of the hinterland and the iconic Faro de La Mola. The Lighthouse is located on the westernmost part of the island and from here there are several paths leading to woods and green valleys. Visiting the eastern part of the island, between the port of La Savina and Cala Saona, you will encounter what once was a quarry: a jagged coastline formed by a desert of rocks with strange and unusual forms, called Sa Pedrera. In this varied landscape, within a wooded area, is the Can Marroig Interpretation Center. Here flora and fauna are all within reach, thanks to a wide range of interactive educational activities that tease the senses and curiosity of children and adults.

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