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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


“DJs ruined the night of Ibiza”

Ricardo Urgell is the incarnation of the “isla”: he has recently sold the Pacha group – 50 years old – for 350 million euros but has clear ideas for the future and much to say about the past


50 YEARS FROM “PACHA” The name was an idea of ​​Urgell’s first wife: “Call it Pacha and you will live by it.” So it was: in these pages, photographs of Hotel Pacha and Urgell’s office within the “payesa house” that deals with club and restaurant. In a detail, the formidable volume “El Baile”, the 25th anniversary celebration of the group, just 25 years ago
Crossing the cape island – including its two “ultra-marine” propaganda: on the one side, the 382 m altitude of Es Vedrà, the rocky tooth wrapped in the myth of the third most polar magnetic pole on the planet; on the other, Tagomago, the private island favorite of rock stars and footballers (Cristiano Ronaldo usually rent it, Gareth Bale chose to declare himself to his future wife) – they perceive the aesthetic motives that led the island to be contended for hundreds of years. Ibiza was born Phoenician, like Ibusim, in the 7th century BC, then became Roman, vandalized, Byzantine, Saracen (Yebisah) and finally Catalan under the name Eivissa, before the Catalan banning of the caudillo Francisco Franco it would pass on to the present statement. The primal nature of the island is well visible from the first portrayal of god Bes, an Egyptian masculine goddess depicted as cheerful and stubborn, sometimes obstinate in his genitals, always dancing.


It is an island of singular beauty even in the Mediterranean context, with cascades and coves that open suddenly after woods and pine forests, with a deep field alternating with ancient masses and crystallized villages over time. It is also an island that has known the blackest misery: not even half a century ago, ibizenchi were considered little more than muertos de hambre not only in the Iberian continent but also in the nearby Majorca, then the undisputed Queen of the Balears.
Things have changed, though it is true that Ibiza is now simply the most fashionable place in the world and one of the most expensive: and last year’s record-breaking tourist season was followed by the richer one this year. Yet today’s business successes are based on a strange yesterday’s migratory spirit, when a handful of “unadorned” unknowingly chose it as a free alternative port, adding its name to the grand tour hippie that already included San Francisco, Kathmandu, Amsterdam and Goa.

That was the basis of the island’s wealth: the people, the people who chose her when nobody chose her. Los pioneros call them here, and if the summer 2017 saw the disappearance of a pillar of the “first” group, Angel Nieto, the great motorcycle champion, nobody more than Ricardo Urgell incarnates the island of the beginning, the borders of the old town was all over.
Urgell, Barcelona and family born, arrived in Ibiza in 1968 after opening the first Pacha disco in Sitges in 1967. In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Pacha brand, Urgell decided to sell 90 percent of the group for a figure of around 350 million euros. We meet him in his historic office, within the same mass which also occupy the club and the restaurant. Behind the desk stands an immense black and white of Pacha Ibiza at the time of its opening: a white spot lost in the meadows, in front of the sea.
“There is an Ibiza that has nothing to do with the common and popular Ibiza whose image is sold in the world. The vulgarity of today’s millionaires, summed up with the superhuman growth the island has been subjected to and a certain general mediocrity in Spanish culture, has meant that the show is now not the best. This was a lost world, a wonder. When I arrived without a penny in 1968, Pacha had no phone, water was carrying her with tanks, and everyone had watched the bankruptcy because, to come to me, she would have to take the car, an absurdity for those days. “

Ibiza at Christmas




You are thinking about it for a while but you are still undecided. Because you would like to spend a different Christmas than usual and would like to visit the island of Ibiza. To help you, we can give you five good reasons to organize the trip right away.


In Italy, Christmas often looks too much like a frenzied race to the most expensive or particular gift. And it ends up being even more stressful than a normal week of work. But not Ibiza. On this island, Christmas is full of relaxation. In the larger cities on the island, shops are obviously open until late. But Christmas is still a moment to live in the most complete tranquility, in the company of friends and relatives.


Although it is not summer (and probably the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza you can only admire them without diving into the sea – unless you are really enterprising), temperatures are more than pleasant and occasional rains. If you do not have the hard winter cold and you want to enjoy some sunshine without having to reach distant exotic destinations, Ibiza is the right compromise.


Choosing Ibiza as a destination for a trip also means this. And the Christmas period does not make sense. Ibiza is a lively, always moving island, a melting-pot of cultures that becomes almost tangible, and that pervades streets, squares, places, people.


If your suitcase never misses all the equipment you need to practice your favorite water sport, you will only be spoiled for choice in Ibiza. In particular, Playa d’en Bossa, Cala Martina and Playa s’Estanyol are some of the best places to practice windsurfing, kitesurfing and scuba diving.