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.