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.

A PRIVATE MODERN VILLA IN THE HEART OF NATURE

Villa  is one of the finest properties Ibiza has to offer. Designed to the highest specifications with a superb location, offering spectacular sea views. The interiors reflect the love of the owners for modern art and design. The house is located on the west coast of the Island of Ibiza: 20mn drive from Ibiza airport, 15mn from Ibiza Town and 5mn drive from the nearest beaches (Punta Galera et Cala Salada).

Born from the imagination of one of the most famous architects, is a mix between modern cult furniture and contemporary art collections. It is like an open theatre where you will be the guest. the luxury villa is a contemporary house of pure and deliberate Zen design. Located on the west coast of the island and surrounded by pine trees and 300 year old olive trees on 4 ha of land, the villa is located on a hill offering a fantastic view over the S’Espartas islands, facing the sunset.

 

The nights in Ibiza know anise: brief history of Hierbas Ibicencas

For many, the summer has the aniseed taste, for many it is a tax to be paid. Ibiza and Formentera are claiming the invention. We’re talking about Herbes, the most famous of the Balearic liquor

If you have been on holiday in Ibiza and Formentera, and you have not enjoyed at least once in the power of a chupito of Hierbas, your vacation could be classified as serenely bankruptcy. Obtained from the extraction of the aromas of different typical plants such as rosemary, thyme, mint, juniper, sage, fennel, lavender, chamomile, lemon liquor and leaves and lemon peel and orange, this drink is part of the tradition of many families who baleariche nineteenth jealously preserved her recipe.
Legend has it that the Hierbas was born in Formentera at the end in 1800 from an idea of ​​Mr. Juan Mari Mayans, but the main bottles of Hierbas commercially depict label maps and details of Ibiza, on all the big floating rock of Es see, as if to emphasize the spiritual properties and beneficial liquor. Intuiting the commercial potential, Mr. Mari Mayans opened a small factory just in Ibiza transforming the craft beverage in one of the famous brands in distilleries and in the supermarkets of the Balearic Islands.

In 1997 the Hierbas was even recognized as the Source product IGT and to be able to use the name “Hierbas Ibicencas” on their labels, manufacturers must be listed in the Geographical Designation Register managed by the Consell de Ibiza.

For this and other reasons, such as the fact that the epic nights in Ibiza are mainly little anise flavor, the liquor department of the duty free Ibiza airport is very busy. A famous spot of a wine in the eighties promised to bring to town a sip of Romagna. Here, replace the word “Romagna” with “Ibiza” and you’re done. Handled with care, however. Initially you will be amazed how your physique is able to withstand chupito after chupito, until at some point the twenty-six degrees of liquor you will definitely feel it. For this better fill the copa, the glass with a poquito de hielo, with a little ‘ice, to relieve the heat. Hierbas, the true spirit of Ibiza.

In Ibiza it seems to be in Milan

On the island some Milanese businesses have shifted the center of gravity of the summer capital of Italian nightlife in Ibiza
The Balearic Islands speak Italian. It is sometimes very difficult to be a prophet at home (and not always for personal demerits) are many of our compatriots who have found their luck in Ibiza. Oreste Carpi and Carlo Alberto Bellini were among the pioneers in this regard. From Emilia arrived aboard a Vespa 125 in 1987 “sleeping under bridges”, their creative and entrepreneurial vision allowed him to understand first of all that the island and its parties would been the promised land for the young throughout Europe. So, in 1992, they came up with the mechanism of pre-sales at the harbor, discounted tickets to buy before going to the disco with a drink and a chupito in homage to the place where purchased. This system, which today may seem almost obsolete, has actually characterized and defined the island is by a point in the trend of marketing. It made Oreste Carlo Alberto and two very happy lords who divide their lives between hard of Ibizan work commitments ( “we work when others are having fun”) and holidays between Brazil and Miami.

Today Ibiza has opened the doors to all types of tourism, it changed the rules of business remain always a tempting place for those who want to expand their business horizons. On the island such as operating various activities that Milan have in a sense moved the center of gravity of the summer capital of Italian nightlife in Ibiza.

iStuff Cafè – If the concept store in Milan David Marsili uniting, thanks to its so cool gadgets, high tech, design and fashion is celebrating ten years in Calle Bisbe Cardona at the port of Ibiza his brother Spaniard has just opened the doors. The cover can add a nice breakfast, a bit of computer work and some interesting chatter.

Iuter – The Milanese brand based in Porta Ticinese is always connected to the underground culture and music, from hip to the dance and electronic music with artists particularly attracted to the brand vision (Diplo and the Major Lazer all). Iuter before summer arrived in Ibiza, Calle Bartolome Vicente Ramon # 3, always at the port. Various deejays have already gone from the store to the grocery store.

Antonioli – About fashion, the new exciting Art District of Ibiza, in the industrial area behind the Pacha, a giant warehouse was converted by Claudio Antonioli in a beautiful and very large store (spin-off of the Milanese Via Pasquale Paoli) and an exhibition space called Hangar 8289 where art and music blend perfectly. From August 15 to 31 was possible for free visit the photo exhibition “Future’s Past” Sven Marquardt, famous for being the fearsome doorman of Berghain in Berlin. Eye to the DJ sets that Tale Of Us (partners of the initiative), and their friends, offering surprise in the location.

Nove25 – Nove25, well-known brand jewelry silver craftsmanship Ravizza 3, in addition to Milan precisely Rome, Como, Lugano and Valencia is also present in Ibiza in Carrer d’Enmig 29, always at the port of Ibiza that as you’ll see it the best location for a business like that. Custom pieces “Made in Ibiza Nove25” sell like hot cakes.

Club Haus – Three years ago the boys of Via Valtellina have exported their concept of party on the isla blanca collaborating with the restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani. For them, the season ended early because of the imminent reopening Milanese but they do know that next year will return to Ibiza with some good news.

Afterlife – Even an Ibiza clubbing a lot speaks Italian. DC10 and Music On (Amnesia, Friday) are just two of homegrown reality that for years dominated the island and international scene. This year, the rooster has been enriched with another Milanese reality that sees in the front row Matthew Milleri and Carmine Conte aka Tale Of Us, committed to the new Thursday night the legendary and unfortunately forever closed Space Ibiza. The Afterlife party is taken care of by the two DJs and producers grew up in Milan along with their collaborators