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.

“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. “

The best Villa in Ibiza

This property has a unique spa-like feel, and includes the services of a chef and waiting staff as well as daily cleaning and security, so you and your fellow travelers can indulge in ultimate relaxation.

Sit back on one of the lounge chairs and enjoy a break from reality by getting lost in the view of your private infinity pool’s edges blending in perfectly with the Mediterranean Sea below.

For a change of scenery, just take a stroll around your villa and you’ll discover a beautiful green garden and a hot-tub designed to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Ibiza is one of the most enticing destinations on earth, and Villa  does it justice.

Situated in Vista Alegre, a private and secure urbanization, it faces Porroig beach and the island of Formentera.

Everything about this property breathes cool and calm, from its sleek air-conditioned interior to its beautiful panoramic view of the hills and beaches below.

Villa was designed so that every bedroom has its own unique view of the Ibiza landscape.

Wide sliding glass doors blur the lines between the indoors and the outdoors, and heavy white or beige curtains give the option of privacy without breaking the relaxing atmosphere. The master bedroom is furnished with a king sized bed, a dual vanity, a walk-in closet, a television and a safe box, and features an en-suite bathroom with a stand-alone shower and bathtub.

Each of the other six bedrooms are furnished with king sized beds, televisions and have access to their own en-suite bathrooms with stand-atone showers.

The villa sleeps a total of 14 guests, which makes it perfect for a family or group vacation.

When you’re not savoring a Spanish barbecue alfresco in your outdoor dinning area, you’ll be able to gather around a gorgeous contemporary tree-trunk design dining table with your friends and family.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to have a quick drink or snack at the breakfast bar of your fully equipped kitchen.

Villa’s décor is as modern as it is soothing, with a Mediterranean palette of white, beige and ochre, accented with natural wooden details.

For vacationers wanting to stay active, a ping-pong table and a Gym overlooking a cliff-side view will help them keep up their routine. Several lounge areas, a media room and a home office guarantee the comforts of home

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.

 

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 begin 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 many 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 made institutions and traders reflect on the possibility that it would actually be good and fair 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 scummers but also the family size, 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’ve talked to you for a long time and its shock has not stopped being heard yet.

Right in front of the colossus of Playa D’En Bossa a few weeks ago came its night spin-off, Hiba Ibiza, above 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 shaping their body to obliterate the signs of time.

Comfortable a slow but significant exodus, even intermittent, Ibiza lives discreetly even before and after the two solstices. Artists, entrepreneurs, writers, designers. They are more and more those 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 that already is comfort. This year, in the week of May 15, it was already very hot. The 19 Marco Carola at the Magnesia, the 20th anniversary of the Pacha, celebrating the fifty seasons on the island, the 21 Guy Gerber at Destiny. I am 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 work conference that is depopulating and becoming more and more a reference to industry, so to The business, so for the people.

Ibiza sometimes gives the impression of being more empty than usual. Nothing 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.

Tripadvisor changes: new graphics and more features

From 360 degrees photos to sharing your travel itineraries: this is all you need to know about the novelties of one of the world’s most famous portals

Tripadvisor changes its graphic design and integrates new features to stay on top of user preferences.

The hotel price comparison and hotel reservation service has decided to renew your site and your app to

meet the needs of consumers who demanded an easier usage experience to clearly see the best prices, reviews and ratings of hotels.

Users: to make it easier to navigate, streamline the site pages and add new tools to find

the ideal hotel along with the best rates for flights, holiday homes, restaurants and tours and activities to travel.

“Consumer opinion of our travel community has been a fundamental part of the process of renewal,”

commented Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer, TripAdvisor.

“We are a resource for travelers with other travelers and it was important to be sure to welcome the inputs of our community into the evolution of our experience.”

Among the novelties of the new Tripadvisor, there are 360 ​​degree photos that offer travelers

a direct overview of hotels around the world with more than 98 million photographs available, and hotel charts based on the “best price”

: to be sure That travelers get the best value for money, hotels are now ranked based on a combination

of several proprietary factors including traveler scores,

hotel rates, booking popularity, brand affinity, and location. The “Classification

” of travelers is still available to help travelers search for hotels with the best score based on the quality, quantity and frequency of site reviews.

Additionally, today, it will be possible to “save”

the information you seek on TripAdvisor and to create and save travel itineraries that can be shared with friends and relatives who can collaborate

in a simple and immediate way. Information about the itineraries

Travel can be easily synced across all of the people you invite to collaborate, thanks to the Tripadvisor site and app.

The sun, the sea, the smell of sunscreen, the colorful costumes, the sunglasses, the aperitifs, the beach volleyball games,

and even the nightclubs dancing on bare feet on the beach …

All this can be Summarize in one word: summer. Everyone, especially those who work and who is studying all year long, can not wait to arrive this season,

which is partially hated for the hot heat that it brings with it actually is also synonymous with relaxation,

for at least two weeks’ year. But in all this enthusiasm, have you already decided where to go? Did you book? Have you agreed with your friends? In short,

do you have at least one answer? Many of you will resort to the last few days to book with the classic last-minute vacation solutions, most often not cheap.

For once, why not try to amaze your friends, with a 100% website that will be useful again?

Ikh. Villas, designed for the many customers who want to have fun. Inside the site, besides seeing the wonderful photos of Ibiza,

you can enter your holiday period, maybe if you already know what your vacation is,

fill out the search fields with all of your features and you’ll see how many results you can to find ikh.villas is an agency

that provides special solutions in the field of tourist services for the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.

From their side, in addition to the great amount of solutions, divided between economic and practical aspects, there is the multi-annual experience in this field, which

has allowed the agency to become a point of reference for Italians and not only in vacation booking

In the coolest islands of recent times. If you decide to rely on their skills and professionalism,

you have to ask for a quote and then a phone guide with an agency agent who will never leave you until your stay is over.

You will always have your guardian angels, to resolve any situation.

This tour operator and agency deals with the management of apartments and villas in every area of ​​the island in order to propose different solutions,

trying to meet even the economic needs of the younger ones who want to have fun and spend the carefree weeks.

The relationship between quality and price is paramount.

The secret Spain

Close your eyes and think of Spain.

What are the images that your mind suggests to you?

Bullfighting, flamenco, the elegant streets of Madrid, the long Rambla and the works of Gaudi in Barcelona, ​​full of the folklore atmosphere and allure Arabic Andalusia, the beaches of Ibiza and Formentera.

But Spain does not end here: not everyone knows that this land hides the surprising and mysterious natural landscapes that are worth a trip entirely dedicated to their discovery.
Lanzarote – Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands, and, despite being formed by a volcanic terrain that resembles the lunar landscape, life is the space within it so amazing.

You can see the effect touring the volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park, visiting the Cave of Verdes – enclosing a surprise inside – or Charco de los Ciclos, a lagoon with surprising coloring.
Rio Tinto – This place was chosen by NASA and the European Space Agency as the scene of some experiments, because the mining area of ​​Rio Tinto – Huelva – somehow reminiscent of the planet Mars with its mysterious landscapes: a river, rocks reddish and little vegetation.

To know the area, it recommends a visit to the Mining Park of Riotinto, including a train ride and a visit to the mine.
Bardenas Reales – an unexpected view, because situated in the leafy Navarra. Not everyone knows that in the south-eastern part of this area extends 42,500 hectares with semi-desert formations, gorges and mountains that seem to come straight from a science fiction movie.

About the film, this Nature Park has been the location “Die Another Day” with Pierce Brosnan.
You can follow the signposted routes on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or in vehicles.
The Cave of Wonders – A name, a reason!
The Aracena cave stretches for more than 2 kilometers in length – of which 1.2 open to the public – where you can contemplate different types of stalactites, stalagmites and lava flows.

An underground landscape and forget the outside world, passing by the room of the Cathedral, the Crystal factory of God or the Bath of the Sultana, there will be illustrated and explained by a guide.
The cliffs of the Basque Country – traveling on the coast of the Basque Country, it is worth stopping in Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku.
The cliffs of this area are breathtaking, for their 50 million years of geological history that the action of the sea allows us to see.

Ideal admire them making a trek on the coast, or by participating in one of the sea excursions that are organized.
Las Médulas – Gold Mine discovered and exploited in Roman times, is today a World Heritage site and is definitely a place to visit and enjoy some of the play of light that creates the sunset on the rocks.

Recommended start your visit archaeological classroom, to then make a stop at the Belvedere of Orellán.
As Catedrais Beach – A walk by the sea in Galicia, between the arches of an imaginary stone cathedral.

A scenery worthy of the framework of a surrealist painter, restful and disturbing at the same time.
During July, August and September it can only be accessed by appointment, as well as during the Easter holidays – between March and April.
Caminito del Rey – At one time, this path of Malaga was considered the most dangerous in the world. Today you can travel with confidence, even if the sufferer will have to deal with vertigo.

But, unless your phobia is not really serious, this adventure is definitely worth living!

Holiday, topless and bikini: the most beautiful images of a voyeur

The beautiful summer collection of a voyeur in a photo album

In some beaches like in Ibiza and Formentera the voyeur incurable by dint of looking around could go crazy. On the contrary, in places like Alassio or Diano Marina, our voyeur could fall into a severe withdrawal symptoms. But, we, in our small way. from our bed on the beach or strolling along the shore, often we yield to the temptation to zoom in with the look of certain details. Are mild and pleasant upsets, small chills, going through a dip in the cold water.