It is the coldest time of year in Majorca but this does mean people go into hibernation and wait out the cold weather, quite the opposite in fact. January until April is the time when the locals take back the island and celebrate their most traditional parties, works of local Majorcan artists and introduce new shows and performances to the island.
This is the time when you can really experience the true essence of this remarkable island, without the hustle and bustle of mass tourism and with week after week of celebrations, entertainment and culture. 2 weeks ago we saw the hugely popular festival of San Sebastian where the Jaime lll avenue was filled with music and demons branded huge sparklers under which lots of brave souls danced. Dangerous? Yes, but exciting? Extremely!
This week is Majorca’s carnival: Sa Rua & Sa Rueta, marking the start of Lent. This carnival is separated into two parts: Sa Rueta for the children and Sa Rua for adults, the latter of which is the main event. On Sunday 11th Palma is alive with street parties, live music, food & drink and colourful fancy dress parades. It starts in the morning with Sa Rueta between 10:30-13:30 and Sa Rua begins at 17:00 the same day. There are prizes given for the best fancy dress outfit so if you fancy joining in, make sure you go all out because there’s sure to be some strong competition amongst the avid carnival-goers!
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy braving the cold, then we have another, warmer option for the same weekend. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Hans will be arriving to the island of Majorca to retell their magical tale to excited boys and girls at Palma Auditorium. Enjoy singing along to the Frozen musical with your kids and see their faces light up when their favourite character comes on stage. But be warned: it will probably take you as long as it did the first time to get “Let It Go” out of your head!
For art lovers, all this week and next you can visit the unique works of 62 Majorcan artists at Rialto Living which is a store and cafe that promotes art & design by holding regular art exhibitions. This project in particular is for charity as artists will donate all proceeds from selling their works to Projecte Hombre Balears, an association that helps drug addicts. This is a unique opportunity to get to know local artists and talk to them about their works. And who knows? You may end up packing a souvenir in your suitcase to hang up on your living room wall at home!
If you’re thinking of something to do on a Sunday, the day of rest when the grand majority of places are closed, then we recommend taking up the opportunity to visit Palma’s Town Hall at the open house event. This is one of Palma’s most interesting buildings with a 17th-century Baroque Façade, a Gothic arch and a grand staircase, in addition to an extensive collection of paintings to ponder. There are free guided tours in English to ensure you enjoy the full experience. Visit the town hall at Plaza Cort between the hours of 11:00-13:00 every Sunday.
Enjoy even more entertainment, shows and culture in the sun on your next holiday to Majorca with Gran Isla Hotels, reopening in April!