tourism in Mallorca

Events in Mallorca in September

Sunday 9th September Almond harvest day at Eden Animal Sanctuary . Got a little frustration to get out? Bring a big stick and take it out on out almond trees for their almond harvest! They will start at around 10/ 10.30with tree whacking and have some kind of vegan lunch together. The funds from the harvest will go towards transport which is much needed for rescues, vet visits etc and all the rest will go directly to the animals, especially for upcoming vet bills. Apparently, they can make up to 700 EUR! Contact Nicole at http://www.edensanctuary.org

Extatcic danceTuesday, September 11th at Sala Oshum in Palma there will be an ecstatic dance night which is an evening dedicated to dance without alcohol or drugs. This will be a monthly event.

If you are new to ED, it is pretty easy…
1. Move however you wish
2. No talking on the dance floor
3. Respect yourself and one another
4. Ecstatic Dance is a Drug & Alcohol Free Space
Friday 14th September there will be Prawn Star night at The Boat house. Grilled King Prawns, salad bottle of rosado, live music and the coveted title of Prawn Star 2018….your first pet’s name and your favourite sea creature…fun night.

september songAlso on Friday 14th September at 8pm at the Anglican Church in Palma there will be an evening of music and comedy in aid of the church. Tickets are 10€ each including wine and nibbles. You can buy your tickets in advance. Phone numbers on the blog. 634200242, 659734899, 971737279

street foodThe following week on the 20, 21, and 22 September Peguera is having a street food festival every evening with live music, and activities for kids as well. On Saturday 22nd September there will be the annual American Car Club at Port Adriano from 11am onwards. Music and street food. Also on that Saturday there will be an Indian Head Massage workshop in Palma from 4pm to 8pm at the Kika Health and Wellness Centre. You can learn this wonderful technique from India which is very relaxing and easy to give. No prior experience is needed. Reservations: 653 207963 Taught by Sarjan (sarjanbiodinamica@gmail.com)

Sunday 23rd September SOS Animal Party at Puerto Portals which is a very important fundraising event for the charity. Every year they have a flea market, dog competitions (mixed breed dogs, pedigree dogs, and seniors get prizes), our raffle and delicious cakes, face painting and music.

Cat behaviour posterLooking forward into October there will be a pet behaviour seminar focusing on cats and their crazy ways. On 27 and 28 October Palma. You can email info@canatess.com to book your spot.

The big event of the month happens at the end, in Binissalem. The Festa des Vermar which is the annual grape harvest festival that includes parades, celebrations, grape-crushing competitions and a wine tasting contest. You can look forward to live music, activities for children, wine tasting sessions, grape-stomping competitions and a popular picnic where the traditional “Fideus de Vermar” (a type of paella made with short noodles instead of rice, cooked with lamb, tomatoes, sobrassada and Binissalem red wine) is served. One of the highlights of the festival is the grape battle, if you are planning on going, wear OLD CLOTHES! Look out for the Dimonis and the Corre Foc, and the wine fair as well at the Parc de Sa Rectoria and Plaça de l’Esglesia. The final day of the festival sees traditional entertainment in the main square. Enjoy the Binissalem giant puppets accompanied by ‘xeremiers’ earlier in the day as well as free wine served from 16:00 in the church square. The full programme and dates have not yet been released so you will have to keep an eye on the Binissalem website.

UPDATE:

  • Sat 22nd is the grape fight
  • Sun 23rd pressing grapes competition
  • 28th is dinner in the street
    29th floats around the village
    30th last day
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The “real” Mallorca

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Someone was telling me about how glad they were to be living in the “real” Mallorca last week. The strange thing is that every different type of Mallorca is the real one. Wherever we live: whether it’s in a brand new housing estate, an old village, at the top of a mountain, a holiday resort or the middle of a city. It’s all there to be explored and enjoyed.

My husband and I did something really rare this week. We took some time off together and went on holiday. We don’t do normal holidays though, we do 24 hour long holidays, a bit like our honeymoon which was exactly that long. We drove up to the north of the island and managed to visit five different beaches, eat three spectacular meals, get sunburn and stay in a hotel, all whilst continually congratulating ourselves on our good taste in places to live and spouses.

It was an eye opening trip for both of us: we’d quite simply forgotten how beautiful Mallorca is. It’s easy to be absorbed in our working lives and stay in that zone: bumping backwards and forwards from work to home and repeat. So we went as far away from our house as we could without leaving the island, and went to Cala Torta, Cala Ratjada, Cala Gat, Cala Agulla, Playa de Muro and Cala San Vicente. Every single place was stunning and worthy of more than an our brief inspections. I couldn’t get over the colour of the sea at Playa de Muro, how is it possible for it to be so turquoise? We ate lunch at Ponderosa Beach which lived up to its reputation of being one of the coolest places to go this summer: the menu, the service and the setting were all just right. We didn’t leap off of any rocks at Cala Gat (pictured) but we watched some fearless kids throw themselves into the water a few times before we slipped off to have another dip followed by an Aperol Spritz and a Caña at the Chiringuito there. We stayed overnight at a cheapy cheap hotel in Cala Ratjada right on the front, costing us the grand total of 50€! We clambered across a packed out beach at Cala Agulla to find the nature reserve at the end of it, complete with nudists. Then when we’d almost finished we drove back down south through the stunning Tramuntana mountain range.

Sometimes luxuries are also necessities, and maybe we don’t put enough importance on resting from the crazy Mallorca summer workload. By the end of our 24 hour holiday my husband and I didn’t really want it to end, but we’re inspired to repeat it as soon as possible with more places around Mallorca. Why don’t you go somewhere you haven’t been to before? Well done to us all, we live on one of the most beautiful places in the world, but you already knew that didn’t you? If you want to suggest some areas for us to explore then please get in touch. http://www.facebook.com/mallorcamatters

Holiday crisispoint

I was driving through Magaluf last weekend when a man walked out in front of my car. He was lucky as El Topolino (my ancient Polo) doesn’t go very fast anyway. But there was something about the way the guy was conducting himself that really stuck in my mind. It could have been the fact that he was walking around in broad daylight in the smallest pair of budgie smugglers that I have seen in a long while. What is it about being on holiday that makes normal people think it is okay to go shopping with only their underpants on? Or perhaps it was the fact that he did literally saunter across the road in front of me ‘It’s okay I’m on holiday, nothing bad can happen to me here’.

It’s that false sense of security that holiday makers get. I don’t know if it is the weather that makes them feel relaxed, the lack of, or change of, routine, possibly an increase in booze consumption. But whatever it is, it makes regular people act as if they have been spellbound by their vacation. That’s okay if you’re walking around in the land of milk and honey where nothing bad ever happens… but we know this isn’t true. There have been some seriously unpleasant things going on in Magaluf already this season: three young people have died in three separate accidents where they have fallen from balconies or stairwells, and several inebriated men have been mugged by gangs of prostitutes.

We can’t change the behaviour of the tourists, they’re on holiday, and they’ve got the ‘nothing bad will happen’ attitude. We need to wrap these people up in cotton wool; we need more police on the beat in the resort to keep the peace and to keep people safe. We should be doing what we can to make sure our visitors stay safe on holiday and have a good time without being preyed upon by gangs of thieves or ending up in hospital or worse. Yes, it’s all very well putting a warning on the Foreign Office’s website, but that’s not going to have any impact on the people who go to Maga on holiday. The only purpose that serves in reality is to act as an ‘I told you so’ riposte after the tragic event has occurred.

Apparently the balconies are the standard height for European hotels. I just read this on a tour operator’s website: ‘Please take extra care on balconies after drinking alcohol’. It’s just not going to make any difference. How many people who are out on holiday are going to think to themselves ‘Ooh, hang on, I’ve just drunk ten pints and ten tequila shots. I must make sure I take extra care on the balcony’. Now I’ve heard that the Hoteliers are going to write ‘guidelines’, it’s just another document to say ‘Not our fault, we accept zero responsibility’. No. We have to keep these people safe. If the current accident frequency continues there could be twenty deaths by the end of the summer season. Come on Calvia Council, and the local Hotelier Association, and the Balearic Government. Stop having meetings about this problem, and get something done about it.

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