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Festivals, food & fun - Easter 2019 in Mallorca

Mallorca comes to life for Easter

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| Jose Rains, Mallorca Reporter | Published

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Festivals, food & fun - Easter 2019 in Mallorca

Spring has sprung and the island is coming to life as the first sun worshippers grace Mallorca’s sandy beaches. With Easter celebrations just around the corner, the island will be gearing up for the summer as seasonal restaurants and hotels start to open after a few months in hibernation.

In true Mallorca style, the locals go big for Easter. Temperatures are nice and warm and the beaches are still pretty much empty, so the island is a great place to spend the holidays.

Easter festivities

First things first, it isn’t just a weekend over here, it’s a whole week. Semana Santa, or Holy Week as you might know it, takes place from April 14th to 21st this year. Expect to see a wonderful selection of traditional rituals and processions taking place around the island throughout the entire week to mark the Passion of Christ. On Maundy or Holy Thursday, which is the Thursday before Easter, the biggest processions take place, usually followed by parades through the streets at night. The most notable one happens in Palma and is certainly something for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to try Mallorca's Easter pastries, the rubiols and panades, you'll find them in most of the island's bakeries. Once you have soaked up the festive Easter spirit with the locals at one of these parades, there are plenty of other things the island can offer over the Easter break.

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Easter brunches, lunches & dinners

Now, we all know the Spanish love a good feeding on their fiestas so let’s discuss some exciting foodie events going on around the island over the Easter break. Good news is, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to enjoy some special Easter menus. The five-star Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa is putting on some delicious three-course tasting menus on Holy Thursday (€35) and Good Friday (€40). So you can enjoy a fine dining experience in one of the most elegant hotels on the island.

Easter Brunch is also big here on the island. Experience a little of Mallorca’s history whilst indulging at Son Julia Country House’s Easter Sunday Brunch. This extravaganza has gained quite a reputation for its amazing buffet spread and stunning location on the restaurant terrace. It’s €45 per adult and €25 per child (under 12 years old) to enjoy brunch at the 15th-century manor house on Easter Sunday. There’s even an Easter egg hunt to keep the little ones entertained. 

If you want your brunch served with a sea view this Easter, why not try booking one of the beach clubs in Mallorca? Nikki Beach will be putting on one of their legendary Sunday brunches, where you can expect your Easter lunch served with first-class poolside entertainment.

In the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Ca's Xorc is also offering a gourmet Easter lunch menu with four courses for only €59 (drinks not included). Delicacies include Lamb shoulder with ras el hanout, couscous, seasonal vegetables, tzatziki and thyme and honey sauce or Chocolate and almond sponge cake with white chocolate mousse and stracciatella ice cream, served with a side of jaw-dropping views.

Alternatively, an evening affair with Mallorca’s countryside might tempt you. Casa Font i Roig’s Menu de Semana Santa is a five-course feast featuring delicious Mediterranean cuisine for €58 (without drinks). Here you can enjoy a quiet moment away from Mallorca’s tourist hot spots in one of the most traditional villages on the island.

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Shopping

Palma is a shopping haven thanks to its vast offering of both fashion and interior design stores, from pretty independent boutiques to famous designers all making their mark in the city. Spanish high-street brands like Uterqüe, Massimo Dutti, Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka are a particular hit amongst tourists. Although, if you are after a shopping spree on your Easter break, then it’s worth mentioning that most of the shops are shut over the bank holiday days, which are the April 18th, 19th and 22nd, which means you will have to fit in any shopping around that.

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Cycling

Want to work up an appetite for a big Easter feeding? While lots of cycling enthusiasts visit the island for its epic mountainous terrain, we understand Easter might not be the time to embark on a massive cycling adventure, so why not take a leisurely cycle ride along the bay of Palma’s impressive cycle path? All flat and easy enough for the whole family to participate. Rent bikes from Palma and head east towards Playa de Palma (S’Arenal) along the neverending cycle path, you can do a good 30km round trip! 

There are some great restaurants along the route. Assaona Gastrobeach Club is the new kid on the block and is making waves with its beach club vibe and tasty food, while Cocco restaurant is a great place to stop by for some top-notch Italian food in the chic seaside village of Portixol. A little further along from Cocco’s, at the small enclosed beach, is Blau Resto Bar, since you are on a Spanish island, it would be rude not to try some in some tasty tapas. A little further east you will find Villa del Mar, which provides a more refined dining experience. If you have the energy to reach the most eastern point of S'Arenal (Playa de Palma), here sits the legendary Restaurante Las Sirenas, the place to come for an excellent seafood feast with the locals.

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Rural Easter retreats

If you are looking for a quiet Easter holiday escape, then there are plenty of rural boutique hotels scattered around the island. Son Julia Country House is a tastefully restored 15th-century mansion located in the Mallorcan countryside. A rural retreat boutique hotel, it boasts 29 spacious bedrooms, a fully-equipped spa, large outdoor swimming pool and a top-notch restaurant. Be sure to sample some of the hotel's wine, cultivated from a vineyard on the estate. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport, this hotel means you can maximise your holiday time and reduce travel time.

Alternatively, travel inland towards Casa Font i Roig, in the historic village of Maria de la Salut, a hidden treasure in one of the most rural areas of Mallorca. This 16th-century building has been recently converted, and its elevated position means it offers breathtaking panoramic views across the countryside. Its charming rooms and cosy home-away-from-home vibe means it has a loyal following with lots of returning customers.

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City breaks

To be at the heart of all the action this Easter, we recommend staying in Palma as the city hosts the most spectacular Easter processions and rituals. One of our favourite hidden treasures here is the Boutique Hotel Calatrava which claims a wonderful position right at the edge of Palma’s old town and just a five-minute walk to the city’s urban beach. Aligned with the ancient Arabic wall, this 19th-century building boasts wonderful views over the Mediterranean Sea. The exposed beams and stone walls are juxtaposed with chic furnishings, and you can expect first-class facilities which include a spa, featuring a Finnish sauna, a hot tub, treatment cabins and sensation showers with aromatherapy.

If location is important to you, then perhaps the Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa might tempt you. This four-star boutique hotel is just a short stroll away from the shops and restaurants in Palma’s city centre. The striking blonde stone walls contrasted with modern minimalist furniture create a remarkable designer-hotel feel. 

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There's lots more going on in Mallorca in April. Book your accommodation for your Easter break and enjoy the island in the spring.

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