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Festivals, food & fun - Easter 2018 in Mallorca

Mallorca comes to life for Easter

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 7 Mar 2018

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Festivals, food & fun - Easter 2018 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 season as seasonal restaurants and hotels start open after a few months in hibernation.

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

Easter festivities

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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 the 25th March to the 1st April 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 colourful 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.

Shopping

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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 29th and 30th of March and the 2nd April, which means you will have to fit in any shopping around that.

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Easter brunch

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Now, we all know the Spanish love a good feeding on their fiestas, so let’s discuss some exciting brunch events going on around the island over the Easter break. 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 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. For a bit of extra indulgence, try the St Regis Mardavall’s luxury special Easter Brunch. This is the place for the ultimate brunch for 65€ which includes a welcome drink, buffet, water and coffee. Wines not included.

If you want your lunch served with a sea view this Easter, why not try booking one of the beach clubs in Mallorca? Mood Beach near Puerto Portals is the place to be seen on Sunday for their legendary Sunday lunches, so we expect Easter to be popular occasion. Alternatively, Purobeach Illetas will be opening its doors just in time for Easter. Here you can enjoy panoramic sea views over the bay of Palma whilst being surrounded by plush whiter than white décor.

A more relaxed food extravaganza is taking place over Easter weekend in Port Adriano. The legendary marina hosts another one of their Street Food Festivals between the 30th March and the 1st April. Treat yourself to a fun-filled feast with all the family as vintage caravans serve a wide range of gastronomical delights over the three days. Expect gourmet hamburgers, seafood and a whole multitude of other goodies on offer. Entry is free to the street food festival and prices vary between the food stalls. Check out our review of a past food festival for an idea on prices.

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Cycling

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Need to work up an appetite for a big Easter feeding? Whilst 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 never ending cycle path, you can do a good 30km round trip! 

There are some great restaurants along the route. Cocco restaurant is a great place to stop by for some top-notch Italian food in the chic seaside village of Portixol, something for the whole family to enjoy. A little further along from Cocco’s, at the small enclosed beach, is The Tapas Club... 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 the brand new 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

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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 maximize your holiday time and reduce travel time.

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City breaks

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If you want 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 in Palma is the Boutique Hotel Calatrava which claims a wonderful position right at the edge of Palma’s old town and just 5-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 4-star boutique hotel 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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More inspiration...

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

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Also see: Events Calendar for Mallorca, Majorca