PLANS TO ENJOY MAJORCA AT EASTER
If you are planning to visit Majorca at Easter, you may not be aware of the number of options that the island offers for your enjoyment at this time of the year. Majorca is a destination known worldwide that has a lot to offer at Easter. Although you can always opt for the classic sea and beach holiday, you can also take advantage of these dates to discover the heritage and devotion that bewitch believers and onlookers alike.
We offer you a full itinerary to enjoy Easter in Majorca in all of its splendour and in an original and different way. Let’s start our stay with a full breakfast at La Despensa del Barón and a visit to the city, taking our Hotel Boutique Posada Terra Santa as the starting point.
DAY 1. MAUNDY THURSDAY IN PALMA DE MALLORCA
As the epicentre of our visit is the location of the accommodation, let’s wander around the old quarter. Allow time when it comes to getting lost in the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and its surroundings, in which you will find the courtyards of the mansions and their gardens absolutely charming.
As cultural options, we recommend a visit to the Seu (Majorca Cathedral), in which works by Gaudí and by Miquel Barceló stand out; and the Almudaina Palace, a medieval building that is known worldwide because of the royal receptions held by the reigning monarchs and which offers visitors an interesting museum and a particular staging, thanks to the regular changing of the guard of the Infantry Regiment. Another must is the coquette Sang Chapel, located at the end of the Ramblas, a temple that is home to the revered Crist de la Sang; remember this image, because you will be able to see it on the floats throughout the Majorcan capital on the night of Maundy Thursday.
If you decide to visit the area around the island capital, you can walk up to Bellver Castle, the only medieval castle in Europe with a circular layout. Inside its walls, you will discover the rich history of the ancient Kingdom of Majorca and will be able to put yourself in the shoes of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, an illustrated liberal who was imprisoned in one of its cells.
Between visits, make sure you go to Sa Llotja, a gothic building that dates back to the 15th century, around which there is an extensive gastronomy proposal for all tastes. After dinner, go to any of the points indicated by the urban guard and you will be able to experience the fervour of the people of Palma for its Maundy Thursday procession.
DAY 2. GOOD FRIDAY IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC MAJORCA
After breakfast, we head for Sineu, the former capital of the island Kingdom which boasts a rich gastronomic tradition, historic spaces yet to be discovered and relies on the involvement of all its residents on Good Friday.
There are numerous walking options available; visit the 15th century Mínims Cloister, the 13th century Sant Josep Oratory, and the Sant Francesc Convent, temple which houses all of the images that will be paraded from 10.30pm onwards amidst the cornets, drums and Roman centurions on horseback. Through the aroma of flowers and incense, they will blend into the few 4,000 inhabitants of the municipality, who will be immersed in the organisation of one of the most important nights of the year.
Sineu is the cradle of Balearic gastronomy and boasts dozens of cellers and restaurants to savour the flavour of authenticity. Despite Good Friday being a fasting day, take advantage of your visit to sample Frit de Pasqua, a dish made with roast lamb, seasonal vegetables and fennel, which is accompanied by bitter olives and local wine.
After lunch, visit the town of Sant Joan, where a striking descent with flesh and blood characters takes place from 6pm onwards. Its scenes, full of passion and realism, are reminiscent of the film, The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson.
Before heading back for Palma, don’t miss the opportunity to return to Sineu. When night falls, the village will have undergone a metamorphosis. You will find the streets filled with plants, fires to keep warm and street food stalls; locals and visitors get ready for the Holy Burial procession. This will be a great occasion to compare the passion of Easter in the heart of Majorca with that of the previous night in the city.
DAY 3. SATURDAY OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY ON THE ISLAND
What better plan for a Saturday of adventure than to travel the length and breadth of the island? Don’t miss the Albercutx Look-out, the road to Formentor; Pollença Port and its narrow bay, known internationally for its surfing; or the Roman wall of Alcúdia and the remains of the ancient city of Pollentia. This is an ideal spot to savour the authentic Majorcan gastronomy. Don’t forget to try the delicious seafood that is served on all of the terraces.
After lunch, head east and visit the S’Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park, with a prior technical stop at Muro Beach. These natural monuments will surprise you; it is a 6-kilometre long, white sand virgin beach, on which walking barefoot would be a great spiritual exercise. S’Albufera is a wetland spanning dozens of square kilometres, where eel fishing still takes place and a rich biodiversity can be seen.
After these hours in contact with nature, we recommend returning to the city. However, avoid the motorways on your way back and go along secondary roads instead, meandering from village to village to discover a different point of view and observe the dry stone, Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
DAY 4. SUNDAY IN THE TRAMUNTANA MOUNTAIN RANGE
We will devote Easter Sunday to discovering the small municipalities of the Tramuntana Mountain Range, a spectacular paradise that you will never forget. Discover Valldemossa and Deià and the municipalities that made Chopin and Robert Graves great.
Visit the Valldemossa Charterhouse where the famous Polish composer stayed, the English writer’s house-museum, and go along any rural path to come into contact with the agriculture and the local landscape. A recommendation that is a must is to pop into any of the wood-fired bakeries and buy panades. It is the typical dish on Easter Day; a pasty filled with lamb and vegetables, which is a perfect option for a picnic in the mountains.
We are convinced that you will come across the traditional l’Encontre processions in both of the municipalities; the tolling of the bells by hand and the roar of the rockets will let you know. It will seem like the prelude to your return home.
After enjoying the delights of the mountains, it will be time to return to the city. Back at your hotel, you will be able to enjoy a last few hours of relaxation and bliss remembering everything you have seen in these days of intense enjoyment in Majorca before your inevitable return to your place of origin. It will certainly be an experience that is bound to make an impression on you.