PANCARITAT IN MALLORCA-ANGEL SUNDAY-MALLORCA EASTER TRADITIONS

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PANCARITAT IN MALLORCA; ANGEL SUNDAY; MALLORCA EASTER TRADITIONS

The Holy Week has ended. It was a week of solemn processions which started on Palm Sunday with the blessing of the palms and ended with the Encounter procession, loaded with emotions.

During the holy Week, not a household on Mallorca that did not bake some of the typical pastries. Many tuned out to be real chefs in their kitchen, baking the empanadas, robiols or crespells in their traditional wooden ovens. I must say that even I did a good job baking an enormous cuantity of all these delicacies. My mother in law baked the empanadas just the way I love them, with a filling of green peas and sobrasada, while the other members of the family all got their personalised empanada. Some with lambmeat and little artichoke and peas, others with an equally amount of meat and vegetables.

My daughter and her boyfriend where my kitchen helpers during the making of the robiols. We did not agree on the sweet filling, so we made a bit of everything. We baked robiols with white and dark chocolate, with apricot and strawberry mermalade and with pudding and curd.

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Everything was just delicious, but way to much. We had a lot of leftovers. But no tears over that! Just what we need for our next celebration : Angel Sunday.

The celebration started in Palma in the year 1407. The villagers came towards the city on that day, to celebrate the Angel, patron saint of Palma and protector of the agriculture.The celebration started with a worship in the Seu, Palmas beautiful cathedral, and during the day the people could enjoy theater.

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An important celebration was the blessing of the bread, that then was distributed amoung the poor. That is where the popular name “pancaritat” was given for. In 1652, Saint Sebastian took over the task as patron saint of Palma, but the Angel Sunday is once again celebrated. This year again, thousends of people are expected on the hill of the Bellver castle.

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The fun starts around 11, when a big group starts to walk up the hill. At the entrance of the castle, the giants are welcoming them with dance and music of their xeremies. The whole day long, the people can enjoy dance, music, workshops and expositions.
So much fun and open air makes the body hungry. That is when people take out their left over robiols and empanadas and distribute them amoung their friends.

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If you don´t live near the capital, don´t worry. Almost every village or city celebrates the Pancaritat day. Family and friends come together on the highest hill of the village around the local chapel and enjoy the delicious empanadas and robiols.

An other experience not to miss in Mallorca. Let us help you to discover the real Mallorca with Mallorca Private Tour guides.

Let us to be your tour guide, and with our licensed Tour guides you will discover the majorcan Pancaritats tradition, come and enjoy Pancaritats with Mallorca Private Tour guides.

The best way to discover the real Mallorca, as only locals can do is with Mallorca Private Tour guides

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A GOURMET TOUR; GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE IN PALMA DE MALLORCA WITH MALLORCA PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES

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A GOURMET EXPERIENCE IN PALMA DE MALLORCA WITH MALLORCA PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES

Gastronomy is part of the culture of a country,  gastronomy is the study of the culture of a country , having as main axis the meals  which are prepared in the country. 

Therefore Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to introduce their new product the “gastronomic tour a dining experience”, dedicated to all those who in addition to being interested to discover Palma history and its awesome old town also want to delight their palates.

Are you visinting Mallorca in a cruise calling in Palma?

Are you spending vacations on the island?

There is not better ocassion to join Mallorca Private tour guides to its gastronomic & dinning experience…..

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Our licensed tour guides will guide you through the city of Palma discovering its most important monuments, a visit to the glorious Cathedral of Palma with the amazing Gaudi works, a walk through the Gothic Quarter to discover its stately homes and magnificent patios or courtyards, the Jewish Quarter, art noveau buildings,its  traditions and legends

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 But the palate plays an important role in this gastronomic & dinning experience, we will tailor a route according to your requests and preferences;

-An olive oil tasting: the majorcan green gold,Mallorca is producing amazing olive  oil with its olive varieties as mallorquina or empeltre, auberquina and picual…

-A wine tasting; to discover majorcan wine production history and its origins, a to taste the great majorcan wines

-A cheese or sobrassada taste; to discover the typical sausage produce on the island and its great cheeses…

Or why not…a visit to the famous Olivar market place in Palma, a colourful place to take amazing pictures and where you can choose  the meat, seafood or fresh fish you want to eat and it will be prepare for you in the market to enjoy a delicious dinning experience  on the olivar market  … grilled  Caproig, delicious red prawns from  Soller or any other product you choose ….

Join Mallorca Private Tour guides in our gastronomic Majorcan dinning experience, to discover Palma history and its monuments and to be delight with our excellent gastronomy and our delicious local products..

Let us be your tour guide in your future shore excusions, we ´ll guide you through majorcan gastronomy in our gourmet & dinning experience,we are sure you will love it and of course your palate will thank you for this dinning experience….

Contact Mallorca Private Tour Guides and we will design a gastronomic experience for you and your party, tailor made tours and shore excursions are our speciality…

We hope to see you soon in our gastronomic tour and dinning experience 

Mallorca private tour guides team

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No rush…enjoy the best tailor made tours & shore excursions with MALLORCA PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES 

We set the stage for you & just enjoy your moments

See the island as only locals can show it….

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FREDERIC CHOPIN,BORN 1ST MARCH,THE POLISH COMPOSER WHO LIVED IN VALLDEMOSSA, MALLORCA.

FREDERIC CHOPIN,BORN 1ST MARCH,THE POLISH COMPOSER WHO LIVED IN VALLDEMOSSA, MALLORCA.

 You are probably not the first, neither the last one to look up your horoscope to find out what the future has in store for you, or tried to find out the kind of character someone has. I don´t know if the parents of Chopin checked their son´s horoscope. But if they had done so, they would have red that “people born on the first of March have a big talent for music and are very sensitive for all the impulses they receive out of their surrounding”. That really hit the nail on the head. 

 Chopin was born the 1st of March 1810 in the bosom of an art loving family. At a very early age, Frederic Chopin  received piano lessons from his older sister Ludwika, with whom he will play duets. Can you imagine an 8 year old child that can barely read and write preforming a concert! He must have been the pride of his mother, the envy of her friends. If the child should have been living today, he would have been the absolute star in programs as “xfactor” , “american Idol”or “Britain has talent”.

Chopin was without any doubt a wonder child and was lucky to be able to study in the Lyceum of Warschau ,where his father was a teacher. Of course he got good grades and graduated Cum Laude in july 1826. Two more years in the Supreme School for Music would complete his study. His professor would describe Frederic Chopin as “ Surprisingly talented , a musical genius” .

Frederic Chopin was ready for the real work and was invited to preform concerts in cities as Vienna, Prague and Dresden. He really conquered the audience and was a celebrated star. Today he would have been on TV, on big tours and followed by screaming fans. 

After a few years of big success, Chopin decides it is time to grow more and on the 2nd of november, Frederic Chopin leaves Poland for a trip that will take him through Europe. He leaves his homeland with the intention of coming back, but while he is in Vienna, he learns about the November Revolt, the revolt of the Polish people against the Russian.

He will never go back to his beloved country. A sad and difficult time will start for our young artist but this experience will help him create an own style. Frederic Chopin can let go his frustration, anger and impotence on the keyboard and composes nocturnes and studies.

Chopin has it very difficult in Vienna and leaves the hostile city. He goes through different places and cities before he arrives in Paris in october 1831.

Paris is the capital of art and music. Frederic Chopin soon finds himself accepted in a group of intellectuals and artists. There he meets Liszt, with whom he becomes good friends. Liszt takes Chopin to a meeting with other friends and that is how the polish composer meets the baroness Dudevant, know as the writer George Sand. It is not exactly love at first sight! A second meeting a bit later will do the trick and Chopin and George Sand start living as a couple in the summer of 1838.

Chopin has always been having problems with his health. A doctor advises him to spend a time in Mallorca, in a Mediterranean climate.

So off they go, the baroness with her children and Chopin, for the long trip to the island.

They arrive in Palma where they rent a house in Establiments “SON VENT” But they have to abandon the house and find a place to stay in Valldemossa.

In this beautifull village in the Tramuntana, they will be staying in the charter house from the 15 of december1838 until the 12th of february 1839.

Frederic Chopin and George Sand were really not lucky with the weather. It rained and rained and of course, that did not make Chopin get any better. They did not stay all that long in Valldemossa, but long enough to compose the world famous “rain drop “ prelude Op 28no15. 

 I hope you take a moment of your time to look up that beautiful melody and listen to it while you go off daydreaming about Mallorca, the island that inspired, and still is a source of inspiration, to so many people of all kind. 

Although his stay in Valldemossa was not what Frederic Chopin expected , it will undoubtedly influenced him, as is an influence to everyone who visits this beautiful town,Valldemossa, nestled in the Sierra de Tramuntana. 
 
Let us guide you  and discover Mallorca with Private Tour Guides Guides the story of the famous  polish composer and the town who inspired Frederic Chopin to compose one of his most famous preludes “the rain drops” , the village of Valldemossa .
 
Our licensed tour guides will guide you on a fascinating journey through the history of Frederic Chopin and the cobbled streets of Valldemossa.
 
The guides of Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to invite you to discover Valldemossa and one of its more illustrious neighbors Frederic Chopin.
 
Come and join us in Valldemossa, a hidden paradise in the heart of the Tramuntana.
 
And of course the guides of Mallorca Private Tour Guides wish Frederic Chopin a happy birthday and thanks for choosing this  Mediterranean paradise, and for linking Mallorca to his music.
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VII EDITION CRUISE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR THE SPANISH CRUISE INDUSTRY IN PALMA DE MALLORCA-CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEU “ES BALUARD”

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VII EDITION CRUISE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR THE SPANISH CRUISE INDUSTRY IN PALMA DE MALLORCA-CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM “ES BALUARD”  

February 20th was held in Palma de Mallorca the seventh edition of the Cruise Excellence awards which annually recognizes the work of the cruise companies organized by Cruise news media group,  Mallorca Private Tour guides had the pleasure of attending to this special event.

An amazing setting for this event, the contemporary art museum in Palma “Es Baluard” and its “S’Aljub” room.

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The ceremony was hosted by Cruise media group, and several personalities of the Balearic islands, attended  to the event amoung them; the Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Mr. Jaime Martinez , Palma Mayor  Mr. Mateo Isern, the president of Balearic Island port authority  Mr Alberto Pons and  the president of the Spanish port authority Mr Jose Llorca plus several professionals of  balearic Islands cruise industry and the most important cruise companies.

The cruise excellence awards recognizes the work of cruise companies in Spain.

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 The winners were:

-Best Spanish Port- Barcelona Port authority

-Best crew -Pullmantur cruises

-Best cruise Line-Pullmantur Cruises

-Best entretainment on board-Royal Caribbean

-Best value cruise Line-Iberocruceros

-Best Premium Cruise Line-Celebrity cruises

-Best Luxury Cruise Line-Silversea

-Best Mediterranean Cruise ship-MSC Preziosa

-Travel agencies best Brand name recognition-MSC cruises

-Best company branding and marketing-Costa Cruises

-Best river cruises company-CrosisiEurope

-Best Mediterranean destiny/Cruise Port of call: Dubrovnik

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It was a great evening and Mallorca Private tour guides wants to thanks Cruise News Media Group for choosing Palma de Mallorca to celebrate this event in our city and we hope it can be repeated in the next future.

We can not forget that the cruise industry is really important for Balearic islands and Mallorca Private tour guides invites all the cruise passangers to discover this Mediterranean pearl, our island Mallorca.

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If it is true that a port of call determines, the sale of a cruise itinerary, Mallorca should be a MUST SEE….  Palma port has become the second most important  port of call in Spain, 4th in Europe and 12th on the world.

Mallorca Guides Private Tour guides recommends all of you  not to miss on your next cruise, a visit to our island to discover Mallorca and the wonders that this island offers visitors.

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Let us to be your tour guide on your next cruise and discover with Mallorca Private tour guides, on of the most beautiful ports of call on the Mediterranean.

Mallorca Private Tour guides Team

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SOR FRANCINAINA CIRER-BLESSED HOLIDAY SOR FRANCINAINA -27th February-SENCELLES-MAJORCA

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This year we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beatification of Sor Francinaina Cirer also known as “aunt Xiroia” by the citizens of Sencelles, her birthplace.
Sencelles has organize several acts to commemorate this anniversary, but of course Mallorca Private Tour Guides recommends you to visit Sencelles next 27th february when the people dressed with the old”payes” garments made the floral wreath to Sor Francinaina Cirer, a colorful parade not to be missed….Mallorca in winter has zoo much to offer visitor.
Come to Mallorca and join Mallorca Private Tour Guides to discover Sencelles, its traditions and Sor Francinaina Cirer history , one of the most popular citizens of Sencelles….

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Sencelles, a town located in the center of the island Majorca, It´s the birthplace of the beatified sister, Francinaina Cirer (1st june 1781-27 february 1855)

She is wellknown in Sencelles (mallorca) as “Aunt Xiroia” the family nickname.

When she was 70 years old, togheter with 2 more nuns, she founded 1851, the comunity of the sisters of charity of San Vicente de Paul.

She was the only daughter of a farmers family and she got 3 more brothers.

She wanted to join an order of nuns, but her father would not let her, so she decided to serve God through her family and neighbours.

When she was 26 years old, and her mother and brothers died, she decide to stay with her father, taking care of him till he pass away.

She was beatified 1st octuber 1989 by pope John Paul II, because all…

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THE MAJORCAN SNOW-ALMOND BLOSSOM IN MAJORCA-AMAZING WINTER LANDSCAPES

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ALMOND BLOSSON-THE MAJORCAN SNOW

Mallorca, late winter, early spring, offers visitors an excellent weather.

Are rare occasions when it snows in Majorca, and it´s usually in the mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana. (declared world heritage by Unesco)

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But one of the most beautiful images offered in winter, is when almonds flowering, which is popularly known as Majorcan snow.

The island is covered with a white blanket, and it may seem it has snowed, but nothing is further from reality “is the Majorcan almond blossom”

The flowers are white to pale pink, and appearing before leaves in early spring.

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Almond trees are native from the Mediterranean.

Wild trees are usually bitter.

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Almonds can be processed into several products, in Majorca we elaborate products such as almond milk, almond liquor, an almond blossom perfume, by Christmas almond “turron” and a great sweet called Gató always served with delicious almond ice cream.

A trip to Randa can be one of the best options to enjoy this unforgettable panorama.

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There is a legend, which tells, almond trees where planted in Mallorca by a men for his lover who missed her snowy homeland.

Come to Mallorca and experience this- It´s almond blossom time

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Mallorca offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy this great winter landscapes, a great weather, a paradise to spend your vacations..a …the majorcan snow or almond blossom

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Come and enjoy with Mallorca private Tour guides our almond blossom tour and for sure you would be impressed by its great landscapes, amazing view points and the opportunity to take amazing pictures.

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AMAZING ILLUMINATION IN PALMA CATHEDRAL-THE EIGHT SHOW

Two times a year you can discover this amazing illumination show in Palma cathedral, the famous eight show, another must see in Palma

Do not miss it..come and discover with Mallorca Private Tour guides…This amazing eight phenomenon into Palma Cathedral, La Seo

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