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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SANT ANTONI-SINT ANTHONY´S FESTIVITY IN MALLORCA-BENEIDES-ANIMALS BLESSINGS-17TH JANUARY

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SANT ANTONI-SINT ANTHONY FESTIVITY IN MALLORCA-BENEIDES-ANIMALS BLESSINGS-17TH JANUARY

Today 17th January is Sint ANTHONY´S day, Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Antonios and Antonias.

St. Anthony´s festivity has a strong tradition in Mallorca where the famous Beneïdes are held, (animals blessings), people are taking  animals to be blessed.

Also in many parts of the island’s famous “foguerons” or bonfires are held and can not be missing of course “ Dimonis “or demons.

Sint Anthony  “Sant Antoni” is considered the most popular saint of the island and the island pattern.

Mallorca Private Tour Guides would like to inform you who was “SAN ANTONIO” Sint Anthony also known as SAN ANTONIO ABAD ( Sint Anthony abbot), the Hermit or the Great, here in Mallorca is also wellknown as the “ Sant Antoni des porquet” (Piglet) because he had a weakness for these animals, or “SANT ANTONI DES ASES”(donkeys).

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Sint Anthony was born 251 in Egypt.

When he was very young, at the age of 19, he sold all his properties to give the money to the poorest and  he went to the desert ,where he spent 40 days and was tempted several times by the devil, but St Anthony always resisted to the temptation, then he begins his life as a hermit, and lived alone. That is why he is considered the founder of the hermit movement (hermits).

He is considered the patron saint of animals who always looked after with care and dedication.

He died 356, at age 105 years.

His  mortal remains rest in France, in Vienne church.

“San ANTONIO” Sint Anthony is often represented as an old man, dressed in the Sint Anthony order habit and  with the TAU, a walking stick ending as T, like the Egyptian cross (as the Templars), the cross as a way of beating the devil and sometimes a bell, that bell in clear reference to Anthony’s friars who used the bell to beg.

Usually accompanied by a small pig (“porquet” or piglet), because  there is a lengend which tells a jevelin with her blind javelin piglets approached him ,Sint Anthony cured them and the javeline in gratitude to Sint Anthony was always with him.

In many places (also in Mallorca) it was the tradition to raise a pig for a year and then auction it Sint Anthony´s day. The pig  was wearing a small bell or jingle bell to identify him and he was fed in all the houses in which he went in. Because of this the popular mallorcan  saying  “és més rondaire que es porquet de Sant Antoni…”, o “ dóna més voltes que es porquet de Sant Antoni”,… (to describe a person which never stays quiet)

If anyone dared to mistreat the animal, lost all sex drive for life.

A curiosity regarding to the origin of this jingle bell or bell that pigs were carring Anthony’s Friars were raising pig herds, and in the Middle Ages was banned pigs grazing free in the streets, but the exception was made for the Anthony´s friars pigs, so to identify them, they wore a bell around the neck.

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Another Sint Anthony attribution was to give protection to those affected by the ‘foc de Sant Antoni’ (St Anthony´s fire), or ergotism, what we know nowadays with then name herpes zoster (shingles zoster),a poisoning caused by eating unpurified rye bread,which caused fever, spasms and gangrene in the skin and the extremities.

Anthonian friars to cure shingles zoster  (herpes zoster) called populary “Foc de Sant Antoni”(sint anthony´s fire) used the “SAIM” or lard, so their pig  herds could graze freely.

“San Antoniet” hospital in Palma,which was founded by St. Anthony´s friars because of the privileges granted to them by King James I during the island conquest, the church and its cloister is preserved nowadays, and it´s located in Calle Sant Miquel in Palma. In its exterior facade can be seen a Sant Antoni, with a piglet and a fire tongue .

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Sint Anthony´s day numerous celebrations are held in the island. in most of the majorcan cities and towns on the island, the famous Beneïdes (animal blessings) are performed, authentic parades where animals are blessed,

In Palma city one of popular is the one made in San Antoniet cloister ( San Miguel Street)

Another important celebration is the one in Sa Pobla, one of the oldest festivals in Europe and has been held continuously from 1365, where after the “Misa de completes” a Mass celebrated Sint Anthony´s eve , the “clamater” or crier  points the beging of Sint Anthony´s festivity,and they perform the famous “dimonis” demons  and “ Caparrots” (bigheads) and we can not forget its gastronomic specialties prepared for this special occasion, as his famous loin or eels “espinagada” (kind of pastry filled with loin or eels), the eels “greixonera” or rice “Poble” (arroz Poble).

Also takes this Sint Anthony´s festivity special relevance in Arta, the early bird “Sant Antoni”, as the celebration starts 16th january 9.00 am, with “Berenar Calobre” a delicious breakfast with hot chocolate and “ensaimada” (typical majorcan cake) and also made for this ocassion ,St Anthony Coca made with  boiled potato and “longaniza” sausage.

In Pollensa, north of the island, there is a special celebration for Sint Anthony called “ES PI DE TERNELLES” (Ternelles pine) in which the townspeople  goes to Ternelles property up on the mountains, and take down from Ternelles to Pollensa old square (plaza vieja)a huge pine tree (which should be more than 20 meters high, aprox 66 feets).

The pine trunk after removing all the branches is soaped, and the people try to climb to the top of the pine through the soaped trunk. The origins date back to the  medieval games and could be related to the famous  Neapolitan”cuccagna” and reaches the island in the 16th century, the one which could reach the pine top, got as a reward, a cock, at the time it was a great prize that provided food for several days.

Without a doubt the most massive Beneïdes (animal blessings) held in Mallorca, are the ones In Muro, but Muro beneides boom was in 1946 due to the recommendation of the agricultural unión, that encourages the farmers to carry their animals to be bless, to preserve the animals good health during the year and to increase animals fertility.

 “Misa de Completes” (Sint Anthony´s eve Mass) and glosses (kind of typical songs) are also famous in Manacor, plus St Anthony´s eve, the people in Manacor eats bread soup, butifarrones and sobrassada (majorcan typical sausages) and bacon.

And of course, Sint Anthony´s  festivity is not only celebrated in Mallorca, but also in Minorca,Sint Anthony its Minorca´s patrón and they celebrate too Minorca national day, the origin of Sint Anthony´s festivity in Minorca dates back to 1287 when Aragonian King Alfonso III  landed in Minorca ,Sint Anthony´s day, to release Minorca from Muslim domination, and this day was a huge storm in Minorca, so the King Alfonso III took refuge in the King’s Island.

In Ciudadela in Minorca is held the 3 touches procession (3 toques) and a market where  they sell dateless( datiles where the food that Sint Anthony ate in the desert) and oranges and also a piglet raffle is held.

Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to invite all of you to enjoy the Majorcan winter and to discover one of the most popular and colorful festivals celebrated for ST ANTHONY¨S FESTIVITY  “San Antonio.”

Let us be your guide… with our licensed tour guides you´ll discover the  delicious recipies prepare don the island for St Anthony´s festivity, enjoy the “FOGUERONS” or bonfires, the “DIMONIS” demons dances, glosses and so many peculiarities that this festivity involves.

A Winter in Mallorca (title of the book written by the French writer George Sand during her stay on the island in Valldemosa 1838/1839 ) is an experience to enjoy, a time to discover another island view, wrapped into its beauty landscapes and time to enjoy excellent cuisine, its festivals, something no one should miss.

Come and join Mallorca private tour guides to discover the amazing celebrations made for Sint Anthony´s day….VIVA SAN ANTONIO  and VIVA MALLORCA

Mallorca Private Tour Guides are waiting to guide you all through our island …LET YOURSELF TO BE GUIDE BY ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL MALLORCA PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES

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