From Spring to Autumn, holiday season in Mallorca is a fantastic hotpot of activity. In fact, it’s proving to be one of the places to go in Europe in 2016 with villa holidays there voted a whopping 9.2 out of 10 by the real authorities on the subject – the James Villa customers who have tried and tested. Whatever time of year you want to travel, it’s an eclectic destination with loads to offer. Why not take a look and see when you’re going to pencil a Mallorca holiday into your calendar…
Spring – an island in bloom
With temperatures in Mallorca averaging a delightfully warm 19 degrees in April, it sure beats spring showers. Spring is just the time of year when the island’s rugged landscape comes alive. Orange and lemon trees are bursting with fragrance at the end of April, when the fruits are ripe and ready for picking (and eating)! Also at this time, the island’s almond trees are flowering with their beautiful pink-white blossom, making a spring holiday to Mallorca a real treat for the senses.
You’ll find citrus groves throughout the island, but perhaps one of the most beautiful places to take in the sights and scents is in the Soller Valley. Exploration takes a unique turn here, where you can hop on the aptly named “Orange Train” which runs from Palma to Soller. This charming, vintage electric train runs through the orange and olive groves, into the beautiful Tramuntana Mountains, via numerous tunnels, bridges and the impressive Soller Viaduct to reach its destination. It’s an incredible trip, which takes about an hour.
The pleasant spring temperatures also offer the ideal opportunity to enjoy the active side of the island in comfort. Walking and hiking are popular activities on the island – particularly amid the blooming spring backdrop. Guided walks in the Tramuntana Mountains are always popular. Take a hike around the rural village of Galilea – one of the highest villages on the island – just down the road from the orange groves of Puigpunyent. Keen ‘twitchers’ on the other hand should head to the Boquer Valley near Pollensa to see if they can get a glimpse of migrating birds stopping for a rest on their springtime journey back north from Africa.
Late spring/summer – a real catch
Put on your sea legs and cast off! The deep-sea fishing season starts in Mallorca around May, and for many visitors, a day spent out at sea around the island’s coast is relaxing, fun and great sport. With villas located near some of the most popular marinas – such as Alcudia – you’ll be sure to find a savvy local charter company with the knowledge, expertise and gear to host a great trip out for various ages and abilities. You’ll find big game fish such as Bluefin Tuna, Dorado, Swordfish, Grouper and even Spearfish in the waters around Mallorca. Some of these fish are endangered and should be returned to the water once they’re caught, but only after a trophy shot snap!
Summer – it’s fiesta time!
Sun, sea and sand! It’s the season for hot days and balmy nights. The beach resorts are buzzing, the towns are vibrant and the mood is high. It must be fiesta time! There are various celebrations on over the course of the summer, but here’s a glimpse at a couple of the most popular.
Fiesta of the Verge del Carme
Held in honour of the Patron Saint of seafarers and fishermen, this festival takes place in Puerto Pollensa and lasts just over a week. Yep, they know how to celebrate in style in Mallorca. Check out the fantastic culminating procession with its decorated floats and beachfront fireworks at midnight!
The festival’s main celebration takes place traditionally on the closest Sunday to 16 July, with dates to be confirmed.
Fiesta de la Patrona de Pollensa
Also known as the Battle of the Moors and Christians, this is a fiesta of epic proportions celebrated throughout Spain. Its home however is in Pollensa, where on the 2 August they commemorate the battle between the people of the town and invading Moors in 1550. The event starts as early as 5am with traditional music and dancing. But don’t worry if you’re still abed at your villa – the celebrations last the day (and night) through, with the pièce de résistance – the famed mock battle – at around 7pm. Colourful and good natured, the “battle” seemingly involves the whole town dressed in either white or multi-colours, depending on which side their on! Once the Christians are victorious church services and hymn singing honour the patron saint, before people take to the streets in song and dance, ahead of a spectacular fireworks display.
The festival begins on 25 July, with the battle culminating the celebration on 2 August, 2016.
Autumn – reap what you sow
With the peak summer season over, Mallorca once again takes on a more laidback tempo – but that’s not to say there’s not still a lot going on to enjoy. The summer sun has been doing its good work ripening the local harvests, and now it’s time to literally reap the rewards. Autumn is harvest time, and that’s really a time to celebrate.
The end of August is an incredibly exciting time to be travelling to Mallorca. It’s the start of the grape harvest, and where there’s grapes, there’s wine. Wine-making in Mallorca dates back approximately 2,000 years, so it’s no surprise that the grape harvest on the island is a big deal. You’ll find world-renowned varieties such as Manto Negro, Callet and Tempranillo in the famous Binissalem region, while the mountain foothills in western Mallorca produce Malvasia, Muscat, Moll and Parellada, to name just a few. There are plenty of local vineyards to visit if you want to see how grapes are pressed today, however if you want to be a bit more ‘hands on’ (or ‘feet on!’) don’t miss the Fiesta des Vermar…
Fiesta des Vermar
The wonderful Fiesta des Vermar is a festival celebrating the annual grape harvest and Mallorca’s wine production. Taking place in Binissalem, visitors can take part in traditional grape stomping, a grape fight (wear old clothes!) and a wine fair.
The festival takes place on 24 September 2016.
Straight after the fun of the grape harvest, mother nature rewards the people of Mallorca again, with delicious olives! With harvesting beginning at the end of September, the olives produced in Mallorca are of a really high quality, and you should definitely try to take some olive oil home with you.
Each variety of olive has its own unique taste and smell. The Picual variety has a slightly bitter taste, while the Arbequina olive is known for being a little fruitier. During your trip, try as many as you can and see which one is your favourite!
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