5 places to chill in Mallorca

Are you looking for chill out places in Mallorca? On the island you can find some of the best places to relax with a refreshing drink and live music. Whether they are chiringuitos (beach bars) with stunning views, or located on the beach, the truth is that these types of establishments are very popular with Mallorcans and tourists alike. These are some of the most famous recommended by Sol Hotels.

Floridita Beach Bar

A small bar on the sand at the beautiful beach of Alcudia that serves delicious breakfasts, cocktails and exquisite gourmet tapas, which is ideal to end a day at the beach in one of the most charming villages on Mallorca. Floridita Beach Bar is a great option to enjoy a relaxing day in Mallorca.

S’Embat

One of the most famous chiringuitos in Mallorca that offers daily shows during the spring and summer months. S’Embat is located in the beautiful natural environment of Ses Covetes, and has become an exclusive place where concerts and circus performances take place. They also have a select service of meals, dinners and all kinds of cocktails.

Sa Foradada

The incredible viewpoint. Sa Foradada is the name of the viewpoint that is located a few kilometres from the picturesque town of Deià, it is also one of the most visited viewpoints on Mallorca. With an impressive view over the sea, there is a chiringuito that offers drinks and live music sessions from mid-afternoon until night. It is traditional to go and enjoy the sunset while having fun in the lively atmosphere at the bar.

Can Gavella

Palm trees, tables on the shores of the Mediterranean and one of the best paellas on the island. Can Gavella is an excellent beach bar that has earned its reputation thanks to its delicious paellas. Not only that, but the wide range of soft drinks, cocktails and desserts that you can enjoy while relaxing on Playa de Muro, one of the island’s flagship beaches.

El Chiringuito

A cove of pebbles from which to marvel at the sunset with a refreshing drink and with DJ sessions every weekend. El Chiringuito is very close to our hotels in Calviá and has a wide range of drinks and snacks.

For the complete experience during your holiday at Sol Resorts we invite you to stay at our exclusive Sol House The Studio, where you can enjoy the best musical entertainment and the best party atmosphere with a wide range of specially designed services just for you.

At the gates of summer

Do you know what summer means in Mallorca? It means hours and hours of sunlight. It means Mediterranean in its prime. A drink on the beach. The softness of the sea breeze. Endless nights accompanied by the best live music. A trip along the coast. An unplanned breakfast on the terrace of a bar. A moment to yourself while the waves lap at your feet. A magical place. An impromptu hug. A look. A smile. An unrepeatable moment. Can you imagine it?

Summer is getting closer and at Sol Hotels we have set out to make your holiday in Mallorca an unforgettable experience. Because what would be your holiday be without a good dose of exclusivity? Relax in an exclusive environment, with the best entertainment for families and groups of friends at our Sol Katmadú Park.

This year we have worked hard to offer you the best services at our hotels in Mallorca. Because quality lies in the small details. Because we want you to enjoy the best holidays, whether you are travelling as a family, as a couple or with friends, we provide the most exclusive facilities and plans to suit your type of holiday. Thus, you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment and fun for all ages at our themed hotel in Calviá, or relax on the seafront in our adults-only hotel near Palma, Sol Beach House, located in the beautiful surroundings of Cala Blanca

Furthermore if your desire is for music until dawn, we have the best recipe to ensure that your fun does not stop from the moment you land. Come to the Sol House The Studio, the adults only hotel in Magaluf, one of the most lively areas in Mallorca and dont stop dancing the night away. Because the best plans start with a pool party on the beach with the best facilities.

Enjoy summer with Sol Resorts! Come and discover the wonders of Mallorca and enjoy exclusive services and the best accommodation on the beach. Because you choose the destination and we make sure you enjoy an unforgettable stay. Look forward to your Mediterranean holidays, they are getting closer and closer!

 

A basic guide of Mallorca

Majorca is a perfect island to travel to in summer. It is one of the most unique destinations in the Mediterranean. With this being said, we have a partnership with a very special tour guide who offers travel tips for guests of the Blau Punta Reina Resort, a resort for families and couples in Porto Cristo, Majorca.

This is the best way to explore the island of Majorca the way you want to.

Majorca’s emblem

The Palma Cathedral, called la Seu, is Majorca’s most emblematic building. Located facing the Bay of Palma, it welcomes thousands of contemplating visitors every year. Wrapped by the city’s walls, the Palma Cathedral has the world’s largest Gothic rose window. This is an element that in winter offers a magical image, due to the rays of sun passing through the coloured stained glass window.  The Cathedral is surrounded by gardens and is next to the main buildings in the centre of Palma. Its interior holds Miquel Barceló’s mural and a museum. Visiting hours vary according to the time of year, although it is open every Saturday all year round from 10:00 to 14:15. On Sundays it is only open during mass.

Underground Majorca

Majorca is an island with a particular orography, inside and out. Its subterranean side hides dozens of impressive caves that offer its visitors a unique experience and vision of nature and the passing of time. The most famous of these caves are the Drach Caves, located in Portocristo. The Artà Caves, in the region of Capdepera, are also spectacular, as well as the Campanet Caves, located in the region of the same name. For potholing enthusiasts, there are cave in Majorca that are less known but just as interesting when it comes to formations and subterranean routes: the Pirate Caves in Cala Falcó, the del Hams Caves in Portocristo and the Mare de Deu Caves in Portals Vells.

The Drach Caves

The Drach Caves are the most famous subterranean formations in Majorca. Located on the island’s oriental coast, specifically in the region of Portocristo, the Drach caves offer an unequalled tour through shapes and sounds. These caves are 2.4 kilometres long and can reach up to 25 metres in depth. Its interior displays an almost magical vision; the Martel is an underground lake where a classical music concert is held for every group of visitors. This concert and the impeccable light show projected over the water offer a unique experience. Visitors have the option of taking a small boat ride through the lake at the end of the tour.

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

The Artà Caves 

The Artà Caves are Majorca’s most spectacular subterranean formations. Located in Cap Vermell, in the region of Capdepera, the caves are framed by a mountainous landscape overlooking the sea. They are a mandatory visit for potholing enthusiasts, since its formations are especially significant due to their age, size, volume and location… It all seems to have been designed with the utmost care and harmony. What is most surprising when visiting the Artà Caves is its majestic vault, a structure with winding and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Its length has winding galleries and caves where visitors can walk around and discover this phenomenon of nature.

The Campanet Caves

Located in the depths of the Sant Miquel valley, the Campanet caves are a passageway to the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains. Its privileged location matches the beauty of its interior, divided into several areas and galleries. The Campanet subterranean caves are 3,200 m² in size, offering its visitors a 400 metre trajectory that takes approximately 40 minutes. These caves reach a maximum depth of 50 metres and its galleries hold lakes and ample spaces; the perfect place to feed one’s imagination.

A lighthouse route through Majorca

While in Majorca, you can enjoy a beautiful route of the lighthouses that light up the island. Many of them are very old towers and true monuments overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the best examples is the Porto Pi lighthouse, in Palma. Located next to a naval base, right in the Palma Port, it is the third oldest functioning lighthouse in the world, after the Hercules Tower in A Coruña and the Lanterna in Genova. The most impressive lighthouses in Majorca are the Faro de Ses Salines, which can be seen from Cabrera, and the one in Formentor, a construction that crowns the Tramuntana Mountains. Others that are also worth visiting due to their special beauty are the Aucanada lighthouse in Capdepera, and Sa Creu, in Sóller.

A day trip to the Waterpark

Majorca has some of the best water parks in Europe. The island’s excellent climate in the summer is an invitation to spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying a swim in the sea or a dip in the swimming pool. A day at Aquapark is the perfect option for some fun, quality time with your family. Majorca has a total of four water parks, one in El Arenal, in the Playa de Palma region, two in Magaluf and a fourth in Alcudia. These water parks have amazing attractions like paintball, mini golf, games specific for different age groups, rest areas, grassy lanes, sun loungers and theme restaurants to regain one’s strength. It’s guaranteed pure fun in the sun.

A bicycle tour around the Bay of Palma

The Bay of Palma has one of the best bicycle lanes on the island of Majorca. The boardwalk connects the city’s centre with the residential and tourist area of Can Pastilla and takes you through areas of great natural beauty. This bike route is approximately 13 kilometres long and runs along the sea, offering typically marine scenes, diverse landscapes and people of all ages on a stroll or doing sports. The bicycle lane is protected from transit, making it an ideal path to enjoy a relaxing bike ride or an excursion with the entire family. Along the path, you will find small inlets, perfect for taking a dip, natural and unique areas like Es Carnatge, and lively bars and restaurants next to the sea.

Magaluf, the best party in Majorca

Parties in Majorca have a name: Magaluf. Bars, all types of restaurants and shops, Irish pubs, clubs and the best discotheques on the island are focused in this small region. The best destination for those looking for guaranteed fun. Located in the tourist municipality of Calvià, Magaluf is the perfect place to watch the sun rise after a night partying and lay on the sand of its two kilometre long beach. Shops, supermarkets, scuba diving schools, water sports, large terraces facing the sea… this is a place designed to make sure you enjoy every minute of your vacation. One of the main nightlife attractions is the famous BCM Planet Dance discotheque, one of the largest music venues in Majorca. Every summer, the best national and international disc-jockeys like David Guetta or Carl Cox make nights even hotter; experience the true Ibiza sound in the heart of Majorca’s nightlife.

Palmanova for all

The ultimate destination in Calvià for a family vacation is Palmanova. This small beach town in Majorca is very close to the lively nightlife in Magaluf, but its focus is more on tranquillity, rest and family fun. This is the perfect summer location for families with children and the elderly. The secret of Palmanova is the fact that it’s a welcoming town offering everything any type of visitor might need. Assorted restaurants, bars, play areas for children, beaches, parks, a marina, numerous shops, water sports… Palmanova Beach is a quiet place for those travelling with children; its waters are shallow, the white fine sandy beach is approximately 500 metres long and has a security service and easy access. You can take a stroll along a beautiful boardwalk full of shops, terraces and restaurants. Right next to this beach, connecting Palmanova and Magaluf, is Es Carregador, a smaller beach surrounded by lovely Mediterranean pine trees.

On a boat trip in the Palma Bay

Seen from the sea, Palma looks like a freshly painted picture. The Cathedral in the background, surrounded by gardens, monumental buildings and quaint roofs. So you can enjoy these magnificent views, take full advantage of your vacation and make a reservation for a quiet boat trip around the Bay of Palma. In the city’s Port, numerous businesses organize small boat or catamaran trips around the bay, from Palma to the Cap Blanc. These boat trips around the Bay of Palma usually last three to four hours and are appropriate for all age groups. On these trips, you have the option of going for a dip in a hidden inlet and savouring a real paella over the Mediterranean and toast with a glass of fresh sangria. These trips are with varied groups of people, allowing you to make new acquaintances. They run February until October and need to be reserved in advance.

Es Trenc, the essential beach

Es Trenc is one of the few remaining unspoiled beaches in Majorca and its beauty is almost intact. Many consider it to be the island’s paradise beach; the perfect place to disconnect, leave stress behind and swim in the bluest waters of the archipelago. Es Trenc, located in the Campos municipality, is made up of four kilometres of coast declared a protected, undeveloped area. This beach is surrounded by the typical leafy Mediterranean vegetation, which holds up to 170 different bird species and small dunes. Its fine sand is pristine and of the purest white, its shallow and transparent waters are always calm, like in a huge swimming pool. Es Trenc beach is very lively in the summer, so much so that visitors need to get an early start to find a parking spot. On each side of the beach you’ll find the family areas with sun loungers and sunshades, and in the centre there’s an area for nudists. All along the beach, kiosks hold lively parties that last well into the summer nights.

Es Trenc Mallorca

Cala d’Or beaches

Cala d’Or is one of the most distinguished tourist areas in Majorca. Located on the island’s southeast corner, in the municipality of Santanyí, its coast is characterised by exquisite inlets, rocky cliffs and a varied selection of leisure for all likings and age groups. Cala Gran is its most important inlet, due to its size and flow of visitors. Its quiet, family atmosphere is very convenient for those travelling with children, allowing for a safe sun and beach vacation. At a close distance, you’ll find Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena, Cala des Pou, Cala Esmeralda and Cala Egos. All of them smaller in size, welcoming and family oriented. Its sea beds are very rich in fauna and flora. The service offered in these inlets is excellent, making them some of the most sought after places to spend a summer vacation in Majorca.

Alcudia, the great bay

One of the nicest bays in the Balearic Islands is hidden in Majorca’s northern shore. The Alcudia and Muro Beaches are extended along the coast, creating a real natural maritime boardwalk facing the Mediterranean. In total, almost nine kilometres of fine, pristine sand, shallow waters and a natural environment make Alcudia one of Majorca’s most attractive destinations. Perfect for disconnecting from everyday stress, the Alcudia Bay is a lovely place where you’ll find all the services needed for an ideal vacation; tranquillity and relaxation in nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sports, fun, relaxation, sun and beaches, nature… You’ll find all of this in this special spot on the Majorcan coast, a place next to Formentor cape in the west and the mountain range in the east.

Muro lakes

The natural park at S’Albufera in Majorca is, along with Mondragó, the essential place to get in touch with nature. 100,000 years old, this area in the municipality of Muro is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and is characterised by its lovely lakes and canals.

S’Albufera is right next to the sea and offers the contrast of dunes, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Alcudia. While on one of the four routes that cross the park, you’ll be able to enjoy views of Muro Beach and the typical tillage houses of Sa Pobla village. This is the real Majorca. These wetlands are a protected natural park holding numerous regional species that live on its islets and canals: lizards, fish, migratory and water birds like the Bittern and the Heron, as well as Majorca’ autochthonous flora.

Sailing and kite surfing in Majorca

Majorca is an unequalled destination for all types of water sports. You’ll have access to sailing lessons, kite surfing on the beach, scuba diving, fishing, catamaran sailing or going on a kayak excursion around the coast. The calm waters of the Mediterranean make this island a year around paradise for water sport enthusiasts. The Port of Pollença, Alcudia and Cala Estancia, next to Playa de Palma, are the most popular beaches for fast-growing sports like sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Majorca has several professional schools that teach sailing and kite surfing all year round, since the Bays of Palma and Alcudia have the perfect weather conditions for these types of sports.

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Mallorcan Easter

Mallorca is transformed in Holy Week. The island is filled with tradition and celebrations in one of the most important and most solemn religious festivals in Spain. At Sol Hotels we want you to discover the alternative charm of this festival in which emotion and passion come together in the form of religious processions and representations. With the recent opening of our hotels Sol Katmandu Park and Sol Beach House, we want to invite you to give yourself the treat that you have been waiting for with us.

Get to know a totally different side of Mallorca at Easter with . At this time of year, the island looks completely different as it celebrates one of its most important and different festivals. The streets are filled with processions in a celebration that pays homage to the Passion of Christ.

This traditional festival has its origins in the fifteenth century, when lay groups came together to re-live the Passion of Christ as a way of experiencing the pain that Christ suffered during the last years of his life. From that time, these groups took to the streets and organized processions in which they paraded showing religious figures and representing biblical passages such as the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ. Over time this custom began to acquire a theatrical quality that spread throughout the country with the intention of expressing the faith and spreading the Christian message.

The celebration begins on Palm Sunday, the week before the official start of Holy Week, in a procession in which children and families carry palm leaves. The festive atmosphere becomes solemn on Good Friday, when Christ’s Crucifixion is represented in La Seu, Palma’s Cathedral. The processions cover the main streets of the capital and the towns, the most important being Crist de la Sang – Christ of the Blood – celebrated on Holy Thursday, the Holy Burial, Good Friday and the Holy Encounter, a very emotional procession in which the risen Christ meets with his mother Mary.

‘Santo Domingo’, or ‘Domingo del Angel’, is reserved for the well-known “pancaritats”, a traditional ritual when, in the past, bread was distributed amongst the poor. Today, lots of families and groups of friends get together in the imposing Bellver Castle to eat together and enjoy a full day of outdoor activities.

Get to know this festival’s whole tradition and its delicious cuisine, with us. Stay in our hotels and enjoy an unforgettable stay while you get to know the very different side of ‘the island of calm’.

Discover Palma de Mallorca in Winter

Mallorca, is an island gently swayed by the waves of the Mediterranean, where each of its beaches and magical sunsets are their own piece of paradise. Who would not want to get lost in these beautiful coves and stunning landscapes?

With 300 days of sunshine per year, this Mediterranean jewel is a treasure that everyone wants to discover. Known to most people as a destination to visit during the summer, we wanted to talk today about the magic that you can experience here in winter. From the famous capital of Palma, to the most symbolic towns and areas of natural beauty. Prepare the camera for the incredible beauty that will take your breath away!

A walk through the capital

The city of Palma has many secrets that are worth discovering with a pleasant walk through the historic centre of the city. Beautiful places such as the Cathedral, the Town Hall Square, the Plaza Mayor and the busy Ramblas, are attractive examples of Mallorcan architecture and tradition, which also make excellent places to relax during the afternoon.

The charming traditional markets and the improvised performances of urban swing that take place in certain areas of the city centre form an alternative side to the Mallorcan capital.

A passage through the villages of the Tramuntana

Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, the Sierra de Tramuntana is the natural wonder of Mallorca. Of course, the towns that are located around the mountain range are equally as stunning.

The magic of Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià and Fornalutx captures the visitors imagination from the first time you set your eyes on it. A traditional arròs brut (Meat & rice), or a porcella rostida (lechona) (suckling pig) are some of the most important dishes to try from these mountain villages.

Sóller Train

Following the route through the towns of the Serra Tramuntana, you can enjoy the journey by taking the Sóller train which cannot be missed off your list of essentials. The beautiful wooden train that connects the city of Palma with the picturesque town of Sóller, in a journey through the most symbolic landscape of Mallorca.

A tour of the best viewpoints

Mallorca is full of postcard worthy landscapes. The viewpoints of Cap de Formentor, Puig de Randa, Na Foradada and the Tower of Ses Ànimes become a must see, from which you can get the best views out over this magical island in the Mediterranean

Where to stay in Mallorca?

For those who have chosen this alternative visit to Mallorca, the Sol Hotels chain offers all the services and facilities needed to enjoy a wonderful stay in Palma de Mallorca. Discover all the Sol Hotels options, such as Sol Kathmandu Park and Sol House, both perfect for exploring the island on your holiday.

A dream route through the north of Mallorca

There are places where the quicksilver drops dramatically as September arrives, and then there are places like Mallorca: a kind destination in terms of climate where a very comfortable temperature prevails all the way until the first week of November. I can be trusted when state this, because as those who read my blog regularly will know, I have been in love with the island for many years now.

Since summer has to be sent off in style (so we won’t miss it too soon), I’ve decided to cross the Mediterranean yet again – always beautiful and so very turquoise – to enjoy a couple of relaxing days with family in the northern part of Mallorca. The reason? Filling ourselves up on island magic, experiencing first hand the rich nature that characterises the northern part of the largest of the Balearic islands.

Although I’ve gone for hotels in the south and the east when I’ve been to Mallorca in the past, this September I’ve gone for the experience of Garden Hotels, a leading brand on Mallorca with famous hotels such as the Playa Garden Selection Hotel Spa and the Cala Millor Garden Hotel, our choice for this mini holiday.

Since this is a three-day trip (more than enough, taking into account the fact that my family and I already know the island well) we’ve already made a plan and lined up all the visits we’ll make and routes we’ll take, to make sure there’ll be time for everything we want to do (yes, for sleep too). If you fancy getting to know the north of the island during a long weekend, this is my schedule for those days:

Albufera Alcudia

A route through the S’Albufera Natural Parc

Apart from being the largest wetland on Mallorca and one of the most interesting natural parks throughout the country, the S’Albufera National Park plays a fundamental role in the island ecosystem.

It’s a park located between Playa de Muro and Alcudia (at the very north) where you can find plants and animals native to the Balears and where you can spend an amazing day with your family walking along trails showcasing all the wealth provided by mother nature.

Beach life in Son Serra de Marina and sports in Playa de Muro

Far from being the typical Mallorcan beach with fine, white sand, the beach at Son Serra de Marina is a natural paradise well worth enjoying. It’s a very clean, extensive and natural beach showing you that authentic side of things so highly praised by those of us who consider ourselves ‘Mallorca Lovers’. Since we are fond of long days on the beach in my family, this beach plan basically just contemplates a meal at one of the beach bars in the area; there are many of them, and they are very good.

As there will be time left over we’ve decided to spend a couple of hours doing water sports in Playa Muro. The kids love kayaking and I love paddle surf so we’ll try to bring the hobbies together and then put the icing on the cake with a paella at La Ponderosa.

 

Fuerteventura and golf, a successful combination

If you are looking for something completely new and entertaining for your next holiday, take note of our summer suggestion: what about a golf holiday on Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands? If it were up to us, the answer would be a resoundingly loud and clear “Yes, that’s exactly what I want”.

We are of course aware of the fact that the southern and eastern parts of our country are the favourite destinations for all those who practise golf, but actually there are other places, like  Fuerteventura, where you can experience a relaxing holiday filled with golfing pleasure. Fuerteventura is an emerging destination in this area of sports tourism and it really is a destination to consider, thanks to aspects that we are highlighting this month:

A place where you can disconnect

Thanks to its location, climate and peculiar atmospheric pressure, the island of Fuerteventura is a destination where you can experience first hand the pleasures of the dolçe far niente – the joy of doing nothing. It also makes enjoying any outdoor activity a fantastic experience.

Campo de golf

The magic of a unique landscape

Considered one of the crown jewels of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is proud to offer visitors a unique landscape where there is no shortage of volcanic formations and extremely beautiful beaches.

These two aspects have been well taken advantage of by the main golf hotels in the area. The result? 18-hole golf courses with truly magical views.

A thousand and one plans for day and night

Fuerteventura is a place to enjoy a thousand and one plans during the day as well as at night, and not all of it is going to be playing golf. Among the ideas we would like to point out especially are the volcanic hiking routes and water sports sessions in the beautiful Atlantic ocean.

Where to stay in Fuerteventura?

Just like on the other islands that make up the Canarian archipelago, Fuerteventura is a place where hotels offer maximum quality. There is a range of hotels that boast lovely views near the sea or a direct link to golfing (a theme that we’re paying special attention to this month).

Even if there is a variety of gold hotels offering good value for money, this month of July we would like to recommend these three hotels that belong to the Mallorcan chain IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts: IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park.

Mutua Madrid Open

The Mutua Madrid Open, a tennis classic

Next year I’m not going to miss it. This time I wasn’t able to go and had to settle for watching it on TV, but during the Mutua Madrid Open in 2018 I will be one of the live spectators in the audience. This magnificent sports event, a true tennis classic, deserves to be experienced in person at least once in a lifetime.

 In 2017 the attendance record was broken and the brilliant final between our own Mallorcan Rafa Nadal and Austrian Dominic Thiem has made me even more keen to go, even if other greats will be playing next year in this Spanish Masters 1000.

 In order to get the planning started, I’ve already began to check what accommodation options there are in Madrid. The excuse of the Madrid Open suits me perfectly; I’ll be able to use it as an excuse to enjoy a trip to the Spanish capital as well: a city that is beautiful and very much alive during the month of May.

 Even if the tournament is held at the facilities of the Caja Mágica, in the Usera district, I’ve decided that I’m going to stay to stay in the centre of the city. It’s going to be more comfortable for me to be near all the shopping and leisure on offer. There are several interesting possibilities there, but one of them caught my eye, and then especially if I end up going there with my partner.

 The hotel  Petit Palace Triball is a very cosy place. It’s located in a charming 19th-century building and just a stone’s throw from the Gran Vía I love. If in the end I decide to stay at this establishment I might even consider renting one of their bikes so I can go to the matches feeling that I’m keeping ‘in shape’.

 After I had seen this hotel on-line, I saw that the same chain offers another two very central hotels. The question is still whether I go with family or with friends. If I go with the little ones, I’d stay at the  Petit Palace Opera, which is another very cosy hotel that’s been recently renovated. It’s also very near the Puerta de Sol and Plaza Mayor, where there is good food to be had for sure, as well as entertainment that will suit all our tastes, because it’s impossible to walk far with the kids in tow.

 Another possibility is the Petit Palace Plaza de España, not far from the square with the same name, or the mythical Callao. The choice will fall on this full-featured four-star alternative if I can convince a couple of friends or my brothers-in-law to join us. That way it’ll be cheaper to rent a car between us four and we get to see the other parts of Madrid between matches. Mutua Madrid Open 2018, bring it on!

 

Three magical ways of getting married on Mallorca

May is the greenest and prettiest month of the year and temperatures stay around 26, 27 degrees. These two facts, and much more besides, have led to the number of people getting married on one of the 31 days available getting higher and higher every year. A wedding in May might be a guarantee for success (because good weather during the event is basically inevitable), but there are other crucial decisions that have to be made. The most important one? The choice of destination.

Contrary to what used to be populars some years ago, more and more couples decide to leave their towns and cities to celebrate their wedding in a warmer destination, on the beach, or somewhere they can get that ‘special something’ they are looking for. Looking for the ideal location takes time, so how about choosing a destination where any kind of wedding can be accommodated? If the answer is “yes” then start packing, because we’re going to Mallorca to get married.

Son Marroig, Mallorca

A wedding at sea

Mallorca is an island and as such it features numerous little bays, many of them extremely beautiful, so why not get married on a boat with the island at its most beautiful as a backdrop? Even if it might sound like something out of a film, or a marriage for the wealthy, the truth is that the number of boats on offer on the island is that extensive that you can find boats for 20 or 30 people (with skipper) at a very affordable price.

You could just go by what your wedding planner recommends, but keep an eye out for locations such as Cala Figuera, Es Trenc, Calvià Bay or perhaps Palma Bay itself (with the spectacular cathedral in the background).

With the Tramuntana Mountains as witnesses

The Tramuntana mountain chain is without a doubt a winning choice, and an ideal recommendation for all those who would like to pronounce their “I do” in an arcadian, intimate and very special atmosphere: fields of green as they can only be seen here on Mallorca, and grand Mallorcan estates where you can celebrate a high-quality wedding. The second option is getting increasingly popular (and it’s actually cheaper than setting up everything for a wedding on the beach, from scratch).

The beach, the most sought-after location

Everyone knows how beautiful Mallorca’s beaches are, so this is the favourite setting for more bohemian couples. The fact that most of the island’s beaches are public makes this option slightly more expensive than the others. But if you choose to get married on the beach and accept the associated charges, you will (for sure) experience the most beautiful event of your life.

Perfect hotels to accommodate your wedding guests

The fact that guests pay for the trip and the hotel when attending a wedding isn’t a reason to look for something low quality to get a low price. Mallorca has hundreds of quality hotels and it’s also a location where there are hotel chains of the highest level, able to offer high-quality accommodation.

Our recommendation for your wedding guests? Choose a chain with pedigree, such as Garden Hotels. This chain not only offers accommodation alternatives such as Garden Holiday Village, it also has true gems on offer such as the beautiful Playa Garden Selection Hotel Spa.

 

Gran Isla Hotels, the ‘family-friendly’ brand that has revolutionised Mallorca

Travellers, tour operators and agents in the tourism sector, all fully agree that the island of Mallorca is a place of reference within the international tourism network.

A mature, high-quality destination that has managed to combine the international expansion of big hotel brands (brands made in Mallorca) with a risky – but highly original and successful – bet on younger, and very well-prepared, hotel groups. Groups such as Gran Isla, a ‘family-friendly‘ brand with Mallorcan character and DNA that has jumped into the pool with a risky, but perfect project.

What’s behind this business project, and why is it spoken about to such an extent on and outside the island? This month we will try to highlight the winning points of this colourful, family-friendly and unique project.

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The first themed hotel on Mallorca

Even if the sector knew what was being prepared in the corporate kitchens of Gran Isla, the residents of Santa Ponça (the beach destination where the main hotels of the brand are taking shape) they couldn’t believe their eyes: an amazing hotel with a façade full of images and shapes, like a pirate ship with treasure chests, cannons and giant skulls.

Yes, we’re talking about Pirates Village Apartments, a project created by Gran Isla that proved a success from the day it opened its doors. The hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Calvià. Families are treated with utmost care and attention to details here, something that’s particularly obvious when you look at it from a child’s perspective. The family rulers are extra happy here. And of course they are! Could there be anything better than to sleep in a pirate’s bed, or have rudders and sails in the bedroom? Not if you ask the kids.

A place where you don’t have to worry about a thing

Twenty-five years in the hospitality sector has given Gran Isla the experience necessary to really hit the mark with another of their family hotels. We’re talking about Jutlandia Family Resort. A resort located less than 300 metres from the beach in Santa Ponça where absolutely nothing is left to chance and where the idea is to transform family holidays into days filled with pleasure, relaxation and fun topped with incredible views.

Apart from its incredible pools and the exclusive family menu, the resort also has a Kids Club 2.0: a space created for children where there are daily workshops, family games, film screenings, computer rooms and much, much more on offer.