Autumn Begins in Mallorca

With the end of the long hot summer, comes a new rhythm of life. Gone are the indoor siestas to avoid the midday heat, gone are the early evening trips to the beach. It’s back to school, work picks up again, and activities arise for the next cycle. Mallorca living is all about the seasons.

First, in September, we have the Urban Down Pollensa, where a bunch of crazy mountain bikers drop down the Calvario Hill at terrific speed with some hair-raising jumps along the way. The full day sees children and adults train in the morning while the serious competition kicks off in the afternoon.

Another annual event is the Pujada a Lluc. Not so much adrenaline rush, more a mass meander up from whatever town you live in (or from Inca via the shuttle bus, if you live really far out) to Lluc. This overnight hike is all about community, getting together with your townsfolk and joining surrounding towns on a cool September night. The pujada is growing in popularity year-on-year.

Perhaps an overnight schlep over some distance (and gradience) is not that appealing, but now that it is cooler, take up one of the guided walks in Pollensa. During September and October there are guided walks to Cala Boquer in Puerto Pollensa (Mondays), Coves Blanques in Cala Sant Vicente (Thursdays) and a cultural guide to the Old Town of Pollensa (Fridays). Do all three of these and your knowledge of this beautiful town, and its coastlines will be firmly established.

Hikes can easily become gentle walks and what better way to do this than by taking in the local wildlife? Mallorca is home to a rich bird population. Birdwatchers arrive on the island in their thousands to find the rare and indigenous birds that live or pass through the Balearics. The North of Mallorca is home to a wide array of species thanks to the landscape of sandy and rocky coastline, cliff faces, wetlands, grassland, scrubland and forests, and it is this diversity that makes it such a great home (temporary or permanent) for birds. The area is also located along a main migration route, so it’s no surprise that wildlife lovers come follow the nature trail here too.

If your fitness levels demand something more challenging, then Mallorca has it all. There are dozens of events to keep your holiday a healthy one. For example, the Viking 859 are two swim/run events in Alcudia and Pollensa. There is also the AlcudiaMar Aquathlon either short and long events. Muro has its own sprint triathlon in October as well. For something less watery, Pollensa’s popular run for Alzheimer’s is an annual event. The 7km run takes in the Calvario Steps and is a challenge for the most seasoned runners. But perhaps the biggest challenge is the 5000 Skyrunning event along the Tramuntana, from Soller to Pollensa and the Palma Marathon in October.

For the after party, there are jazz concerts in Alcudia throughout September. There are also classical concerts at the Auditori d’Alcudia and at the Claustre in Pollensa. Check the local town programmes for more details.

If you are more about the cultural side, autumn is the season for Firas (or fairs) and every year, Alcudia is the first to hold theirs. In recent years, themes have included medieval and Roman, and the Fira is a chance for local farmers to show off their livestock, local artesans to show and sell their wares and local trades to demonstrate what they do. The markets—including food, artesan, trade, plants and garden and more—and activities from local bands and dance groups make these fairs a great slice of Mallorcan culture. Pollensa’s is in November as are the smaller towns fairs.

For full-on fiestas, Campanet has its Sant Miquel Fiesta at the end of September. It’s a week-long programme of events. The highlights are community dinners, a health fair, music and dance and plenty more beside.

In October the Festes de Verges is an excuse to eat tonnes of bunyols (little Mallorcan donuts) and then of course comes Halloween. All Souls day on 1st November is a long-standing tradition but Halloween dress-ups and trick or treating is new to Mallorca. In response, the Nit Fosca in Pollensa is becoming a regular occurrence on the autumn agenda. Children from across Pollensa dress up in Halloween style and the party at the Claustre has a timetable of varying degrees of scariness. The later event is for bigger kids who think they can handle it.

The North of Mallorca is so much more than sun, sand and sea. It’s just as exciting in the cooler months.

Markets: Shop Like a Local

The main markets in the north of Mallorca are in Pollença Old Town every Sunday morning, in the port every Wednesday morning and in Alcudia every Tuesday and Sunday morning. In Puerto Alcudia, there is a fruit and vegetable market every Friday morning. In general, markets are open from 8 or 9 in the morning until 2 pm.

TIP 1. If you want to shop them like a local, get there early. Parking gets tricky, and once you’re walking around, the narrow streets get jam-packed. In the heat, this is not the best experience. Arriving before 10 am can make all the difference. Once you’ve bought your fruit and veg, have a look at the artisanal stalls, you’ll be ready for a coffee and a chance to sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

TIP 2. Once you’re ready to buy your fresh produce—bag-for-life in hand—have a little walk around first. The price per kilo of the same produce can vary from stall to stall, so do a recce. Think about what’s on your list and look out for it on your round of the market. Make a note of the lowest prices and go back to that stall. Note, you don’t have to buy everything at the same stall.

TIP 3. Most stallholders own their fincas where the produce is grown. Talk to the market seller. He or she will be delighted to tell you more about it and, if it’s something you’re not familiar with, how to eat or cook it. Ask them where it is grown, whether they grew it themselves, it’s all quite interesting, and you’ll come away having discovered something new.

TIP 4. As it comes from their fincas, many stallholders specialise in one thing in particular. If you see a stall selling only tomatoes, head there. It is likely they are the best tomatoes in the market and s/he will have products derived from them. For example, sundried tomatoes, tomato chutney. Likewise, a citrus stall, the seller will have brought the best oranges and lemons available. If that is the only thing available on the stall then his/her livelihood depends on it, they’re going to be good. Also, look out for the smaller stalls, this is likely to be the more traditional stall where the seller is trading their excess crops from their own finca. Worth searching out for the friendly chat, if nothing else.

TIP 5. Once you’ve had a good look round, you will have an idea of what’s in season. You might want to amend your shopping list. If you wanted cherries but there are more strawberries around, take them instead. The chances are they will be better and cheaper. Once fruits and veg start going out of season, the price can jump. Likewise, if it is in season, look for the larger quantities, for example, the 2kg wooden boxes or punnets. It may seem a lot but the prices will be better (just make sure you’ve sussed it on your recce first).

One piece of advice is not to touch and press everything as you check for quality and ripeness, unsurprisingly the sellers don’t like it. If you’re friendly to the stallholder, you will be repaid with the same and s/he will likely offer you a sample. S/he will also bag things up for you and give you the best they have. Lastly, don’t be intimidated by the market, most speak enough English to be able to serve you. Add the odd Spanish word from you (dos kilos por favor); then the whole exchange will be a much more fun experience.

Guide to obtain a new renting license for villas and apartments in Mallorca

What is the DRIAT?

This declaration statement is a form you need to fill in to apply for a license. In full, it is the Declaració Responsable d’Inici d’Activitat Turística. The process of submitting this applies from the moment the zoning of the Consell de Mallorca and Ajuntament de Palma comes into force.

Definitions

a. Housing in a single-family building. In other words villas and townhouses that don’t share a space.

b. Housing in a multi-family building where there is shared access or facilities. In other words apartments with communities or houses that occupy some kind of shared ground.

These definitions help determine if the property can be commercialized, whether they are subject to the Horizontal Property law, and if it is subject to a five-year renewal.

Horizontal Property

As far as apartments (or properties that have some kind of communal element) are concerned, an agreement at a Community Owners’ meeting must be obtained. This means the majority of property owners within the building accept tourist rentals and this agreement must be registered at the Land Registry.

Main Residence or Year-Round Rental

You must go to the respective town hall to obtain a certificate confirming that the property in question is located in an applicable zone. This certificate will also specify what kind of tourism rental can be carried out: two months if this is your main residence, or year-round if not. Please note that you have 60 consecutive days but not both July and August. You could still choose June-July or August-September.

If the property is your main residence, you must also present the Certificado de Empadronamiento. The rental periods must be whole months and you must indicate which months you intend to rent. Any changes in the rental months must be communicated in the month of January.

Requirements

The home must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum age of five years at the time of application, during which its use has been private residential.
  • Cédula de habitabilidad (certificate of occupancy or the equivalent from the local council).
  • Energy certificate with an F qualification for buildings built prior to December 31, 2007 or D for subsequent buildings.
  • Individual water meter registered with the water supply company (unless it is not connected to mains water supply).
  • The home is not, and has not been, subjected to any kind of official protection (council housing).
  • At least one bathroom for every four places of occupancy.
  • The property must meet the minimum score of 70 in the list of requirements on Annex 6, a checklist document which you can get from your Spanish legal adviser.
  • An owner can have a maximum of three properties registered for tourism rentals.

Procedure, Stage 1, Consorci Borsa d’Allotjaments Turístics (CBAT)

Head to the CBAT (calle de Montenegro, 5, Palma) to purchase the tourist places (the total number of places, or beds, is already set on the certificate of occupancy or cédula de habitabilidad)

The beds have different prices depending on whether it is:

  • A house in a single-family building (ETV) costs €3,500 per place of occupancy.
  • A home in a multi-family building or subject to the horizontal property law (ETVPL) costs €875 per place.
  • A house in a single-family or multi-family building, which is listed as a Principal Residence and therefore rented for 2 months per year (ETV60) costs €291.67 per place.

Procedure, Stage 2, Form Submission and Accompanying Documents

You must submit your DRIAT form to the Direcció General de Turisme together with the following documentation:

Single-Family Building ETV

a. Formal document of the owner (copy of ID, NIE..).

b. Payment of the administrative fee (expected to be around €300)

c. Power of attorney (if applicable).

d. The completed checklist (Annex 6 of Decree 20/2015, of April 17)  with a minimum of 70 points.

e. Certificate from Local Council stating the applicable zone and the type of rental (indefinite or 2 months for principal residence).

f. Proof of purchase of tourist places at the CBAT.

g. Only in the exceptional cases of Single-Family homes being subject to horizontal property law (those that share plot or property elements with others), the statutes that state the Community Owners’ acceptance of tourist rentals (see point b below).

Multi-Family Building or Subdivided Property ETVPL

a. All previous documents as in Single-Family Building.

b. Título constitutivo or statutes from Community Owners’ Meeting that correspond to the horizontal property law and expressly permit tourist rental

Single- and Multi-Family Buildings for 2 Months per year

a. All previous documents as in Single-Family Building.

b. Títol constitutiu or statutes from Community Owners’ Meeting that correspond to the horizontal property law and expressly permit tourist rental

c. Certificate of registration (certificat d’empadronament) from the council indicating that the owner lives in the property.

Other Points

  • The tourist rental license will allow rentals for days or weeks for a maximum period of one month. In the cases of homes marketed under the Principal Residence Mode (ETV60) the owner’s coexistence with the clients is allowed. You cannot formalize contracts for rooms or match users who have entered into different contracts. Unless this is the Principal Residence (ETV60) and the owner is in the house when guests stay.
  • Tourist services must be offered. This means regular cleaning, bedding and towels, a supply of general household items, upkeep of the house, service during working hours.
  • All regulatory requirements related to business activity, including labour legislation if you have hired staff, and taxes have to be met.
  • You must send details of staying guests to the Guardia Civil or Policía Nacional.
  • Guests need to abide by the rules of the community and owners/representatives are responsible in clearly setting these out and obtaining the guests’ signed acknowledgement.
  • The license number of the property must be permanently published in all rental marketing. It must also be provided to the client at the beginning of the stay.
  • You must have an insurance policy in place that covers third-party liability for holiday rentals.
  • The houses located in the areas of fire risk prevention (check this with the local council) have to take the measures referred to in point 19 of Article 50 of Law 8/2012
  • Tourist Rentals in apartment blocks or homes subject to horizontal property laws, or in Principal Residence homes, is for a maximum of five years. The license can be renewed at the same cost.
  • If a building community decides to stop allowing holiday rentals, registered apartments will have to cease their activity within a year.

 

The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice but merely conveys general information related to tax and legal issues. If you are a property owner concerned about any of the information in this blog post, it is advisable that you speak with your Spanish tax advisor or accountant.

Sunscreen Yellowing, How to Live with Sunscreen

A crisp white t-shirt on sun-kissed skin, a brand new swimsuit for your days in the sun, a light and airy summer dress on your honey-coloured cherubs, it’s all part of the holiday daydream. In reality, by the end of the two weeks, that white t-shirt, the brand new costume, the cute summer dress, they are all looking yellow and downright mucky. The culprit? It’s sunscreen, or to be precise its active ingredient, Avobenzone.

Avobenzone is used to stop the UVA rays and these are the ones that cause premature aging and skin cancer. Other chemicals in sunscreen are more concerned with UVB rays and protecting you from sunburn.

Prevention

So, the first thing to do if you want to stop this pesky yellow staining is stop using Avobenzone-based sunscreen all together. You may consider this a crazy idea, but UVA Rays can be stopped by other chemicals that are in fact kinder to your skin. But that’s a whole other story. If it’s too late and your investment in sunscreen has been in the Avobenzone kind, worry not. You can prevent yellow staining by slathering it on before you get dressed. Apply to your skin and only put your clothes on once it’s all absorbed. For some, however, the urge to get out onto the beach can be too much. Waiting for sunscreen to do its thing is 10 minutes too long and if the cream does get to your threads then it’s time to talk about cure.

Cure

Bicarbonate soda, the home favourite and the saver of many things from teeth to silver jewellery, can help in your fight against the yellow. Sprinkle onto the stain and rub it in with and a bar of soap and leave for 30 minutes. Brush off the powder and wash in a washing machine. For bigger stains, Bar Keepers Friend, the traditional cleaning product launched in 1882, will help get rid of the biggest of sunscreen crimes. Just avoid using bleach based products as it will make the stain worse – deeper in colour and more stuck than ever before. But overall, whether you (or your clothes) fall victim to the yellow or not, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Wear sunscreen.

New tax form introduced to control holiday rental income

Hacienda, the Spanish tax authority, has recently published new legislation that will oblige all intermediaries in the rental of tourist accommodation, such us companies like Prestige Villas or holiday portals, to produce periodic statements identifying the owners of the properties being advertised and the amounts for which the rentals are offered to bring into the open all the undeclared tourist rentals by submitting the new Form 179.

Owners who rent their houses in Spain are required to declare rental income through Form 100 or Form 210 depending if the owner is a tax resident in Spain or not.

Form 179 will enter into force in July 2018, and those required to file this return will be required to provide information for the entire 2018 period, including the first two quarters of the year.

This new form must be filed on a quarterly basis during the month following the end of each quarter, as is the case with the quarterly IVA (VAT) declaration. I.e.: the first quarter will be presented in April and the second quarter in July.

In summary, every owner who has rented their property in Spain and do not declare the income, according to the new law from 2018, Hacienda, with the information received through Form 179, will know all the necessary details to claim the taxes for rental incomes to prepare and file the corresponding fine.

The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice but merely conveys general information related to tax and legal issues. If you are a property owner concerned about any of the information in this blog post, it is advisable that you speak with your Spanish tax advisor or accountant.

Holiday rental license prices revealed

The Board of Tourist Accommodation Exchange (CBAT) will approve the pricing to buy holiday bed licenses in the Balearics on the 26th June.

To set minimums, the CBAT has determined prices for each sector which include 875 Euros per place of occupancy for apartments, 3,500 Euros for villas and townhouses and 291,67 Euros for those who choose to rent their home for up to 60 days. There will be the possibility to split this payment into five yearly instalments.

All licenses require the habitability certificate to determine the maximum occupancy which cannot be surpassed.

Owners will have the option to renew the licenses every five years and additionally if they wish they can sell them back since they acquire them in usufruct.

Both hoteliers and homeowners will have to start paying the new prices once they are in force. Holiday homeowners will be able to buy these places from the moment in which the tourist zoning in Mallorca is approved.

The total number of places that the CBAT currently controls is 42,000 and the funds collected will be invested to improve tourist infrastructure. An investment of 9 million Euros is expected for this year.

When to apply for a renting license and how much it will cost

For the past year, we’ve been writing about the current situation regarding renting licenses for holiday villas and apartments on our blog. Specifically, we’ve discussed the legal requirements, the zoning project. Today we are back with an update that helps shed some light on some of the points that need more clarification: when and how much will licenses cost.

Provisional date

The Mallorca Council has prepared a new zoning proposal after the feedback received from the different municipalities of the island, and now the Environmental Commission of the Balearics has a month to finalise their report. This report is expected to be approved in the parliament session on the 27th July, but then a period of 45 days will be open to receive feedback and meet up with several associations pushing the final application date to the end of September. In the case of the capital, Palma, it looks like it might take a few weeks more until the 1st August, as their zoning proposal was introduced at a later date.

Cost

The determined prices for each sector which include €875 per place of occupancy for apartments, €3.500 for townhouses and villas and €291,67 for those who choose to rent their home for up to 60 days. Find out more about the pricing here.

5 Tips for Selling your Home

There’s no doubt of the desirability of owning property in Mallorca, so selling one should be a piece of cake, right? Well, if you are serious about selling it and doing so quickly, then not really.

The island is awash with beautiful properties. Many potential buyers will have stayed in some during their holidays, some may have decided to buy based on their experience of their luxury holiday home in Mallorca. Your property needs to live up to that dream; the buyers’ expectations.

Think about the character of your property, nine times out of ten, that is what buyers want. So walking into a home that you have lived in for the past ten years which is full of things that make up your daily life is not going to conjure their vision of life in Mallorca. Perhaps your property has been rented for a while and wear and tear is showing through. A cluttered house in a sad state does not shout “Mallorca Living”.

Tip 1: Have a good old clear out

It’s time-consuming and a pain, sometimes emotionally draining even, but you have to do it anyway so why not get started and improve the overall image of your property? A wide open space shows potential while a crammed and busy space just feels small.

Tip 2: Blank canvas & presentation 

Once you have this job out of the way, let us get cracking with the photo shoot. This is the first opportunity to give that perfect first impression. While you may have got rid of clutter, for the photos, take away personal items. Think about your home becoming a blank canvas for someone to come in and make their own.

Open up all the doors, windows and shutters and shed some light on the subject. Make it light and airy, inviting and attractive. We will do our best to highlight the character of your home and be sure to capture each and every part.

Tip 3: Cleanliness

With the above steps carried out, it’ll soon be time for viewings. Potential buyers are intrigued by the photos, now make this a reality. This is another first impression opportunity and it has to look good from the beginning, ie from the garden gate or front door. It should smell good too. Get rid of any rubbish, recycling and perhaps skip the fish dinner the night before. Neutralise your home, have fresh bed linen on the beds, mop the floors, put your old shoes away, wash the pet bedding and move rubbish/recycling bins out of the way.

Tip 4: Get everything working seamlessly 

At the viewing, let your Estate Agent do the selling, try and stay away so that potential buyers will feel comfortable enough to have a good look around. And be sure that when they do, your buyers don’t find any annoying things like a broken step, a door that won’t shut. Fix all these small jobs, it will make a difference.

Tip 5: Price

Lastly, it’s important to note, no one will bother to look if the price is wrong. Listen to your Estate Agent and look at similar properties that have just been sold in the area. You may be selling a Mallorcan dream, but it has to be at the right price.

Take a look at our range of properties for sale in North Mallorca. 

A Dream Cycling Holiday in the North of Mallorca

When it comes to luxury villas, Mallorca has them in spades. And, when it comes to your cycling holiday on the island, you don’t have to miss out on the best property Mallorca has to offer.

Here in the north there are plenty of rental villas that can complete your dream cycling trip. So, here is a checklist that will help you make the all-important selection.

Luxury Villa for your Cycling Trip – A Checklist

Check the location. Is it near the main cycling routes? Can you easily get to bike shops and centres for all important supplies and maintenance?

In the north of Mallorca, the ride to Lluc and into the Tramuntana are popular. The cap de Formentor (soon to be exclusive to cyclists and the odd shuttle bus), the road up to La Victoria, as well as the wetlands, coastal routes and country lanes in between are all a happy cyclist’s playground. Choose your villa with the routes in mind.

Whether you travelled with your bike, or you’ve rented one from one of the excellent suppliers here on the island, the last thing you want is for it to go missing or get damaged. When you’re selecting accommodation, look at the security. Can you lock your bikes away, is there a protected area undercover for the bikes to be stored out of any bad weather?

Test the R&R – this is your holiday after all. After a long day on the saddle, you want to be able to relax and your choice of villa can determine how well you do this. Does the villa have a pool or Jacuzzi for those aching legs? Do you have some space for a massage?

If you’re looking at a countryside property, look at the access. Is it a smooth ride or a bumpy track to the entrance?

How about facilities? Make sure there is a decent washing machine. You need to feel fresh every day when you hit the road. Also, for hanging out post- or pre- ride, is there enough to keep you entertained? Games room, satellite TV… the best villas will cater for all tastes and needs.

Our Luxury Villas for Cyclists

Here at Prestige Villas, we have just what you need. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

Can Menut Nou

So often we hear, “I want a villa with countryside surroundings but just a 5 minute walk to the town.” It’s not always easy to work miracles, but with Can Menut Nou, it is. This villa is right on the edge of Pollensa Old Town, round the corner from the road to Lluc. What’s more it has a Jacuzzi, pool and a table tennis table.

Estrella de Calvari

The jewel in Pollensa’s crown are the Calvari steps. Many a wanderer has taken in the stunning properties while also taking in the view of this beautiful old town. Set back from the steps, Estrella del Calvari is away from the tourist trail so privacy is not an issue, and its modern design and breathtaking views will make you feel like the King or Queen of the Calvari (just bear in mind that it comes with a hilly walk — or ride — up, depending on how tired and wobbly your legs are feeling).

Casa Lluna

Heading down to Campanet, Casa Lluna will get you right on track for the Tramuntana cycling routes. Whether you’re heading up through Selva and on to Lluc, or looping your way to Soller, this villa is at a superb starting point. Just beware that once you’re in, it will be difficult to leave. The design and quality of this beautiful house will make you feel right at home.

Moscari I

The idea that holiday rental villas need a neutral or blank canvas interior is lost on this holiday home from home. Many a chic boutique hotel screams with character and so does Moscari I. Executed with style, taste and with no expense spared, this luxury villa adds a splash of colour to your cycling holiday. In fact your fitness levels will get a boost just from rushing to get back to it every day.

Moscari II

This luxury holiday home can be connected to its big brother, Moscari I, so your cycling holiday party can get bigger than you thought. Expect more of the same character and chic boutique feel and say hello to the pool table and tennis court. Oh yes, this could make your dream cycling holiday come true.

For more properties in Mallorca, check out our website: villa rentals and sales.

 

 

Easter in North Mallorca

Easter in Mallorca is a somewhat sombre and serious affair. It all starts with Lent, right after the craziness of carnival is cleared up. The first day of the seven weeks of restriction is marked with the chopping down of the St Antoni pine (a whole other story).

The poster-girl and legend of Lent, La Jaia Corema watches over the children and one of her seven legs is cut off as each week passes. On Easter Saturday she is taken down from the wall she’s been hung on and cut in two. And the children tuck into their sweets.

Palm Sunday

Rewind to the weekend before, and the Diumenge del Ram (Palm Sunday to you and me) is the first Easter event to witness. Palms are made into fantastic shapes and sizes and hung on front doors and balconies. A Palmerero will prepare the palm leaves well in advance to grow them in the characteristic white colour. Made by hand, the decorations range from simple plaited designs that children can make, or more elaborate ornaments that can take three days to produce. On the morning of Diumenge de Rams, after the blessing of the Palm, the priest and children of the church form a parade, palm in hand, and walk from the Monti-Sion church to the main church in the square.

Holy Thursday

On the evening of Dijous Sant (Maundy Thursday) the Last Supper, the Betrayal of Jesus and other scenes from the Easter story are depicted in the streets and plazas of Pollensa. A parade of townsfolk, in all their penitents garb, leads Jesus to witness these scenes as he drags the cross over his shoulder. Known as the Processó de la Sang (Procession of the Blood of Christ) it is all very sombre and well worth coming out to see. But this is not the main Easter event in Pollensa, the Good Friday procession is what puts this little town on Mallorca’s fiesta map.

Good Friday

Known as the Davallament, the hooded confrarias (brotherhoods from various parts of the town), move slowly down the famous Calvari Steps. The scene, in silence except the eerie beating of a drum, with a sea of torches and pointed hoods against the night sky while the Calvari chapel peers down from the top of the hill, is a spine-tingling affair. Whether you’re a believer or not, this display of Easter is a sight to behold. For the full impact, make your way up the Calvari steps, half way up is perfect, and make sure you have your spot before they leave from the top. Get your camera ready, this is a photographer’s dream.

Easter Sunday

Come Sunday morning, the market in Pollensa becomes a secondary distraction as the Procesión del Santo Encuentro culminates in the main square and the image of Jesus meets the image of his mother. The joy of the event is followed by a quick and perhaps surprising spectacle of gunfire. Rounds shift in turn between different rooftops, once it’s over those inclined head to church for the solemn Mass.

Easter is all tied up on the Monday or Tuesday with a mini-pilgrimage to out of the way refugis. In Alcudia the ‘Pancaritat al Santuario de la Victoria’ is held every year and those that joined the pilgrimage can enjoy a paella at the top. This is the same in Pollensa when, after walking up the Puig de Maria, everyone comes together for a giant Paella.

Practicalities

Diumenge del Ram: Solemn Mass and procession starts at 11.45am

Dijous Sant: Processó de la Sang starts at 9.15pm. The Quadres de Passió are set up in the Plaza Major, Sant Jordi, the stations of the cross on the Calvari, the St Isidre fountain and at the Convent.

Davallament: the descent begins around 9pm. Make sure you’re in situ before then. It gets crowded all of a sudden.

Where to Stay

For a selection of properties walking distance to the events, see our townhouses in Pollença. Click here.