La Patrona 2018, the best festival in Pollensa

‘La Patrona’ – the Patron, is a week of celebrations takes place throughout July / August. The main event is on 2nd August with a mock battle between Moors and Christians to commemorate the fight by the people of Pollensa against 1,500 Moors led by the nasty pirate Dragut that took place on May the 30th, 1550. On that day Pollensa received the most severe pirate attack in their history. The battle was won due to the help from the now local hero Joan Mas, who went out into the town’s main street to warn every one of the danger and ran heroically into battle against his adversaries. This now famous mock battle was incorporated into the holiday programme in the middle of the 19th Century to recreate a historical fact that is very much in the heart of the people of Pollensa. This created a very colourful, lively and epic celebration that counts on the participation of the whole town, the Christians dressed in white and Dragut’s followers in multi colours.

This is a sacred event and so don’t expect the town to be operating to it’s best during this time. Expect shops and bars to be closed around that week, recovering from all the partying

 

Wed, Aug 1, 2018

  • La Patrona Children’s Show Parade and the Big Party.
  • 7.00pm, A show, Tipi Tipi Top, for the little ones at the Plaza Vella (there will be ice cream).
  • 8.00pm, Parade by the Tropa del Solda and the Municipal Band along the streets of the town.
  • 11.00pm, Mitica Revetlla at the Plaza Major on until early hours when the band will take the party along the memorial parade, the Alborada at 5 am.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

La Patrona The Alborada

  • 5.00am, the sombre and emotionally stirring Alborada will be performed by the band along various streets in Pollensa, Cala Sant Vicenc and Puerto Pollensa, finishing at the Seniors Residential Home.
  • 11.00am: The Cossiers dance in the Church and at 12.15 in the Plaza Major
  • 12.45pm: the institutional act is followed by an aperitif for all on the patio of the Town Hall
  • 5.00pm: parade from the Tropa del Solda and the arrival of the Moros into the Plaza Major
  • 5.30pm: procession with the image of la patrona.
  • 7.00pm: The Mock Battle begins at the Plaça Almoina
  • 9.30pm: the Tedeum at the main Church, followed by the Alborada and a stirring rendition of Visca Pollensa in the Plaça Major
  • 11.00pm: fireworks at the Vinyeta del Pont Roma

Moving to Mallorca – What Next?

So, you have bought your property in Mallorca, and the dream is about to become a reality. Exciting stuff! So what should come first?

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The best advice is to get this done at the beginning. Use a local ‘gestoria’ and lawyer to advise you on the process and, if possible, to actually do it for you. The Oficina de Extranjería (Immigration Office) is not the most exciting place in the world – in fact, this is definitely not the Mallorca you were dreaming of – but to get what you need, you have to be there physically. If you are moving here full-time, a residencia card is obligatory, and if you are coming from the UK with Brexit looming, it’s best to get it done.

Tax is also something to think about, as a non-resident you are liable to pay a non-resident income tax, if you are renting your property then you need to declare your income. See our Tax Guide here.

At a more local level, signing on to the Padrón at your Town Hall is a happier item on your to-do list. Take your passport, NIE (or Residencia card if you already have it), the deeds to your property and a recent utility bill, and you will receive a ‘Certificado de Empadronamiento’. Along with being registered and able to vote in local elections, the best of all is an entitlement to discounted travel around Spain. Flights to the mainland can be reduced by 50%, inter-island travel by 75%. You can get the ‘Certificado de Viaje’ once you’re on the Padrón and it is well worth the bother!

Language

If you’re getting mixed up with your “buenos días” and “bon dia”, your “gracias” and “gràcies”, then you know of the language complexities in your new home. While many live in Mallorca without learning a single word of Spanish or Catalan, those that do can definitely notice a difference in their daily life. Neighbours become friends, shopkeepers know you by name, the people in your preferred coffee bar will know what you want before you’ve sat down; in general, people open up to you.

There are language schools in the north, and there are private teachers who offer one-to-one sessions and conversation classes. Also, as English is essential to islanders, many are keen to learn from you. Language exchanges are frequent and these involve nothing more than sitting having a coffee and chatting in two languages, picking up vocabulary and phrases along the way.

For children, the younger they are, the easier it will be for them to learn. With sponge-like brains, their capacity to pick up a new language will thrill and astound you. In a local school, the children can receive extra help, but nothing works better than playing with new friends.

Social Life

Depending on where you are living, you will find it relatively easy to find new friends. Foreign residents tend to converge naturally as they frequent the same bars and restaurants. But once the novelty wears off, there are plenty of ways to integrate and meet people from the whole community.

Sports Centres in the north have swimming classes and regular municipal-run activity for many sports including general fitness. There are also private groups that meet every week including football, rugby, netball, athletics and more. Trail running in the Tramuntana is popular, and many meet at the weekends and compete in local races. Language classes will help you join in fully, but even if your grasp of the language is weak, a willingness to learn is often repaid with patience and help.

If sport is not your thing, there are plenty of local groups and organisations that hold regular meetings and events. Whether it’s charity appeals or wine appreciation, bridge or art classes, there’s plenty of activity, and a quick look on Facebook or asking around will point you in the right direction.

Life in Mallorca is relaxed, it can be cold and quiet in the winter, lively and bright in the summer, but each season rewards with its stunning landscape and inimitable charm. There’s so much more to it than the beach and living here (for long holidays or long-term) means it is all there for the taking.

Traffic restrictions to access the Formentor Lighthouse in 2018

Starting this summer, cars will not be allowed to access the lighthouse in Formentor. The beach in Formentor and Hotel Formentor will still be accessible by car. The only way to access the tip of Cape Formentor will be by bus from the new bus station in Port de Pollença.

We don’t know yet when this measure will be applied, as it depends on other factors such us preparing the bus line that will supply this service. This shuttle service will be the alternative means of access whereby car drivers would need to park in Port de Pollença. The shuttle service is dependent on the new concessions for Mallorca’s bus network, which aren’t due to come into effect until the start of 2019. However, traffic restrictions are being considered for this summer, and Pollença’s Mayor, Miquel Àngel March suggests that discussions regarding the shuttle service are “at an advanced stage”, implying that it could start as early as this summer. The authorities are wanting to limit access between May and October during a specific time window which is still unknown.

In previous years, the road to Formentor has seen as many as 12.300 cars a day during the peak season.

Other areas of the Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountain Range) will also have limited access. Another example is Sa Calobra, where the limited number of parking spaces will be monitored by parking sensors to allow drivers to know in advance whether they’ll be able to find a spot before congesting the scenic road. There is a limit already to the number of buses that can do this route a day: 35.

Another area suffering from oversaturation is the Port de Valldemossa although the authorities are still studying the matter and assessing if any restrictions will take place as this road is considered one of the most dangerous in the area.

Fira del Vi 2015 | Pollença

The twelfth edition of the Fira del Vi wine fair in North Mallorca has been confirmed for the weekend of the 18th and 19th April. With some 35 wineries taking part, the two day event is hosted in the beautiful setting of the Sant Domingo Cloister in Pollença old town.

The event lets professionals and wine drinkers taste local wines from the region of Mallorca and wine can be bought direct from the wineries.

The wine fair is expected to attract around 4,000 people during the two days. The price of the event is 10 Euros which gives you a three Euro discount on purchasing a bottle.

Winemaking has been an integral part in the culture of many Mallorcan families and a product that the island is proud of. With some of the best and oldest wineries in Spain the top wines sit happily amongst the best wines in Europe. If you’re about the area during this weekend we highly recommend popping in for a taste.