Whether you are new to the island or just fancy a change this Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a fabulous break and be spoiled by the warmth of Mallorcan hospitality. Whilst all locals love the traditions that the months of December and January bring, they love to party and will welcome anyone who wants to celebrate with them.
While a number of hotels are closed in the coastal resorts of Mallorca, you will find plenty to choose from in and around Palma and all beautifully decorated to get you in the festive mood. Also there is the new Five Star Park Hyatt which is staying open year-round in the the North East of the island with its magnificent spa and indoor swimming pool. All of the hotels are offering not only their lowest rate when you click the ´Book me a room` button but are offering an exclusive Tonic Bonus for winter as well.
All shops close for one day on Christmas Day (although you may find the odd local food store open) but by 26th December it is is pretty much business as usual. The opening hours in Palma are long so, if you enjoy a good mooch, you won’t be disappointed.
Festivities and Markets:
All traditional weekly markets continue as usual around the island so you can fill your boots with all thing Mallorcan from olives and oranges to figs and turrón. And of course you can visit one of the many Christmas Markets on the island, all listed in the local newspapers (e.g Mallorca Zeitung in German or the Mallorca Daily Bulletin in English). There are carol services and concerts and of course on 5th January there are the parades celebrating the arrival of `The Three Kings´.
Christmas Eve is a special time so in the centre of Palma a large number of restaurants have closed by early evening so that staff can get back to their families. But that doesn’t mean you will starve! You will find plenty of places eat around the old Sa Llonja area and the Santa Catalina neighbourhood and of course all the hotels restaurants are open, many of whom offer a special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year´s Eve Gala Dinner, such as the Hotel Sant Francesc, Hotel Gran Son Net, The Lindner Golf & Wellness Resort or an A la Carte menu at Hotel Portixol. Booking is advisable in advance !
Lunch on Christmas Day for a local is a feast of ‘Sopa de Navidad’ (a turkey broth with pasta, liver and boiled eggs) followed by the main event suckling pig, which you will see on sale in the weeks leading up to Christmas in every supermarket and butcher across the island. Dessert is a Mallorcan turrón, a thin almond and nougat cake covered top and bottom with sheets of rice paper or ‘neulas’.
Sometimes the turrón can be accompanied by a ‘Coca de Nadal’ or Christmas cake, all washed down with a fizzing glass of Cava and a good Mallorcan wine.
Feliz Navidad and Salud !