Why spend Easter on Mallorca
Spring has sprung, which means that Easter is right around the proverbial corner. And where better to spend your break than Mallorca? We doubt you need further persuasion, but here’s what will clinch it.
A thriving cultural scene. A rich history. Buzzing bars, restaurants, and cafés. High-end and vintage stores. A beach lapped by the Mediterranean. Palma has it all. And Nakar Hotel is perfectly located so that you have direct access to the best the capital city has to offer. And while Mallorca is incredibly diverse, Palma is the island’s core, where (most) of the magic happens. So, this Easter, base yourself in the centre of the action and all you have to do is enjoy yourself.
Holy Week is a religious affair in Mallorca, with processions, concerts, and services. Whatever your religious beliefs, this sacred week in Christianity is a sight to behold. On Palm Sunday at the start of Holy Week, which, this year, falls on 2 April, church services take place across the island, where palm fronds are blessed to commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. Each day, a different procession tells the story of the events leading up to the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, with the most important on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Christ on Good Friday. A solemn parade of hooded parishioners, known as carapunats, or ‘hooded penitents’, slowly walks the streets of Palma to the beat of a drum, carrying candles, and holding pasos, large ornate floats. A dramatic and visceral experience.
Mallorca is blessed with around 300 days of sun a year. And April is no exception. We have said goodbye to heating and winter coats, and hello to warmer temperatures and, for the brave, even a dip in the sea. While reliably excellent weather is not guaranteed in April, it tends to be much warmer, with longer days and the ever-familiar blue skies. So you can spend more time outdoors.
Easter Sunday is more of an upbeat and celebratory affair, marking the resurrection of Jesus and the reunion with his mother. Families and friends tend to meet for outdoor picnics in parks, and at landmarks, such as Bellver Castle in Palma. Alaró Castle in central Mallorca, and Santuari de Gracia in Llucmajor in the south of the island.
Traditional Easter pastries are made in homes across Mallorca, where families come together to cook and bake. If you don’t get the chance to take part, you can head to your local bakery to pick up some delicious seasonal snacks. Favourite sweet treats include crespells, shortbread biscuits with a hint of orange, and rubiols, half-moon-shaped parcels filled with chocolate or jam. And, of course, for those who don’t have a sweet tooth, try panades, savoury meat pies filled with lamb, chicken, fish, or sobrasada.
Next-level Nature for Hiking
In April, the Mallorcan countryside is awash with trees and flowers in bloom. From the sweet fragrance of the orange tree blossom to the bright yellow fruit on the lemon trees, the island is at its prettiest during springtime. Head to the Tramuntana mountains to hike some trails and see the natural world in full bloom before your very eyes.
So, we hope that your mind is made up now. The island really is a wonderful place in spring, bringing warmth and sun-filled days during this time of fresh beginnings. And there really is no better place to stay than with us at Nakar Hotel in the centre of Palma.
We wish you all a very Happy Easter!