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Easter in Ibiza

Easter in Ibiza is a great time to visit and stay in an Ibiza vacation rental. Generally it is a much more laid-back time than the summer months, perfect for recharging your batteries with a little post-winter sunshine.

Easter is a very important season for the Catholic church across all of Spain, and Ibiza is no exception. Many people choose to rent a villa in Ibiza near local towns as you are likely to see many parades taking place, and the streets are decorated with flowers and crosses.

One of the biggest events falls on Good Friday, where the cofradias, the people charged with looking after the statues, take part in a huge procession from the cathedral in Ibiza Town. The cofradias will dress in different coloured robes and wear a tall, cone shaped hood which is used to hide the suffering on their faces and signify their yearning to be closer to heaven.

This is an old-age tradition that has been virtually unchanged for centuries. The cofradias are accompanied by marching bands, church officials, large floats, and various other groups. Visiting some of the island’s towns at this time of year can be a bit strange as some hotels and bars will still be boarded up from the winter months and are not yet ready for the summer season. But if you travel away from the main holiday resorts and hot spots, there is still a huge range of things to see and do.

With an average temperature of 19-22 degrees Celsius, it is still warm enough for relaxing at the beach or at your villa with a pool in Ibiza with a glass of wine and good book.


A brief history of Palma

The Mallorca capital city of Palma is steeped in history, remains of which can still be seen around the town today. Like other major islands in the Mediterranean, it has attracted its fair share conquerors and invaders over the years, all of whom have helped shape the island into the place we know today. You can still see the remains of some settlements, churches, and fortresses around the central city of Palma.

Due to the size of the island, no matter where your Mallorca holiday rental is located you should still be able to reach the capital with relative ease. There is a decent road network into the city if you want to rent a car, or alternatively if you are staying in a bigger town you can hop on a local bus.

A Short History

For many, the history of Mallorca began when the Catalans took the island back from the Moors in the 13th century. Because of its location, the island found itself in the centre of trading routes that crossed the Mediterranean.

In 123 BC, the Romans conquered the island, after which Mallorca rode the many ups and downs of Roman fortune for more than five-and-a-half centuries.

Although the Romans did have an influence on the culture of Mallorca, it was the Moors that helped to develop the crafts and commerce, and you can still see this contribution in the folklore, language, and cuisine today.

At the end of the 15th century, the Balearic islands were united with the Kingdom of Spain.

Historical Sites

Renting a villa in Mallorca is a great way to relax while also viewing the history that the island has to offer. The Cathedral of Mallorca is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical buildings, standing tall on Palma’s skyline. It took approximately 300 years to build during the 14th and 17th centuries. Inside the royal chapel are the tombs of Kings James II and III.

The 10th-century Arab baths are one of the only artifacts that still remain of the old Arab city. Historians believe they formed part of an old nobleman’s house. Another great landmark is Bellver Castle, which is home to the city’s history museum. The castle dates to 1309, and since its building has been the summer palace for the island’s monarchy as well a prison.


Catalonia: Beyond the border

Spending a holiday in Catalonia means experiencing one of the most diverse and stunning locales in Europe, but just as much beauty and splendour lie just beyond the borders of the region in northeastern Spain. Venturing a little further is a great way to extend your holiday in Spain and see more of the region and what it has to offer. Here are three nearby towns and regions that are well worth visiting.

Monzón

Monzón is a small place with a very rich and fascinating history. It offers breathtaking scenery thanks to the two rivers that flow through the area — the Sosa and the Cinca — and many come here to view the impressive hilltop castle which boasts a very ornate and somewhat Moorish design.

Journey time from Barcelona: Approximately 2 hours

Peñiscola.

Peñiscola

Peñiscola is located just down the coastline from the Ebro Delta, narrowly missing out on being a part of Catalonia. Often called the ‘City in the Sea’, Peñiscola is said to be one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and attracts large numbers of visitors who are drawn to the old medieval walls and castle.

Journey time from Barcelona: 2.5 hours

Journey time from Tarragona: 1.5 hours

Perpignan

Although located just outside of Catalonia in Southern France, Perpignan is highly influenced by Catalonia, and many street signs are actually written in both French and Catalan. The area is famous for its wine, olive oil, and cork, as well as for its attractive bridges that cross the River Basse.

Perpignan.

Journey time from Barcelona: 2 hours by car

If you’re looking for a few day trips or overnight stays to enjoy as part of your Barcelona vacation, and you’re thinking of exploring the world beyond the Catalan border, then these three places are definitely worth adding to your list.


Family-friendly adventures in Costa Brava

When you’re in your vacation rental in Costa Brava with your family and eager to get out and explore your surroundings, here is a list of family-friendly outings that you and your children can enjoy!

Vila Vella (Old Town)

Vila Vella is a medieval town in Costa Brava that features a fortress built centuries ago to protect the city against North African pirates. Head into the city to find restaurants and shops. Climb the hill to the top of the fortress to enjoy the stunning views and all the greenery.

Castillo de Tossa de Mar

This gorgeous castle on the sea looks out on the beach, water, and beyond. You can hang out on the beach and look for seashells, take a tour of the castle, hike around the surrounding area, do a little shopping, and stop and grab lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Castillo de Tossa de Mar.

Fenals Beach

As you leave your holiday rental in Costa Brava, make sure you make a day trip to Fenals Beach. Spend an afternoon on the warm sands and sunny surf. It is the second largest beach in Lloret de Mar and is sheltered in a bay, protecting you from high winds. You can enjoy parasailing, kayaking, ice cream, skating, restaurants, and much more.

Camino de Ronda

If you and your family are active and love walking and hiking, you’ll love the Camino de Ronda. Travel the road that skirts the coast of Costa Brava, providing gorgeous views, geologic formations, and even wildlife! You can take the linear or circular route, and hire a tour guide to lead you to the best areas and point out all the interesting sights. You can even stop at a few beaches along the way.


Mallorca’s best picnic spots

Finding that perfect Mallorca vacation rental isn’t difficult. There are so many stunning locations dotted around the island, you are sure to find the perfect base from which to explore. This Mediterranean paradise is known for its amazing scenery, from jagged cliff faces to cosy coves, with both lush green vineyards and winding mountainous roads. Combine this scenery with delicious, local Spanish food and you can create your own perfect picnic. So where is the idea picnic spot that won’t take you too far away from your villa in Mallorca?


Serra de Tramuntana

This mountain range is located in the northwest of Mallorca and has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Recreation areas are in abundance with the provision of picnic tables, camping areas, and toilets. Despite the fact that the island benefits from around 300 days of sunshine a year, in the cooler months it can get slightly chilly up there, so don’t forget a jacket. The stunning views will make the winding drive well worth it.

S’illot Beach

If you are looking for ocean views and a place for a quick dip after your meal, then this natural setting over the bay of Pollenca and Formentor is ideal. There are a few picnic areas here for you to choose from, one located right by the beach. Many people enjoy snorkelling here thanks to the clear waters.

Sa Dragonera

If you fancy having your lunch on a tiny island overlooking Mallorca, then head over to Sa Dragonera. You can catch a boat from Sant Elm to get there, and make sure to keep an eye out for the wall lizard species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world! There is a great picnic area by the pier which has tables and benches, the ideal place to eat your lunch before catching a boat back to your Mallorca holiday rental.

Mondrago National Park

This national park is located to the east of the island, and here you will find many streams, beaches, gorges, and dune systems, creating a unique environment. Bird watchers and nature lovers will love it here thanks to the huge array of wildlife. Behind the sa Font de n’Alis beach there is a dedicated picnic spot.


Girona: The Flower City

To see a city completely draped in flowers, with aromas as pleasant as the rainbow of colours, head to Girona! The Temps de Flors festival has been taking place every year since 1954, and each year the city transforms into a floral paradise. The festival occurs annually in May and lasts for about one week, so to catch this spectacular festival, plan your Spain holiday with one of our vacation villas in Girona.

Girona by night.

What to See

The beauty of the flower festival is that you never know what’s around the next corner. From displays arranged by local children to designs that have clearly been the result of very intricate planning, there’s all sorts of arrangements to enjoy. Your vacation rental in Spain may even be decorated for the event! While there are amazing blooms to see all around Girona, it is said that there are 10 ‘essential’ places that you simply must see when you visit Girona during the festival, including the following:

● St Nicholas Chapel – one of the city’s oldest churches
● Plaça dels Jurats – a historic square
● Arab Baths – Roman hot spring spa
● Sant Feliu – a gothic cathedral
● The Cathedral – large cathedral and museum
● St Luke’s Church – near the main cathedral, in the Old Town
● Sant Martí – a 17th-century baroque convent
● The Sarraïnes Building – an old building near the Arab Baths
● Casa Lleó Avinay – a small house and museum in the Jewish Quarter
● Jardins dels Alemanys – spacious German gardens

Where to Stay

Prices can rise during the festival, but it’s still possible to get a good deal. Instead of booking a popular hotel, why not try something different and choose a family villa in Spain? Girona is also not too far from Barcelona – 1.5 hours by car – so a Barcelona accommodation is also a great option.

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