Colors Market in Palma

 

With the soul of a meeting point, and the heart of a pop up market, Colors Market welcomes you to delight in the unique settings of the Castle San Carles, every Sunday the whole summer in Palma. Here you will find genuine articles from the island, handicraft, design, and an interesting gastronomic offer, eco and km 0, as well as activities for the children, live music and DJ:s.

Colors Market wants to express the Majorcan identity and connect local artists to their public. This is a unique and sustainable gathering, a claim for local and organic products. In short, a place for things that are done with good taste. Visiting the different food trucks you can try out creative cocktails, tapas and other local and international specialities, including vegan and gluten free alternatives. Also live music, yoga and family activities are part of these Sunday evenings at San Carles, a beautiful and unique site in Palma.

 

 

Every Sunday July and August 18:00-02:00

Castle San Carles, next to Dique del Oeste, opposite Porto Pi, Palma.  

 

Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Assaona: New Beach Club in Portixol, Palma

August’s restaurant-tip is the newly opened gastro beach club Assaona, at the end of Paseo Marítimo, just next to the charming Port of Portixol in Palma.

The word Assaona comes from the Catalan verb assaonar, which means to season. To season something is to make it just right, to allow it to mature, to add flavour using the specific required ingredients.

At Assaona you can delight in front of the sea enjoying the very best of the Mediterranean ingredients. The fresh meals are elaborated with the best local products from sea and land, and tradition and modern are fused in a unique taste experience. Who could resist to a sashimi, ceviche or a fish and sea food platter in front of the sea? Creative drinks and desserts, the breakfasts, and the special Children’s menu are also to be discovered.

This is an urban gastro club and one of the few beach clubs that will be open year around. The Assaona team, run by a Majorcan company, has chosen natural colors and noble materials to respect and resonate with the environment. This results in a stylish and Mediterranean design, which is as important as the determination for local and fresh products, all to offer a unique urban beach gastro experience in one of the most popular areas of Palma. A stroll along the beach of Can Pere Antoni is delightful at any time of the year, and with a destination like Assaona, the walk will be even more inspiring.

Portixol is reached by a short walk from Palma’s old town (along the Marítimo and the sea promenade) and this oasis in front of the sea may easily become a meeting point to enjoy beach life any season of the year.

Assaona opening hours: 09-01:00, kitchen opens: 12:30-22:30

Passeig Portixol s/n Tel: 971 359633

 

Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Vintage Posters in New Shop in Palma

Recently we have decorated our office in Santa Catalina with a touch of nostalgic flair; two vintage posters from a very special shop in Palma. We definitely recommend a visit to this retro-shop in the old town where you can find exclusive travel posters and post cards from the Balearic Islands with the groovy colorful signature from the 60’s.

Founded in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka in 2011, Stick No Bills™ is the number one destination for vintage poster art and retro poster design celebrating the profound beauty, history and culture of Ceylon and Iberia. 

Based between their Iberia flagship gallery in Palma De Mallorca and their Ceylon flagship gallery in Galle Fort, Stick No Bills digitally re-master, design, print, frame and ship limited edition travel posters and postcards using the world’s finest inks and paper. 

 

A Tale of Two Islands

Two different islands, both with a remarkable beauty host this concept shop that cares for an ethical and solidary impress on each art piece.

Although founded 7 years ago in Sri Lanka, Stick No Bills founders Meg Gage Williams and Phillip Baber felt the calling to expand the business and move to the Mediterranean along with their young family, transporting the Stick No Bills concept from one richly historical island of profound beauty to another – Mallorca was the obvious choice. 

Faith Anciano who runs the shop in Palma tells us how the project since it started believes in giving back. Proceeds from all sales here in Mallorca go to Medicos sin Fronteras. They are also founding members of Greener Galle and sponsors of the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society and the Galle Heritage Foundation. When you buy the posters you help fund these important eco, humanitarian, archaeological and conservational initiatives.

 

Stick No Bills™ is an ethical enterprise which upholds image authenticity, ownership and copyright as paramount, operating as we do in countries such as Sri Lanka, Spain and the United Kingdom which all remain committed signatories of the Berne Convention of 1886.

All Stick No Bills™ posters are exclusive copyright The Poster Design Group (UK) Limited. Each poster is therefore embossed with this London-based archives company’s seal of authenticity. This mark is a guarantee that the poster(s) you purchase are genuine Stick No Bills™ prints and that the true owners of copyright have been paid.

 

 

For more information visit the gallery at Calle Temple 5,  07001 Palma De Mallorca situated at the heart of Palma´s historic old town (just a five minute walk from the Cathedral and the beach) or online at www.sticknobillsonline.com or call Faith Anciano on +34639929637.

 

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 19:00

and also by appointment.

 

 

Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Our Favourite Beach Clubs on Mallorca

The lazy summer days bring languorous lunches and long afternoons spent beachside, where sunbathers blend with laid-back coastal atmospheres. And our cosmopolitan Mallorca is not lacing in its fair share of see-and-be-seen beach clubs.

Theses beach clubs have become the Centre of Mediterranean nightlife. Holidaymaker or Resident, 22 or 75 years non-off that matter because on this gem of an island there’s a beach club for every taste.

In this article we will give you an introduction to our favourite beach Clubs, a longer section of each Club will be published in our blog.

Purobeach Club in Illetes: Experiencing the beauty of the Mediterranean with relaxed, island vibes in the most recent opened Purobeach club in Illetes. This beach club has a spectacular location with panoramic views of the Mediterranean and direct sea access for that refreshing dip. Puros signature details combined with Mallorcan architecture and Mediterranean landscape makes this place heaven on earth.  

Nikki Beach Mallorca: The best Beach Club in the southwest of Mallorca! Located on one of Spain’s most beautiful white beaches, this chic urban-feel club is all about grown -up glam and sophistication. Carefree days in paradise and nights to remember forever; that’s Nikki Beach.

Beach Club Gran Folies: This is one of Mallorca’s oldest beach and pool clubs and it has managed to stay current and kept its high standards over the last 40 years thanks to its dramatic location on the cliff overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of Cala Llamp, a good restaurant and excellent service.

Ponderosa Beach: Best Beach Club in the north of Mallorca. Ponderosa Beach boasts a winning combination of delicious on-gourmet-trend food ‘and cocktails with happy, chilled atmosphere and vibrant crowd. The perfect place to spend a day or celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy a dip in the sea or a long sunbath before indulging in Mediterranian-Asian fusion cuisine. Who says no to having lunch while having their feet in the golden sand that is Playa de Muro?

Purobeach Palma: Where south Beach meets Ibiza, a magical space that successfully transports you to another world. Any time is a good time to spend at Purobeach, you can easy spend the whole day at this glowing white beach club–restaurant and spa!

Anima Beach: A paradise over the sea, located right on Palma’s boardwalk, this having the best of the city and the sea. A beach club placed right on the sea where you can relax and be caressed by the breeze and warmed sun of Palma’s bay while you are enjoying excellent food, comfortable sunbeds, friendly professional staff and a unique urban but relaxed atmosphere.

Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

SUP Yoga in Mallorca

During the last years, the practice of Stand Up Paddle and also of SUP Yoga has become more and more popular on Mallorca. There are several different spots on the island where you have the possibility to rent a board to discover balance on your own in the water, or join a guided excursion, or why not, a SUP yoga class. In this article, we will shortly explain what SUP yoga is and where on the island you can have a try.  

Originating from India, yoga is a tradition built up during many thousands of years, but didn’t gain strength in the Western world before the XX century. June 21 is International Yoga Day, a day of celebrating the union between all beings, recognising the benefits that the yoga practice provides, on both a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level; individually and universally.  

SUP (Stand Up Paddle) started in Hawai in the forties, but, just like yoga, it has its roots thousands of years ago. In several cultures in the world, canoes or a stand up board have been used for transportation or hunting. In Hawai, surf, paddle surf and yoga were (and are) all very popular practices and people started to fuse SUP with yoga, creating a unique practice experimenting yoga postures on the board in the sea. Not so many years ago SUP yoga arrived to Europe, and here on Mallorca we are lucky to enjoy a good and stable climate throughout the year, which makes the SUP yoga season long and each year more and more practitioners are joining.

Where can you practice SUP yoga on Mallorca?

Below we list some of the places where you can experience a SUP yoga class on the island:

Soller SUP – Port de Soller

El Niño Surf center – Playa de Palma

La Mosca Cub de Surf – Palma de Mallorca

Be Happy Yoga Mallorca – Pollensa

 

What are the benefits?

The fusion between paddle board and yoga offers a unique practice with several benefits: balance, flexibility, alignment and strength, just to mention a few of them. You don’t at all have to be sporty or experienced in yoga to join; everyone can enjoy a class, where you are invited to practice mindfulness in different exercises and postures, standing, seated, on all fours or lying down. The human body is constituted of more than 70% water. Bringing awareness to that fact, and play with this special connection with the water, the flow, the movement, brings us to the reflection about what is moving in life and within each one of us.

What can you expect from a SUP yoga class?

To enjoy sea and nature, strengthen the core and your whole body, delight in moments of play and moments of relaxation. Let go and allow yourself to experience this special present moment with mindfulness, and discover your body and your balance in relationship with the water.

 

Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia & Yoga Teacher

World Cup x Mallorca

How do we prepare for the world’s biggest football event, the World Cup in Mallorca? Will large screen monitors be set up at Plaças and where are the best spots to see the games? we hope to shed some light and answer some questions with this introductory article about the World Cup in football. The most amazing thing about living on such an international island is that you can wear any national football jersey without been looked at strangely and you can experience and feel the joy as if you were in the country playing the match.

The Spaniards are a football loving nation so it’s not a strange thing that football is the biggest sport here and therefore, it’s quite obvious that a number of bars and restaurants will be showing all the matches. This means that you will certainly be able to see Sweden’s journey without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or maybe you choose to take Ibras words literally “a world cup without me will not be worth watching” and just spend your time at one of the many beach clubs on the island. In that case have a look at our article regarding that.  

Are you a big fan of Germany and hope they defend their win and keep the World Cup pokal for another four years? Arenal is the place to be! Sit down with a cold Paulaner or a Löwenbräu in one of the many sports bars and inhale the atmosphere. If it’s England you want to see wining, then head to Palmanova or Calvia are. Put your three-lion’s jersey on, try to find a table early, preferably 2 hours before the game starts, warm up you voice and join in to one of the many chants. But let’s not forget that we are actually in Spain and the best place to get sucked into the Spanish atmosphere is to find a local bar / restaurant, load up with tapas and cerveza. Most importantly, don’t hold your feelings back, when that goal has been scored, remember not to think just act and tune into the goooooooooooool, gool goole gooool scream.

Mallorca has also a large population of Argentineans, Uruguayans, Colombians, Russians, Moroccans, Senegalese. So why stick to a place when you have the whole world on an island! Look, taste, breathe and live the World Cup. Where do these nationalities go? Go there, order the typical traditional dish and go with the flow. Isn’t that what the World Cup is all about, how the sport and its joy brings us together and make us learn more about each other. Have a great World Cup!

Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

SOLLER TO SOLLER – Paddle Adventure to Save the Sea

In June 2018 Cat Friend and Valerie Bisbal will be paddle boarding around Mallorca to raise money and awareness for ocean conservation. They have been started in Soller on June 1st and will expect to be back after 14 days.

The adventure has two objectives:

First to create a new world record in being the first two people on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) to circumnavigate the island. Mallorca measures 70km east to west and 100km north to south, providing 555km of coastline. Steep cliffs dominate the north coast of the island and whilst being beautiful in rugged scenery there are few places to land and shelter.

Second to raise funds and awareness for Asociación Ondine who help fund projects to remove plastic and other material in our seas that harm fish, dolphins and other sea creatures and contaminate our beaches. Last year Asociación Ondine removed 2.2 tones of rubbish from Mallorca’s beaches and 600m of ghost nets (lost or left fishing net) from the surrounding seas.  

Read more about Ondine and Cat and Valerie: SOLLER TO SOLLER

DOMA – Property Management in Mallorca

It is a sunny morning when I meet Inna Gurkova, founder and partner of the property management company DOMA that she runs together with her husband Ismael Moreno since 2015. With roots in Latvia and Russia, Inna came to Mallorca in 2006, driven by love. She started to work with Mallorcaresidencia in 2012 as a team assistant, and got a very good overview of the property market in Mallorca. Vivian (founder of Mallorcaresidencia) introduced her to the field of property management and Inna really enjoyed it and took over this task for the company. Some years later she started her own business and has since then been a great cooperation partner. Many of Mallorcaresidencia’s clients have hired DOMA’s services and are more than happy with them.

This morning I meet Inna in Santa Catalina where she has several apartments to take care of while the owners are away.

Inna, what brought you to Mallorca?

I met my future husband on holidays, and we decided to move here, where he has got roots. Now we have our family here, our business, and I am in love. She laughs.

Is there anything you don’t like about Mallorca?

The strong wind and lightnings.

Tell me about DOMA property management.

Ismael, my husband, and I run this business together. He used to work in hospitality, and I studied law and got introduced to the real estate on Mallorca. We both like maintenance and interior design, so it was a natural step for both of us to start up this company together.

Inna is smiling while she is talking, her expression is lively, and she continues:

95% of our clients are Swedish. Many people nowadays have an apartment here, but are away for many months, so they need someone to take care of their property.

What do you take care of?

Everything. Inna laughs again. For our membership clients we offer weekly check-ups, and we prepare the property for the client’s arrival. The weekly inspections might be the most important part of our work, as it is a service that intends to – and many times does – prevent any damage on your house. Mallorca has a humid climate, and the houses do have some characteristics that the client from Northern Europe might not be used to. That someone looks after your house on a weekly basis means that it will be opened and aired, plants watered, exterior drains cleaned, etc. We look at the weather forecast, and adjust our weekly check-ups according to the weather. Other services included if you are a member are: mail delivery, 30 minutes of free concierge service/month, preparing the apartment before arrival and closing up after departure, free estimates from our suppliers if anything needs to be fixed. Additional services are cleaning, laundry, gardening, plumbing, electrical services; everything that a property and its owner need to be happy. We can also help with communication with neighbours and community and attend community meetings. As an extra, if you recently bought a property we take care of all administrative work with change of contracts for the companies of water and electricity supply, as well as Internet installation etc. We can also step in for single services, but I highly recommend to become a member, as you will be given a high-quality service all year around.

What is your first recommendation to someone who is planning to buy a property on Mallorca?

No matter where the property is located, coast, inland or city, it is always worth to have a terrace. You will enjoy it a lot. And of course, I recommend to have someone that looks after your apartment or house when you are away. Strong rain, wind, or a bathroom flood from your neighbours’ could easily create bigger damages if it isn’t discovered and taken care of on time. We also deal with the insurance companies and communication with the neighbours.

No doubt, DOMA is offering a complete service to their clients, and you can be sure that everything will be taken care of, which allows you to relax and just enjoy your property on Mallorca even when you are away.

DOMA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT:

info@domapropertymanagement.com

www.domapropertymanagement.com

Tel: 0034 673028078 / 0034 620378367

Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

Last weekend I visited a very special spot on the north of the island. Almost hidden away, a 15 minutes’ drive from Alcudia, a large green natural area opens up and welcomes you to enjoy its beauty. It is Museo Sa Bassa Blanca, a museum of modern art with surrounding beautiful gardens, founded by Yannick and Ben Jakober, collectionists and artists.

This place is a lot more than a museum. Each corner of the house and the garden seems to have a special reason of being and a story to be told.

The art exhibitions can only be visited at certain hours and together with a guide, while the observatory can only be visited through prior reservation. The gardens are open Monday- Saturday and can be visited with or without guided tour. In the gardens, you can find different areas, such as a rose garden and a park of sculptures. Spring time is a good time for visiting, as everything is green and lush. In one beautiful corner of the garden you find the Wish Tree, inaugurated by Yoko Ono when she last visited the island. You may ask for a special sign in the reception where you can write your wish and tie it to a branch of the tree. I imagine the wishes are being nourished every day by the visitors’ breath and energy. The building itself, where the exhibitions halls are found, was built by the architect Hassan Fathy, on request by the Jakober couple, and according to the collections of artwork, doors, accessories, that they already had in the property. The house was built to fit in the different pieces from all over the world and it has become a unique building with a lot of history and anecdotes.

Close to the sea in Alcudia this is a very special gem, that inspires peace and creativity; well worth a visit.

Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Puerto Portals Farmers’ Market

Every Sunday in May from 10 to 16 o´clock

Fill your “senalla” (the typical Majorcan basket) with fresh and locally produced products in the Farmers’ Market in Puerto Portals, every Sunday in May! This is a market with a 0 km concept, 100% Majorcan. Find locally produced food, traditional handicrafts, and enjoy a natural brunch and different workshops, along with great music and a nice atmosphere.

One for One

There will be some fruit and vegetables marked with “One for One”. For each product bought within One for One, the same product will be added to the large charity basket that Puerto Portals will give weekly to the local NGO Mallorca Sense Fam, that supports children and families on Mallorca with limited resources. After the last crisis in Spain, and locally in Mallorca, the proposal was brought up to bring awareness and open up solidarity among all residents; bringing food from where there is an excess, to those who are in need.


Every Sunday there will be different activities both for children and for grown-ups:


Sunday May 6th:
11-12 o´clock Kanga Training Mallorca (open class)
12-15 o´clock Childrens’ corner: “Farmers’ Fun” with workshop “Plant a Wish”
13-15 o´clock Concert Tubatap
15-16 o´clock Storytelling