An island utopia: Mallorca in winter

 

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Dapper and gleaming under the midday summer sun that burns its body, becomes languorous under the blue sky of the sun in winter. A breathless phoenix harried by its summer race, the island follows a different course when winter embraces it. After summer’s seething, festive molt, the metamorphosis is striking. The island is elsewhere reborn and it changes pace. From Banyalbufar to Sa Calobra, from Valldemossa to Cala d’Or or the peninsula of Formentor, the island resumes a rhythm that lies somewhere between nonchalance and neglect. The melancholy feeling of time that freezes and stops.

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Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, also changes pace and is reclaimed by the local inhabitants The mood is conducive to wandering. Walking through the narrow winding side streets past succeeding ocher and red facades becomes a way of life. Having a coffee on a terrace, pushing back the horizon from the heights of the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, passing through the door of the massive cathedral, going into an art gallery, turning away from the hustle and bustle of the world in the gardens of the Arab Baths, or dining at the Ritzi all become acts of fulfillment. Mallorca is a must see in winter.

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L’utopie d’une île : Majorque en hiver

mallorca (18)Pimpante et rutilante au zénith d’un soleil d’été qui lui brûle le corps, Majorque devient langoureuse sous le ciel bleu d’un soleil hivernal. Comme un phénix haletant harassé par sa course estivale, l’île suit une autre trajectoire quand l’hiver l’enchâsse. Après la mue festive et grouillante de l’été, la métamorphose est saisissante. L’île renaît ailleurs et change de rythme. De Banyalbufar à Sa Calobra, de Valldemossa à Cala’D’or ou à la péninsule de Formentor, l’île retrouve un rythme entre abandon et nonchalance. La mélancolie du temps qui s’arrête et se fige.

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Palma de Majorque, la capitale des îles Baléares change aussi de rythme et les habitants se la réapproprient. L’humeur est propice au vagabondage. Parcourir les ruelles étroites et sinueuses où se succèdent l’ocre et le rouge des façades devient un art de vivre. Prendre un café sur une terrasse, repousser l’horizon des hauteurs du palais de l’Almudaina, franchir la porte de la massive cathédrale, rentrer dans une galerie d’art, se détacher de la fureur du monde dans les jardins des bains arabes, dîner au Ritzi deviennent des actes de plénitude. Majorque est à découvrir en hiver.

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Llotja of Palma Plaça de la Llotja, 5, 07012 Palma de Majorca / Built around 1420-1450, the expression of Gothic in all its quintessence.

BO Hotel Carrer de Jaume Ferrer, 2, 07012 Palma de Majorca +34 971 71 59 82 / Charming hotel in the heart of Palma and friendly and efficient staff. A beautiful address!

Ritzi Palma Calle Sant Joan 6, 07012 Palma de Majorca, +34 971 71 27 38 /The guarantee of an excellent lunch or dinner! Italian style!

Gerhardt Braun gallery Carrer de Sant Feliu, 10, 07012 Palma de Majorca, +34 971 71 74 93 / The gallery consists of three spaces in the heart of the old town. The selection of works is eclectic and relevant.

Rialto Living Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, 07012 Palma de Majorca, +34 971 71 33 31 / In the heart of the old town, beautiful space offering a remarkable choice of objects design and fun. An interior space offers cocktails! An address to recommend!

Arab baths Carrer de Can Serra, 7, 07001 Palma de Majorca, +34 637 04 65 34 / The Arab baths nestled in the old town are a haven of peace with their timeless garden. The beauty of a lifestyle is easily imagined.

Royal Palace of Almudaina Carrer del Palau Reial, s/n, 07001 Palma de Majorca  / An arab castle transformed into a residential palace of Christian kings. History as a crossroads

Chez Camille Carrer de la Mar, 18, 07012 Palma de Majorca , +34 971 72 16 22  / Restaurant in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. The cuisine based on fresh products is suggestive. Cooking in a Japanese makes all the difference to the palate.

Café Plaça  Plaça de Santa Eulàlia, 6, 07001 Palma de Majorca, +34 971 72 69 15  / For the paella, the tapas and the sqaure Sant Eullalia!

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