La Patrona: summer festivities in Pollença old town

Today, Friday 13 July, the summer officially begins in Pollença. Today we have “les votacions”, to choose the main characters of the Moors and Christians battle of La Patrona de Pollença! For this festivity everyone gathers in the Joan March gardens to democratically elect the locals that will represent Joan Mas, Dragut and his henchmen, and the old Pollença Town Hall during the epic battle.

Candidaturas a cargos en el simulacro de Moros y cristianos de La PAtrona de Pollença

Afterwards everyone celebrates the result through the streets of Pollença, to the rhythm of ‘les Cornetes’: ‘Les Votacions’ are definitely a party that you don’t want to miss Pollença!

Everything ready for La Patrona:

Once we know who will take the main characters (a real honour for pollensis) during the Moors and Cristians battle, there is no more important subject of conversation in Pollença than La Patrona festivities

La Patrona: a week of festivities in Pollença old town

Even there are a lot of things to do during La Patrona in Pollença, here we explain the one’s you can’t miss!

·26th of July: Les Canonades

“Les Canonades” give the starting signal for the festivities with the raising of the Pollença flag over town hall and gunpowder, lots of gunpowder….

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·27th of July: Bauxa als Jardins

Summer themed costume party in Joan March garden: an excuse to have a good time!

·31st of July: Marxa Fresca

The legendary white party: for one night the Pollença main square is painted white to transport everyone back to the 70’s and 80’s with the best music from those times.

·1st of August: L’Alborada

After a night of music in the Pollença main square, at 5 in the morning comes one of the most emotional moments of the Patron saint of Pollença celebrations: L’ Alborada.

·2nd of August: Moors and Christians battle

First there’s the traditional dance by the Cossiers i la Dama in the main square at 12:15.

Los cossiers durante las fiestas de La Patrona de Pollença.
Los cossiers durante las fiestas de La Patrona de Pollença.

The mock Moors and Christians battle begins with the famous cry of Joan Mas waking up the christians, and ends with a battle on the Ca’n Escarrintxo football field after touring the streets of the town.

Mallorca in Winter: weather and what to do

Friday the 22nd of December is the Winter solstice: the starting shot for the winter in Mallorca and the rest of the world. Although it may seem that the summer time’s most desirable island now has little to offer, the fact is Mallorca in winter is a real paradise too

This year 2017 has been unusual in Mallorca: after a dry and warm autumn, it snowed on the 1st of December, whereas normally snow doesn’t fall until January-February.

Mallorca in Winter: relax and enjoy the festes!

In the Autumn Mallorca becomes the perfect destination for lovers of sports and fresh air activities. Conversely, Mallorca in winter time is the perfect destination for travellers wishing to relax, disconnect and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

Furthermore, the traditional winter festivities calendar in Mallorca is quite a hearty one: from Christmas to Carnival, with the fiestas of Saint Anthony and Saint Sebastian in between.

During Mallorca’s Winter traditional fiestas take place in its different towns, as well as the island’s typical celebration of “matançes”.

The winter climate in Mallorca

Wintertime in Mallorca is the coldest season of all with an average temperatures of around 10ºC, while the lows rarely drop below 5ºC and a week of rain each month. A cold but quite pleasant winter, especially when compared with the rest of Europe…

In Winter you can enjoy up to 9 and a half hours of daily sunlight.

What to do in Mallorca in winter: snow in the Serra de Tramuntana and the ametlers

Besides enjoying the peace and quiet that comes over Mallorca in winter, you’ll also be able to enjoy two spectacular white sights: the first is the scenery Sierra de Tramuntana covered snow and the second is the blossoming almond meadows

At the end of January, the flowering almond trees provide one of Mallorca’s signature scenes.

Palma Airport: How to get around it?

“How to get around Mallorca?” Many tourists visiting the island for the first time ask themselves this question when planning their trip… And, while in Mallorca it’s sometimes best to improvise and see where the wind takes you, in organising your arrival (and departure) from Palma airport one should take a moment and consider the ways to get around which mode of transportation to choose.

PMI: Palma de Mallorca Airport

The airport of Son Sant Joan is the third largest in Spain and the only airport in Mallorca: thereby the main entrance gate to the island for the island’s tourists (the other are the ports of Palma and Alcudia).

Palma airport is located in Ca’n Pastilla: a few minutes drive from city center!

The airport of Palma de Mallorca receives regular flights from large airlines who have opted for connections to the island from all across Europe (mostly United Kingdom and Germany) and from Spanish airlines that connect it with the Iberian main-land (mostly Madrid and Barcelona).

How to get from the Palma airport to the rest of the island.

There are different option for getting to Palma de Mallorca airport:


A taxi is the most expensive option, as crossing to the opposite end of the island can cost over 100€, but it is also the easiest and quickest way to reach Palma or towns near the airport.


There is a large number of transfer companies offer direct transportation between the airport of Palma de Mallorca and the rest of the island: an inexpensive option for groups whose holiday home is located far from the airport.

·Car Hire Companies:

Nearly all of the car-rental companies on the island have an office at Palma airport: if you’re going to rent a car for roaming the island in, the best thing you can do when booking your rental car is to choose the option of collecting and returning the car at the airport itself.

·Public Transport (TIB):

For holiday-goers looking for the most economical option (and in no hurry) in reaching their destination, the option of Mallorca’s public transport is available: there is a bus connecting the airport to the island’s Central bus and train Station at Plaza España in the city centre, and 4 lines connecting the island’s airport with different towns and tourist destinations.

why renting a holiday villa in Mallorca?

An hotel? Bed & Breakfast? Hostel?… There are more options every day in choosing where to spend your holiday in Mallorca and it’s getting harder to make up your mind. To that end, we explain why you should rent a holiday villa in Mallorca to fully enjoy your stay.

Cozy holiday villa in Mallorca located near Selva
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Reasons to rent a holiday villa in Mallorca:

There are many reasons to prefer a holiday home to the hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. We explain the most important here:

·The perfect option for groups and families with children!

A holiday villa in Mallorca is the best option for spending a fun holiday all together, as some holiday rentals have capacity for over 10 people and allow everyone, be they family, friends or guests, to share the same space together during the holidays.

Holiday Villa in Mallorca located near Puerto Pollensa
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Privacy and tranquillity: ¡relax!

In a holiday villa in Mallorca you can enjoy the greatest privacy during your visit to the island: relax with the same peace of mind you would enjoy in your own house.

You’ll delight in all the comforts and conveniences of a house and you’ll savour your holiday as if you were in your true home.

In your own good time! Enjoy your stay whichever way you like…

If you decide to spend your holidays on Mallorca and in a holiday villa you’ll be free to do whatever you want, whenever you want: there are no timetables or schedules for breakfast, you can relax by the swimming pool until late.

PS: You just need to organise yourself to buy everything you need to cook or go to a delicious restaurant…

More range of choice!

With swimming pool or without? A villa in the country or a apartment near the town centre? A charming and welcoming house or a modern designer home? You’re sure to find a holiday home on the island just like the one you want!

Start your search in our extensive JS Properties catalogue and find the best holiday rental villas in the northern region of Mallorca.

Map of Mallorca: 8 places you should circle

Planning a holiday in Mallorca? Have you looked for recommendations and keep finding the same places over and over again? In this article we advise you as to other places you should mark on your map of Mallorca, besides La Seu, Castell de Bellver, Valldemossa or Formentor, of course.

Some places that should be circled on your map of Mallorca:

Find alternative places to visit on the island and avoid posting the same picture to Instagram as everyone else, along with the entire summer tourist masses.

· Alternative towns in the Serra de Tramuntana: Banyalbufar, Estellencs and Bunyola

Instead of visiting the famous and eminently renowned Valldemossa, Deià and Sóller, give towns such as Banyalbufar, Estellencs or Bunyola a try.

These are towns also set in the Serra de Tramuntana world-heritage mountain range, with the same charm, side-streets and stone-clad houses: visit them and discover the authentic relaxed atmosphere of La Serra’s villages!

Banyalbufar Map of Mallorca

·Sineu, Petra or Llubí: Eat up the inner island!

Instead of having to book a table far in advance at Ca’s Patró and other coastal restaurants that made their name with their great views, try some new snacks and meals with a tour of the our inland towns.

In many typical restaurants and cellers that you’ll find in towns such as Sineu, Petra or Llubí you’ll be able to enjoy authentic Mallorquin food without the need for reservations and delight in a 100% local atmosphere.

Mark these towns on your map of Mallorca, have a nice stroll around and ask the townsfolk for a good recommendation, you won’t regret it!

· Talaies and the Puig de Randa: Find other miradors in Mallorca

Rather than basking in the evening views from famous the better-known miradores of Formentor, Sant Elm or Son Marroig you might pay a visit to some of the talaies that are to be found in the Serra de Tramuntana and enjoy the views from there.

You can also enjoy the views from the Puig de Randa: mark on your map of Mallorca the location of the monastery Santuari de Cura and you’ll be spoilt with magnificent views of the islands flatter central region, Pla de Mallorca.

Road Trip in Mallorca: How to get around the island

More and more people visiting us now wish to see more than just a part of the island: they want to explore it, delve into the country roads and discover charming little havens. In a nutshell, what they want is a road trip in Mallorca.

Whether it’s summer or winter, a road trip in Mallorca is one of the best plans you can make on the island: Mallorca is a small island and by car its distances rarely exceed an hour or one-and-a-half, in duration. Despite its small size it has a network of smaller roads and a large variety of landscapes. Sea and mountains, city and towns…

A road trip in Mallorca is one the best ways to explore the island and discover its hidden secrets!

How to do a road trip in Mallorca

While Mallorca is so small you could tour it on foot or by bicycle, at JS Properties we recommend you do so by car or motorbike. You might also use the public transport system on the island but the easiest and quickest way is definitely to rent a car.

With a rental car you’ll be able to enjoy Mallorca at your own speed and enjoy the view while moving around!

If you’re in a holiday rental property provided by JS Properties in Puerto Pollensa you could come by the Formentor Rent a Car office. Or even rent one of their cars at the airport!

What to do during a road trip in Mallorca

Mallorca in Winter: the other Mallorca is #BetterInWinter

What could be better than some sunny days, warm temperatures and the beach in the Mallorcan Summer time? Enjoying Mallorca in Winter! The island made its name world-wide as a holiday destination but those who know it well are very aware that its best enjoy in the off season…

Mallorca in Winter

This is why the Balearic Islands Government has launched the campaign #BetterInWinter to promote Mallorca tourism on winter. But… What makes the Winter (and not the Autumn) the perfect time of year to visit Mallorca?

In fact, Mallorca in winter is like September in Northern Europe…

Delighting in Mallorca in Winter is especially easy:

Here we explain you why visiting Mallorca in winter is the best decision you can take:

The Winter time in Mallorca is ideal for visiting villages and tourist monuments:

Some of Mallorca’s most famous tourist attractions become filled in Summer but are nice and roomy in winter, allowing for less queuing and hassle due to all the other people there.

Villages such as Valldemossa, Sóller or Deià; historical buildings such as La Seu or Castell de Bellver and natural sights and monuments including Sa Calobra or Formentor will be waiting for you instead of needing to be visited alongside heaps and heaps of tourists… Make the most and visit them in your own time!


The Winter time in Mallorca is ideal for discovering traditions and visiting its fairs:

While it’s true that many festivities and late-night events are held in the Summer, it’s during the Winter and Autumn that many of its fairs and typical traditions can be appreciated.

Many towns hold themed fairs and festivals each relating to different towns’ seasonal products, providing the perfect opportunity to buy artisanal goods and taste delicious recipes.


The Winter in Mallorca is perfectly suited for outdoor and nature activities.

Spared the fierce heat of the Mediterranean Summer which restricts options leisure and adventure out in the fresh air, Mallorca is ideal in the Winter time for revelling in its nature and its landscapes with optional thrills from an endless range of sports.

In some towns such as Pollença, it’s possible to enjoy hiking trails in its surrounding scenery, roads boasting flat stretches and mountain passes for cycling enthusiasts, bird-watching spots and places suited and prepared for extreme sports such as rock-climbing and canyoning.

“Spectacle of the eight” at La Seu Cathedral

The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, known as La Seu, is among the most visited landmarks in the city and across the island. But there are three days each year when La Seu is a real must-see. One is on the 24th of December for the Song of the Sybil (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) and the other two are the 11th of November and the 2nd of February: when the rose window of Palma’s cathedral aligns closely with the sun to create its light-show called El Espectáculo del Ocho in spanish, l’espectacle del vuit in catalan and the spectacle of the eight in english.

Tips: It is advisable to arrive with enough time ahead of the spectacle of the eight, as many people visit La Seu on these dates each year. The full effect is dependent on the morning sun being out on that day.

The spectacle of the eight: 11th of November and 2nd of February

The 11th day of the 11th month and the 2nd day of the 2nd month, the saint days of La Candelaria and Saint Martin respectively, are the days on which the “spectacle of the eight” takes place, between 8 and 9 o’clock in the morning.

The morning sun’s rays pass through La Seu’s main rose window, casting themselves just below the building’s other rose window, located on its main frontage, at the western end. The effects of the light produce a figure of eight between the two rosettes, hence the name “spectacle of the eight”.

Did you know that La Seu’s “Rosetón Mayor”, at 13 metres in diameter and 1,236 coloured glass panes is the largest found in any Gothic cathedral?

Winter solstice’s lightshow: another sun effect at La Seu

For around 20 days around the winter solstice -22nd od December- another light effect takes place between the rose windows of La Seu: it’s possible to see the sunrise through them.

In this case the phenomenon is only to be appreciated from outside the cathedral –Es Baluard terrace is agreat idea!- and one can see as the main rosette and the lesser rose window at the building’s front entrance, create a kind of kaleidoscope by aligning with one another through the rising sun’s rays of light.


Visiting Santa Catalina’s Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca

Visiting La Seu is not just interesting during these light-show phenomena: the cathedral of Mallorca is a masterpiece of 13th century architecture, a place of worship and truly a compulsory visit for lovers of Levantine Gothic art.

Weather in Mallorca: information and advice

While the weather in Mallorca is described as being “always sunny and warm” by our northern European visitors, the fact is that the weather in Mallorca is quite varied depending on the time of the year and one would do well to follow certain pieces of advice to avoid the weather’s unwelcome surprises, since after all, it’s not summertime all year around.

Weather in Mallorca: 4 different seasons

Below we describe you the weather in Mallorca depending on the time of the year you visit it and some advice about it:

Spring: from 21st of March till 21st of June

As throughout the Mediterranean, it’s during Spring that the warm temperatures return to Mallorca: a sunny and pleasant time of year which does vary, however, with spring-rain clouds that can come together quite quickly.

Tip: Include an umbrella or rain-coat when packing your luggage so you’re ready at all times. The Spring in Mallorca is the season for seeing the almond trees blossom and cycling groups in trainingblog6Imagen de @balearick

Summer: from 22nd of June till 22nd of September

The summer is our sunny season with the highest temperatures in Mallorca: clear skies, virtually no rain and an intense heat that is only mitigated by the sea breeze…

Tip: The summer is the best time of year to sun bathe and enjoy the beach but be careful not to get sun-burned and avoid getting dehydrated while doing sport.

Autumn: from 23rd of September till 21st of December

During the autumn in Mallorca one can enjoy pleasantly mild temperatures (which do however drop at night) and mostly sunny weather, although powerful storms may appear.

Tip: Autumn in Mallorca is perfect for activities in nature after it regains its natural green colour. Asparagus, mushrooms, snails and other foods are to be found in the forests and at the fairs that are held in its honour.

Winter: from 22nd of December till 20th of May

The climate’s cold season Mallorca can’t fairly be compared to northern Europe’s winter since our temperatures rarely drop below 5 ºC. On clear days, the sun shines with the same strength as in the summer time!

Tip: If you get catch a week of bad weather in the winter time, consider a visit to the island’s highest mountains in the Serra de Tramuntana, and enjoy some snow in Mallorca. Nobody will believe you!

Weather in Mallorca: snow during winter valldemossaImage by @tonikuni

Cycling in Mallorca? Pollensa is the ideal place!

Each year thousands of Europeans travel to Mallorca in order to put their passion into action: the sport of cycling. The numbers are increasing year-by-year, among those visiting the island for training reasons, in preparation for competition season, as professionals, or simply to enjoy riding on the island’s roads. But, what is it that attracts so many cycling nuts to the practicing their cycling in Mallorca?


Why go cycling in Mallorca?

Mallorca is perfect for European cyclists for 3 reasons:

·A wide range of cycling routes: although the island is relatively small, it features a large number of routes allowing one to easily combine steeper sections with more level stretches.

·Milder temperatures all year around: The Mallorcan climate is among the appealing factors for cyclists from northern Europe, as it is warmer, sunnier and more favourable for training than in their home countries.

·First-rate mountain passes, renowned among cyclists: in the Serra de Tramuntana one finds a series of mountain passes that have become famous among cyclists for their difficulty, technical skill requirement and beauty.


Pollença: the ideal holiday destination!

Of all the places in which one can practice cycling in Mallorca, the town of Pollença is a definite highlight in the island’s northern region.

What makes Pollença so special for cyclists?

-It is at the northern end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

-It enjoys direct access to the Formentor road.

-It is also connected to the island’s flatter central plains termed Es Plà.

-#CyclingFriendly business range and the original home of passion for cycling in Mallorca.


Find perfect villas for practicing cycling in Mallorca:

At JS Properties we recommend a series of villas for accommodation during your cycling getaway to Mallorca, all located near cycling routes and all ready to welcome your entire pelotón of friends and road companions:

Villa Can Segura: holiday rental up to 14 people.

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Can Verga: rental for 14 people just 3 minutes from Pollença.

Casa perfecta ciclismo en Mallorca

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·Villa Putxet: house with jacuzzi & gym up to 14 people.

villa alquiler ciclismo en mallorca

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