January, one of the quietest months of the year, still offers interesting entertainment and promotions for those who want to get out of the house and get distracted. The days are gradually getting longer, the weather sometimes pleases with spring warmth. If you are an active sports enthusiast, Mallorca is your place! Cycling, hiking, windsurfing, You can even go out to sea on a yacht if the water is calm.
If you prefer a quiet pastime, art galleries, concerts, and of course the winter sale season are all yours.
On January 5, the whole of Spain celebrates a very special day for all children. Three Kings of magicians, or in Spanish “Los Reyes Magos”. On this day, the kings arrive from the sea by a nice sailing boat. For example, a colourful arrival is always staged in Puerto Portals. Traditionally, after arrival, the kings’ ride horses, and their assistants bring gifts to the children. In big cities, such as Palma de Mallorca, the characters of this holiday arrange a ceremonial procession distributing caramels to everyone around. The carnival-like procession is very colourful and joyful.
ALMOND BLOOMING, MALLORCA
One of the most attractive happenings in January is blooming almonds! You definitely should get to the inland and walk along the country roads surrounded by almond plantations. This is a splendid spectacle – like a rehearsal of spring, which many are eager to see.
Marratxi and Santa Maria. This area, between the center of the island and the mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana, is an ideal area for an excursion to see the almond trees in bloom. This is one of the main almond production areas in Mallorca, as it has a special microclimate.
Bunyola area. A good excursion proposal to see almond trees in bloom is to take the Soller train from Palma because on the way to the Sierra de Tramuntana we will see many fields of almond trees. We can go to Soller, and then take a walk through the town. Or we can get off at the Alfabia gardens, to visit them and then take a walk around
Selva, Caimari and Binibona, Llucmajor, and the southern strip of Mallorca are also good to witness the magical sparkles of nature.
SAN ANTONI & SAN SEBASTIA
Saint Antoni. On January 16 and 17 comes the festivity of Sant Antoni, patron saint of animals, much loved by the islanders. The most colorful celebrations take place in Sa Pobla, Manacor, and Artà where foguerons (bonfires) and dimonis (demons) are the protagonists of one of the most endearing festivals in Mallorca.
One of the most beloved parts of the fiesta for the Spaniards is the obligatory torrada, when meat, sausages, and special bread are fried on fires, and all this is accompanied with a good portion of wine or beer.
San Sebastia. On the other hand, throughout the week surrounding January 20, the feast of San Sebastián, the patron saint of Palma, the city is full of activities, music, and many other proposals for young and old alike. The Revetlla de Sant Sebastià (January 19) stands out, a very festive night in which there are concerts in all the squares of the capital and fires are lit where residents and visitors gather to toast local gastronomy products.
For the lovers of music, the end of January prepared another nice event. Famous violin player Ara Malikian will act in Palmas Trui Theatre on 28 & 29 of January. Every summer this musician used to give a full-time concert, traditionally in stylish Puerto Adriano and always with big success. So this January we all can enjoy a very special full of music and an emotional evening.
Please remember that the Balearic Islands actually have several restrictions. If you like to enter restaurants, pubs, discos, you will need a vaccination certificate, a certificate of post-illness antibodies, or a fresh PCR or antigen test. Until 24 of January face masks are mandatory inside and outside.
Please check here actual rules to enter Balearic islands.