GUARDIAN ANGELS ACTIVITIES
- Night of “San Juan” The second night of our students in Palma was 23rd of June, that means no other thing but what we call night of “San Juan”, the shortest night of the year.
This is a magical night where we say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. It is a festival of sun worship by the lengthening of the day in the summer solstice, where the main ritual is to light fire to give more power to the sun and bathe in the sea at midnight. In Palma people celebrate it either going to the beach and lighting a fire or going to “Parc de la Mar” (our choice) to dance with fire demons, enjoy the fireworks and attend a concert from a great local band.
- Beach games After their first day of classes, our students went to “Illetas” beach with their Guardian Angels (Spanish students). This is a local beach of Palma easily accessible where they had the chance to play beach games, snorkel and soak up the sun.
- Biking Palma Bay After such a week in Palma and before starting their first free weekend, our students couldn’t miss the “Biking Palma Bay” activity with their Guardian Angels. Departing from “Passeig del Born”, they went biking along the beach of Palma to “Ca’n Pastilla”, where they had free time to discover the place, one of the most touristic ones in Mallorca
- Ruta Martiana The second Tuesday in Mallorca (the first relaxed one) couldn’t be missed without a very typical Spanish activity: the “Ruta Martiana”. From 8pm people from all over Palma gather in the same area of bars and have a tapa plus drink for a very cheap price. Our students really enjoyed the activity discovering this (unknown for them) Spanish tradition.
EXCURSION TO SANTANYÍ, CALA FIGUERA AND CALA MONDRAGÓ
Right after the night of “San Juan”, we went on an excursion to the very south of the island.
First of all, we went to Santanyí, where our students could discover the local market full of fruits and vegetables grown in Mallorca as well as other handworks. They really enjoyed this traditional way to talk to the farmer and buy local products.
Then, we headed to Cala Figuera. This is a traditional fishermen area but nowadays its houses are mostly used as a summer residences.
It’s the opposite to what anyone can expect when they think of Mallorca because mass tourism is a total foreign concept in this place.
The final spot we visited was Cala Mondragó. This is a natural park since 1992, which means it is protected by the government given to its privileged flora and fauna.
There, our students had the chance to spend the rest of the day relaxing at its beach, one of the most beautiful ones of the island.
EXCURSION TO SIERRA DE TRAMUNTANA
Before finishing their second week in Palma our students went on an excursion to the “Sierra de Tramuntana”, denominated World Heritage by UNESCO in 2012.
First of all we stopped in Valldemossa. Valldemossa is a wellknown town of Mallorca because of Chopin and its beauty.
The musician had lived in this village in 1938 and had composed important music pieces, so our students could see first-hand the gardens that inspired him, as well as ”La Cartuja” of Valldemossa, where he lived. Also, some of them had a “coca de patata” and almond smoothie with shaved ice (such a typical snack) in the most traditional bar of the town “Ca’n Molinas”.
After the cultural visit to Valldemossa, we went hiking from Deià (the town) to “Cala Deià”, one of the most beautiful coves of Mallorca. We had the chance to soak up the sun, snorkel, relax and have lunch enjoying the views.
Afterwards, we headed to “Torre de ses ànimes” (Tower of Souls), a lookout tower (used in the 16th century to prevent Turkish pirates’ attacks) located in Banyalbufar, where our students climbed the tower from where they could see the whole north coast of Mallorca, one of the most breath-taking views ever.
Adventures will continue for one more week!
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