Three intense days in Mallorca, allow us to discover wonderful places where to rest, take care of our body, enjoy gastronomy, bathe in its crystal clear waters while practicing some nautical sport, or why not get involved in the reforestation of burned mountains and leave impregnated our footprint …
These are some of the keys to enjoying the island
When Airbnb first launched in 2008 the idea of sleeping in a stranger’s home while on vacation sounded a bit crazy to many, except perhaps the younger millennials. Yet not even ten years later and the whole idea of where and how to spend the night when travelling has completely shifted.
Now that concept is taking root in the very way people travel and what tourism actually entails, with more people looking to experience something special when travelling. These days, taking a selfie in front of the Louvre or the Taj Mahal and bringing back a local souvenir doesn’t seem to be enough. Yes, you were there, but were you really there? It’s less about just seeing the sights and more about engaging with the locals and trying something different.
Not surprisingly, Airbnb was among the first to sense this shifting interest and in 2014 they quietly launched their “Experiences,” in which locals with certain talents, interests or a sense of entrepreneurship, offer unique opportunities for tourists to experience a different side of their city or country for a small fee. “Experiences” have since grown exponentially across the tourism industry.
In a recent search with Airbnb you could create music from the city sounds of Tokyo with one young Japanese guide or surf Bondi’s famous waves and then eat and drink like a local Aussie. Other companies gear towards niche markets like Home Food which offers the chance to dine in the homes of real Italian ‘nonnas’ (grandmothers), and Nightlife Friend which pairs you up with like-minded clubbing friends to experience the best clubs with a local.
If you want luxury as part of the experience, companies like Bahamas Mobile Database Pure Entertainment offer bespoke services that will match up your interests for a customized and very high-end experience.
In Mallorca, this new way of travel has already started to take root. You can still have your day at the beach and glass of cava at sunset, but you can also learn about textile dyeing and try your luck at ceramics, or engage with local farmers and pivck your own vegetables for dinner, or even visit remote archeological sites with a qualified historian from the island. A new website, vawaa.com (vacation with an artist), offers two creative experiences on the island.
Anastasia, a ceramic artist originally from Russia, has been in Mallorca since 2004. She offers studio sessions for up to a week in which you can get to know different types of clay, learn about hand building and throwing on a wheel, glazing and firing techniques, decoration and more. All materials are included in the fee.
Melissa Rosenbauer and Thomas Bossert are the creative team behind the beautiful hand-painted textile company called Espanyolet, named after their neighbourhood in Palma. Some of their offerings include learning about different vintage textiles, dye mixing, fabric preparing, painting, and visits to local sites Brother Cell Phone List that inspire their collection and color palette.
Combine creativity with personal empowerment with Swiss born stone sculptor and life coach, Silvia Felix. She offers Poetic Sculpture workshops and retreats on the island that include morning yoga sessions, soap stone sculpting, vegetarian lunches, poetry writing, coaching sessions, and of course pure relaxation.