Why travel to the Balearic Islands in Autumn/Winter?

Spring, Summer, Autumn and also Winter.... all the seasons of the year each have their own charm. Naturally, in Majorca it is no different. That is why this beautiful Mediterranean Island has become a destination for tourists in every season of the year, be they lone travellers, couples or even entire families. Autumn is for the lover of tranquillity, anxious to find that quiet corner away from the summer tourist boom. Lovers of tranquillity and calm should choose this island for a trip at a time when it is the real isla de la calma (Island of the Calm).

If anybody knows anything about it, it must be F.Chopin and George Sand, their romantic periods appear in their work and musical pieces. This married couple, famous because of their stay in Majorca, became the first winter tourists when they arrived on the island on 8th November 1838 with the intention of curing the genius Chopin. The composer composed some of his most important work here, (Polonaise in A b and Mazurka in C b.) and George Sand put his experiences to pen in the book titled Winter in Majorca, a book which caused uproar because apart from describing the island landscape it also explains the discomforts caused by the extremely rustic and rural lifestyle.

Another beloved tourist is the well known Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria who first visited the island about ten years later, at the age of 22. He became a faithful visitor both in Summer and in Winter right up to his death in 1915. If we are to believe the stories which are told about these illustrious visitors we must believe that they never got bored during their stays on the island.

Autumn on the island, well away from the rural world, has today been adapted to all the needs for tourism and tourists' well being so that a traveller may enjoy the extremely beautiful islands and the absolute calm after the end of the high season. The Tramutana Mountain range is one of the best beauty spots to enjoy in winter time. The air is full of the smell of pine, rosemary and thyme, the trees are full of fruit, and wine is fermenting in the wine cellars, something which is very common especially around Binissalem and the Levante area of the island.

But this time of year allows us to discover the island as an excursionist, to enjoy a good walk carrying a rucksack and wearing good boots and seeing things calmly and without hurrying, enjoying each little corner of the island, practising what is not just a way to travel and to relax but what is also a healthy and ecological sport as well.

It is also the ideal moment to discover the enchanting Balearic Island cuisine, the Mediterranean diet par excellence. Be it a popular, wine cellar/bar, a 'tapas' bar, an elegant restaurant or some distinguished gourmet's Majorca the gastronomic offer caters to all tastes. The cultural area is also rich and abundant: exhibitions, museums, concerts, readings, fashion shows......Majorca doesn't stop even in winter.

The countryside in the centre of the island is at its best moment, above all if you travel to the island in February when the almond trees are in bloom. You can visit the interior villages, carry our thousands of different excursions through the Tramutana Mountain range (impossible to do in summer due to the high temperatures), you can enjoy one of the popular local festivities at this time of year, such as Christmas, Saint Anthony, etc....

In other words, The Balearic Islands are an excellent destination to travel to at this time of year, remember, ... it is known as the 'Island of the Calm'.

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