Mallorca in January

The island becomes ablaze with spectacle

Spain is known as an exuberant nation for good reason. As the short days of winter continue into January, Mallorcans are defiant about brightening up the darkness.

Bonfires and barbeques; music, dancing and drama: each traditional festival held in January has its own distinct flavour, but all are full of spirit. The arrival of The Three Kings has children whipped into a frenzy of excitement, and the honouring of Sant Sebastià sees Palma come alive with spectacle.

The fiery festival of Sant Antoni is cosy and inclusive. Proud as they are of their heritage, islanders love to share their traditions with non-natives, who in turn take away a memory of authentic Mallorca.

Take a wintery walk along a deserted, pristine beach or hike through still verdant mountains and countryside, catching some fresh air and sunrays. Just as the sun shines on mild winter days in the Balearics, the Spanish are adept at shining light throughout January.

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, publisher and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She started abcMallorca.com in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

Her website helencummins.com is a compilation of all the things she values since moving to the island, running hc/ Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Luxury Living is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire people to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks businesses and places that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.

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