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Welcome to the MajorcanVillas.com Blog - written by Andrew Ede.  This will be updated all the time so please do check back frequently - see all our latest entries below!

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24.12.2016Christmas Eve and the Last Judgement of the Sibil·la

In 2010, the Sibil·la was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. It is now sung at churches across the island on Christmas Eve.

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15.11.2016Why The Surprise? Majorca on film

The relationship with film dates from the very earliest days of the moves to attract tourists to Majorca at the start of the twentieth century.

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7.11.2016Retro Promotion: Travel Fairs Of The Past

Travel fair representation of the past once involved a re-creation of the Charterhouse in Valldemossa and Chopin's cell.

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25.10.2016The Re-Birth Of Majorcan Swing

Swing is a legacy that goes back to the 1920s and to the days when it first started to emerge and to be turned, eventually, into a Majorcan musical tradition.

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23.10.2016The pepper that almost died out

It wasn't to until the eighteenth century that sobrassada was spiced up and adopted a reddish hue. Paprika had really arrived.

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9.10.2016From Cuba With Love: Havaneres

The habanera was popularised in the 1860s. In Catalan it became the havanera, and is now to be heard at fiestas and on other occasions in Majorca.

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4.10.2016The giant sweet shop of the Tramuntana

Sugar, cream, chocolate, custards, this is a wonderland conjured up by some candy wizard. This is Esporles on the first Sunday in October.

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3.10.2016The revival of the excursion

Majorca's tourism was from the very beginning intimately tied to hiking and walking, and the "excursionistas" date back to that very beginning.

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11.9.2016The legend and meanings of 12 September

12 September is an important date in Majorca - it provides the reasons for Majorca Day and for the pilgrimage to Lluc.

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28.8.2016The Seven Sins Of Saint John

The demons were to represent the seven deadly sins - lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride - and they are what you now have on the eve of the decapitation of the Baptist.

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14.8.2016Much Ado About Everything: Weird Fiestas

The tale of the Muc is characteristic of stories of giants, treasure and odd beasties and characters that Antoni Maria Alcover compiled.

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7.8.2016Where Common People Go: Lloret

Lloret may be tiny, it may be easily overlooked, but as with many places in Majorca it has its own complicated past.

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1.8.20161550 And All That: Dragut's failure in Pollensa

Around eleven o'clock on the night of 30 May 1550, a force of some 1500 men landed at a cove between the Punta Avançada and the beach of Formentor. This was the landing force that was to ultimately inspire Pollensa's Moors and Christians' annual re-enactment.

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