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This weekend Selva celebrates the cross
Today, April 29 2017, the fair and celebration of the cross is officially open.
This traditional event, will be running all weekend until May 5th, and we’re as always looking forward to a week of good atmosphere and great food.
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The legend and tradition of the crosses in Selva
Legend has it, that every year on May 3rd in Selva, the crosses are to be worshiped by processions, and the fields of crops and fruits will be blessed.
This tradition has been since the Middle Ages, and is important to the people of Selva. Now spring has once again come to Mallorca, and it is time for us to seek the blessing of the crosses.
We will use this opportunity to mark the great spirit of Selva, with a festive week of traditional events and much fun.
This year’s celebration of the cross features many physical activities, cultural events, music performances and of course the traditional paella picnic in nearby Biniamar.
Highlights of the celebration
The celebration starts Saturday around 16:00 in front of the town hall of Selva. Here, the festivities kicks off with various sports activities such as sprints and a football match.
Later Saturday night, there will be a traditional gathered eating in the center of the town, and later on, DJ Biel Castell will make the town dance all night.
On Sunday at 10:00, you can enjoy a free locally guided tour around Selva learning about the specific area called Camarata, which is one of the most important area of the town and home of the Cross of Camarata. Guides will be, Francesca Rotger and Arnau Amer.
Monday is the traditional paella picnic. You can follow the group from the Placa de la Camarata from 10:00, or you can join in at 13:00 at the picnic in the sa Comuna (public park) of Biniamar.
Tuesday at 18:30, enjoy a fantastic choreographic performance by the School of Rhythmic Gymnastics of Selva, directed by Antonia Sastre.
Early Wednesday at 9:00, there will be a parade of xeremiers (Mallorcan bagpipes) through town.
At 10:45, the fair and market of the Cross celebration will open up. The market, is traditional to other Mallorcan markets, but will naturally focus much more on crops and fruits, as this is why we are here. On the fair, you can sample some fresh local produce, buy plants and flowers and crafts. The fair and market continues all Thursday.
On Friday May 5th, the Celebration of the Cross ends. If architecture has your interest, you can stick around till 20:30 where the book ‘Inns & Houses of Mallorca’ will be presented.
Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions
Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.