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What we need to know about the Balearic Islands now

An update from the summer paradise

4 May 2021

The Balearic Islands hope that the successful tourism restart on Mallorca, also soon spreads to all islands. An overview of the current situation in the hotel industry, culture, gastronomy and sustainability on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, can be found here. 

The current situation in the Balearic Islands

Due to the current situation, some special restrictions are to be expected when travelling to the Balearic Islands. However, the government is doing everything possible to offer travellers a safe destination and is applying strict security measures. Transparent communication on the current situation and developments is very important for the islands and builds confidence among visitors. Therefore, there are on the official tourist Website of the Balearic Islands provides important German-language information on the covid pandemic, which is updated regularly.

Compared to other Spanish regions, the Balearic Islands have the best incidence values of all of Spain. Therefore, there is no quarantine obligation upon entry. Nevertheless, visitors must present a negative PCR test, which is not older than 72 hours.

There is no quarantine requirement when entering the Balearic Islands. Credit: Michael Tomlinson

Measures are relaxed 

The Balearic government announced relaxations around the Corona measures. Thus, the nightly curfew in Mallorca, begins only one hour later, at 23 clock. The restaurateurs are allowed in addition to the openings until 17 clock also in the evening on the terraces to entertain their guests. From 17:00 o'clock to 20:00 o'clock gastronomies are closed, these are then allowed to receive guests again from 20:00 o'clock to a maximum of 22:30 o'clock. Shops do not have to close until 9 pm instead of 8 pm.

The government in the islands only recently set relaxations again. Credit: AETIB

To these relaxations probably also leads the successful tourism restart on Mallorca. About ten percent of the hotels were open and restaurants offered their service in the outdoor area. The Corona situation has remained stable so far, the seven-day incidence on the island has been constant for about two months in the range between 25 and 30. 

Hotel openings in Mallorca

Despite the pandemic situation in the Balearics, the last few months have been used to renovate old buildings that now shine as new hotels. In addition, many accommodations got a remodel or modernization.

Nivia Born Boutique Hotel

Carrer dels Paraires, 24, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Tel: +34 971 88 84 00

In March, the Nivia Boutique Hotel opened in Palma on the elegant Passeig de Born, as part of an expansion plan by the Garden Hotels Group. This boutique hotel in one of Palma's most iconic areas has 24 rooms and a roof terrace with views of Palma's Gothic cathedral. Having served as the headquarters for Spain's national airline, Iberia, in the 1950s, the hotel offers mid-century decor that blends seamlessly with contemporary elegance. 

The hotel is located in a historic building. Credit: Nivia Boutique Hotel

Finca Can Beneit 

Camí de Binibona, s/n, 07314 Binibona, Illes Balears, Spain
Tel: +34 871 81 18 71  

Located in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains and just a short bike ride from picturesque villages such as Selva, Caimari, and Moscari, you'll find a new rural hideaway since March: Finca Can Beneït is a converted Mallorcan farmhouse with ten exclusive rooms. It's the perfect place for deceleration and tranquility with a touch of luxury in authentic Mallorca. Yoga and meditation sessions or guided tours of the finca complete an unforgettable stay. 

Not long ago, the finca was a traditional farmhouse. Credit: Finca Can Beneit 

Can Ferrereta

Carrer de Can Ferrereta, 12, 07650 Santanyí, Illes Balears, Spain.
Tel: +34 971 49 50 00   

The new 5-star boutique hotel Can Ferrereta in the historic centre of Santanyí in south-east Mallorca opened in April. The charming 17th-century building, with 32 individually designed suites and rooms, has been transformed into a paradise of architecture, design and contemporary regional art. The hotel has two bars, a Mediterranean restaurant serving seasonal dishes made from local produce, a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym, and a spa with hammam and indoor pool.

This charming building dates back to the 17th century. Credit: Can Ferrereta

News from the culture 

The tourism tax is used to implement numerous projects in the Balearic Islands that are intended to benefit visitors. One of these is the restoration of the monastery of San Diego in Menorca. In addition to the installation of air conditioning and the renovation of two halls, visitors can now also enjoy murals that shine in fresh splendor. They were created using the grisailles technique, a technique of painting light and shadow in black, white and grey, and are of great cultural value. As is the entire complex, built in the 17th century and categorised as a cultural monument by the government of the Balearic Islands. 

The tourism tax has made it possible to implement numerous projects to make the islands even more beautiful. Credit: Odyssey Belle / Unsplash

Sustainability on the islands

Another project funded by the tourism tax deals with habitat restoration and public use of the Es Trenc-Salobrar de Campos Natural Park in Mallorca, which includes new signage. As a result, a total of 26 signs in the park now provide information on the location and special features of the site. In addition, one receives information about the existing regulations and about the values of the cultural heritage of the nature reserve.

Sustainability is a big deal in the Balearics. Credit: Thomas Vitali / Unsplash

Forest fires are also to be better combated in the future. For this reason, water tanks are to be installed in areas with a high ecological value. One of these has recently been installed at the Es Cabas farm in Santa Maria del Cami on Mallorca, with two more to follow. Furthermore, two additional tanks are planned for Menorca and one for Formentera.

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