Mallorca in the first weeks of the year? The weather is rather mixed. If the sun is shining during the day, it can be almost 20 degrees. In the evening and at night, however, it is often very cold, even with temperatures in the lower single digits. The wind sometimes blows stormy and fresh from the sea and is best kept up with a thick jacket with an even thicker hood. Nevertheless, the air is fresh and clear and, as already mentioned, with a pleasant two-digit daytime temperature, it is possible to enjoy a café con leche in a quiet and relaxed setting on the terrace of your favourite café, sheltered from the wind.
Precisely because the weather is often changeable, the tranquil first few months of the year are ideal for discoveries regardless of the weather. It is the ideal time to discover contemporary culture, art and architecture. In the municipality of Andratx there are some wonderful art galleries and art centres to visit. Here are just two examples:
A worthwhile destination for all lovers of modern art is the Studio Barbara Weil, Camino Son Carlos 20, in Port Andratx. Barbara Weil, born in Chicago, paints, models and draws. The versatile and spirited artist has lived on Mallorca since the 1970s. Her works are colourful, sometimes shrill, appear cheerful and put you in a good mood. A colourful sculpture can be admired directly at the harbour promenade of Port Andratx. Her extravagant studio with gallery was designed by star architect Daniel Libeskind. His exciting architecture and Barbara Weil’s art merge into a grandiose total work of art. If you want to get your own impression of this total work of art and the multifaceted artist, a visit to the studio is a must. Please call beforehand to arrange a viewing appointment.
Another destination worth seeing for art lovers is the Centro Cultural Andratx (CCA, S.L. Estanyera 2, Andratx). It is the largest contemporary art centre in Mallorca. Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Tramuntana mountains, the visitor will find galleries, studios and changing contemporary exhibitions. The lively, privately run cultural centre is built in the Mallorcan style, with a portico and its own fountain in the green courtyard. The orange and fig trees typical of Mallorca grow around the centre. An inspiring meeting place for ‘normal’ visitors, artists and collectors. According to the CCA website it is open from 10.30 am from Tuesday to Sunday.
Mallorca is and remains exciting!