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Santueri Castle

Car route: To reach the castle of Santueri leave Cala d'Or in the direction of Felanitx, and pass through the small town of "Es Carritxó". Around 2 kms from Felanitx there is a right-hand turn signposted "Binifarda" and "Castell de Santueri". Take this turn-off and in about 10 minutes you will be in front of the castle walls.
What to do: This spectacular castle is the best-preserved of a set of three impressive rock fortresses (the others are the Castell d'Alaró and the Castell del Rei de Pollença) which, being located in impregnable places, were the last defensive strongholds of the island. Set on a rocky outcrop standing 500 metres high, the castle affords fabulous views over Portocolom, Portopetro and Cala Llonga. Rumour has it that the original construction was Roman, as a way of controlling these strategic natural harbours. The amount of legends and stories surrounding the castle is interminable, but one of the most famous one tells that the Arabs, cornered in the castle and surrounded by the Christians, leapt off and threw themselves onto the rocks protected only by terracotta jugs which they wore on their heads as useless "helmets". To travel to the castle is also to travel through the history of the island and its Muslim past. This legacy is still visible as one passes through the gardens of S'Horta, where the irrigation systems and water tanks, or "safareixos", were installed using the expert Muslim engineering of the age. The presence of this historic Islamic and Arab inheritance can also be keenly felt in the place names of the region, such as the name "Binifarda" for example, given to the valley one goes through to reach the castle. You can also make the trip on foot from our hotels: take the "Can Marines" path towards S'Horta, and then go through the village heading towards Portocolom. When you come to the football field turn left and follow the wooden signposts that point towards "Castell de Santueri", travelling through beautiful rural scenery, dotted with small vegetable gardens and orchards, water tanks...

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Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
17/12/2020
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca   Travelling to Mallorca and taking one, or several, ensaimadas back home is a tradition amongst visitors to the island. Today we invite you to discover the history of this island delicacy, and the best places to try it. Sound good?     The origin of the Mallorcan ensaïmada   The “ensaïmada” is of Hebrew origin, and comes from a kind of sweet bread, similar to the brioche, that used to be prepared for the Sabbath, the holy day of the Jewish religion. The recipe developed into the ensaïmada we now know thanks to the converted Jews who stayed to live on Mallorca after the diaspora – a recipe that has not changed since then, over 500 years ago: strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, sourdough and lard. Originally in the Jewish homes of Mallorca, it was prepared using olive oil instead of lard. It was in 1492, when the Jews were expelled from Spain, that the converts were obliged to make an external display of their Christian faith by eating things forbidden by their previous religion. These prohibited foodstuffs included lard, or pork fat, which from that moment on replaced olive oil in the method of this ancient recipe. Simple, and yet delicious!     In the 17th century, we find the first texts that speak of the Ensaïmada de Mallorca, which now enjoys Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication, recognised as such since 1996. It was from the 18th century on that it began to be popularly consumed amongst the middle and upper classes, who accompanied the cake with a cup of hot chocolate for their afternoon tea. The ensaïmada achieved significant popularity, and started to be exported to other countries in the 19th century.   Mallorca has a grand tradition of baking breads and pastries, two of the oldest guilds on the island. Which is why there is a host of places where you can try an exquisite ensaïmada. Although we would like to propose the following five places, which are very traditional among the inhabitants of the island, and where you will doubtless enjoy the experience.       Five places you can eat a delicious ensaïmada   For an ensaïmada accompanied by an artisanal ice cream or a hot chocolate, the best option is the emblematic Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo, established in the year 1700 and now with three establishments in Palma. You simply must taste one along with a glass of ‘meringue milk’ (leche merengada) ice cream, one of the most authentic options.   El Horno de Santo Cristo, with over 60 years of experience: you can eat the  ensaïmada on the premises or take it home with you in the original, typical octagonal cardboard box.   In Inca, in the centre of the island, the small, discrete Forn de Sant Francesc contains some wonderful sweetmeats. Here you can try the ensaïmada that won the prize for The Best Ensaimada in the World in the first competition of its kind, held in 2017.   And in our own area, we recommend two establishments. In Cala d’Or, very close to our hotels, you will find a local Forn i pastisseria Terrassa, which has been making one of the best ensaïmadas in the Migjorn region since 1936. And in the tiny town of S’Horta, 7 kilometres from our hotels, is the Forn de S’Horta, a traditional bakery with cafeteria service where you can try a delicious ensaïmada with your favourite drink in the sunshine.     And naturally, we invite you to try the delicious ensaïmada we have prepared for you in our Inturotel buffets. We look forward to seeing you in Mallorca. Bon profit!    
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