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Active Holidays

21/08/2019

Active Holidays


If you are one of the lucky ones who will enjoy a few days of disconnection and holidays in Cala d’Or with Inturotel, you should know that you have endless opportunities in terms of sports and activities enjoy an active holiday.


• Paddle surfing, diving and sailing

In our school next to Inturotel Cala Azul you can take a guided tour with us or rent a board and paddle along our wonderful coast discovering crystal clear coves. Mallorca has excellent conditions for sailing throughout the year. Our school is the perfect place for you to learn diving & snorkeling and enjoy windsurfing, sailing and paddle surfing. The transparency and warmth of its waters, the beauty and richness of our seabed, are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Mallorca is a paradise with the most transparent waters in the world.

• Bicycle touring
No other place in the world brings together in such a small space such good and varied conditions for cycling as Mallorca. From Cala d'Or, many cycling routes leave for the most spectacular points of the island, such as Cap de Ses Salines or the Serra de Tramuntana and its mountains of over a thousand meters. Our collaborator Marimonte will advise and guide you in this adventure. You can book your bikes on the marimonte website

• Yoga
In Inturotel we offer you the possibility of practicing Yoga in a unique place like Cala Esmeralda and in our pleasant Mediterranean gardens of great beauty and pure nature. We hope you enjoy our sessions and can connect with your inner essence.

• Trekking
Discover the guided tours of Inturotel. Hundreds of beautiful trails to travel such as the climb to Castell de Santueri or Puig de Sant Slavador. A landscape in which sea and mountains come together uniquely throughout the world. Don't forget to include your favorite boots or shoes in your suitcase.

• Golf
When the golf courses become impracticable by the rain in Europe many golfers come to Mallorca ... here you have many, good and beautiful courses. We recommend Vall d'Or with its 18 holes facing the Mediterranean and only 15 minutes from your hotel.

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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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