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Cala Mondragó Mediterranean paradise

10/03/2020

Cala Mondragó, or also often called sa Font d’en Alis, is a beautiful beach of fine white sand located in an environment of great ecological value, within the natural park of Mondragó, near Santanyi south of the island.

 


Cala Mondragó is framed in a wild place, surrounded by pine forests, with a fine white sand and incredibly clear and turquoise waterswe find the unspoiled Playa S’Amarador, which is also part of the Área Natural de Especial Interés.

This beach is easily accessibleand has good services, several bars, rental of umbrellas and hammocks, showers, picnic areas, and a playground in the shade. For all that, Cala Mondragó has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union. Its waters are shallow making it an ideal place to go with your family.

 

 

Next to Cala Mondragó, we find Humedal de Ses Font de n’Alis, and it is there we find the path along the sea that leads directly to Playa de S’Amarador, an almost pristine beach without buildings, and less crowded than its neighbor, but with incredibly clear waters and well secure environment that will leave us speechless. This beach is the starting point of several routes along the coast where you can enjoy several viewpoints. Some tours are offered that will take 30 or 40 minutes through paths bordering this fantastic rugged coastline where we can appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean.

 

 

How to get to Cala Mondragó ?

Take the Palma-Portopetro highway to S’Alqueria Blanca. Follow the signs to Parque Natural de Mondragó. If you do not have your own car, you can reach the beach in the tourist train from Cala d’Or.

 

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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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