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Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca

27/10/2020

Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca

 

 

Mallorca is an island people fall in love with. Over the centuries multiple celebrated figures from around the world have been captivated by this Mediterranean enclave of ours. In different eras, virtuosos from the world of art and culture like Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Charles Chaplin, Robert Graves or Rubén Darío, to name just a few, spent long periods of time on the island, praising its charms (“the most beautiful place in the world” is how Chopin described Mallorca).

 

In the mid-20th century, the arrival of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco caused a great stir on the island. Both of them were fans of Mallorca, which they had chosen for their honeymoon. When they weren’t being pursued by photographers, they took pleasure in sailing and contemplating the mighty yet subtle nature of our little land.

 

A lucky coincidence!

 

Some people plan a getaway or a trip, but others stumble across paradise as if by magic. This was the case of the popular actor Errol Flynn. Flynn was heading for Gibraltar on his boat, but a storm forced him to put in at Mallorca. A single sunrise was enough to make him fall hopelessly in love with the island and he stayed here for several weeks, during which he organised some notorious society parties.

 

The actor Michael Douglas came to Mallorca with his first wife, Diandra Luker, who had always summered on the island. For many years they enjoyed their beautiful, emblematic estate here - S’Estaca, on the coast of Deià. S’Estaca was built in the 19th century by yet another illustrious visitor, the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, as a token of his love for Catalina Homar, the peasant woman with whom he had a long romance.

 

Celebrities integrated into the landscape

 

Some famous people have lived on the island for many years but still manage to go unnoticed. This is true of Annie Lennox, the singer-songwriter who won the Academy Award for best song in 2004 with Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Lennox enjoys herself walking and taking photographs of the nature of Mallorca, shopping at the island’s ecological markets and supporting social initiatives such as “Salvem Mallorca”.

 

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The German tennis player Boris Becker also lived in a beautiful residence in the centre of the island for many years, revelling in the peace and quiet that his hectic daily life barely afforded him.  

 

Cala d’Or, a refuge for artists

 

Cala d’Or, a natural paradise with beautiful coves (Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Ferrera and Cala Serena), was home to figures renowned for their artistic sensitiviy. Starting in the 1970s, we began to see singers like Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat and Camilo Sesto strolling amongst its Ibizan-style houses, as well as internationally-famous writers and actors, whilst the photographer Planas Montanyà immortalized this Mallorcan setting with an Ibizan atmosphere from his helicopter. 

 

The Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat sought refuge in Cala d’Or, where his parents had a summer home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 disc, “ Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house on a cart drawn by donkeys, so that he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles.

 

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Camilo Sesto, meanwhile, also resided in Cala d’Or for many years. It was very common to see him strolling by the sea, enjoying this beautiful spot, which he took advantage of to unwind between concerts.

 

Over those summers of the ‘60s and ‘70s the Bar Fernando, which is still open today, turned into a kind of improvised concert hall, where Serrat and Camilo Sesto would sit down with a guitar and delight everyone present with their songs.

 

And it is precisely in Cala d’Or that we find the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca, where you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.

 

 

 

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Five options for families in Mallorca
26/04/2021
Five options for families in Mallorca
Travelling to Mallorca as a family for a few days’ vacation is a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime. Inturotel’s family hotels are designed to turn your holiday here into a dream come true. Today we have five suggestions for you, to ensure adults and children have a fantastic time together.     Cap de Ses Salines and Playa Es Caragol   A very short distance away from the Inturotel hotels in Cala d’Or you have the opportunity to enjoy one of Mallorca’s most beautiful coastal walks. From the lighthouse of Cap de Ses Salines, which was constructed between 1850 and 1870, you can enjoy an idyllic two-kilometre stroll along unspoilt stretches of fine, white sand, until coming to Playa d’Es Caragol. This heavenly, pristine beach, set in the midst of nature, affords a superb panoramic view of the Cabrera archipelago, a maritime-terrestrial national park and protected sanctuary rich in flora and fauna.       The magic of the Drach Caves   Jules Verne spoke of this great treasure of Mallorca in his novel Clovis Dardentor. The Drach Caves are four huge caverns of karst origin which contain Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the magic of this place, which has been visited since the year 1888. The perfect place to explore as a family. The Drach Caves are in Porto Cristo, less than 30 minutes away from your Inturotel hotel.     A trip on the Sóller train   With over a century of history behind it, the ride on this train dating back to 1912 which connects Palma and Sóller is one of the most popular, delightful and enjoyable excursions on Mallorca. The wooden carriages retain all the details and charm of old trains. The consistently attractive route will take you over the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great natural beauty, the mountains of Sierra de Alfabia, several bridges and a viaduct and through thirteen tunnels.   Upon reaching Sóller, it is well worth taking time to stroll around the lovely old town, which has a church with a Modernist façade. And why not enjoy a delicious artisanal ice cream in the shade of the imposing trees as you watch the tram pass by just metres away? If you really want to round off the excursion, this legendary orange tram - which is also over a century old - will take you down to the Port of Sóller, where an atmosphere from another age reigns, both for the architecture of the buildings and the natural beauty of the port itself.     Son Serra de Marina on horseback   Continuing with the adventurous strain, we now propose a horse ride for the whole family in the north of Mallorca. Specifically in Playa de Son Serra de Marina, a pristine beach where you can enjoy a pleasant ride on a well-groomed horse or pony as you feel the sea breeze ripple along the edges of a lush pine wood at the back of the beach. This is the perfect activity for unwinding and communing with the nature of Mallorca!     Sunset in Sa Foradada   Sa Foradada is one of the icons of the Serra de Tramuntana, a small outcrop of rock with a visible hole in the middle. It is situated in the municipality of Deià, and can be reached via a beautiful path lined with ancient olive trees and other Mediterranean trees. Archduke Ludwig Salvator ordered the path to be built in 1877, after he purchased the Son Marroig possessió, or rural estate. From the viewing platform of Sa Forada you can contemplate Mallorca’s most beautiful sunset, an indelible memory that will stay with you your whole life.   Our reception team will be delighted to help you plan any activities you decide to pursue. Wonderful adventures await you, to be enjoyed as a family on this gorgeous island bathed in sea and sun!    
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