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Easter in Mallorca

09/03/2022
family making tipical Mallorcan cookies

Enjoy an Easter week of tradition, flavour and culture.

With the coming of spring and its pleasant temperatures, the Easter week festivals also arrive. This is a time of tradition, gastronomy and popular culture.

These festivals have a strong family character, with gatherings around the table, with lots of traditional dishes whose recipes have been passed down for centuries and even today maintain their culinary prestige.

 

Easter in Mallorca is closely associated with religious celebrations, and processions fill the streets of many places on the island.

One of the most revered is the procession of the Crist de la Sang (Christ of Blood), which passes through the old part of Palma on Holy Thursday. The Holy Thursday procession in Felanitx is also very special.

 

mallorcan procession

 

The Davallament (descent from the cross), which is celebrated on Good Friday in various locations, is also very well known. The best known and most recommended are the ones in Pollença, Sineu, Felanitx and the Santuari de Lluc monastery.

Finally, the Encuentro is celebrated on Easter Sunday. This recreates the moving reencounter between the resurrected Christ and his mother. After the Mass that follows this liturgical performance, families typically enjoy frit de Pascua (a traditional Mallorcan dish of lamb offal fried with garlic, peppers and other vegetables) or hot chocolate with ensaïmada pastries. At around 12:00 there is a concert by the band and then the joyful music of Els Salers. This is a group of young people dressed in white shirts with colourful scarves around their necks, who go through the old part of Felanitx playing music and inviting people to the dance that they will hold the following Sunday. In their songs they compliment people while at the same time begging for empanadas, rubiols…

 

salers

 

Here is a verse as an example. We hope you can forgive our poor translation, but we think it will help understand the meaning.

“Si teniu ous i botelles

de mistela i de bon vi

es paner podeu omplir

fins q rebenti d’estelles”

 

Translation:

If you have eggs and bottles

of good strong wine

you can fill the basket

until it breaks into splinters

 

After the processions, another very significant celebration is the Pancaritats. On the second day of Easter, it is traditional to climb on foot to sanctuaries and hermitages and once there, to eat the typical pies and sweet dishes made at this time.

The team at Inturotel recommends the celebrations in Felanitx for their proximity and festive atmosphere and the quality of the staging of the representations.

We will be delighted to help you organise your visits so that you can take original and authentic experiences with you as a memento.

 

Traditional gastronomy

As in the rest of Spain, Easter traditions in the Balearic Islands are shaped by the Christian calendar. During Lent, eating meat is forbidden on Fridays. But with the arrival of Easter, the fasting ends and it is typical to celebrate in style. Mediterranean cuisine excels during these days with exquisite dishes.

Being Mediterranean, on Easter Sunday we like to get together as a family around the table for some delicious freixura or frit de Pascua. This is a version of the classic frit mallorquí where the pork is replaced with lamb. It is specially flavoured with lemon zest and fresh fennel stalks.

 

Baking is also very typical in these days. Panades, the stars in these festivals, are savoury pies that are normally filled with lamb or turkey with peas and spicy sobrassada sausage. Cocarrois, which are not as typical of these festivals, are made from the same dough but have an elongated shape and are filled with vegetables, raisins and pine nuts.

 

Tipical Majorcan pastry

 

Among sweet pastries, crespells and senyorets stand out. These biscuits are made with lard and are shaped like stars, flowers, hearts, etc. and are sprinkled with icing sugar. The delicious rubiols, made with soft flour dough, are shaped like crescent moons. These are normally filled with jam, cottage cheese, creme patissiere or candied pumpkin among other fillings.

 

Tipical Majorcan Easter sweet

 

When researching the origin of these sweet dishes, history leads us to the Middle Ages, although experts do not agree on their origin, which could be with Jews in Spain or Sephardic Jews. One argument against a Jewish origin is that some people consider them to be a Turkish dish that was added to Sephardic cuisine after 1492, when the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardim settled in Turkey.

You can find the recipe for crespells along with a video of how to make them in our Crespells Recipe post from 8/4/2020.

 

Finally, one of the typical sweet dishes that should not be missed in Easter week in the Balearics are confits or peladilles, pastel-coloured sugared almonds. The members of the brotherhoods or penitents (known by very different names depending on the town or village: “encapironats” “cucues” “carapunats”…) from some fraternities give out confits, peladilles and other sweets to children and people they know during the processions.

 

colored Majorcan sweets

 

This is how we enjoy Easter week in Mallorca, and at Inturotel Hotels & Resort, we invite you to discover the most authentic and traditional side of our island and enjoy it with us.

We are waiting for you!

Inturotel Hotels & Resort

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Discover Mallorca’s prehistory at Closos de Can Gaià
19/08/2022
Discover Mallorca’s prehistory at Closos de Can Gaià
“Closos de Can Gaià” is an outstanding example of a Mallorcan prehistoric archaeological site. It is a short distance from Portocolom, an old fishing port that has kept its traditional seafaring charm, and it is close to coves and natural spaces where you can enjoy the Mediterranean and just a few kilometres from Cala d’Or and your inturotel hotel.   A Mallorcan prehistoric archaeological site Here you can find a small village that was inhabited between 2000 and 700 bc, where five prehistoric naveta (little ship) houses are currently preserved from an original total of at least 10. These houses take their name from their distinctive shape, which resembles the keel of an upside-down boat. But what were navetas? What were they used for? Navetas, or naviforms, were the houses of the communities that inhabited the Balearic Islands during the Bronze Age. They were made of dry stone, without any type of mortar or cement, and had a roof made of wood, branches and compacted clay and an elongated horseshoe floor plan.     Who lived in these houses? This might be one of the hardest questions to answer, as these homes were built thousands of years ago and were inhabited for over seven centuries in some cases. We now believe that each of them was home to what we call a “domestic or residential group”: in other words. people who shared a common space where they did their everyday activities (sleeping, eating, working, etc.) and who were not necessarily a family in the contemporary sense of a group of relations.   What was life like in a village 3,000 years ago? Obviously, it was different to now, but this did not necessarily mean it was worse. We have to do a process of archaeological imagination, based on the large amount of scientific data obtained over almost 100 years of archaeological research. We are in a Mallorca that had a much smaller population, was less built-up and where navetas were almost the only monuments that stood out in a landscape that combined wooded areas with open areas for growing crops and pasture for livestock closer to the villages, forming a patchwork landscape.     What can I visit at the Closos site? The site is open all year round and entry is free. There is a self-guided itinerary through which you can discover how the prehistoric communities of Mallorca lived over 3,000 years ago. There is also a reconstruction of the prehistoric botanical landscape, which allows you to explore the environment of the past and the relations these societies established with nature. Finally, there is a children’s area with prehistoric and archaeological themes where they can have fun, and comfortable picnic tables where you can rest and eat.   Guided activities for learning about history in Mallorca You can combine your visit to the site with a wide range of activities for everyone. Would you like to go on a guided tour led by the archaeologists who work on the site? Or would you like to learn to shoot with a sling or make a bronze axe like in prehistoric times? You can even become an archaeologist for the day by taking part in the excavations. If you are interested in any of these options, contact us in advance through our social networks (@ProjecteClosos) or at the email address clososgaia@hotmail.com The Closos site is managed by Projecte Closos, an initiative led by Felanitx council and the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), which was launched in 1996 with the aim of making archaeological heritage relevant to 21st century Mallorcan society. With the support of the public, we protect, research and publicise this site to make it a centre for local, sustainable development from the perspective of culture, the environment and people      Combine your historical visit with a pleasant bike ride Take advantage of your visit to the site to enjoy a pleasant bike ride through the beautiful scenery on the way. The Marimonte Mallorca team are waiting for you at inturotel resort with all of the equipment needed for your ride. The site is 8.5 kilometres from our resort. This means that the ride to your destination takes about 45 minutes, following the road from Can Marines to Sa Vileta (the first houses of S’Horta) and then on the Cala Marçal road towards Portocolom. On the way back, we recommend passing through “Els Horts” (the market gardens of S’Horta) with its beautiful views of the clifftop castle of Santueri. You will fall for the land and the people who live there.   Don’t miss out on the experience of visiting an open-air museum of prehistory on your next trip to Mallorca with inturotel!  
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