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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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A walk along the coast
02/05/2022
A walk along the coast
The walk (or run for those who are feeling energetic) starts from one of our hotels located in Cala d'Or, Mallorca. Walk towards Cala sa Nau until you reach the cycle path (if you’re coming from Sa Marina join the cycle path at the roundabout at the entrance to Cala d'Or next to the Cespa petrol station). From the other hotels head along Calle de s'Espalmador and, keeping to this street, continue until you reach the start of the cycle path that takes you to the Cala sa Nau/Cala Mitjana path. After approximately 1km turn right along an unpaved track towards Cala Mitjana (cars are not allowed along here). This track leads right to the cove. Once there, have a short rest and take in the extraordinary beauty of the landscape. In summer a ‘capfico’ (a dip in the sea) is a must, although you can also take one in winter. Sea lovers and swimming enthusiasts will not be able to resist the turquoise waters and will want to plunge straight in. If you have never tried cold water swimming, we would encourage you to give it a go. It’s a very special experience.     Did you know that swimming makes up happy? The relaxing sensation of the water against our bodies reduces stress and releases powerful endorphins that improve our wellbeing. So, leave your worries behind and take a dip in one of the world’s clearest seas.   After your rest continue along the route towards Es Puntàs and Es Cossi, two stunning sites along this coastal terrain. Take a cobbled path that runs parallel to the left of the cove (avoid the paved road as it’s private and you might get told off). The next section takes you over the rocks (it can be a bit uncomfortable so we recommend wearing trainers with a thick sole or walking boots) heading east until you see the impressive hole of Es Puntàs crag. This is a very popular spot with rock climbers. The coast between Cala Serena and Cala sa Nau is a top spot for those who do psicobloc, also known as deep-water soloing, and in spring and summer you’ll see people doing it. Young people who are fans of this extreme sport come from as far away as the United States and Australia to do this type of free climbing. It is very dangerous and has resulted in a number of deaths. The pioneer and person responsible for naming the sport was the Mallorcan Miquel Riera. He made this type of climbing fashionable among his acquaintances from all over the world. The Mallorcan pop group Antònia Font dedicated a song to him.       The island has excellent climbing training centres if you want to give it a go or improve your technique so you can climb in uniquely beautiful natural settings. We recommend you do not climb alone, always let someone know where you are going to climb and take all safety measures. Mallorca is a paradise for adventure sports such as scuba diving, kayaking, caving, snorkelling and climbing.     Geology This coastline is formed of karst platforms that originated under the sea during the Tertiary Period, some 10 million years ago. Along the low stepped cliffs, sea erosion has created areas of smooth rock covered by sea water. The area closest to Cala sa Nau has an almost lunar landscape, with large formations of marés sandstone (ancient mangrove swamps) containing fossils of shells and other living creatures trapped in time.       Flora Although the coast is hit by heavy storms from the east during the winter months and conditions for plants are tough due to the salinity of the environment, you can see true survivors such as saltpetre, sea fennel,  juniper trees (one of the native trees that is most resistant to the salt thrown at them by the easterly storms) and a few small pine trees that are reminiscent of Japanese bonsais because the wind and salty water stunt their growth, sculpting them into unusual forms.     Fauna If you are a nature lover, we recommend taking binoculars on the walk. Look out for the flight of the cormorant (Phalacrocoracide) coming and going from its home in the cracks in the rocks, the colourful bee-eater (Merops apiaster), the majestic Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae) and listen out for the song of the blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius). The walk takes you through cultivated fields and pine groves where you might see red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa), Eurasian hoopoes (Upupa epopos), European goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), red kites (Milvus milvus) and great tits (Parus major). Some migratory species can only be seen in certain months. If you’re lucky you might even get to see dolphins when the sea is calm (the best time is the early morning or evening).     Toponomy Some points of interest are Es Cossi, Es Puntàs, Sa Cova de Cala sa Nau and Forat d’en Mengo. The latter is only visible from the sea and is highly recommended as a kayaking trip. For more information check out our adventure sports partner: marimonte-online.com   Head towards Cala sa Nau leaving Es Puntàs on the right with its majestic window out on to the sea. Soon you’ll see Cala sa Nau in the background. Walk near the sea over the rocks. We recommend following the red trail left on the rocks by walkers (if you stray from this path the rocks become very sharp and walking is very uncomfortable).   A surprise awaits you on the walk that will take you right back to prehistoric times on our island. You can see the funerary hypogea or burial caves at Cala sa Nau. Archaeologists cannot agree on their date, but it would appear that they are from the Pretalayotic period (between the 3rd millennium BC and the end of the 2nd millennium BC). The Pretalayotic period is the name given to the first cultural manifestation of prehistoric society on the Gymnesian Islands (as Mallorcan and Menorca were known before the Roman conquest). You’ll find the burial chambers on your left right at the end of the path. Then have a final dip in the waters of the cove or sunbathe on the warm sand and enjoy a few moments of relaxation. We recommend avoiding the hottest months of the year and the middle of the day. The route is ideal for walking between October and May and is best done in the morning.   The return route is straightforward along a paved track towards Cala Ferrera-Cala d'Or and then retrace your steps along the route you have just taken to return.     We hope you enjoy your walk. Remember to leave nature as you find it and take any rubbish home with you in your rucksack. Musical recommendation to accompany the walk: Antònia Font ‘Un Minut Estroboscòpica’.    
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