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Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca

28/07/2021
White houses near the sea

Do you know why they say Cala d’Or is like a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca? Well, we’ll tell you! And then, if you like, make a reservation at one of our Inturotel hotels in Cala d’Or and prepare to enjoy the most unforgettable summer days and nights. 

The origins of Cala d’Or can be found in the love affair the Ibiza-born painter and cartoonist Josep Costa - “Picarol” - had with this place and its exuberant nature and coves with their crystal-clear water, sometime around the year 1933.

Sea with turquoise waters

Just like that lightbulb that switches on and illuminates creative minds, light immediately flooded into Picarol’s brain and he devised a sublime place in which to unwind and live surrounded by nature. Here you can find some of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves: Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena and of course, Cala Esmeralda, opposite the Inturotel Cala Esmeralda Beach Hotel & Spa, an exclusive Adults-Only hotel with suites with pool or private terrace, gourmet cuisine and the relaxing Salinas Spa. Cala d’Or is the site of the third-oldest functioning hotel on the island.

 

The paradise Josep Costa traced out in his mind was a scenic architecture with all white houses, flat roofs, typical low Balearic stone walls, garden areas around the houses, in the image and likeness of the founder’s native island. Simple, pure and organic architectural lines, with total respect for the privileged natural surroundings. Any future house could not be higher than the tallest pine tree in the area.

Even back then, the idea was for Cala d’Or to become a resting place for artists, sophisticated travellers and sensitive people in search of the ideal holiday.

 

The name of Cala d'Or - literally “golden cove”, because of the golden reflections the sun casts on the sea in this area - comes from the similarly-named cove in Ibiza, Cala d'Hort. Costa originally called it Cala d’Hort, although the name would soon morph into the present one, Cala d’Or.

After the first houses were built, top architects like Josep Maria Sert or the German Erwin Broner were amazed by the way the village was so perfectly integrated into nature. Another great architect who fell in love with the southeast coast of the island, and also worked in the area, was the Dane Jorn Utzon.

 

One characteristic of our resort is the terrain, as it is set on a coast full of coves, rocky promontories, cliffs… we don’t have a seafront promenade as such, but dotted all around the town you will find places where you can access the sea, veritable windows onto the blue and turquoise waters of our Mediterranean. You will never tire of taking photos.

Beautiful landscape on the coast with crystal clear water

 

Artists who loved Cala d’Or

The popularity of Cala d’Or as an idyllic place in which to spend a few days’ holiday spread by word of mouth. And this was how, from the ‘70s on, international creators and artists could be seen on the village streets like so many other residents: Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat...

 

The case of the famous Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat is very well-known, as he sought refuge in Cala d’Or where his parents had a holiday home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 record “Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house, on a cart pulled by donkeys so he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles.

White house in the center of the village

The Mallorcan painter and sculptor Riera Ferrari lived in Cala Llonga for over four decades. He inaugurated the legendary oriental-flavoured Shamas, and opened the Galería Picarol, where he exhibited the work of talented youngsters, including that of Felanitx-born Miquel Barceló. He also innovated by creating Estudi Joan, a studio located in the Cala d’Or marina which functioned as an art gallery and a café as well. A idea unheard of in Mallorca until then, but one that was widely imitated later.

 

The epicentre of that creative and artistic life was the Bar Fernando, which is still open today. Located in the old town, an area where there is hardly any traffic, with ancient pine trees and a charming pedestrianized centre. Here artists like Serrat or Camilo Sesto would sit down with their guitar, delighting visitors from all over the world with their songs.

 Emblematic restaurant in the area

Cala d’Or stands out for its varied, excellent range of gastronomy. In the luxurious Marina or the old town, restaurants for all tastes await. As do terraces and Beach Clubs with the best views, such as Sa Cala Beach Club in Cala Esmeralda. You simply must try the typical Mallorcan food and some local wine. Cala d’Or is the perfect destination for gourmets!

 

You really want to discover this picturesque enclave now, right? The place that once attracted, and indeed still continues to attract, people from all over the world with its beauty, beaches, gastronomy and light. 

 

Well, it is precisely in Cala d’Or that the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca are located, where we await you with open arms so that you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.

 

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Enjoy the magic of autumn in Mallorca
02/12/2021
Enjoy the magic of autumn in Mallorca
At Inturotel we are islanders and as such we are fans of Mallorca at all times of the year. But we especially enjoy autumn. In autumn, we leave behind the hustle and bustle of the summer and enjoy the new slower pace that this season brings. As the sun is lower in the sky, it gives a magical light and new colours. The ochres, browns and gold, the many greens of the countryside and the hypnotic blues of the mountains at dusk encourage us to slow down, stroll and be charmed by nature, by its scents, by birdsong… During these months, Mallorca returns to its position as ‘the island of calm’, as the Modernist painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol called it in his day. The calmness of these months is a blessing for the island, for its inhabitants and of course for sensitive visitors like you.   Don’t miss the wonderful feeling of relaxing in the autumn sun on your porch and letting yourself be enraptured by the sound of the waves and the scent of the Mediterranean woodland that surrounds our Premium Freestyle villas, which are available all-year round. Relax and let yourself be carried away by the calmness, mystery and beauty of this season.     Hiking, an activity with a long tradition in Mallorca. Autumn and winter are ideal seasons for hiking thanks to Mallorca’s pleasant temperatures and sunny days. You can enjoy magical experiences on paths through holm oak woodland and pine forests that lead into enchanting coves and look out to sea from vertiginous cliffs. The Serra de Tramuntana mountains are a paradise for hikers, with a wide range of routes, including demanding ones like Massanella, Camí de l’Arxiduc and others, and easier ones like the Camí des Correu from Esporles to Banyalbufar, es Barranc de Biniaraix, Deià to Sóller…     And you do not have to go far from Cala d’Or or from our hotels to enjoy beautiful excursions with spectacular views. Here are some suggestions: the Climb to San Salvador on foot or bike, the castle of Santueri, walking around es Fangar, Mondragó natural park, Cap Salines to es Caragol (with spectacular views of the island of Cabrera), and s’Almonia to Caló des Màrmols… If you end your walk by the sea, you can enjoy the reflections of the sun on the water. And why not take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water. A wonderful experience that you will take with you forever. A solitary walk in the woods, now also called ‘forest bathing’ (from the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku). This is a magical sensation, with the sun’s warm rays caressing your skin, feeling the gentle breeze or the vital energy of the wind, the smell of earth and moss… the sounds surrounding you. Just you and nature with no other distractions. Why not try it on your next visit.     Identifying plant and animal species You can spot a large number of species on your excursions, even in the garden of your villa, on cliffs and in nearby coves. We suggest taking a guide to flora and fauna and, if possible, some binoculars: the wealth of wildlife that inhabits our surroundings will amaze you. Pay special attention to some of the bird species that visit us during these months: the thrush (Turdus), the titina (Anthus), the rupit (Erithacus rubecula), egrets (Egretta garzetta, Egretta alba…) the vitrac (Saxicola torquate) – you can recognise the male by its white collar, black head and reddish chest – and the majestic Eleanora’s falcon (Falco Eleonorae) which nests in the cliffs of Cala Serena very close to your Inturotel hotel.   Another activity that is much-loved among Mallorcans is going out to identify or pick mushrooms. The most highly rated gastronomically is the esclata sang or bloody milk cap (Lactarius sanguifluus, its name could be translated as ‘blood explosion’). One easy way to cook them is in the oven or chargrilled with salt, pepper and olive oil. They are even better if you add a little lard. Important advice: some mushrooms are poisonous. We recommend that you buy them if you are not an expert at identifying them.     Gastronomy and celebrations Autumn is a busy time for people who work on the land. It is the time to plough, sow cereals and start pruning almond and carob trees. It is the time to make wine and oil. The queen of the fruits of these months is a citrus fruit, the clementine. A real treat for the palate, liquid gold that reminds us of the summer with its freshness. Mallorcans love to meet up with our families and friends around the table at all times of the year, and during these months the gastronomy changes to more robust dishes: delicious roasts, rice dishes, chargrilled meat, snails… A real pleasure! A good hot chocolate is very tempting at this time, accompanied by an ensaïmada, a cuarto or churros. When you visit Palma, we recommend the best hot chocolate at Can Joan de s’Aigo (you can also try their artisanal ice cream, the strawberry and leche merengada are delicious) or at La Rosaleda (they serve the best churros on the island).     Do you want to explore our beautiful island in peace? Reconnect with nature and enjoy our rich gastronomy? Discover our charming towns and villages and their ancestral traditions? Do you want to sun bathe and swim in the sea? In 2021 at Inturotel we have launched a new way for us to offer you the chance to enjoy your favourite destination all-year round and especially in these months when you can get to know the real Mallorca. We offer our Premium Freestyle villas, which we hope will be your starting point for unforgettable experiences, the base for your training sessions, your refuge for working, for celebrating in family and enjoying nature. Treat yourself or someone else to a winter break in the sun in Mallorca with its healthy lifestyle.   Your refuge by the sea is waiting for you in Cala Esmeralda.  
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