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Enjoy the magic of autumn in Mallorca

02/12/2021
sheeps in the forest

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.

 

fruit tree

 

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…

 

people walking in the mountain

 

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.

 

nature

 

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.

 

mushrooms in the forest

 

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).

 

typical mallorcan cake with hot chocolate

 

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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Live the spirit of Christmas in Mallorca
15/12/2021
Live the spirit of Christmas in Mallorca
In our villages (as in many places across Europe) the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is upon us. The lights are lit, Nativity scenes are being finished off, choirs are rehearsing their carols, bakeries are preparing the traditional cocas and turrones, and you can sense the children’s excitement… Christmas in Mallorca means celebrating with family and friends and enjoying the little things in life like our traditional food, long conversations at the table after eating, lovely walks in the countryside, relaxing by the crackling fire, getting the house ready for receiving guests and sharing gifts, giving happiness, love, companionship, smiles, serenity… in other words, good times that will become memories to be treasured forever. We want to share with you some of our favourite traditions from this time of year.      A Legendary Nativity Scene The Nativity scene, manger scene or crib has its origins in the Middle Ages. The first Christmas celebration where there was a Nativity scene took place on Christmas Eve in 1223, when Saint Francis of Assisi decided to recreate Jesus’s birth in a cave near the hermitage at Greccio (Italy).     Mallorca is home to the oldest Nativity scene in Spain. The beautiful crib scene dates from 1480 and has been attributed to the Neapolitan sculptors, Pietro and Giovanni Alamanno. At the time Naples was the birthplace of this craft. The cities of Palma and Naples share a common history that goes back to the thirteenth century, which is when the story of this ancient Nativity scene began.   Its Gothic sculptures are from a period in which cribs were only depicted in the form of paintings or altarpieces. It consists of 15 original pieces: Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary, the sheep, the dogs and a pair formed by the ox and donkey. The remaining pieces were added in later periods.      There is an aura of legend around the arrival of the Nativity scene on the island. Hanging next to the chapel where the Nativity is now displayed there is a painting, now almost blackened with time, but which at one time depicted a boat, which serves as a clue. The chronicler, Francisco Bordoy, describes how in 1536 Captain Domingo Gangome was lost with his ship in the middle of a great storm opposite the Bay of Palma. In his desperation, he promised God that he would give one of the seven Nativity scenes that he was carrying on board to whomever helped him reached land. Just then he saw a small light twinkling in the darkness. It came from the monastery of Our Lady of the Angels of Jesus.     This celestial lighthouse meant he was able to guide his ship to shore. To show his gratitude he donated one of the sets to the monastery, unaware that it was the most valuable of all the Nativity scenes that he was transporting. This is how it ended up in a modest church in Palma de Mallorca. More than two centuries ago it was moved to La Sang Church, where it is on display all year round.     Some other Nativity scenes that are also worth a visit in Palma are Cort, Ses Caputxines, Palau March, Centre Social Sa Nostra…     Not as old but of exceptional quality because their originality and the amount of work that goes into them are the Nativity scenes in the town of Felanitx, which is very near our Inturotel hotels. You can start at the one by the Casa de Cultura (created by the craftsperson who won last year’s prize for the best Nativity scene), and there you can collect a map that shows the location of the different Nativity scenes that you can visit. Don’t miss a trip to the parish church of San Miguel, in the daylight the pinkish colours and intricate stone carving of its façade are extremely beautiful.   La nit de Nadal (Christmas Eve) Christmas Eve is a magical night that the whole island experiences with emotion. It is a night when we join with family around the table, after participating in the sumptuousness of a festivity whose origins have been lost in time. This is the celebration of the liturgy of Matines (Mallorcan Midnight Mass or Matutinum in Latin) which was once celebrated at midnight and originally before the dawn (at 6am).     Although not all those attending this religious service are believers, many are drawn by a very special performance, the Song of the Sibyl. These days it is usually sung by a woman dressed in a beautiful gown, holding aloft a magnificent sword, but originally it could only be sung by the clergy or children.   The Sibyl was a prophetess from classical mythology who foresaw the end of the world. She was introduced into and adapted to Christianity thanks to the simple analogy between her prophecy and the idea of the Last Judgement in the Bible. The Song of the Sibyl is a liturgical drama with a Gregorian melody that spread widely throughout southern Europe during the Middle Ages. The first documentation about the Song of the Sibyl in the Cathedral of Mallorca dates from 1360-1363. The oldest version with music and lyrics written in Mallorcan is in a choirbook of a fifteenth-century convent.   Mallorca and Alguero (in Sardinia) are the only two places in the world where the song has survived as a tradition stretching from the late Middles Ages to the present. UNESCO placed it on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 16 November 2010.   If you have the chance to visit Mallorca at Christmas, we recommend you check the different times of Matines in the churches of Felanitx. A particularly special service because of the ancient music that is played live is held in the Church of Sant Alfons.   After the spiritual and/or musical enjoyment, a lovely family dinner awaits, rounded off with a delicious hot chocolate with a coca de Nadal. Scrumptious!     If you would like to discover more about how we celebrate Christmas in Mallorca you can stay at one of our Esmeralda Villas FREESTYLE by Inturotel, now open all year round and which offer complete comfort by the sea, the Mallorcan sun and all the peace and quiet you deserve.   Let’s make these Christmas holidays a reason to take it more slowly, be more mindful and think about what makes us happy… we’ll probably find the answer is making other people happy.     Bon Nadal i Bones Festes! ¡Feliz Navidad y Felices Fiestas! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!          
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