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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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Mondragó natural park, a true paradise
10/06/2022
Mondragó natural park, a true paradise
Mondragó Nature Reserve is one of the island of Mallorca’s finest natural treasures. It combines a wide variety of scenery with idyllic beaches of white sand bathed by turquoise waters and a diversity of flora and fauna.  In 1992, it was declared a nature reserve after calls by society to prevent its development. It has also been declared a Natural Area of Special Interest  (ANEI according to its Spanish acronym) and it is included in the Red Natura 2000 network, given its importance as a Special Protection Area for Birdlife (ZEPA) and a Site of Community Interest  (LIC). Located in the municipality of Santanyí, on the south-coast of the island, it covers an area of over 700 hectares, 95 of which are publicly owned.   The nature reserve can be very easily reached from any of our Cala d’Or hotels and it is just 7 km away. We suggest that you travel there by bicycle or on foot rather than by car so that you can fully appreciate the trip past  Cala Llonga, Portopetro and its charming bay, and other rural areas. In the summer months, you can also take a no. 521 bus from the bus-stop just a few metres from your hotel.       What to do at Mondragó Nature Reserve   Mondragó Nature Reserve can be visited on foot or by bicycle. There is an information point at the entrance, with visitor information and details of places of interest and hiking and bike routes. They are short, easy routes that can even be done with children. On these routes, you can enjoy a trip into the countryside or around the little lagoon and breath-taking coastline. The nature reserve’s landscape has been defined by centuries of farming and livestock activities, and it stands out for its multitude of dry-stone walls and barraques de roter (stone shelters used as accommodation for people and animals or for storing farm equipment), with either beamed or conical roofs.   You can also come across sitges (stone bases for charcoal furnaces), charcoal makers’ huts, lime kilns, and other features like boathouses, sandstone quarries, small defensive buildings and smugglers’ hiding places.   The flora As the singer-songwriter Raimon sang, “la genista florece y en el campo hay rojo de amapolas...” (the broom is in flower and the countryside is dotted with a red mantle of poppies...). In spring, the nature reserve is at its most splendid, thanks to the wide variety of flowers that bedeck the countryside, with orchids, poppies, daisies and brambles and flowering shrubs, such as  grey-leaved cistus bushes (Cistus albidus), Mallorcan brooms (Genista lucida), and rosemary plants (Salvia rosmarinus), in addition to flowering trees like common tamarisks. Buzzing around these plants are a multitude of insects that play an essential role as pollinisers in bringing natural cycles full circle. At the nature reserve, lots of environmental awareness raising workshops are organized, one within the framework of the EU www.life4polinators.com programme, which we recommend you to take part in.   On the seabed of the nature reserve, meadows of Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica) guarantee the transparency of the waters, nourishing and acting as a shelter for a multitude of different species. The Balearic Islands are one of the Mediterranean sanctuaries where this underwater plant is in the best state of conservation and counts on the most protection. According to a publication by Greenpeace, Neptune grass has 7 outstanding characteristics. Here are just a few of them:   1) It is the oldest living organism on the planet, living up to 1,000,000 years old. 2) Meadows of Neptune grass are a breeding ground and refuge for fish, crustaceans and molluscs, fostering biodiversity.   3) Neptune grass protects beaches and helps to prevent coastal erosion.   4) Neptune grass contributes to the formation of beaches of white sand. 5) Neptune grass helps to combat climate change and acts as a lung for the Mediterranean.       The fauna Mondragó Nature Reserve has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birdlife. Amateur birdwatchers can enjoy splendid sightings of birds in unique natural surroundings. This is why visitors are advised to keep the noise down and to take binoculars with them. Some of the birds that can usually be seen in the nature reserve’s skies include common swifts (Apus apus), turtle doves (Streptopelia), Eurasian hoopoes (Upupa epops) and cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae). In places with stagnant water, Eurasian coots (Fulica atra) and common moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) can be found. Other species that can be sighted include examples of Eleanora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae), blue rock thrushes (Monticola solitarius), and Balearic shearwaters (Puffinus mauretanicus) close to the coast, as well as red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa), European goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), and red kites (Milvus milvus) in the countryside.  Harder birds to sight include European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) and common kingfishers (Alcedo atthis). (You might see them as you paddle surf at quieter times).     Some other animals that you might come across include tortoises, hedgehogs, pine martens and hares. Please do not disturb them and never try to touch them.     Mondragó Nature Reserve’s coves Although it is not an on-land and maritime nature reserve like the Cabrera Archipelago (which we also suggest you visit: see our post about Cabrera, ‘A day in Paradise’ 31/05/2021), its entire length does run alongside the sea. The nature reserve contains several coves, three in particular that are worthy of mention: Cala Mondragó, S’Amarador and Es Borgit, with crystal-clear waters and a superb natural backdrop. With their white sanded beaches and waters filled with life, they are idyllic places to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that nature offers.   Cala Mondragó, also known as Caló de sa Font de n’Alis, is the closest to the nature reserve’s information centre and the easiest to reach. It is perfect for families, thanks to its easy access and the availability of a restaurant. It is considered to be one of Mallorca’s top 20 beaches and although it can be a bit busy in the summer months, we are sure that you will fall in love with its turquoise waters.     S’Amarador is a lovely, totally unspoilt beach with fine sands and vegetation made up of a dune system that is currently being renewed. It also has a pond fed by water from a torrent that leads into this cove, where tortoises bear their young. The name   S'Amarador refers to a former use that was given to ponds, when bundles of flax or hemp were submerged in them for a time to obtain plant fibre or trunks of wood were soaked in the water until they were resistant enough to build boats or to use as beams in houses. The cove is just 400 metres from Cala Mondragó and it can be reached on foot by walking along the coast.       Caló des Borgit –the smallest, quietest cove– is a bit more complicated to reach, but this is the one for you if you are looking for peace and quiet and fewer people.  It is a small cove with a V-shaped inlet, a leafy pine grove and fine sands, lending it a particularly unspoilt charm. It is also surrounded by low cliffs, with a restful, soothing air thanks to its distance from the local tourist resorts. It is easy to reach by road, following the signs to the cove. When you reach a sort of car park, park your vehicle and continue on foot for the last 300 metres.   If you wish to spend a few days away from the madding crowd, surrounded by nature, this is the place for you.   Inturotel invites you to discover this Paradise. We’re sure you’ll love it!            
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