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Mills from Mallorca

31/01/2020

Many do not know that Mallorca is also a land of mills and have been part of the typical landscape of the island for many centuries, windmills and hydraulics were located throughout the island territory.


Probably the "Moli de Vent" was invented in Persia in the seventh century and was widely disseminated in the eastern Mediterranean region, and was propagated during the Middle Ages by the Byzantines in the North and the Arabs in the South, in the case from Mallorca.

 


In Mallorca, they were used to grind flour (flour mills) and to extract water from the subsoil (water extraction mills). The former are documented after the Christian conquest (1229), while the latter were introduced more recently. The first water mill built in Mallorca dates from 1845, and was used by the Dutch engineer Bouvij in the desiccation of the "Pla de Sant Jordi".
Currently, although windmills have lost their usefulness for agriculture, they are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Balearic Islands, with Jonquet in Palma being especially famous. There are currently around 3,300 mills left on the island, after Crete being the second island with the most windmills in the world.

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Cala Mondragó Mediterranean paradise
10/03/2020
Cala Mondragó Mediterranean paradise
Cala Mondragó, or also often called sa Font d’en Alis, is a beautiful beach of fine white sand located in an environment of great ecological value, within the natural park of Mondragó, near Santanyi south of the island.   Cala Mondragó is framed in a wild place, surrounded by pine forests, with a fine white sand and incredibly clear and turquoise waterswe find the unspoiled Playa S’Amarador, which is also part of the Área Natural de Especial Interés. This beach is easily accessibleand has good services, several bars, rental of umbrellas and hammocks, showers, picnic areas, and a playground in the shade. For all that, Cala Mondragó has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union. Its waters are shallow making it an ideal place to go with your family.     Next to Cala Mondragó, we find Humedal de Ses Font de n’Alis, and it is there we find the path along the sea that leads directly to Playa de S’Amarador, an almost pristine beach without buildings, and less crowded than its neighbor, but with incredibly clear waters and well secure environment that will leave us speechless. This beach is the starting point of several routes along the coast where you can enjoy several viewpoints. Some tours are offered that will take 30 or 40 minutes through paths bordering this fantastic rugged coastline where we can appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean.     How to get to Cala Mondragó ? Take the Palma-Portopetro highway to S’Alqueria Blanca. Follow the signs to Parque Natural de Mondragó. If you do not have your own car, you can reach the beach in the tourist train from Cala d’Or.  
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