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Mallorcan recipes

05/10/2020

Finger lickin’ Mallorcan recipes!

 

If Mallorca enamours you with its beaches and nature, just wait until you try the most typical dishes from our scrumptious cuisine! Here are a few to start you off.

And remember that when you stay at one of Inturotel’s establishments on Mallorca, you can try a wide variety of these dishes. What’s more, we will be delighted to expand this list for you – and to give away the odd secret for when you decide to cook them yourself at home!

 

Tumbet

Summer and tumbet are one and the same for Mallorcans. The most prominent dish of the season goes directly from garden to kitchen. Potato, aubergine, courgette, red pepper and tomato are the stars of this recipe, which can be accompanied by meat, fish or fried eggs, and dates back to the 16th century. The ingredients are fried separately and placed in layers on a serving platter, and covered with tomato sauce before serving.

 

Frito marinero

One of the most delicious recipes of the island’s gastronomy, frito marinero has been made for centuries, and has Sephardic roots. The custom is to eat it during Holy Week, and it makes the perfect tapa at any time of year. Cuttlefish, fish and shellfish make all the difference in this recipe, alongside potato and vegetables. Here, the aromatic value of fonoll, or fennel, is decisive.

 

Escaldums

Turkey or chicken escaldums is one of Mallorca’s typical winter comfort foods, in particular over Christmas. It consists of a poultry stew with a confit sauce, accompanied by patató (small, round potatoes). The addition of a  variety of dried fruit and nuts and aromatic, traditional spices is one of the main characteristics of the dish. Apple halves can also be added halfway through the cooking process, to lend a hint of sweetness – an authentic symbol of our cuisine!

 

Arròs Brut

This brothy rice is another of the island’s winter dishes par excellence. Spicy in flavour, it contains different meats (and also vegetables, depending on the area) which vary with the season. In autumn, esclata-sangs may be added (‘bloody milk caps’, a delicious wild mushroom of extremely high quality in gastronomy terms). It owes its characteristic dark colour to the blend of four spices: pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. There is no one way to make this dish, as in olden days peasant farmers would fill up their earthenware crock pot with whatever they had hunted and gathered throughout the day. As a result, the ingredients are not always the same.

 

Mallorcan-style fish

Every day the Mediterranean Sea gifts us with delicious fish like the grouper, dentex, seabream, European bass… But the magic of this oven-cooked recipe resides in the side dish for the chosen fish: it always contains chard, potatoes, tomato, onion, pine nuts, raisins and olive oil, as well as sweet red paprika, a classic spice in Mallorcan cuisine.

 

Gató with almond ice cream

The classic finale to any Mallorcan meal worth its salt. The delicate texture of the gató (almond sponge) combined with the almond ice cream, so typical of Mallorca, gives rise to an interesting combination of flavours. Gató is a symbiosis of the gala presentation of a product, and the product itself, one that is inherently ours: the Mallorcan almond.

 

Bon profit! Enjoy your meal!

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Nature and culture in Mallorca: 5 unforgettable hikes
25/03/2021
Nature and culture in Mallorca: 5 unforgettable hikes
Nature and culture in Mallorca: 5 unforgettable hikes   Mallorca is a natural, historical and cultural treasure trove. Today we present 5 hikes for when you plan your next trip to Mallorca with Inturotel. Being in touch with nature makes life more beautiful, and of course it makes us happier… We recommend you look for routes and maps on an app such as Wikiloc. Off we go!     Santuario de Sant Salvador   This 15th-century sanctuary, located 500 metres above sea level, affords spectacular panoramic views of Mallorca. The origins of the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador go as far back as 1348, and today it consists of an 18th-century church, a small chapel from 1910 and a monument to Christ the King, dating from 1934.   This hike runs along a quiet, pleasant path, suitable for the whole family. Along the way you will encounter a 19th-century Via Crucis, with different stations representing experiences lived out by Jesus on the day of his crucifixtion. You will also come across “el macolí del gegant” (or “the giant’s pebble”). According to legend, one day a “pebble” fell from the shoe of a giant who terrorised the local people. Even today, there is still a custom among inhabitants of Felanitx of throwing a stone at this boulder, which is about 10 metres from the trail, and making a wish.   The ascent takes 1 hour. The Sanctuary of Sant Salvador is located in the municipality of Felanitx, just 20 kms from the beautiful Cala d’Or, where you will be able to stay at one of our Inturotel hotels next to the sea.     The forest of Lluc and its monastery   The Sanctuary of Lluc is Mallorca’s most important place of pilgrimage, and indeed one of the best-known in Europe. It lies in one of the island’s most beautiful natural enclaves, hidden amidst the woods and mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is hardly surprising, then, that the name Lluc derives from the Latin place name Lucus, meaning “sacred forest”. The first we hear of the establishment of a chapel in Lluc is from the year 1268. Inside the present-day monastery, one can pray to “La Moreneta”, Mallorca’s most popular Virgin who, legend has it, was found by a shepherd boy. If you love plants, don’t miss a visit to the Botanic Garden here, with over 200 varieties of plants from the Balearic Islands, some of which are endemic and endangered, and only found in the Puig Major area. And don’t forget to indulge in a restorative hot chocolate accompanied by an ensaïmada or a tasty coca de patata before bidding this natural and spiritual refuge farewell!     Camí des Correu   A trail with medieval roots connecting the lovely villages of Esporles and Banyalbufar, the Camí des Correu runs along classic paths of the Serra de Tramuntana, surrounded by holm-oak woods and marvellous views of the coast and the Mediterranean. It dates back to the year 1401, and until the 19th century was the only road communicating the village with the rest of the island. It forms part of the walking route known as Pedra en sec (dry stone walling), an ancestral technique by which stones are set on one another without using cement, making terracing that allowed crops to be grown on the sides of mountains, walls to delimit properties and fields, and paving for paths and roads.       The starting point for this hike is at the church of Esporles. It takes approximately two and a half hours, and once again is a walk that is suitable for families, as it is easy and well signposted.     Puig des Teix via Camí de S’Arxiduc   Valldemossa is one of the most beautiful villages on Mallorca. Located in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, one of the peaks that overlook it is Puig des Teix, with its extensive holm-oak woodland. One great attraction of walking up Puig des Teix is to discover the “Camí de S’Arxiduc”, a path constructed on the ridge in the 19th century at the behest of Archduke Ludwig Salvator, a member of the Austrian imperial family and one of the most relevant figures of recent centuries on the island. From 1867 to 1915 the Archduke spent long spells of time at his properties between Valldemossa and Deià.     On one of his numerous research trips around the Mediterranean, the Archduke mapped the south-eastern coast, where the Inturotel hotels are located, stopping at Cala LLonga and exploring the coves in the area, and leaving a written testimony of this visit:   “Farther along we see the natural arch called Es Pontàs, the antechamber to Cala Mitjana cove. A sea cave, the domain of wild pigeons, stands out in the reddish cliff, along with a watchtower up high and a headland with flat summit followed by Cala Ferrera. To the left is Caló de Ses Dones, whose sandy beach is populated by pine trees, and, at the back, we see Castell de Santueri and Sant Salvador”.     Barranc de Biniaraix   A two-hour walk amongst ancient stone terraces, with memorable views of Mallorca. The gully of Barranc de Biniaraix, located near the delightful village of Sóller, was declared an asset of cultural interest in the monument category in 1994, due to its impressive scenic, environmental, historical and cultural value.   Since time immemorial, the gully path was the main route of communication for the valley of Sóller and Fornalutx with those of L’Ofre, Cúber, Orient or the Lluc monastery.       The estimated time needed to walk this route is about two hours, but it all depends on your pace and the stops you make along the way. Ideally this beautiful hike should be completed unhurriedly, as you relax and enjoy the scenery and nature.   Have a great trip and magical experiences!
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