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Palma 365

06/02/2020

Palma 365 days
Just an hour from Cala d'Or, Palma is the perfect city for a getaway 365 days a year. With an important cultural, architectural and gastronomic offer, each day presents itself as a new opportunity to discover something new. To all this is added its attractive and cosmpolite beaches such as Can Pastilla, Cala Estància or S’Arenal in Playa de Palma or Can Pere Antoni in front of the new congress palace and overlooking the cathedral "La Seu".

 

 

Do not miss emblematic neighborhoods such as Santa Catalina, Sant Miquel, Es Born, Passeig Mallorca, the route through the patios of Palma or the area of ​​Cort and Plaça Major. Among the most prominent buildings, it stands out its cathedral of Gothic Levantine style that houses in its interior creations of the Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló and Antoni Gaudí. Mandatory stop the Palace of Almudaina and the Lonja de Palma and Bellver Castle that crowns the Bay of Palma with its unique and unique circular shape.

 

 

In the cultural part you will find numerous art galleries of all currents, the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, the Casal Solleric and the Caixa Forum surprise with fantastic traveling exhibitions and the contemporary art museum of Es Baluard is presented as an option at the height of the main European museums with works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Magritte and Miquel Barceló among others.

 

 

Visit Palma and immerse yourself in a cosmopolitan and 100% Mediterranean experience.

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Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
17/12/2020
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca
Ensaïmada: the sweet taste of Mallorca   Travelling to Mallorca and taking one, or several, ensaimadas back home is a tradition amongst visitors to the island. Today we invite you to discover the history of this island delicacy, and the best places to try it. Sound good?     The origin of the Mallorcan ensaïmada   The “ensaïmada” is of Hebrew origin, and comes from a kind of sweet bread, similar to the brioche, that used to be prepared for the Sabbath, the holy day of the Jewish religion. The recipe developed into the ensaïmada we now know thanks to the converted Jews who stayed to live on Mallorca after the diaspora – a recipe that has not changed since then, over 500 years ago: strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, sourdough and lard. Originally in the Jewish homes of Mallorca, it was prepared using olive oil instead of lard. It was in 1492, when the Jews were expelled from Spain, that the converts were obliged to make an external display of their Christian faith by eating things forbidden by their previous religion. These prohibited foodstuffs included lard, or pork fat, which from that moment on replaced olive oil in the method of this ancient recipe. Simple, and yet delicious!     In the 17th century, we find the first texts that speak of the Ensaïmada de Mallorca, which now enjoys Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication, recognised as such since 1996. It was from the 18th century on that it began to be popularly consumed amongst the middle and upper classes, who accompanied the cake with a cup of hot chocolate for their afternoon tea. The ensaïmada achieved significant popularity, and started to be exported to other countries in the 19th century.   Mallorca has a grand tradition of baking breads and pastries, two of the oldest guilds on the island. Which is why there is a host of places where you can try an exquisite ensaïmada. Although we would like to propose the following five places, which are very traditional among the inhabitants of the island, and where you will doubtless enjoy the experience.       Five places you can eat a delicious ensaïmada   For an ensaïmada accompanied by an artisanal ice cream or a hot chocolate, the best option is the emblematic Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo, established in the year 1700 and now with three establishments in Palma. You simply must taste one along with a glass of ‘meringue milk’ (leche merengada) ice cream, one of the most authentic options.   El Horno de Santo Cristo, with over 60 years of experience: you can eat the  ensaïmada on the premises or take it home with you in the original, typical octagonal cardboard box.   In Inca, in the centre of the island, the small, discrete Forn de Sant Francesc contains some wonderful sweetmeats. Here you can try the ensaïmada that won the prize for The Best Ensaimada in the World in the first competition of its kind, held in 2017.   And in our own area, we recommend two establishments. In Cala d’Or, very close to our hotels, you will find a local Forn i pastisseria Terrassa, which has been making one of the best ensaïmadas in the Migjorn region since 1936. And in the tiny town of S’Horta, 7 kilometres from our hotels, is the Forn de S’Horta, a traditional bakery with cafeteria service where you can try a delicious ensaïmada with your favourite drink in the sunshine.     And naturally, we invite you to try the delicious ensaïmada we have prepared for you in our Inturotel buffets. We look forward to seeing you in Mallorca. Bon profit!    
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