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30/11/2020

5 museums you simply cannot miss on your next trip to Mallorca

 

Mallorca equals sun and beach. But so much more as well. The island has a never-ending range of cultural treasures. In addition to the numerous art galleries there are internationally-recognised museums and cultural centres. Today we invite you to discover the 5 museums we recommend you visit on your upcoming trips to the island. Staying at one of the Inturotel hotels on Mallorca will enable you to enjoy yourself and relax as you deserve after soaking up the very best in art.

All set? Let’s go then!

 

 

Fundació Miró Mallorca

 

The painter and sculptor Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) was one of the world’s greatest exponents of Surrealism. As a child Miró would spend summer every summer on Mallorca, at the home of his maternal grandmother, who lived in Sóller. On one of those summer trips he fell in love with a Mallorcan, Pilar Juncosa, who would later become his wife. Miró was passionate about Mallorca and he settled down to live here for the last 30 years of his life.

A visit to the Fundació Miró Mallorca allows you to discover where the artist actually lived and see his atelier, which has been preserved exactly as he left it before he died. This art space now contains over 6,000 pieces, in what is an absolutely enthralling tour that includes a visit of the gardens with sea views.

 

  1. C. de Saridakis, 29. Palma. T. (+34) 971 70 14 20 www.miromallorca.com

 

 

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani

 

Ever since 2004, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma has been the largest space in the Balearic Islands for the conservation and dissemination of contemporary art. And it is doubly attractive: artistically speaking, because of its interesting collections and exhibitions by local and international artists, and in terms of tourism, because the building itself forms part of a historical monument, the ancient fort known as Baluard de Sant Pere.

The terraces of this building afford impressive views of the bay and city of Palma. And on your visit you can of course enjoy the works in the museum’s permanent collection, which include pieces by acclaimed artists like Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquín Sorolla, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Miquel Barceló and Rebecca Horn, among others, as well as talented new artists from Mallorca.

 

Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina, 10. Palma. T. (+34) 971 90 82 00. www.esbaluard.org

 

 

CaixaForum

 

Since 1993 Caixaforum has occupied the building of the former Gran Hotel in Palma. This jewel of Modernist architecture, a symbol of the city inaugurated in 1903, now houses a permanent collection by the painter Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, with 400 pieces that are constantly being renewed. It is also the venue for international exhibitions, concerts, conferences and film screenings, in one of the most beautiful areas of Palma.

When you finish your visit take a stroll around the museum bookshop and enjoy leafing through its wonderful art books.

 

 

Pl. de Weyler, 3. Palma. T. (+34) 971 17 85 12. www.caixaforum.es

 

 

Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

 

The artists and collectors Yannick Vu and Ben Jakober created this space in 1993 along with philanthropist Georges Coulon Karlweis, and in 2001 they opened up its doors to the public. To do so they refurbished an old underground water tank on the estate of Sa Bassa Blanca, which is located in a nature reserve east of Alcúdia. The museum has several exhibition spaces: a sculpture park, a rose garden and an observatory. Its rooms display contemporary art by African artists, illustrations by Domenico Gnoli and over 50 photographic portraits of key artists from the 20th and 21st-century avant-gardes.

 

Camino de Collbaix, s/n. Alcúdia. T. (+34) 971 54 69 15. www.msbb.org

 

 

Museo Etnológico de Mallorca

 

A visit to the Museo Etnológico de Muro, which is situated in a 17th-century house, is a truly fascinating experience. The space contains examples of traditional Mallorcan rural life from different periods of the island’s history. As well as finding out how Mallorcans lived centuries ago, you can see examples of traditional ceramics and other historical products, such as clay whistles, silverware, musical instruments and tools.

 

 

  1. Major, 15. Muro. T. (+34) 971 86 06 47.

 

 

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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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