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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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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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