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We are Mallorcans

28/08/2020

We’re Mallorcans! Would you like to discover our traditions and customs?

 

Mallorca is a fascinating island in terms of both its history and its natural beauty. It is famous the world over for its beaches with their turquoise waters, and the treasure trove of nature it offers. A paradise inhabited not only by the many thousands of tourists who visit us every year, but also by Mallorcans – those of us who actually come from the island. How would you like to get to know us a little better, and find out about the kind of people we are, our customs and traditions? You would? Well allow us to introduce ourselves!

 

We are a generous and merry people, just like the beautiful nature around us

 

Some say that we have a somewhat reserved personality, like all islanders. And although that may be the first impression you gain, in fact nothing could be further from the truth! We Mallorcans love socialising outdoors, stopping to chat with our neighbours about this and that, listening to music in the village square, meeting up with our friends for a drink and tapas at any time of the day or night...

 

The thing is, we are straightforward people; we have always had the soul of country folk. Which is why we don’t like people who put on airs and graces or try to impress us: that’s just not who we are! If you look carefully, our way of understanding life is marked by this simplicity: the architecture of the houses we live in, the traditional markets we shop in, the uncomplicated clothes we wear, the little bars we go to for coffee or an aperitif...

 

It is true that, precisely because of this simple nature of ours, we find it difficult to talk about ourselves initially (not because we are especially reserved - rather out of modesty). But that said, once we are familiar with the person we are talking to, we can be the most expansive, extroverted and fun-loving of people. And above all, very generous.

 

 

Generosity is probably the characteristic that defines us more than any other. Friends often argue in restaurants here, because people are always insisting on picking up the tab for each other! And if you are looking for somewhere while you are on holiday and you come and ask us to help you find it, we will go out of our way to do so, and even take you to the place in question so you don’t get lost, if necessary!

 

We are passionate about the sea and foravila

 

 

Our deep connection to the sea that surrounds us, to foravila (the countryside, in the Mallorcan language) and farming folk permeate the Mallorcan character. We adore going on boat rides, swimming, diving, sailing, fishing...

Most of us have our own vegetable garden, or relatives with a piece of land they till who supply us with top-quality vegetables which we use to prepare our favourite dishes.

And when the heat eases off, in autumn and spring, we love going up into the mountains, on walks with family and friends. The views from the mountaintops are indescribable. You have to experience it yourself.

 

We love our traditions, our gastronomy and our language

 

We love to party! And we party big. From foguerons (bonfires) and beneïdes (blessings) in honour of Sant Antoni or Sant Sebastià, to the popular fiestas held in every village, some of them ancient, like El Ball des Cossiers in Montuiri and Manacor, El Ball dels Cavallets, in Felanitx, or the festival of La Beata, in Santa Margalida.

 

And the classic matances, or pig slaughter, a family gastronomy festival where everyone is supplied with sobrasada and pork products to last the whole year. On the day of the slaughter, breakfast, lunch and dinner are comprised of dishes exclusive to this celebration - things we eat on that day alone, and not for the rest of the year.

On your next visit to Mallorca, you should try some of the delicious treats from our varied, exquisite repertoire of Mediterranean cuisine, like ensaïmada, vegetable coca, trampó, arròs brut, tumbet, stuffed aubergines, panades, cocarrois or almond ice cream with gató, among others.

 

We also speak our own language – Mallorcan Catalan – which we are very proud of, and hope to protect so that our grandchildren can express their feelings, emotions and sensations in it. The language is derived from Latin, and has a musicality in harmony with the landscape we inhabit. Try and learn a few of our words and expressions with us: bon dia, bon vespre, bona nit, bon profit, avui, demà, puput, oblada, cranc, mel.lera, figa, capfico… And the familiar Uep! com anam? (Hey! How are you?).

 

For us, there is no other place like Mallorca

 

The fact that we live on an island, a piece of land delimited and surrounded by the vastness of the sea, has made us more than ordinarily attached to our land. We Mallorcans feel that there is no other place in the world quite like Mallorca. We have everything we need to be happy here: beaches, mountains, a pleasant climate all year round, exquisite gastronomy, beautiful, ancient villages, popular markets, culture, history and the time we need to live life at our own pace: calmly, unhurriedly, savouring every single moment and every single place.

 

If you want to discover all of these curiosities that are so peculiar to us, the best thing you can do is come and meet us. Stay with us at one of the Inturotel hotels on Mallorca – we will welcome you with open arms! And we will be absolutely delighted to help you plan your trips all over the island.

 

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Cabrera: a day in paradise
31/05/2021
Cabrera: a day in paradise
A mere ten kilometres from Cap de Ses Salines, and very close to our Inturotel hotels on Mallorca, lies the Cabrera archipelago, a genuine unspoilt paradise in the midst of the Mediterranean that has been a Maritime-Terrestrial National Park since 1991, because of the wealth of flora and fauna it contains. How would you like to visit it with us? When you visit Cabrera, keep your camera at the ready at all times, because it is highly likely that you will catch a glimpse of dolphins, turtles, cormorants, ospreys and Iberian wall lizards (podarcis lilfordi, the characteristic lizard of the Balearic Islands).   Fauna: Did you know that the waters of Cabrera are home to the greatest diversity of fish in the entire Mediterranean? In total more than 200 species, as well as molluscs, crustaceans, sea birds, reptiles, mammals... An outstanding feature of Cabrera’s fauna is the large colonies of seabirds: Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), the European storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii)… The seabed around Cabrera is rich in both vertebrates and invertebrates, like colourful nudibranchs. Groupers are typical, as are octopi and Mediterranean morays (Muraena helena)...       But in addition, these waters are a sanctuary for larger animals, such as common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena), sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta).       The noble pen shell (Pinna nobilis), one of the largest bivalves in the Mediterranean (up to 2 metres), can live for up to 50 years, and is an endemic species whose main habitat is the Posidonia oceanica meadows. A high rate of mortality has been recorded in noble pen shell populations since 2016, due to a parasitic disease that has brought them to the brink of extinction. Thanks to thousands of calls reporting sightings, we have at least five survivors on the islands. Three of them have been moved to the Cabrera National Park and are protected by cages to prevent the usual predators of Pinna nobilis, like the octopus or the gilthead bream, from eating them. Will they survive? We certainly hope so.   Flora: More than 500 species of vascular plants, 22 species of moss, 21 of lichens and 162 of seaweed co-exist in Cabrera! Some of the more striking species are Balearic Island buckthorn (Rhamnus ludivici-salvatoris) or the Balearic peony (Paeonia cambessedessi).     The island of Cabrera has been uninhabited since it was declared a National Park in 1991, except for the rotating shifts of the staff who manage the park. Previously, it was inhabited by several Mallorcan families who made a living from fishing and farming. Today the island is a sublime destination for engaging in activities in nature’s heart, such as snorkelling, diving (a permit must be obtained in advance), hiking (always on the marked paths), birdwatching… or simply breathing and relaxing in an atmosphere from a bygone age.     Several boat companies in the nearby Colònia de Sant Jordi will take you to Cabrera, on a pleasant sea voyage lasting one hour. A trip to Cabrera implies staying on the island for the whole day, and as well as enjoying the island’s idyllic beaches or discovering its fertile sea bed, there are many more things to do there!   You can visit the highest point of the island, where the 16th-century castle stands, built to protect the island from the Berber pirates who came from North Africa with the aim of putting in at Cabrera and using it as a base from which to attack Mallorca. It has been destroyed and reconstructed on several occasions throughout history. The worst destruction took place in 1550, when the Turks attacked. Don’t miss the chance to view the island’s beaches and scenery from the top of this imposing vantage point!   Cabrera also offers visitors a botanic garden, an ethnographic and historical museum and a small bar in the port (which looks like something out of a novel – a refreshing drink in the shade of its grapevine is an absolute must). As for beaches, there are several to choose from, ranging from the sandy to the very fine stone variety, and even some located at the foot of the spectacular cliffs. But without a shadow of a doubt, the highlight is Sa Cova Blava (the “Blue Cave”), formed by calcareous rock. When the evening sun falls on the water in the cave, it gives rise to a spectacle of light that lends a magical blue tone to the sea. A “zen” experience that you will take away with you as a lifelong memory.     If you aren’t up for the boat trip but still want to find out more about Cabrera and the seabed around it, one great alternative is to visit the Cabrera Interpretation Centre-Aquarium in Sa Colònia de Sant Jordi, which is just 40 minutes away from your Inturotel hotel in Cala d’Or.   When you reach your Inturotel hotel on Mallorca, the reception staff will be delighted to supply you with all the information you need to enjoy your unforgettable trip to Cabrera to the full. Happy adventuring!   Some sites of interest: www.balearsnatura.com caib espais protegits www.mma.es/parques        
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