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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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Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca     Mallorca is an island people fall in love with. Over the centuries multiple celebrated figures from around the world have been captivated by this Mediterranean enclave of ours. In different eras, virtuosos from the world of art and culture like Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Charles Chaplin, Robert Graves or Rubén Darío, to name just a few, spent long periods of time on the island, praising its charms (“the most beautiful place in the world” is how Chopin described Mallorca).   In the mid-20th century, the arrival of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco caused a great stir on the island. Both of them were fans of Mallorca, which they had chosen for their honeymoon. When they weren’t being pursued by photographers, they took pleasure in sailing and contemplating the mighty yet subtle nature of our little land.   A lucky coincidence!   Some people plan a getaway or a trip, but others stumble across paradise as if by magic. This was the case of the popular actor Errol Flynn. Flynn was heading for Gibraltar on his boat, but a storm forced him to put in at Mallorca. A single sunrise was enough to make him fall hopelessly in love with the island and he stayed here for several weeks, during which he organised some notorious society parties.   The actor Michael Douglas came to Mallorca with his first wife, Diandra Luker, who had always summered on the island. For many years they enjoyed their beautiful, emblematic estate here - S’Estaca, on the coast of Deià. S’Estaca was built in the 19th century by yet another illustrious visitor, the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, as a token of his love for Catalina Homar, the peasant woman with whom he had a long romance.   Celebrities integrated into the landscape   Some famous people have lived on the island for many years but still manage to go unnoticed. This is true of Annie Lennox, the singer-songwriter who won the Academy Award for best song in 2004 with Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Lennox enjoys herself walking and taking photographs of the nature of Mallorca, shopping at the island’s ecological markets and supporting social initiatives such as “Salvem Mallorca”.     The German tennis player Boris Becker also lived in a beautiful residence in the centre of the island for many years, revelling in the peace and quiet that his hectic daily life barely afforded him.     Cala d’Or, a refuge for artists   Cala d’Or, a natural paradise with beautiful coves (Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Ferrera and Cala Serena), was home to figures renowned for their artistic sensitiviy. Starting in the 1970s, we began to see singers like Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat and Camilo Sesto strolling amongst its Ibizan-style houses, as well as internationally-famous writers and actors, whilst the photographer Planas Montanyà immortalized this Mallorcan setting with an Ibizan atmosphere from his helicopter.    The Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat sought refuge in Cala d’Or, where his parents had a summer home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 disc, “ Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house on a cart drawn by donkeys, so that he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles.     Camilo Sesto, meanwhile, also resided in Cala d’Or for many years. It was very common to see him strolling by the sea, enjoying this beautiful spot, which he took advantage of to unwind between concerts.   Over those summers of the ‘60s and ‘70s the Bar Fernando, which is still open today, turned into a kind of improvised concert hall, where Serrat and Camilo Sesto would sit down with a guitar and delight everyone present with their songs.   And it is precisely in Cala d’Or that we find the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca, where you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.      
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