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tren de Sóller
Heritage History

Sóller train

It is the middle of summer, the best time to enjoy life. Holidays, trips, the beach, dinners, meetings with friends, love… And in Mallorca, if possible, you can enjoy it…

T
anecdotes Nature

Sharks in Mallorca

Sharks Surely for the inhabitants of Australia or South Africa, talking about sharks is more or less normal, because on their coasts they are very common. But here in Europe…

Riding around Mallorca on a camel
anecdotes

Riding around Mallorca on a camel

The 1960s It is said that the 1960s were the best decade of the 20th century. Europe was gradually recovering from the disasters of war, the economy was improving and…

The Mallorcan celler
Gastronomy

The Mallorcan celler

Introduction It has always been said that throughout the Mediterranean basin people eat very well because we have everything, good fish, good meat, good fruit and vegetables. But above all,…

Caracoles con "all i oli"
Gastronomy

Snails with “all i oli”

Those who have not heard of snails with “all i oli“… although they may have read it in many ways, such as: aioli, ali oli, allioli. The name has been…

Pared seca en Mallorca
Crafts and trades

Dry wall in Mallorca

To us Mallorcans it seems the most normal thing in the world, because we have seen it all our lives. But there is one thing that surprises many of those…

La Possessió mallorquina
Heritage Uncategorized

The Mallorcan Possessió

Today life offers us many comforts that make everything easier: Without leaving your living room, you access the Internet and can buy the bag or shoes you like, no matter…

Catedral de Palma
Heritage History Places of interest

Cathedral of Palma

If you arrive in Palma from the airport you will surely be amazed by our fantastic Paseo Marítimo, with its palm trees, its pleasure boats and a magnificent view of…

Bandoleros en Mallorca
History

Bandits in Mallorca

¡Bandido! This word sounds like a movie from the American West, but surely at one time it was pronounced many times on our island. Today we will talk to you…

Antiguos oficios en Búger
Crafts and trades

Old Crafts in Búger

Today we are going to talk about two old crafts in Búger, already extinct in Mallorca, because almost everything is now produced in large factories and not by hand. Many…

Un mallorquín en California
Iconic characters

A Mallorcan in California

Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Hollywood… all these names are evocative, because they place us in California. And thanks to the cinema we imagine it as a place with a very…

Los franceses de Cabrera
History

The French of Cabrera

More or less we all locate Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or even Formentera. But perhaps not so much Cabrera, because although it is another island in the Balearics, it is so…

Coca de albaricoque
Gastronomy

Apricot cake

Apricot cake with sobrassada is a traditional Mallorcan dessert. A very fluffy, sweet cake. The combination of flavours when adding sobrassada may surprise some, but it must be tasted to…

Cómo hacer cocarrois
Gastronomy

How to make cocarrois

Ever since I started describing Mallorcan recipes this post has been on the to-do list and every now and then someone has been reminding me that I had to do…

Primer vuelo en Mallorca
anecdotes

First flight in Mallorca

This morning you thought you’d like to go north to Santiago de Compostela for a few days. It’s simple, you sit down in front of your computer, go to an…

La Lonja de Palma
Heritage History

La Lonja de Palma

One of the most spectacular historical buildings in Mallorca is the Lonja de Palma, which together with Bellver Castle and the Cathedral, constitute the architectural jewels of the capital. La…

Hondero balear
History

The Balearic slinger

The Balearic slinger When I was a teenager and lived in Palma, I really liked going to Honderos Street. It wasn’t such a nice street, but it was the area…

Bere
Gastronomy

Stuffed aubergines Mallorcan style

Mallorcan-style stuffed aubergines are a traditional dish that allows a multitude of filling variations, from mushrooms to meat, fish, etc. This dish in Mallorca is conceived as a festive meal,…

El llaut
Traditions and customs

The llaut

The Llaut One of my favourite places in Mallorca is Porto Colom, and above all, because of its still very Mallorcan atmosphere and the tranquillity that you can breathe. And…

Alaró the pioneer
Places of interest

Alaró the pioneer

In recent years the term electrification has been widely used, especially when talking about cars and reducing their polluting emissions. But the real electrification happened much earlier. Alaró was, in…

huevos rotos con sobrasada
Gastronomy

Broken eggs with sobrasada

Broken eggs with sobrasada are a dish that is as easy to prepare as it is tasty. Personally I prefer to fry everything with olive oil, and if possible extra…

Places of interest

Valldemossa

Most people who come to Mallorca for the first time, only have in mind an image of what is typical of an island: coast, sea, sun and beaches … but…

Origen del Porc Negre
Nature

Origin of Porc Negre

Anyone who comes to Mallorca and enters the inland villages will surely be struck by the rural landscape. And especially those black pigs that are raised and cared for on…

Hacer frito de cordero
Gastronomy

Making frito de cordero

Making frito de cordero known in Mallorca as frit de Pasqua or frit de freixura is a tradition in Mallorcan families. The dish traditionally eaten on Easter Day. This dish…

Cóm
Gastronomy

How to make Mallorcan empanadas

This blog is devoted to making known peculiar aspects of our culture. On this occasion I will explain how to make Mallorcan empanadas, or as they are called here “panades”….

Cómo hacer robiols
Gastronomy

How to make robiols

When I was a child, Holy Week was highly anticipated, because it meant a few days of not having to go to school and being able to enjoy being at…

Contrabandistas en Mallorca
anecdotes

Smuggling in Mallorca

The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was very hard and left our country in ruins. The post-war period was almost worse, because it coincided with the Second World War which was…

Cómo hacer crespells
Gastronomy

How to make crespells

Crespells and robiols are the delight of children (and not so children) at Easter on Mallorca. Every year for a long time now, I have been helping to prepare, within…

Sobrasada Pied-noir
Traditions and customs

Sobrasada Pied-noir

Sobrasada Pied-noir is a word association that you may find curious. We will now tell you this interesting story. The cover image is the flag of the Pied-noir community.  …

Construcc
Crafts and trades

Building with marés

Building with marés The extraction of material (for building with marés) has shaped the coast of Mallorca for centuries. If you have ever visited the southern coast of Mallorca, in…

Siu
Traditions and customs

Siurell

The siurell is a baked clay object, very representative of Mallorcan tradition. Given its supposedly great antiquity, much has been theorized about its origin and possible uses.   Manufacturing process…

Callet
Gastronomy

Callet

In a previous article we talked about the Mantonegro grape, a variety native to Mallorca and the main one in the Binissalem DO. Today we will talk about another variety…

Mestres d'aixa - ship's carpenters
Crafts and trades

Mestres d’aixa – ship’s carpenters

Imagine transport when we didn’t even have airplanes or steamboats. Even so, our islands, the Balearic Islands, being a key place in the Mediterranean, needed communications and transport. That’s why…

Grasa saludable del Porc Negre
Gastronomy

Porc Negre and healthy diet

Porc Negre and healthy diet “go hand in hand”, according to the news published in various media during 2019 which refers to the results of a study financed by the…

First car registered in Spain
anecdotes

First car registered in Spain

First car registered The first car registered in Spain, on 31st October 1900, was registered in Mallorca, obtaining the PM-1 plate. The vehicle was a quad of the French brand…

Feeding of the seamen
Gastronomy

Feeding of the seamen

Have you ever wondered what the feeding of the seamen was like in ancient times? This year 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the first complete navigation…

Fonoll marí
Gastronomy

Fonoll marí

In another post we talked about Pa amb Oli, one of the most typical dishes in Mallorca: easy, economical and tasty. In the explanatory video we show you that a…

Sopas mallor
Gastronomy

Mallorcan winter soups

The sopas mallorquinas de invierno or Mallorcan winter soups are one of the best-known and most popular dishes in traditional Mallorcan gastronomy. It is made with the available vegetables during…

Mantonegro
Gastronomy

Mantonegro

The terms Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah are familiar to all of us who like to enjoy wine. They are grape varieties, the same as Mantonegro. However, it is very…

Errol Flynn en Mallorca
Iconic characters

Errol Flynn in Mallorca

The cover photo shows Errol Flynn in Mallorca, aboard his yacht Zaca in the bay of Palma. He is accompanied by his wife, Patricia Wymore, and in the background you…

Podenco ibicenco
Nature

Ibizan Hound

A legacy from Egypt If I tell you that the Balearic Islands (Ibiza) and Egypt have a very special connection, I’m sure you’ll find it hard to believe, because they…

Origin of ensaimada de Mallorca
Gastronomy

Origin of ensaimada de Mallorca

The origin of the ensaimada of Mallorca has been for some historians an interesting reason for study. A comparative study of historically neighboring gastronomies. The origin of the ensaimada of…

Frit de matances
Gastronomy

Frit de matances

El frit de matances, or frito de matanzas, is a traditional Mallorcan dish that is usually eaten on the day of the pig slaughter. It is offered to the participants…

Recovering old varieties
Gastronomy

Recovering old varieties

Old varieties and local gastronomy Various local entities and groups are recovering old varieties of vegetables. We consider that these varieties have a key importance in the local gastronomy. These…

Un pueblo Real en la Mallorca desconocida
Places of interest

A Royal town

Mallorca has been a well-known tourist destination for many years, especially for its coastline, the sea, the sun and the beaches… but this island hides many secrets, including a Royal…

Vikings in Mallorca
History

The Vikings in Mallorca

When we talk about Vikings we always relate it to the north of Europe, but it is hardly thought that there have been Vikings in Mallorca. I remember that when I…

The other ensaimadas
anecdotes

The other ensaimadas

Never confuse the other ensaimadas with those of Mallorca. If we mention Toledo, Santander, San Sebastián, Ronda, Alcoy… we would all be clear that we are talking about Spain. Indeed,…

The Mallorcan vegetable pie
Gastronomy

Recipe of the Mallorcan vegetable pie

My mother’s recipe of the Mallorcan vegetable pie is laborious because it involves a variety of vegetables, but it’s simple to make. A main ingredient of this vegetable cake is…

Turrón de
Gastronomy

Monastery nougat

When I think of Christmas, my first association is sweets, and especially monastery nougat. Maybe it’s very simple, but that’s what being greedy is all about. The Christmas lighting is…

The origin of sobrasada
Gastronomy

The origin of sobrasada

Nowadays sobrasada is something very close to us, especially to the Mallorcans who in many cases have made it at home. But few know what is the origin of sobrasada,…

Dijous Bo de
Festivals and events

Dijous Bo, the Inca Fair

If I mention the word Inca, to you, possibly the relationship in some way with Peru. But in this case it is not like that, because we are going to…

Pirate movies
History

Pirate movies

The pirates I remember that when I was a kid my favorite were pirate movies, and one of the things that fascinated me the most was the captain’s glass cabin,…

Fast food a la mallorquina
Gastronomy

Fast food Mallorcan style

You may be surprised by the title Fast food Mallorcan style, but on the island we have our own solution for modern living. It is clear that in every age…

El precursor
anecdotes

The precursor of the helicopter

A peasant from Mallorca, the precursor of the helicopter We are all moved by the stories of those who have a vision, a very clear idea in their head, and…

Bu
Gastronomy

Autumn buñuelos

This is a typical sweet from Mallorca, they are autumn buñuelos. It is the food representative of the festival of the Virgins, known locally as the festivitat de les Verges…

The dove of anise
Gastronomy

The dove of anise

A strange phrase, the one about the dove of anise. Some of you will remember the name “Anís la paloma”. Popular wisdom is sometimes mixed with fantastic theories that explain…

The almond of Mallorca
Gastronomy

Almond from Mallorca

The almond from Mallorca has had and has fame of being an almond of great quality. The best confectioners in Europe use it to make their specialties, thanks to its…

You are a vulture
Nature

You are a vulture

The expression “eres un buitre” or “you are a vulture” I’m sure if someone tells you eres un buitre or you are a vulture, you’re not going to like it…

Joan Miro
Iconic characters

Joan Miró and Mallorca

“Island of calm”… with that name is also known to Mallorca, and surely that is what our island transmitted to Joan Miró, tranquility and much peace. This famous painter was…

Jaume Munar maestro de la sobrasada
Gastronomy

Jaume Munar, a master of sobrasada

Artisan, master of sobrasada Jaume Munar a master of sobrasada, current manager of the company Embutidos Munar, obtained the certificate of MAESTRO ARTESANO, certified with nº 1067 by the Consell…

The mistery of the ensaimada
Gastronomy

The mystery of the ensaimada

The mystery of the ensaimada made in Mallorca How many times have I heard confectioners and cooks speak of the mystery of the ensaimada! That the ensaimada when you make…

El pa amb oli
Gastronomy

Pa amb oli

Pa amb oli, the most versatile meal on the Mallorcan table My grandmother was an excellent cook, and surely most of the women of her time were. Especially because they…

The pig slaughter in Mallorca
Traditions and customs

Pig slaughter in Mallorca

I remember that as a child, when winter arrived, we would go to my uncles’ house in Petra, to participate in the festa de matances which is the celebration of…

Receta de llampuga con pimientos
Gastronomy

Recipe of llampuga with peppers

The recipe for the llampuga with peppers is really easy to make. You just need to have the llampuga, which is a season catch. September is the month of the…

Binissalem - Fiestas de la vendimia
Festivals and events

Binissalem – Grape harvest festival

July and August are over, holidays too. It’s time to go back to everyday reality, to work the older ones, to class the younger ones. But September is not as…

Ron Amazona, maneras de disfrutarlo
Gastronomy

Ways to enjoy Ron Amazona

When I travel to other cities, other regions, other countries… apart from the typical monuments and “mandatory points to be seen”, I always enjoy if I can discover something else….

Tumbet - the summer meal
Gastronomy

The tumbet – summer meal

The tumbet – summer meal par excellence in Mallorca, is made with vegetables such as eggplant, potato, pepper and tomato. The Mallorcans combine it with any food: meat, fish, eggs,…

Cómo conservar la sobrasada
Gastronomy

How to store sobrasada

Here we will explain you how to store sobrasada so that it maintains its best properties.   Curing As sobrasada is a raw sausage, it needs to be “cured” in…

Binissalem is a land for wines
Places of interest

Binissalem is a land for wines.

If you are not very familiar with Mallorca, you may not know that among other things, the town of Binissalem is a land of wines. Backgrounds Throughout history, Mallorca has…

Sopas mallorquinas de verano
Gastronomy

Summer Mallorcan “sopas”

Mallorcan summer “sopas” are eaten hot… despite what you may be thinking. Yes, yes, in the middle of August… it’s hard to believe, but once you try it… it’s exquisite….

Festival for the Conquest of Mallorca
Festivals and events

Festival for the conquest of Mallorca

Almost an 8 centuries celebration They say that time passes quickly… and soon it will be 790 years, in September 2019, since Jaime I, head of the kingdom of Aragon,…

Coca mallorquina de trampó
Gastronomy

Mallorcan “coca” with trampó

The Mallorcan “coca de trampó” is one of the easiest recipes to make. Recipe of the Mallorcan “coca” with trampó Ingredients It is very important that all the ingredients are…

Coca mallorquina de pimientos
Gastronomy

Mallorcan peppers coca

The Mallorcan coca with roasted red peppers is very tasty, but, it gives so much work that I used to wait for some relative to make it. However, since I…

La coca mallorquina
Gastronomy

La “coca” mallorquina

The coca mallorquina, like other foods, acquires its raison d’être when it is surrounded by diners. People who, for many reasons, get together to taste, share and enjoy. Mediterranean environment…

Summer sound in Mallorca
Nature

Summer music in Mallorca

It’s the middle of summer, and there’ s summer music being played in Mallorca. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the beach of Es Trenc, if you’re taking a walk…

The Mallorcan of Valencia
History

The Mallorcans of Valencia

The Mallorcans of Valencia are descendants of the population that was moved there in the seventeenth century, depopulated after the expulsion of the Moriscos. Expulsion of the Moriscos The year…

Festival of Moors and Christians
Festivals and events

Festival of Moors and Christians

Pollensa nowadays The bay of Pollensa and its port are currently magnificent places to spend holidays: magnificent villas and hotels, quality restaurants and a quiet and select public. This tranquility…

Dying of success in Mallorca
Gastronomy

Dying of success in Mallorca

The phrase “Dying of success in Mallorca” may seem strange. Sometimes the promotion of a product is so successful that it is counterproductive.   Dying of success in Mallorca, the…

"Dignitat i Feina" - that's how it all started
anecdotes

“Dignitat i Feina” – that’s how it all started

“Dignitat i Feina” – that’s how it all started for this local association founded by Father Tomeu A challenge for Fr. Tomeu Father Tomeu celebrates the service in the Church…

Summer calls for... ice cream
Crafts and trades

Summer calls for ice cream

My grandmother used to say when the heat came, summer calls for… ice cream. Put yourselves in situation… July in Mallorca, 36 ºC degrees of heat, difficult to stay without…

I'm not a Martian
Nature

I’m not a Martian

Even if it seems otherwise, I’m not a Martian. I’m Mallorcan, very Mallorcan I am so Mallorcan that you will only find me in Mallorca, because I am a native…

The olive oil of our grand parents
Gastronomy

The olive oil of our grandparents

The olive oil of our grandparents – memories of my childhood I remember when I was a kid, how I liked a “pa amb oli” with the strong-flavored olive oil…

Mallorca on two wheels
anecdotes

Mallorca on two wheels

The great variety of roads and the good climate of the island, have always invited to travel Mallorca on two wheels, on a motorcycle. But did you know that motorcycles…

Como conquistó Jaime I Mallorca
History

How Jaime I conquered Mallorca

Backgrounds In the 13th century, Mallorca was an ideal enclave for trade in the Mediterranean, but it was in the hands of the Muslims. It was also a refuge for…

From North Korea to Mallorca
Iconic characters

From North Korea to Mallorca

If the origin was any European country it would not be of interest this writing, but being from North Korea to Mallorca, it is not something common. However, in the…

Origen de los molinos de Mallorca
Places of interest

Origin of the mills of Mallorca

The origin of the mills of Mallorca. The first mills you will see when you arrive by plane to Mallorca are those of the Plà de Sant Jordi. They make…

Loryc a car manufactured in Mallorca
anecdotes

Loryc a car manufactured in Mallorca

Does the Loryc brand ring a bell? In the 1960s and 1970s, women’s footwear was manufactured under the Loryc brand. Later, in the same place, he opened a supermarket with…

Ro
Gastronomy

Ron Amazona a traditional Mallorcan drink

Ron Amazona a traditional Mallorcan drink obtained through artisan processes The cane alcohol will be macerated in selected fruits from Mallorca for 12 months and cane alcohol and caramelized sugar…

The tradition of the pâtés in Mallorca
Traditions and customs

The tradition of the pates in Mallorca

The tradition of pates in Mallorca has a curious connection with France, being there the origin of the local tradition. The French connection Between Mallorca and France, commercial ties were…

Feria del albaricoque de Porreres
Festivals and events

Apricot festival in Porreres

Summer arrives and we all like to enjoy the fresh fruits that this season offers us: Melons, watermelons, cherries, peaches, plums, apricots… The apricot, a fruit with a long history…

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