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Rural tourism in Mallorca: complementary activities around cottagesPrint
Ecologic agriculture is constantly growing in Mallorca. A large number of our associated accommodation establishments have ecological orchards and offer their products directly from the orchard to their guests. In this way, country estates actively participate in the ecological agricultural sector guarantying the best quality and respect to the environment. Furthermore, some of our associates offer their guests the possibility to participate in agricultural activities such the shearing of the sheep, the care of the orchard and the livestock.
The same diversity that the Illes Balears offer at a cultural level is also evident in crafts. You can buy arts and crafts in glass, ceramics, embroidery, fabrics, shoes, leather, silverware, trinkets, jewellery, pearls and all the latest trends in fashion. Among all, the wide array of handicrafts, the main handicrafts of Mallorca are:
Marratxí, also known as the land of mud, is one of the key points that focus on the best master craftsmen and potters throughout the island and across Europe, as evidenced by their presence in major international fairs. A visit to the museum of Pòrtol and Marratxí is essential because it allows knowing the strong linkage that has the mud with the history of Mallorca. The ceramic figure par excellence of Mallorca is the siurell.
The main areas of leather in Mallorca are Lloseta and Inca. Inca, in addition o manufacturing, stands out as one of the most important point of sale and design of leather of the Mediterranean.
Nowadays, three glass companies are operative in Mallorca nowadays, three glass companies are operating in Mallorca: Gordiola, Menestralia y Lafiore. The promoters of these companies began in the first quarter of the eighteenth century.
Mallorca has a road network of 1,250 km, 675 of which are local and secondary roads with an average width of 6.50 m. approximately, and 20% of these are in the mountains. Throughout the winter, the leading European teams visit the Island because they appreciate its deal conditions for training. Professional cyclists who have visited Mallorca have a highly favourable opinion of the Island. Stephen Roche (winner of the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and the World Championship) came to Mallorca on the advice of the great Miguel Indurain. As Roche says "Mallorca is quite fascinating! It has a great climate and great scenery and it offers unbeatable conditions for both holiday cyclists and professionals."
From February to March, amateur teams spend their well-deserved holidays enjoying their favourite sport on local lanes, travelling through lovely countryside around the small villages in the interior, where they can also find the real cuisine and culture of the Island.
Located in places of great natural beauty, the Majorcan golf courses are true paradises of peace which attract thousands of people from all nations who come to visit the island throughout the year. One of the peculiarities of golf is that the best time for its practice in Balearics is in the low season, not coinciding with the months of more tourist affluence in Majorca. The excellent climatic conditions of the Balearics allows the playing of golf throughout the whole year, this, next to the quality of hotels and residences available, go some way to explain the interest of those so fond of the Majorcan golf courses.
Winter in Mallorca
Encouraged by the temperate Mediterranean climate, the first variety of the island's more than 7,000,000 almond trees timidly begin to bud in late January, a foretaste of the exquisite fields blanketed by white, delicate flowers that burst into bloom between late January and mid-February. Be it in a lone specimen or a riot of flowers, this surprising and omnipresent forerunner of spring is a special treat for visitors.
The cultivation of almond trees was introduced en masse after phylloxera devastated the Islands' vineyards in the late eighteenth century, especially in Mallorca and Ibiza. Their fruit can be sampled as is, toasted or as part of the islands' typical dishes, especially pastries.
Beaches & Coves
Mallorca offers a wide variety of beaches and coves. Among the approximately 365 beaches that Mallorca has, a swimmer can decide to visit crystalline and warm water beaches, fine white sand beaches, gravel and rocky beaches, nude beaches or with disabled access beaches. It is well worth getting a map of the beaches of Mallorca to discover the innermost.
Quality wines under Apellation d’Origine Es Pla i Llevant or Binissalem are increasingly becoming stronger. Wineries can be visited and visitors can buy wine directly there. “Las Hierbas” and “El Palo de Mallorca” are alcoholic beverages known worldwide.
Sanctuaries of Mallorca are beautiful not only for what they represent but also for the location in which they are found. Some of the sanctuaries of Mallorca have been renovated and offer accommodation. We strongly recommend you to visit El Monasterio de Lluc, the most important monastery of Mallorca that represents a place of annual pilgrimage of hundreds of local people. In the Randa Mountain, you can find Hermitage of Sant Honorat, among many other monuments in Mallorca.
Mallorca is an island that boasts a wide array of incredible landscapes. This translates into itineraries in the mountains, along the coastline and across the plains. Impressive views of the Tramuntana Mountains to the west, with several peaks measuring over 1000 m high and up to 1450 metres in Puig Major’s case, and the Llevant Mountains to the east, with their lower profile that reaches 561 m at its highest point, reflect the islands’ most rugged terrain. The marina to the south and north and the central plain conceal landscapes that astonish hikers who adventure along their paths.
Associació Agroturisme Balear and all its partners sympathize with the Slow Food. The fast pace at which we are subjected has forced us to acquire unhealthy habits that are not natural in human being. Therefore, our country-states are struggling to provide a local, traditional and friendly cuisine.
Taste is one of the senses that can enjoy more the stay in Mallorca: botifarrons, sobrasada,
sobrasada de cerdo negro, camaiot, blanquets, graxonera, pates, foie, are some of the delights. However, one of the products why Mallorca is internationally known is the ensaimada. Other typical sweets of Mallorca are: el gató, ice-cream, sweet and savoury pastries, croissants, panades, robiols, doblados, cremadillos, pies and cakes. Artisans of food and drink delights of Mallorca also make: mallorquinas, el frito mallorquín, el escabeche, berenjenas rellenas, empanadas and cocarrois.