Category: Culture

Defla houses, a possession with history

A few kilometres away, leaving the town of Sineu, is the Delfa or Adelfa estate, surrounded by extensive farmland and a lush woodland, enclosed within an island made up of the Delfa Houses, a stately home dignifed from the outset by the white marble coat of arms of the Rossinyol family.

Lessons in art at the Museu de Mallorca

The Museu de Mallorca exhibits works of the fine and decorative arts, that cover the period from the conquest of Mallorca, in the 13th century, until the first decades of the 20th century. 

Arab Baths in Palma

One of the few remaining examples of Moslem architecture still preserved on the island, the Arab Baths can be found in the gardens of Can Fontirroig, situated in Number 7 of the Can Serra street in Palma.

Bendinat Castle

History Bendinat Castle
Bendinat is an old Moorish farm estate, documented in the 13th century with the name ‘Bendinex’.
It has passed through the hands of several families since the 15th century, but it was the marriage between Pedro Caro Álvarez of Toledo and Elisabeth Szécsény Zichy-Ferraris which commissioned the neo-Gothic castle of Bendinat.

Santa María de La Real Monastery

Access to the La Real monastery is through a door on the side of the church, there is a two-story cloister, with three point archways supported by spiral columns on the ground floor and fluted pillars on the top floor.

Mallorca’s Crystal Church, Porciúncula

The Crystal church is a structure of dazzling beauty, built upon concrete and iron ribs that sustain 39 stained glass windows, providing the building with a mystical aura. The windows depict scenes of nature and the cosmos, characterising the Franciscan order, combined with biblical scenes.

Landscape Worship

Landscape Worship: Interpretation of landscapes can be varied, and depends on each person’s technique.

Palma de Mallorca’s old Botanic Gardens

The Jardines de la Misericordia (Gardens of Mercy) is a small, charming park that abounds with vegetation, sunny and shady areas as well as pleasant corners perfect for some quiet reading time.

Art, market and Mallorca?

Market and art; until now two almost contradicting words that when placed together in a sentence can even offend those who think that artists come from another planet and that they can survive with just love and air.

The Archaeological museum of Son Fornés

The Archaeological museum of Son Fornés is located 2.5 km northwest of the town centre of Montuïri, Mallorca, on the estate which bears the same name which is located 4km from the local road which leads to Pina.

Mallorcan patios

The patios of the noble houses in Palma are one of the urban elements most characteristic of the city. While today, their preservation constitutes a historical reference that makes the Mallorcan capital unique within Spain, in their age of splendour they were the very symbol of power and status.

Typical product Mallorca: Siurells

When that came out of Siurell figurine, have been attributed to this small flute magic forces. The winds of Mallorca, Gregal, Llevant, Xaloc, Migjorn, Llebeig, Ponent, Mistral and Tramontana, sometimes infused with fear. For the inhabitants were uncontrollable forces of nature to which they were exposed without remedy, and employing the Siurell whistles as a kind of totem to the stormy winds.

The Santueri castle

The Santueri castle is located strategically on top of a hill, at 408 metres above sea level in Majorca’s Serra de de Llevant.

The Byzantine and Islamic domination

Between 455 and 534 the island confronted part of the Vandal Kingdom. Already in 425 they had landed in the island, they plundered and destroyed Pollentia. From the year 534, Majorca began to form a part of the Byzantine Empire.

Bulls of Costitx

The “Bulls of Costitx” or “Caps de Bous” (Bull Heads) are three bronze heads from the Talayot period.

Son Real (beach and archaeological ruins)

The Son Real public estate, with an area of 395 hectares, is located on the Northeast coast of Mallorca, in the municipality of Santa Margalida.

There are important archaeological, ethnographic and natural remains, which make it a great open-air museum.

El Palau March, a must-see on Palma’s cultural circuit

Commissioned by Mallorcan financier Joan March Ordinas, the March Palace, located in the old town — specifically, where Conquistador Street meets the steps of the Cathedral, and with its main entrance on Palau Reial Street –, was built between 1939 and 1945.

Capdepera Castle

Capdepera Castle in Mallorca is a fortified structure that surrounded the primitive town of Capdepera, built on the Benifilia settlement. Its construction began with the walls and would have begun in around the year 1300.

Balearic Slingers and the sling

The slingshot has played a significant role in the history of the Balearic Islands. It would be impossible to delve into the history of the Balearic Islands without making reference to the Balearic slingers, for the very word, “Balearic”, means, literally, “Master of Throwing”. The islands’ slingers were introduced to the world of slinging at birth. 

Mallorca medieval II – Resettlement churches

Castellitx, Santa Lucía, Sant Pere d’Escorca, Santa Ana, Sant Miquel de Campanet, La Sangre in Muro, Santa Fe in Palma. Most of these 13th-century Majorcan churches are now 14th century Gothic or completely rebuilt during the centuries that followed.