Do you want to get to know a real mansion?, Visit 'Els Calderers'

The Balearic Islands have always been among the most coveted islands in the Mediterranean. Majorca as much as Minorca, Ibiza or Formentera make visitors fall under their spell. They are all different but all have the typical Mediterranean features which make them warm and at the same time exotic.

All this charm is reflected in its architecture, houses built with a Roman flavour while many others have an Arabic style. Majorca is dominated by serious stone, Minorca by a colonial style, Ibiza and Formentera by enchanting white limestone. It is difficult to find any other islands which have such wealth and beauty, all of them open to the sea with its salty taste, green blinds and white curtains flapping in the breeze in summer and warmed with their fireplaces that dominate the interiors giving warmth to homes.

Visit one of the great Feudal Lords' Possessions or mansions. They are open to the public and the mansion lifestyle can be discovered at the 'Els Calderers' estate which dates back to 1285 documented under the name of its owners, the Calderers family. The mansion passed into the hands of the old Veri family in the 18th century. They started building the imposing noble mansion that we can contemplate today, around 1750.

Els Calderers is located on a side road just off the Palma-Manacor highway at the kilometre 37 signpost. The estate is made up of a main building, stables, and corrals housing local island animals, among them the famous black pig which gives us the delicious Majorcan sobrassada. Other different buildings can also be found on the estate, among them the blacksmith's which uses the original tools, the baker's which bakes the bread and cakes and the laundry where clothes are washed and dyed.

The main building matches the normal layout for a typical Majorcan house, three floors, a simple faade, a door with a semicircular arch. It possesses a beautiful interior patio called sa clastra in Majorcan, with a central pond. The building was constructed using 'mars' stone (local sandy stone) and has undergone many changes over the centuries.

Other buildings are also well worth mentioning such as the winery with its old wine press and large wine vats, or the kitchen where you can still observe traditional period utensils like earthenware and copper pots, etc. Other points of interest are the main dining room decked out with an enormous table perfectly decorated and set for eighteen diners and the music room with its piano which dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. You can also visit the barn where different estate products were stored and have now been carefully put on show: chick peas, carob beans, beans, almonds, maize, etc. There are also traditional agricultural instruments and machinery.

The visit is finished off with a tasting of delicious house specialities, made in a traditional Majorcan style such as 'sobrasada', wine, marmalade, jam, and honey among many other things from the local cuisine.

The 'Els Calderers' estate is traditionally an agricultural and animal farming estate but has been changed into a museum which opens its doors to the general public all year round. Els Calderers is one of the most characteristic 'posesiones' (mansions) in the 'Pla de Majorca' and visiting it will help you to get to know the way of life and work in the rural Majorca of the 17th century.

Entrance price: Adults 700 / Children 350 Visiting hours: 10:00h to 18:00h, from April to October / 10:00h to 17:00h, from November to March.

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