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Cala TortaBeach in Arta
The beaches of Artá are famous in Mallorca due to the state of conservation of their natural environment.
In 2001 the natural park of the Llevant was declared and with the owners of the big fincas, the entire coastline of Arta has been preserved.
Cala Torta, like most calas, is the mouth of a torrent. Its access is complicated due to road conditions.
It is recommended to park the vehicle in the area where the paved road ends and walk down about 15 minutes.
If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle or a tall vehicle, you can arrive to the limit of the road.
In the past, there was a beach bar, but it was demolished beacuse Costas and goverment regulations.
Today, in Cala torta, there is not any shop or restaurant, so, it is important to bring water, food and things to spend the day.
In the same way, it is mandatory to take the garbage back because there is not collection service for waste.
The beach with waves is very dangerous due to its strong currents, for this reason there is 2 lifeguards who for safety.
Being a natural environment, in the sand it could be large concentrations of algae, very important for the ecosystem.
If you want to spend a day in a cala with a natural environment and away from the population, Cala Torta is an ideal place.
Written by: Luis Morell 19/01/2022.
The carob in Mallorca Mediterranean product
It is very common, during the months of August and September, to see a very precious black pod being collected in the fields of Mallorca.
The carob, "Algarroba" in spanish, is the fruit of the carob tree ("algarrobo"), common in the Mediterranean Sea. The fruit is a dark brown pod that contains the seeds, similar to a large lentil.
Last years, this fruit has been revalued due to its great properties.
On the one hand, there is the "garrofín", the seed, which turns into flour and it works like a thickener used in the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical industry...
Being a totally natural product, it has infinite advantages: digestive, anti-inflammatory, natural source of fiber and avoids chemical thickeners.
Chocolate, ice cream, sauces, creams, medicines... are a small example of its usefulness.
On the other hand, the fruit is used for culinary purposes and is such an energetic food that it is said that it was supplied to Alejando Magno's army.
Carob bread, cocoa substitute, animal feed production... are other advantages of this fruit.
Written by: Luis Morell 05/11/2021.
The name of Son NotA very old history...
To understand where the name comes from, it is necessary to explain a concept of the Majorcan language:
"Ca" means "house of". For example, "I'm going to Enrique's house" you would say "I am going to ca l'Enric".
"Can" is the contraction of "ca" and "en". "En" here is not the preposition, is an article used before male personal names, "En Joan".
Therefore, "Can Joan" means "Juan's house".
Something similar happens with "Son". Basically "Son" is a contraction of "ço d'en", in Spanish it would be "lo de / that of". "Son" is a demonstrative indicator of the property (ço En Juanot = ço d'En Juanot = això d'En Juanot = Juanot's thing).
On the other hand, it is documented that "Juanot" was one of the first owners in the history of the Finca around 1700. Also, another owner was "Otto" in mallorquín "Ot".
It is believed that the name "Son Not" comes from the contraction of "Juanot" in "Not" or from "that of Ot", in mallorquín: "lo de N'Ot". In this way we have the name "Son Not".
Written by: Luis Morell 26/10/2021.