It is well known that Esporlas is one of the most beautiful towns in the island. Immerse in the grandiosity of La Serra de Tramuntana, this beautiful town has a very special charm. The town counts with a place where time seems to have stopped since the 17th Century.
La Granja de Esporlas is a place where you will be able to learn how it was to live in a mallorquin manor house that is more that 400 years old. Actors dressed in the period costumes recreate scenes of that time and adults as well as kids will be able to discover the sectrets of Mallorca on the 1600s. La Granja de Esporlas was the winner of the Excellency award by Tripadvisor, where you will be able to find comments and experiences of other travelers that will encourage you even more, if you are still not convinced.
The house situated inside La Granja has always been very valued by the different cultures that have inhabited the island. From the roman civilization, which admired the enormous flow of the stream that crosses it; to the Arabic culture and the Christians which followed Jaime I and then made it into a feudal possession until 1239 when it was granted to the Cistercian monks. Two centuries later it was part of the known mallorquin family Vidal, and after that it went on to be owned by the family Fortuny. Nowadays it belongs to the family Seguí.
After a bit of history to set ourselves in the time, we are going to describe what you will encounter once you arrive.
La Granja could be defined nowadays as a little fictitious town in which everything is actually real. We say that it is fictitious because La Granja is inhabited by tens of actors which set us on that period through their costumes. It is real as well because lots of the other inhabitants of the farm are typical animals from the island.
We will be able to get to know the typical trades of Mallorca, just like the making of the olive oil, the paper, the elaboration of fabrics, cold cuts and typical gastronomy of the island like buñuelos, meat pies with peas and the irresistible cocarrois. For those that still haven’t had the pleasure to know what a cocarroi is, we can say that it is an exquisite vegetable pie with raisins, which mallorquin people normally have for breakfast or for a snack.
We will also be able to see the decorated rooms just like they were decorated in that period and we will even see a torture room in which we will be shown the wild punishments given to the heretics in the 16th century. It is also good to know that the lounges inside La Granja de Esporlas are available for events and celebrations, so if you are thinking of celebrating a party during your holidays, this can be a charming place where you can surprise your guests. Most of the celebrations held in la Granja are weddings and communions, though lately they are specializing in TeamBuilding events, in which group activities are organized for the members of a company in order to create a team bond. There are also showcooking events or workshops to make mallorquin hierbas liquor.
La Granja has a restaurant where you can go for free (you won’t have to pay the entrance fee) in which they offer a special tasting of the typical food from the island. As well as the food, it is a very special restaurant because of its location, surrounded by a forest and with spectacular views of the valley just beneath the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana. The restaurant and the café receive many visits from cyclists, so if you are cycling near the area you can always stop to enjoy the views and the clean air sitting in its terrace.
To end your visit with, there is a little tasting of typical products like sobrasada, buñuelos, fig bread and wine…a delight for your senses.
What: La Granja de Esporles.
When: open every day from 10h till 19h during the summer and, until 18h during the winter.
How much: Visita and tasting (adults 15 Euros/ kids 8 Euros); visit and mallorquin menu (adults 25 Euros/ kids 14 Euros).
Where: Carretera de Banyalbufar, km. 1’5 07190 Esporles.
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