Sweet treats – Mallorca

What really makes Mallorca stand out on the cooking scene is their range of sweet treats which can be found in most bakeries. Don’t be surprised if you step out of your Mallorca holiday rental to find the air full of the sweet smell of baking.

Bunyols

These Spanish treats are a favourite on the island. They are shaped like a doughnut but made using potato dough, cooked in hot oil and then finished with a sprinkling of sugar. It is not unusual for the small villages in the ‘Les Verges’ weekend to be filled with the smell of these cakes cooking. They are available to purchase from most bakeries around this time.

Ensaimada

This is without a doubt the most famous pastry that comes from Mallorca, with origins that can be traced back to the 17th century. It is spiral in shape, and made with flour, eggs, water, mother dough and saim. Today you can find a range of different varieties, with the pastries stuffed with anything from chocolate to pumpkin.

Rubiols

It is tradition for friends and family to gather during Easter week with their families to prepare Rubiols, which each family working from their own recipes. They can however, be found throughout the year. They are a crescent shaped pastry that traditionally are filled with cottage cheese, but today is common to find them filled with jams, pumpkin and chocolate.

Coca de Cuarto

This delicious cake is extremely light and fluffy, and is usually either eaten for breakfast or for afternoon tea, accompanied by almond ice cream or hot chocolate. Although a very traditional and simple recipe, many places have started to adapt the recipe to include additional flavours like orange chocolate.

Served in most local cafes or bakeries, it is worth venturing out of your Mallorca villa rental to sit outside a café in the sunshine to enjoy a baked delight and a cup of coffee.


What is the ‘Magic Fountain’?

Situated in the Montjuïc, one of the most beautiful locations in Barcelona, the Magic Fountain, or Font màgica de Montjuïc, is a beautiful fountain designed by Carles Buïgas. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the fountains really became a major tourist attraction in the 1980’s, when musical and lights were added so that the fountains could provide a spectacular entertainment show.

 

Seeing the Fountains

If you’re staying in Barcelona accommodation right in the centre of the city, you can easily travel to Montjuïc on the Metro using the L3 green line or the L1 red line to the Plaça d’Espanya stop. Show times vary depending on the season; the fountains usually erupt between 21:00 and 22:30 during the summer months, and a little earlier during spring and autumn, usually starting around 19:00. It’s always best to check with the Barcelona tourist office to make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing local event.

 

Surrounding Area

The Magic Fountain boasts a great location in Barcelona, and there’s plenty of other sights and attractions nearby to enjoy. Just north of the fountains you’ll find Plaça d’Espanya which is famous for its looming Venetian towers and, of course, for another of the city’s fountains, which was designed by  Josep Maria Jujol. Jujol previously worked with Gaudí, and definite Gaudí influences shine through.

 

To the south you’ll find the sprawling Parc de Montjuïc, which is not only a great area for kids to play, but also for us to learn, too. There’s many museums located throughout the park, including the Museu d’Arqueologia, the Museu Etnològic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Although the neighbourhood is a little away from the heart of Barcelona, many people do choose to book a Barcelona holiday rental here thanks to the many different things to see and do, the amazing views of Montjuïc, and the slightly wider, airier streets than those in historic Barcelona which are easier for families.


In Villa Tastings

Tapas

Products from small artisan suppliers are closely identified with Spain. Embellish the landscape through taste and smell! Our award winning chefs are dedicated to cuisine and local products, and are open to any proposal which excites you as much as it does us.

In Villa Tasting – Wine with Sweets: This is a wine tasting session paired with pastry creations by Chef Joan Muntada, Maître Chocolatier. The session will also allow you to discover regional wines that combine perfectly with desserts. 30 Euros per person + IVA

Wine and Deli meat tasting: Ham is one of the star products of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, we offer six different types accompanied with a variety of local wines. 30 Euros per person + IVA

Wine and Catalan cheese tasting: Spanish wine and cheeses pairing. From the Torta Del Casar Cabrales, through Manchego or Mahon. Always with the company of wine that is most representative of Spain. A sensory journey through the Iberian Peninsula. 30 Euros per person + IVA

Six wines, six tapas: You will taste six of the most typical tapas of our culinary culture with accompanying wines or cavas. 30 Euros per person + IVA


What you need to know when booking your holiday villa: 5 tips

Mountains or beach? Pool or no pool? Are pets allowed? There is much to consider when searching for and reserving your next holiday rental villa for you and your loved ones. Let us help you sort out the details with these handy tips for your Catalonian escape in Spain.

  • Allow plenty of time to peruse and prepare. Not only are villas reserved quickly, but when booking with a big group it is wise to ensure that all members of your party have adequate time to make travel arrangements and discuss the logistics with their families. Depending on the season, you should allow at least a few months to complete research, contact agencies, and compile an agenda.

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  • One villa…or two? The size of Catalunya Casas´ vacation villas range from quaint oceanfront condos to luxurious countryside mansions. But if your group needs more space than even one of our largest villas can provide, you can spread out your guests into two separate homes to allow for space, serenity, and the opportunity to explore two of our stunning properties.
  • Know your details. When contacting an agency about that coveted villa that you espied on the internet, be prepared with the appropriate information. Know how many people will be in your group as well as your other preferences such as the number of bedrooms, location, distance from the beach, and anything else you know you´ll need during your holiday in Spain. Have specific questions? Jot them down and have them on hand when contacting potential agents.
  • Budget wisely. Family and group budgets are helpful necessities from the early planning stages through the end of your vacation. You will need to factor in rent, air conditioning, extra fees, groceries, transportation, and any other activities in which you wish to partake. When inquiring about a property, always ask about additional or hidden fees, as well as any possible down payments.

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  • Plan activities. Speaking of activities, there is a multitude of ways to spend your days while staying at one of our pristine Spanish villas. From hiking to biking to horseback riding, figure out how you want to plan your vacation that you aren´t scrambling to make last-minute arrangements.

You´re just a few clicks away from an unforgettable holiday experience with Catalunya Casas. Scroll through our rental villas and begin your quest to find the perfect holiday home.

 


Travel trend: Vacation rentals in Catalonia, Spain

Renting a villa in Spain is an increasing trend in the travel industry for the year 2014. The vacation rental experience involves kicking off your shoes and making yourself at home in someone else´s home in the Catalonia region of Spain. Private vacation rental properties are growing in popularity, and Catalunya Casas is the place to find the perfect property for your Northern Spain vacation.

Comfort and affordability

What makes a Catalonia vacation home rental from Catalunya Casas so attractive to travelers? For one, they remove the formality of an overwhelming and impersonal hotel or resort, and allow families and groups to really relax in a spacious and comfortable environment. Instead of allotting a major portion of travel expenses for pricey hotel restaurant dinners and having to depend on predetermined hotel dining hours, guests are in control of their own meals in fully equipped kitchens during and can use the unique food and spices for which Catalonia and Spain are famous.

Space

Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms are also appealing advantages to renting a private home. If you feel like you need some space from your overbearing relatives, you can (literally) put a wall between you.

Fully equipped kitchen and dining room
Fully equipped kitchen and dining room

Private pools

Not to be overlooked, private pools are one of the most alluring (and refreshing!) attributes of a private home rental. Swim and sunbathe in complete privacy without having to worry about operating hours. Families with young children can keep a close eye on the little ones as some villa pools are surrounded by protective fences.

Pools that offer complete privacy
Pools that offer complete privacy

Local flavour

Travel is not what it used to be: Long gone are the days spent waiting in line at overpriced tourist attractions. Instead, travelers want to explore and experience their surroundings like a local, and private villa rentals are ideal for such excursions It is like 7 wonders in the world. Maybe the family next door to your vacation villa has lived in the region their entire lives and know the perfect place for a glass of sangria. During a trip to local bakery, practice your Spanish with the cashier and profit from true conversational immersion.

If privacy, space, and cultural authenticity are what you picture when you think of an ideal holiday, you´re in the right place! Browse through our incredible villas that bring you directly to the heart of the real Catalonia.

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