Mallorca is one of the main tourist powers in the world. At the beginning of the 21st century this is not talking anymore; this is a fact. If you are looking for kilometers of breathtaking sand beaches and luxurious resorts that overwhelm you with their modern facilities, the island offers you more options than you can count. However, having all these choices at hand doesn’t necessarily mean genuine luxury.
There’s a region in Mallorca that goes unnoticed for tourists and locals alike. It is called Marratxí and nowadays this municipality has become an industrial overpopulated area. Perhaps it is the last place on the island where one would thing to find luxury and genuineness. Well, you could not be more mistaken. Marratxí has held for centuries some of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in Mallorca. The reason is the whole region was ruled by landlords in the past… many landlords. So many landlords means many country estates which, at the same time, means the entire municipality consisted in stretches of crops so vast they could not be reached with a naked eye.
One of the survivors of that glorious age is Son Cós, a titanic estate that stills working as an agrarian center. The lands of this hidden paradise could be perfectly listed as a Natural Park since the variety of its ecosystems is astonishing: crops, meadows, pine forests, hills and caves. This territory is also rich in invertebrate fauna and many bird species (including crows, which are rare animals in Mallorca), not to speak about the tombs from the Bronze Age spread all around those lands.
However, without the slightest doubt, the most genuine essence of Son Cós lies in its main houses, where entire generations of workers lived and thrived to keep their way of life intact. The huge complex is made up of the lord’s rooms along with the productive area. In a country estate, landlords barely showed for a month or two a year. They were only interested in knowing the whole estate was running properly. It means the day-today in the countryside fell utterly on tenants, overseers and hired workers. That is the reason why rooms like the oil mill, the traditional kitchen or the impressive wine cellar of Son Cós take a human dimension when contemplated with so many centuries behind.
And speaking of oil, wine and kitchens we cannot forget what is, probably, the most important thing among Majorcan peasantry: food. It is funny how some meals have been considered to be only for humble people in the past and how, nowadays, the same recipes are highly demanded as exquisiteness. In Son Cós there is no hesitation about
what exquisiteness is. It has nothing to do with innovation, fusions or latest tendencies. You get sublime meals by using natural products from the land, following traditional recipes and filling up the dishes. The overseer of the estate, a friendly man rooted to the land for life, is the one responsible for delighting us with such delicacies.
Now you have no excuse. You already know about this piece of Heaven on Earth. If you ever come to Mallorca and you want to live the most genuine Majorcan experience, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check our website www.mallorcaculturaltours.com. Once you have experienced Son Cós you will come back for more.
Albert Bouzas Cuadrado. Historian and Official Tourist Guide.