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Rondaia is located in the municipality of Esporles, on a farm called Sa Simentera de Canet, which in turn comes from a historical possession called Canet, which occupied a large part of the San Pedro valley and which was created after the distribution of lands made by King Jaime I, the conqueror, after completing the reconquest of the Island of Mallorca in the year 1231, among the nobles of the Crown of Aragon who helped him in that fight.

After the division of the historical possession, the estate has undergone a constant evolution over the years, very marked in each case by the sign of the times, highlighting its initial use as a hunting lodge, and from late 19th century, he development of important industrial initiatives, such as a sawmill and a natural cement factory, which gives rise to its current name. Activities that have always been combined with the agricultural crop of its fertile plots, highlighting the cultivation of more than forty cuarteradas -about thirty hectares- of carob trees.

The farm is crossed by the ditch den Baster, or Bastera,  that transports the water that comes from a nearby mine (qanat) to the city of Palma.

 

This historic infrastructure constitutes a vestige of the legacy medieval muslim in Majorca, and is protected with the category of Asset of Cultural Interest. The liquid is transported by gravity and travels a long way until it reaches the Monastery of La Real in Palma, and still supplies part of the daily water supply for the inhabitants of the capital today.

 

Water is a true treasure in areas with little rain such as the Mediterranean. Pools of spectacular dimensions were built for storage, for irrigation in the driest seasons. The farm has these small inland seas, one of them up to 120 meters in length.

Sa Simentera de Canet was known in the mid-20th century for its orange production, being one of the first Mallorcan farms to introduce this crop.

 

Some of these trees original, today almost centenariansstill planted today, as a memory of what was one of the most important orange orchards in Mallorca. He orange grove has been substituted nowadays through vineyards, intended for the production of autochthonous grape varieties for the production of wine, highlighting the Malvasía de Banyalbufar.

In addition to the cultivation plots, the farm currently has more than twenty hectares of forest Mediterranean, traversed by passable roads, which make up a comfortable and beautiful route to take on foot, without leaving the property.

Some areas of the forest have terraced terraces with a dry stone wall, characteristic of the Majorcan mountain landscape, to enable their agricultural use. One of these terraces has been recovered for the practice of mountain viticulture.

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