Ajuntament
Poble
Turisme
Entitats
Seu electrònica
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ajuntament de Ferreries

Interactive Routes Barranc d'Algendar

  ·  ·  ·

 

 


 

The Town Hall of Ferreries, together with the Tourist Office of the Government of the Balearic Islands, have made this Interactive Guide, directed to schools and family tourism, using the legends of the gorge of Algendar. Taking as a guide the legends found here, we invite the visitor to discover the gorge in an interactive, playful and entertaining way, showing its most hidden treasures, the traditional legends and songs, the ethnological samples, remains of the former inhabitants of the gorge, the rich flora and fauna where they lived...


 

Since the legends of the gorge are so rich, we have used them as basis for this Guide. We have taken four legends the action of which takes place in the proposed route: "Sa Por des Caçador" ("The Fear of the Hunter"), "Sa Perdiu Blanca" ("The White Partridge"), "Es Pas den Revull" ("Revull Pasage") and the best known legend of "La Novia d'Algendar" ("The Bride of Algendar").


 

Those who want to make the route can visualize it right here or go to the Town Hall where they will find a three-part leaflet with a map of the route, the location of the legends, information about the surroundings, transcription of the legends and the enigmas and tests which the visitor will have to answer to complete the route.


 

This Guide, besides making the legends known, brings us different cues and enigmas. The answer or solution of same will be found, at times in the contents of each of the legends and, at others, within the natural environment or, even, in the creativity and imagination of the children. Thus, among other proposals, the children are invited to search and discover the secret passage where the Moor Revull was hiding, to record a video with the song of the Bride of Algendar, to look for leaves of fragrant plants or draw unique local plants of the gorge.


 

Besides the three-part leaflet, the visitor will find, in the exact points where the four legends are located, panels with the basic information. In order to further enlarge the experience, the posters include a code with a link to the following contents:


 

- Audios of each one of the legends dramatized. In line with the project "Pueblo Educador" (educating town) carried out by the municipality, the schools will participate in the project dramatizing the different legends in Catalan, Spanish and English.


 

- Link to Instagram profile specifically opened for this route, where the visitors will be able to hang photographs of their experience, graphic solutions to the proposed challenges and visualize what other visitors have hung.


 

The Council of Tourism of the Town Hall believes that conducting the visit in such way we manage to promote the great potential of our gorge -cultural, literary, ethnological and natural wealth- creating, at the same time, a more pleasant and profitable way of enjoying family tourism.


 

Thus, we believe that this Guide is an excellent promotional element of such an emblematic site as the gorge of Algendar promoting, at the same time, the type of tourism respectful of our culture as well as with the environment, which is what we want for our municipality.

 

 
Legends from Algendar


 

 

1) Sa Por des Caçador (The Fear of the Hunter)

 

Who hasn't heard from "Pons of Ses Ferreries", God have him in his glory, as of among of thea great hunter?
 

On the eve of the festivity of  Virgin of Grace, towards dusk, he took his dog and his shotgun and, in four strides, reached Son Gornès. It looked as if the partridges were expecting him: among the myrtles and privets that pave the path, the dog smelled a scent, lurked and, at his master's order, lifted the partridge with a smooth and precise flight. Pons shot at it as he wished, as if he were playing a game. Not even a small feather was lost by the partridge, which continued flying following the same path.
  

Pons reloaded and continued on his way. Some hundred steps ahead, the dog lurked again, then took impulse and lifted the partridge, at which Pons shot again, as he wished. The partridge, without a feather lost, continued its flight, very near the path, without changing its rhythm. And then it perched on the side of the path, near the barriers of Son Bell Lloc.

 

- You will not roast me again: today is the eve of the Virgin of Grace...., said Pons. 

 

And he went home without even remembering to call his dog which, he soon noticed, was following him with its tail between its hind legs.

  

 

*******

 

We are in the Camí Reial (Royal Road),  also known as Camí Vell (Old Path) since it is one of the oldest roads of Menorca. In the Middle Ages it was the road between Ciutadella and Maó. It was possible to recover part of it thanks to the works of maintenance and conservation of the volunteers of the Red Cross, Civil Protection, Scouts, neighbour associations and pensioners of Ferreries.

  

Along the way, we find beautiful and curious sites such as the part of the Costa dels Nesprers (Slope of the Medlars) where, in order to make the descent easier due to the high slope, the path is paved in a zig-zag way.

 

*******


-  Move forward in four large strides: how many metres have you advanced?

 








-  Have you seen the Cross of Son Gornès which reminds us of a tragic event happened in 1865 when a lightning caused the death of a farmer? Pay attention when you walk because you will find another cross further on. Draw both crosses pointing out the differences. Are they made of the same materials?




 

- Along the way you will find fragrant plants such as the lauresl mint or rosemary. Take a leaf of one of these plants and smell it. It smells great! Let it dry in the leaflet.

 






2) Es Pou de Sa Perdiu Blanca (The well of the White Partridge)

 

Everyone in Ferreries knows the well of the White Partridge of Algendar, which is near the path. It is a well of very good water and so deep that you can extract abundant water.

A young man from Ferreries had a bride in Algendar. So much, by day as by night, a white partridge came out from the well and flew towards Algendar.

 

The young man, who was a good hunter, aimed as he could, and shot. But the white partridge, impassive, kept on fluttering, fluttering.

Once and again, each time he saw the bird he shot at it, but the gun, althougt it was reliable shotgun failed every time.

The young man got scared. That animal was making fun of the shotguns and the hunters.

 

 

Following the advice of a friend, he loaded the gun with a silver coin. There was the white partridge fluttering as usual. The young man shot at it and broke its right wing, but when he went to recover it the partridge had disappeared: partridge is the devil.
 

As he came home he received the sad news that at that precise moment his bride had fallen down and had broken her an arm, the right one. Since then the well in known as The Well of the White Partridge.

 

 

*******

 

  

The Well of the White Partridge is formed by a little house and a small aqueduct, constructed in the 19th century. Coming from Ferreries, it is on the left side of the path.

 

This is a shady and damp area with vegetation characteristic of such zones, such as the alcandorea.

 

 

*******

 

- Silence! In the gorge, you can hear different sounds of the nature noises from nature. Which can you distinguish? 


- Along the way see if you can find (try to) a feather and place it in the three-part leaflet. Do you know to what kind of bird it belongs to?




- In the two legends you have read until now, the first hunter is afraid of the partridge, while the second one faces the partridge without fearing the consequences. Tane note of the character you liked most and try to find a little stone to use it as a bullet for the shotgun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Es Pas d'en Revull (The Passage of Revull)

 

 

They say that once upon a time there was a Moor who wandered around Algendar, stealing wherever he could. Many times he had been chased but, when he came to a certain place, he disappeared without a trace.
 
The only thing known about him was that he was a Moor and that he had curly hair and hence the name of Revull (curly).

On one occasion he was not sufficiently careful and his hideout was discovered: it was in a spot called "Penya Fosca" (Dark Rock), a cave excavated in the rock, with thick bushes and covered with ivy.

To force him out, the bushes and ivy were burned and, as time went by, making a trail in between those rocks going down to the gorge and known as Paso d'en Revull (Curly's Crossing).


 

 

*******

 

Pas d'en Revull is situated in a small canyon between two cliffs, called Sa Penya Fosca (Dark Cliff). In a specific spot of the canyon, on the left hand, we can find a very narrow pass going downwards. This is the hiding place of the bandit when he knew he was being chased.


*******

 

 

- Look at the information panel you will find in the Pass and read about the flora.Take three samples of leaves and write down in your leaflet their scientific and common names.




 

 

- Accompanied by an adult, recreate Revull's moments. Find the beginning and the end of his hideout. Calculate wich is the shortest way: Revull's or the one outside.

 



- Why was the Moor hiding here called "Revull"? What can you use to attain his hair on an appearance similar to his? Take photos of yourselves disguised as bandits and hang these on Instagram using the hashtag: #revull.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

4) Sa Nuvia d'Algendar (Algendar's Bride)
 

 

 

 

Algendar was celebrating the wedding of his firstborn. Always extravagant, on such occasion he was even more so. Not only for the good name of Algendar but also because the bride was the most beautiful young girl in Minorca.


Maybe it was hearsay, but as the story goes, a your Moor of a noble family, captive in Menorca, fell passionately in love with her and, upon his rescue, went back to his homeland, leaving here his heart.


They were in the middle of the banquet when an old beggar woman with dishevelled hair, supposed to be a witch, entered the banquet hall. Using a spinning wheel as a walking stick, she started going around the banquet table, singing:

 

The bride of Algendar,

Today is on land, tomorrow at sea

Today she eats geldings and hens,

Tomorrow she will eat sardines

On the seashore.

Everybody applauded and the groom offered her a jug of wine.

 -
Drink, all of you, drink while you still have time - the witch was saying while leaving and singing:

The bride of Algendar,
Today is on land, tomorrow at sea
Today she eats geldings and hens,

Tomorrow she will eat sardines

On the seashore

To all the drink, which always abounds at weddings, there was added the anecdote of the witch. The more the guests drank and drank, the more merry and thirsty they were. 

  
At this time most of the guests were more ready for bed than for drinking when, suddenly, they were attacked and slaughtered by a group of Moors, and commanded by their young chief, kidnapped the bride, who did not seem to be distressed. They took her to the ship where, the next day, she ate sardines.

Sailing near the coast of Barbary, in the middle of a terrible storm they suffered a shipwreck and everyone was lost. Everyone... including the bride. Saved by a Moorish fisherman, her captivity was ten times worse that a good death.

Years and years went by and one day the bride managed to escape from her captor and from the Moors. The ship on which she ran away sunk and she found shelter, without knowing it, in Cala Galdana.

She then went inland and arrived at an estate where she asked for help. When she found out that she was in Algendar, she went mad and since then she strolls from house de house with her dishevelled hair, just like a witch, using her spinning wheel as a walking stick, begging and singing:

The bride of Algendar,

Today is on land, tomorrow at sea

Today she eats geldings and hens,

Tomorrow she will eat sardines

On the seashore

 

 

*******

 

 

The water wheel is a traditional construction of stone and iron used for the profitable distribution of water. It was developed by the end of the 19th century when the use of this metal was generally used in the construction of ethnological goods intended for irrigation. You will find one next to the houses of es Canaló. Ask how it was done to move the iron wheel.


The "barranquers" where the inhabitants of the Barranco (gorge). They laboured the land and lived in the surrounding houses, some built in the rock.



*******

 

 

The witch uses the spinning wheel as a walking stick. Find a stick while you sing the song of the Bride of Algendar. Think, also, of a dance that would go well with the song and, when you get to the end of the route, dance! Make a short video and Instagram it with the hashtags: #nuvia #algendar.






 

The horsetail is en endemic plant of the gorge. It has a long green stem with some black filaments. Find it and draw it in the leaflet.

 

 

 

 

Do you see any fruit tree? Draw it, write down its name and look for more information on the panels and on the board.











 

 

CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHED!

 

 

 

 

 

If you go a little bit further, passing the bridge, you will arrive at an esplanade where, on the last day of Carnival, people from Ferreries used to dance popular dances. To finish our route, we will do the same. Everybody dance singing the song of the Bride of Algendar!

 


Compartir
Publicar en facebook  Publicar en twitter  Publicar en google+
Ajuntament
El Poble
Turisme
Entitats
Seu electrònica
Carpeta Ciutadana
Perfil de Contractant
Casal de Joves
Punt d'informació juvenil
Allotjaments
Transport públic
Medi Ambient
Agenda
Centre de Salut