Visit to the La Luna sausage factory. Mallorcan tradition and gastronomy.
The Port of Sóller is an ideal destination if you are looking to discover the true essence of the Mediterranean. Located on the north coast of Mallorca, at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range, and connected to Palma de Mallorca by tram and a century-old train, the port of the Sóller Valley offers an infinite number of activities to enjoy unforgettable days and discover new experiences on our island. Beaches, coves, stone paths among centenary olive trees, hiking and cycling routes, picturesque "llogarets" and, obviously, the local gastronomy with its star products: Sóller oranges and Sóller prawns. However, this municipality also has other artisan products full of tradition and history that are also made in the same valley: Sobrasada, camaiot, fuets and, of course, pâté. So today we bring you an article about a very special place; one of the oldest and most traditional sausage factories in Mallorca: La Luna artisan sausage and pâté factory.
The company Embutidos Aguiló, together with its commercial brand La Luna, was founded in 1900 by Don José Aguiló Pomar, becoming the first company in Mallorca dedicated to the production of the Mallorcan sausage par excellence: Sobrasada. Over the years, the family business prospered, grew and began to sell its sausages to the whole island of Mallorca, the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, the South of France, and also to Cuba and Puerto Rico, due to the large number of Mallorcans who emigrated to these Caribbean islands during the first years of the 20th century. Later, in the 1980s, Don Bartolomé Frau Oliver took over the management of the company, equipping the factory with modern technology and completely new installations, all of which were approved at European level. This allowed Embutidos Aguiló SL La Luna to consolidate itself as a strong company that today continues to offer high quality Mallorcan sausages with the guarantee of more than 100 years of experience, history and tradition in the world of Mallorcan sausage making and with the latest production and food safety technologies. This allows us to offer an excellent end product that contributes to strengthening the gastronomic and traditional culture of Mallorca.
So if you visit the Sóller Valley we recommend that you buy some of their products in one of the many artisan shops in our municipality or in the factory itself. And this is the most interesting thing about this company: not only can we buy their products in the local shops of the Sóller Valley, but we can also visit their factory, learn about the production process, see their museum and buy their products directly there at the end of the visit. A perfect experience to get to know the Mallorcan tradition first hand and to which we can go on a pleasant tram ride from the Aimia Hotel.
So the first thing we will do is go to the tram stop located 3 minutes walk from the Aimia Hotel and go up to the centre of Sóller until we get off at the Market stop. Once there, we will go in the direction of Avinguda d'Astúries, located 5 minutes walk from the market, until we reach number 4. This is the place where the La Luna sausage factory is located. During the visit, we can discover the oldest part of the factory, where the original machines from 1900 are in perfect working order. An exhibition of unique pieces in Mallorca. We will then visit the newest part of the factory, where the new sausage-making machines are located. A tour that will allow us to compare the before and after in the production of this sausage. We will then continue our tour visiting the natural drying room and the old sawmill that was used in summer to manufacture the boxes for export. Nowadays, this is the place where the different products made by La Luna are tasted. So it is in this place that we will be able to taste them. After the tasting, we will finish our tour by arriving at the La Luna shop. A fantastic place where we can taste and buy all the products made by Embutidos Aguiló SL La Luna, as well as other local products such as extra virgin olive oil from Sóller, Mallorcan herbs, olives, cheeses and much more. So this is probably the place where we will stop the longest, as there are different types and sizes of each of the products that are made: sobrasada de Mallorca, sobrasada de Mallorca de Porc Negre, Camaiot, pork liver pâté, mushroom pâté, pâté with fine herbs, Black Label pâté and fuets of different flavours as well as the "carn i xulla".
The sobrassada is made with selected pork and top quality paprika. And both the sobrasada and the camaiot are cured slowly and naturally until they reach the optimum point, which gives them a very special bouquet and aroma. We recommend the Porc Negre, made from native Mallorcan pigs and with a unique flavour. If you have any questions, the shop will be happy to help you. As for the pâtés and fuets, we recommend you take one of each flavour, as there are different sizes and they are not excessively expensive. However, the one we would definitely recommend you take is the classic La Luna pâté. Made according to the original formula dating back to 1900 and with more than 100 years of history. A perfect product to enjoy the essence of Mallorcan gastronomy. Finally, as for the fuet, they also make different flavours, although the one we recommend you take with you is the "carn i xulla". A typical Balearic sausage made with lean meat and pork belly, salt, black pepper and other spices. It is important to point out that all these sausages stand the test of time very well, so taking them home will not be a problem as they will not spoil along the way, as they will last for several weeks and even months in the case of the pâtés. So, having done our shopping and having discovered a little piece of Mallorca's gastronomic history and the island's first Sobrasada factory, we can finish our visit by taking a stroll along Carrer Victòria 11 de Maig, until we reach Calle de La Luna and Plaza Constitució, a pleasant and short walk to return to the Market tram stop and from there to the Aimia Hotel to enjoy a fantastic dinner with the evening menu of the Airecel Restaurant.
If you are staying at our hotel and would like more information about the Fábrica de Embutidos La Luna, its opening hours, products, as well as other places to discover the local gastronomy of the Sóller Valley, do not hesitate to ask our reception team, who will be delighted to resolve all your requests.
INFORMATION OF INTEREST
|GUIDED TOURS TIMETABLE|
|Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.|
|FACTORY SHOP OPENING HOURS|
|Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 16.00h Saturday from 10.00 to 13.00h
Tickets guided visit in the factory shop