Brief summary of the history of Ca s'Arader,
My great-grandfather in Tumeu "s'Arader", was already born in this house, which he left in inheritance to his daughter Maria (my grandmother), to thank her for saving the life of one of his children (and my grandmother's brother) during the Spanish civil war. "Arader", is the name of the old trade to which my great-grandfather (founder of the family business) was dedicated, since then the family is known as "Ca s'Arader", hence the name of the hotel. I am part of the 4th generation... and this hotel, is a tribute to honour my ancestors and an ancient trade that still lives on in Menorca (you can find "Araders" in almost every town on the island). The Araders, could be defined as the "carpenters of the field" are those who made the plows that were used to plough the land, the barriers/doors to close the fields, the handles of the hoes, axes, maces and all kinds of tools. Today they are mainly dedicated to the construction of barriers to close the “tancas" (fields) - in Menorca we put doors to the field, although it seems strange. They also make benches, tables, chairs, hangers, stools, towel racks... all kinds of furniture and decorative elements... products that are highly appreciated for their "rustic" beauty, quality and durability. The raw material is the wild olive tree (also known as acebuche), here in Menorca called Ullastre (pronounced in Menorquin: Uastre), a very hardy and frequent tree that bears the island's climate very well.
The same workshop still exists today, although it is no longer in the family. Visit our hotel and you will be able to enjoy this wonderful island and our hospitality!
Come and visit Ciutadella de Menorca, rest and relax at Ca s'Arader - www.casarader.com -, a small and charming hotel with history where you can enjoy the pleasure of simple things.
Pedro Pons Casasnovas
Ca s’Arader is named after Menorca’s artisan carpenters that used the wood from the indigenous wild olive tree to make all kinds of farming tools. In the olden days it was an essential role for the islands economy that was passed on from fathers to sons. Today, the few artisan carpenters or araders that are left, mostly make gates, tables, benches or stalls amongst other items.