Ice houses

In Mallorca, snow was a highly-prized product which covered a demand in the hospitality and gastronomy sector. When it snowed in the Serra de Tramuntana, the nevaters, or snow-gatherers, had to act fast in order to gather it into the ice houses. These constructions consisted of an elliptical or rectangular hole dug into the ground with a cobbled floor and a dry-stone wall. The houses protruded around 1.5 m above ground, and had a tiled or reed roof. Access to the interior was gained via a door, and on the sides there were orifices through which the snow was introduced.