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History of Can Frare

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History of Can Frare2018-09-07T12:48:55+00:00

The same family has lived in Can Frare, since the house was built, over 200 years ago. All of these photos on this page are former inhabitants of Can Frare.

Can Frare is Listed as a House of Architectural Merit and is built from traditional materials such as sabina wood & thick stone walls, whitewashed with cal.

Traditionally, the inhabitants of the finca lived exclusively off this very land – using fire wood from the forest behind the house, water from our natural well, cultivating olives, figs, oranges, lemons, vines, growing vegetables & keeping sheep, bees, goats, horses and a pig. All the land was cultivated by hand, with the help of horses for ploughing. The variety of the domestic livestock, which all needed shelter, and the need to store agricultural products, explains the large size of Can Frare – which is 400 square metres.

“El Torrent”, or the river system of the forest, drained into this land, making the land of Can Frare extremely fertile. As a result of this great productivity and fertility, Can Frare grew as a sizeable farm, supporting the family from a variety of agricultural products.

Can Frare has grown and is currently growing a whole variety of crops & produce – a tradition we uphold today.

The name “Can Frare” translates as “The Monk’s House” and was given to the house several hundred years ago. The story goes that one of the children of the family was gravely ill – and the parents swore an oath that if the boy survived, they would ensure that he would grow up to be a monk. The boy survived & the name, Can Frare, has remained ever since.

Can Frare still has the original grain mill, which is now a second living room.

Can Frare is being reconnected back to its past – we are putting our efforts into making the house agriculturally sustainable again.

Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage
The grandmother of the current owner with her daughters
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage

Ibiza A Ilha Branca

A film from the 1950’s (in Spanish), showing Ibiza of yesteryear, when it was predominantly an isolated agricultural society – something which Toni’s ancestors would certainly have identified with.

Eivissa from Ibiza Freak on Vimeo.