Palma de Mallorca – The Balearic Food Capital
The historic city of Palma within its winding lanes, baroque mansions and traditional shop fronts conceals a hoard of great restaurants, old and new, to suit any budget. So, avoid the brightly lit, tourist filled tapas bars and gloomy, overpriced taverns and seek out Palma’s culinary jewels.
For breakfast, try some traditional pastries, perhaps a chocolate filled ensaimada or donut-like bunyol, washed down with steaming black coffee at one of the city’s many long-established pastry shops. For those who prefer a healthier start to the day, ‘El Perrito’ (20 C/d’Annibal) provides invigorating juices and fruity mueslis to the commuter crowd.
After strolling through Moorish streets and visiting a splendid church or two, stop for lunch and a smooth glass of red wine at ‘Tast’ (C 2/Union, +971 729 878 tastingtapas.com). This slick modern taberna serves up fine Iberian ham and sobresada (Mallorcan cured sausage), among other tapas, to cosmopolitan clientele. Another bite-sized eatery worth visiting, ‘La 5a Puneta’ (3 C/Caputxines, +971 71 1571), balances modern flare with traditional ingredients all between a piece of bread and a toothpick. Pinxo o Pincho, as the snack is known, attracts a vibrant, creative, cash conscious crowd.
Make your evening special by visiting the Michelin listed ‘Ca’n Nofre’ (27 C/Manacor, +971 462 359) and enjoy a relaxed, homely atmosphere along with some expertly cooked, deliciously fresh fish. Or catch the sunset along on the terrace of ‘S’Eixerit’ (73 C/Vicario Joaquin Fuster, +971 273 781) and share Parma’s finest paella in the warm evening air.
Flights to Palma land daily, from most major European cities, at Palma’s city airport (PMI) just 9 kilometers out of town. The city has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from inner-city hostels to boutique hotels, and a long list of historic, culturally fascinating attractions.