Foodie destination: Mallorca (2022)

Whenbooking our next holiday I normally check the destination we have in mind on two points:

Food & Wine. As in; What are the local specialties?Which restaurants should we definitely try? Are there any cooking courses we can attend?And are there local wineriesthat can be visited?

From therethe accommodation is booked and we try to taste as much as possible in the timewe have.

Almost anydestination is a Foodie Destination as long as you do some research.
So isMallorca. Just not Cala D'or.

But ourlast holiday was not chosen and booked according my Food & Wineconsiderations. It was a family holiday together with my parents, brother,sister in law and 1-year old little niece. So most important was the fact thatit had to be a family friendly resort. Because of this we ended up in Cala D'orwhich is perfect for those kind of holidays. Just not for foodies. It was packedwith tons of Dutch spoken and owned (!) restaurants that all served pizza,pasta and steak...

Andalthough these were not that bad it's not my idea of vacation.

But noworries; we had a great holiday. The apartment was perfect, the weather was great, my little niece waslovely, there were happy hours with 2 cocktails for the price of 1 and werented a car for 3 days so we could drive around and taste a bit of the real Mallorca.

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Here is alist of my Top 10 foodie things onMallorca:

Greatservice, great food and a great ‘Menu of the day’deal with only € 21,50 for3-courses!

The menuchanges every week and you get to choose from 2 starters, 3 mains (fish/meat/vegetarian)and 2 desserts.

Caponata Simply Fosh style with Buffalo Mozzarella
Beef Cheeks with Blackberry Puree, fried garlic and red onions
Fresh Cheese icecream with Prickly Pear marinated in Passion Fruit syrup

2) Dinnerin restaurant Sa Teulera, Arta

Thisrestaurant is specialised in typical Mallorcan food.

Unfortunatelywe did not had dinner in this restaurant. But we were really lucky to have founda stall with their local specialties on the market in Arta by accident. Wecouldn't not see it; there was whole pig roasting on the street… !

The tumbetwas soft and delicious. And I could not stop eating from a paella-likenoodle dish; so tasty! Downside of all this great food was that I totallyforgot to make pictures of it...

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3) Try Sobrassada

A raw traditionalBalearic sausage made with ground pork, paprika, salt and other spices.

Before Itasted it I thought that is was a 'hard' sausage. But instead it's soft and you have tospread it on toast.
I have to admit it´s not my favorite specialty. But I guess you just have to get used the to specific taste a bit more. It´s funny that in ´tourist´shops they are sold neatly wrapped in paper. And I can understand why: if you see them without the paper they don't look as tempting!

Sobrassada neatly wrapped in tourist shop

Sobrassada sausage as sold on Olivar Market, Palma de Mallorca

4) Order Ensaimadas inCa'n Joan de S'Aigo, Palma de Mallorca

One of thefunny things about being a foodie is that in search of the best local delicaciesyou discover neighbourhoods and streets you would have otherwise missed.
We walked past this absolutely beautifull courtyard while looking for Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo.

Courtyard close to Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo

We almost missed it because it'stucked away in one of the narrow streets in the old quarter.Stepping into this restaurant is like taking a step back into the past.It dates from 1700 and inside it looks like there is nothing changed ever since. It's also full with locals and almost no tourists.

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Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo is famous for it's 'quart' (a really fluffy and soft sponge cake) and almond ice cream.
We ordered the quart and a few different ensaimadas to share.

The prices are more than reasonable; € 0.95 for a basic ensaimada and € 1,- for a quarto

From left to right; quarto, basic ensaimada, ensaimada with cream and sobrassada

5) Wine tasting at BodegasCastell Miquell, Alaro-Lloseta

Althoughit's a German owned winery and they don't grow the more local grapes from the Balearic Islands like Prensal Blanc, Callet and Manto Negro, this winery is definitely worth a visit. The views from here are amazing andthey make high quality (and also pretty expensive!) prize-winning wines. At the time ofvisiting they were out of white, but we were more than happy to bring home a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A tourist train which takes you from Santa Maria through 8 different wineries, vineyards and cellars.
Unfortunately wedidn't have time to plan this in our trip. But it sounds like a great wine tour with some good reviews and I will definitely book a spot if we ever go back to Mallorca.

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7) Try Coca de Patata atCa'n Molinas, Valdemossa

Typical sweet of Mallorca and the local specialty of Valldemossa.

Much more explained and better photographed by Cowboys and Cappuccinos blog!

8) Stroll Olivar Market (Mercat d'Olivar), Palma de Mallorca

An indoor food market with stalls full of fresh fish and seafood, cheese, fruits, vegetables and delicious first class (plus expensive!) Iberico and Serrano hams. We strolled the market together with my parents. My dad was so amazed about the prices of these cured delicacies; he could't stop saying: '€ 170,- per kilo? Per kilo? Really?'

Olivar Market at Plaza de L'Olivar
Beautifull cured Iberico hams, Olivar Market
Fresh Anchovies, Olivar Market

9) Mahoncheese from Menorca

A tasty white cow's milk cheese with an orange rind. Available from just a few months (soft) to aged (hard). Althoughfrom their neighbouring island Menorca, Mahon cheese is widely available insupermarkets on Mallorca.

10) Dinnerat Spice of India, Cala d'or

And if, bysome reason, you do get stuck in Cala D'or and are looking for an authenticalplace to eat; try Spice of India. Not authentically Spanish off course but theonly place I found that didn't have a menu including pizza. All the staff wasfrom India plus they serve some tasty curries!



Where do locals eat Mallorca? ›

Locals' Favourite Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
  • Rafael Verdera Vessel. The oldest active vessel in Spain (1841) ...
  • Capuccino C. Sant Miquel, Palma. ...
  • Celler Sa Premsa. A tipical restaurant celler in Palma. ...
  • Restaurant es Recó Very good lunch menus. ...
  • Posada Terra Santa. Holy Land Custodians Medieval Restaurant. ...
  • Ca la Seu. ...
  • Norice.

What is the most beautiful part of Mallorca? ›

Fornalutx. If you stay by the coast you'll never see it, but Fornalutx is regarded by many as the most beautiful village on Mallorca, and one of the most stunning in Spain. You'll find it deep in the Sierra de Tramuntana, with winding streets, narrow stone steps, and flowers and greenery everywhere.

Does Mallorca have good food? ›

But it turns out that the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands has had the potential to be a top-notch food destination all along.

Where do celebrities stay in Mallorca? ›

The most exclusive place for the rich and famous is probably Deià, on the west coast of Mallorca. This pretty town has been popular with artists since the 1950s and the exclusive La Residencia Hotel is a perennial favourite for many.

What is the national dish of Mallorca? ›

Coca de trampó

Coca de Trampó is not an exclusively Mallorcan dish, but also extends to Catalonia and the Valencian Community, however, the Mallorcan dish is special that is made only with vegetables from the prolific Mallorcan garden. The dough is made with flour, egg, water, oil, butter and salt.

How do you say hello in Mallorca? ›

These are some basic words to learn if you travel to Mallorca.
Saying hello and bye
  1. How do you say hello in Mallorca? “hola”
  2. How do you say Goodbye in Mallorca? “adéu”
  3. Good morning: “bon dia”. If you want to be even more local, then use “uep, bon dia, com anam?”
  4. Good evening: “bon vespre”
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Is Mallorca a chavvy? ›

In response to the title of your post, no, Majorca is not for 'chavs', and if you were to read the articulate and intelligent postings from some of the regular contributors to this forum, it would quickly become apparent that many people who know and love this island are quite clearly at the opposite end of the social ...

Which side of Mallorca is best? ›

The West Coast, dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range (UNESCO World Heritage), is the best place to stay in Mallorca for nature-lovers and for outdoor activities like cycling and hiking.

What is the most beautiful town in Mallorca? ›

Valldemossa. This town, nestled between the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, is a must for all those who have decided to travel to Majorca. Valldemossa is the typical fairy tale village and many consider it the most beautiful village not only in Majorca, but also in Spain.

Are there poisonous snakes in Mallorca? ›

The Good News: Whether recently introduced or endemic, most of Mallorca's snakes are relatively harmless. The only two venomous ones are of the colubridae family: the False Smooth Snake (macroprotodon cucullatus) and the Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessulanus).

Do they speak Spanish in Mallorca? ›

People in Mallorca speak Spanish (also referred to as 'Castilian' or 'Castellano', a variety of the Spanish language spoken in central Spain) and Mallorquí, a language with the same root as Catalán which can change slightly depending on the location.

What is Burballes? ›

Burballes is a Mallorcan artisanal pasta. Short pieces about the width of tagliatelle. They come in two versions: llisa (smooth) and arrisada (crimped – pictured above). Burballes is also the name of the stew/soup which includes the pasta along with a meat.

Is Palma worth visiting? ›

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and its capital is without doubt its greatest treasure. This makes Palma well worth visiting at any time of year – whether that be for the incredible climate, beaches, vibrant neighbourhoods, bustling squares or the endless array of galleries, restaurants and bars.

What grows Mallorca? ›

Agriculture is a mainstay of the Mallorcan economy, and the central part of Majorca is devoted to farming. Crops such as citrus fruits, almonds, olives and grapes have been grown for centuries.

Where do Brits live in Mallorca? ›

Living in Pollensa and Port de Pollensa

The wild beauty of northern Mallorca has attracted many international residents and Pollensa has mixed community with many Brits choosing to holiday and live here.

Where is posh in Majorca? ›

1. Son Vida. The private community of Son Vida is Palma's most expensive neighbourhood located in the city's hilltops. The area is always under construction by world-famous architects drawn to the area for its affluent clientele.

What does ca n mean in Mallorca? ›

Ca´n means "the home of". The contraction comes from : Casa de en : Home of the.

How do you say Mallorca in Spanish? ›

Voy a mallorca.

Is Palma the same as Majorca? ›

2. Re: Confused - palma de mallorca - island? And Mallorca/Majorca, the island, is one of a group of islands called the Balearic Islands. Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the island of Mallorca/Majorca, the largest town/city and seat of government of the island.

Do they speak English in Mallorca? ›

Language is a part of majorcan culture. The island has two official languages, Castilian (Spanish) and Catalan, while locals prefer to speak their Mallorquin dialect. However, the island's staff, including maids, speak several foreign languages. English, German and French are particularly common.

Should you tip in Majorca? ›

Tipping is nevertheless voluntary in Mallorca, and is simply a way of showing that the customer is satisfied with the service. Conversely, this means that with unsatisfactory service the tip may well be withheld. Depending on the level of satisfaction, an amount of 5-15% of the invoice amount is appropriate.

What does Ola mean in English? ›

həˈləʊ/ INTERJECTION. You say `hello! ' to someone when you meet them. American English: hello! / hɛˈloʊ/

Where is the quiet part of Majorca? ›

Cala Varques – a secluded, pristine beach popular with locals and tourists looking for a quiet day at the beach. If you are spending time on the eastern coast of Majorca, Cala Varques is a must-visit location. It is a secluded, pristine beach located between the resort towns of Portocolom and Porto Cristo.

Is Magaluf or Santa Ponsa better? ›

Magaluf is edgier, noisier, dirtier, bigger and more aggressive, and it has what Santa Ponsa does not: “the Strip”, or Punta Ballena, a frenetic neon-lit street lined with lap-dancing clubs, tattoo parlours, bars, clubs and fast-food restaurants.

How many days do you need in Mallorca? ›

In Majorca, you will need at least five days to realise that not only does it have an immense variety of plans but that it is an island you can easily live on.

Which is the prettiest Balearic island? ›

For those who want it all: Mallorca

This is the best Balearic Island for a bit of everything: the beaches are jaw-droppingly beautiful and the nightlife here can suit all styles.

Is Cala D or lively? ›

The town attracts a mixed, international crowd of tourists and caters well for most groups. Here you will find lively entertainment during the summer months, but Cala d'Or does become much quieter in off-peak periods.

What is the hottest part of Majorca? ›

On Friday, Pollensa was the hottest place on Mallorca with a top temperature of 39.9 degrees Centigrade. Manacor was set to claim the crown for the hottest place on the island on Saturday.

What part of Majorca is best for families? ›

Alcudia, Port de Pollença, Palma Nova, and Santa Ponsa are some of the favourite destinations for a family holiday thanks to their big wide beaches, range of activities (waterparks to adventure parks, crazy golf and karting) and choice of family accommodation.

Are there sharks in Mallorca? ›

It's the dwarf lantern shark, and it fits in the palm of your hand. Forty-seven species of sharks roam the Balearic waters. However, since only one fatal shark attack was ever reported around the islands, and it happened over a hundred years ago, you can relax.

Do you get cockroaches in Majorca? ›

There have been more cockroaches than usual in Palma this summer and between January and August, 1,222 people called 010 to complain about infestations, compared to 1,063 in the whole of 2019.

What is the deadliest animal in Spain? ›

What is the most dangerous animal in Spain? The most dangerous animal in Spain is the processionary caterpillar.

What is the crime rate in Mallorca Spain? ›

Crime rates in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Level of crime28.76Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs51.23Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft37.77Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery21.50Low
Problem corruption and bribery50.00Moderate
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How do you say thank you in Mallorquin? ›

We say Mota's gracias Monta gracias which literally means a lot of thank yous. And if you want to

What does can mean in Mallorca? ›

What does "Can" mean? Ca'n is a possesive article... is like your genitive sajon Warren's house. In Mallorca, Ibiza... we use Ca'n like Ca'n Warren. It comes from Ca+en=Ca'n when is a masculine name... when is female name then is Ca Na Trestrazos (p.


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