Mallorca: 33 insider tips for our favorite island

Something is happening in Mallorca: Young Mallorcans creatively cook according to old recipes, renovate townhouses and grow wine. Here are some great tips for your next Mallorca vacation.

Palma, you inspiring

Hidden patios, newly opened shops, modern art: a stroll through the capital is full of discoveries.

Terrace of the new design hotel Cort. The meeting place par excellence in Palma, opposite the town hall, belonging to a four-star house. Order cool island wine under the ancient olive tree and watch the hustle and bustle on the square (Plaça de Cort, 11, www.hotelcort.com ).

Gibson, Nicolas, España. Two bars enliven the small Plaça del Mercat in the old town: The ” Gibson ” is a café with a nice terrace during the day and a wine bar in the evening – hundreds of bottles are shining behind the counter of the bar ” Nicolas “. Always good for a drink: the hidden ” Bar España ” (Carrer de Can Escursac, 12).

La Luna. The favorite smorgasbord of the Mallorcans is the soft paprika sausage. The local production can be recognized by the seal of quality “Sobrasada de Mallorca de Cerdo Negro”. The brand “La Luna” has become a tradition, available in the same store (Carrer dels Oms, 3, www.la-luna.es ).

It Rebost. For this brand some friends have teamed up: “Ametlla +”. Their roasted almonds, almond oils and almond spice mixtures (from almonds, oranges, ginger, tomatoes) are now available in the island’s delis, such as the specialty shop and Es Rebost restaurant (Avda de Jaume III, 20, www.esrebost.com/ de ).

The patios of Palma. Playful idylls in a small space, often unchanged for centuries. What is hidden behind the windowless walls, iron gates and wooden doors of the repellent Renaissance aristocratic palaces in the old town? Now you can look into the intimate courtyards with accompanied patio tours. Guided tour with tapas tasting and a palace visit in the “Palau March” for 35 euros ( www.mallorcarutes.es ).

Galeria Kewenig . Modern art in a Romanesque chapel: Jule Kewenig in the eponymous gallery loves opposites (Oratorio de Sant Feliu, https://kewenig.com ).

Plaça de la Llotja. The square square at the historic sea trade exchange “Llotja de Palma” in the former fishing district Villa de Baix is ​​a wonderful entry into the nightlife of the city: bars without end. From here you can easily explore the nightlife district on foot.

Hotels: Starry nights

Clockwise: Hotel de la Villa, Es Turó, La Carrotja

From the bed to the sea – or in the almond trees: wonderfully located hotels, fincas and houses.

Can Estades. Outside, in front of the balcony of the “Strawberry Room”, there is a lovely hilly landscape, behind it the thousands in the wild west, the Galatzó. Country estate in the countryside near Calvià. DZ / F from 130 Euro (Camí de Son Pillo, 15, Calviá, Tel. 971 67 05 58, www.can-estades.com ).

Mirabó de Valldemossa. Never get up from the hammock on this finca at 500 meters altitude. Nine rooms in a modern country house style. DZ / F from 140 Euro (Ctra Valldemossa Km 15.950, Valldemossa, Tel. 661 28 52 15, www.mirabo.es ).

Son Mico. The finca has been in family ownership for a long time. Now the sisters Isabelle and Ines Coll have furnished three apartments with antiques and a café. Fantastic view over the northwest of the island. DZ / F from 90 Euro (Ctra de Deia, Sóller, Tel. 971 63 82 24, son.mico@hotmail.com).

Agroturismo Finca Dalt Murada. Farm holidays, surrounded by almond trees and grapevines. Just recently, the owners have lovingly rebuilt the historic stone house. DZ / F from 90 Euro (Camí de Raiguer s / n, Binissalem, Tel. 971 42 53 00, www.fincadaltmurada.com ).

Hotel de la Vila. Cozy and individual Catalina Alorda designed this old village house at the highest point of the village Llubí. There are two lounges for all and six simple but tasteful rooms. DZ / F 85 Euro (Plaça de Son Ramis, 5, Llubí, Tel. 608 90 41 62, www.hoteldelavila.com ).

Alcúdiá Petit Hotel. The two former fishermen Juan and Jaime and partner Maria Antonia transform with diligently dilapidated village houses into inexpensive small hotels. The latest is in the old town of Alcúdia. Young, fresh design. DZ / F from 80 Euro (Carrer d’En Serra, 23, Alcúdia, Tel. 971 54 59 82, www.alcudiapetithotel.com ).

Son Cardaix. The breakfast, either in the old oil press or in the shady arbor, the simple elegance of the rooms and suites – all very tempting. DZ / F from 110 euros (Ctra. Palma-Artá, Km 63.2, Tel. 971 82 91 38, www.soncardaix.com ).

Living Houses Santanyi

Living Houses Santanyi. Living in the house, on request with babysitter, breakfast, wellness, professional chef. Luxurious feel-good atmosphere. From 220 euros per night (via the “Hotel Santanyi”, Plaça de la Constitució, 7, Santanyi, Tel. 971 64 22 14, www.living-houses-sanyany.com ).

Agroturismo Sa Carrotja. Orange foam bougainvilleas, blood red glow Hibiscus hedges, white oleander stand trellis by the pool: The garden of this finca in the south of the island is a dream. DZ / F from 125 Euro, for adults only (C / Sa Carrotja, 7, Ses Salines, Tel. 971 64 90 53, www.sacarrotja.com ).

It Turó. Such a magnificent view is rarely found in Mallorca. The owes the 250-year-old finca their location in the south of the island at Ses Salines on a hill. The son of the house Juan Nadal and his wife Catalina cleared them out and set up the 17 rooms in the trendy Mediterranean country house style. The restaurant tastes light bistro cuisine. Double / F from 90 Euro (Camí de Cas Perets s / n, Ses Salines, Tel. 971 64 95 31, www.esturo.com ).

Restaurants: New island cuisine

Clockwise: Joan Marc, Forn de San Juan, Andreu Gensetra

Stove free for the young cooks and chefs who surprise us with creative Mallorcan dishes.

Forn de Sant Joan. Oysters with lime-herbal foam, crabmeat and mango tartare with avocado and herring caviar: Noble tapas for kneeling down there in this restaurant in Palma’s La Lonja nightlife district (C / .Sant Joan, 4, Palma, Tel. 971 72 84 22 , www.forndesantjoan.com ).

Celler Santi Taura. One of the best young wild island cooks. Traditional Mallorcan recipes. Weekly menu for € 33 (C / Guillem Santandreu, 38, Lloseta, Tel. 971 51 46 22, www.restaurantsantitaura.com ).

DaiCa. Caty Pieras has given up her job as a top chef at the castle hotel “Son Vida” to open a restaurant with rooms in dreamy Llubi. There she creates beautifully arranged menus from fresh island produce, such as king prawns with lettuce soup, cannelloni with chicken and porcini mushrooms, cream with palo (herbal liqueur) and cinnamon ice cream. Menu 30 Euro, double room from 80 Euro (Carrer Nou, 8, Tel. 971 52 25 67, www.daica.es ).

Marga Coll in the restaurant “Miceli”

Miceli. With a full shopping basket Marga Coll comes every day from the market. In her restaurant in Selva in the dining room of her parents’ house there is no fixed menu. The guests are sitting on the terrace and eagerly wait to see what’s coming. Celery cream soup, grouper with paprika and tomato sauce, lamb spit with vegetable couscous. Four-course menu € 27 (Ángels, 11, Selva, tel. 971 87 37 84, www.miceli.es ).

Andreu Genestra is not only a beautiful man – he can cook well too. He likes to go with his guests first into the garden and shows his home-grown vegetables, his free-roaming chickens, his still very young vines. Everything organic. His restaurant can be found in the rural hotel “Predi Son Jaumell”, four-course experimental menu 35 Euro (Carretera Cala Mesquida 1, Capdepera, Tel. 971 56 59 10, www.andreugenestra.com ).

Joan Marc was the chef at the five star hotel. Now he’s standing at the stove where he grew up, in Inca, next to his parents’ bar. And prepares light, exquisite Majorcan fresh cuisine. His restaurant “Joan Marc” is designed with lots of wood, as decoration serves noble jewelry, which his sister manufactures and sells. On the map you will find only half portions. Who orders five, has great taste experiences (Plaça del Blanquer, 10, Inca, Tel. 971 50 08 04, www.joanmarcrestaurant.com ).

Beaches: Depart for tranquil waters

Cala S’Alumnia

No fries, no bed bunkers, no souvenir shops – secluded coves.

Colonia de Sant Pere. The water on the small crescent-shaped beach of this sleepy place is clear and warm. Just behind the newly created promenade are the apartments of Mallorcans, good fish restaurants and bars. “Blue Mari” is one of them. There you can read a book on the terrace under shady trees, in front of you a freshly mixed fruit cocktail: preferably forever (Blue Mari, Paseo del Mar, s / n, Tel. 971 58 94 07).

Platja Ses Covetes. At the end of a beach day at this back section of Es Trenc, do not walk back towards the parking lot like the majority of them. Just stay until the sun goes down. In the beach hut “Es Murters” with the pirate flag on the palm roof runs certainly good music. Then, with the other guests, watch in amazement as the sky turns as red as the Campari in the glass (take the road from Campos southwest to Ses Covetes).

Platja Ses Covetes

Cala des Mármol. A magical, 50-meter wide bay between steep cliffs, with the finest white sand. The water shimmers Caribbean blue. Such loneliness you have to hike: from the lighthouse Ses Salines go off (about six miles) or, much nicer, from the S’Almunia Bay (five miles) – along old paths over the cliffs along the cliffs.

Cala S’Almunia. In the early evening, this neighboring bay of the highly traded, but now too full Cala d’es Moro at Cala Llombards really homey. A handful of former fisherman’s houses are there, there is no sand, only a concrete platform on which the boats are pulled out. Majorcan families and lovers chat there, go snorkelling in the translucent water and watch the spray shoot from the holes in the rocks (access: before the Cala Llombards sign turn right and then to the end and from there straight down the stairs to the water ).

Sant Elm. Two uninhabited islands are always in view from the beautiful sandy beach of this small coastal town: Dragonera, which looks like a sleeping dragon with its narrowed eyes, and in front left the much smaller Pantaleu. If it is too crowded on the beach, which can easily happen in the season, rent a pedal boat, drive over to the island and watch the hustle and bustle from afar.

Excursions: Life is a walk

Boat trip with the Llaüt

Four special rambles across the island.

At the foot of the Puig Major. Since we have to go up? Heads down, we stare at a bare rock wall rising vertically in front of us. Salva, our well-trained hiking guide, grins. “I just wanted to show you the highest mountain in Mallorca with almost 1500 meters, do not worry, we’ll go downhill gently, off the beaten track.” With pure pleasure: to bewitched oak forests, quiet estates, wild goats, terraced slopes with olive groves and a stone village: Fornalutx, one of the most beautiful on the island. Salva was born here (hiking guide Salvador Suau and his two colleagues offer guided weekly and day hikes with good food for 49 euros per person, Tel. 639 71 32 12, www.mallorcamuntanya.com ).

On the Muleta trail to Port de Sóller. On ancient paths, the path winds from Port de Sóller through a hilly highland. Past dry-stone walls, Johannisbrothainen and gnarled olive trees, old stone estates, through fragrant pine forest. A short rest in the working refuge Muleta – one of the five where long-distance hikers can spend the night. And then we continue from the white lighthouse Cap Gros downhill, Port de Sóller always in view. Good job in one afternoon. Who wants to continue: This is a stage on the new GR-221, which the Mallorcan call “Ruta de pedra en sec”: dry stone route. It traverses the entire Tramuntana, from Port d’Andratx to Pollenca, on 135 kilometers in several stages.

Along the coast with the Llaüt. Unforgettable, that Robinson feeling in the lonely, nameless bay. The highlight of our boat tour with the Llaüt, a typical Mallorcan wooden boat. “It’s much more charming and stable than all the other boats and real craftsmanship,” says skipper Alejandra Stabile. She has turned her hobby into a career and is transporting holiday guests to the most secretive spots of the North Coast. At the port of Alcúdia she lays down. Half-day tour with meals 65 Euro per person (Alejandra Charter Mallorca, Tel. 661 76 05 60, www.alejandra-charter.com ).

To the hermitage of Bétlem. A wild piece of Mallorca, as it used to be. From the beach promenade in Colònia de Sant Pere, it is only about one and a half hours along the coast through sparse pine forest and past seemingly untouched, deserted coves. Refreshments: Restaurant “Casablanca” in the small holiday village Bétlem (Paseo Arta, Tel. 971 58 94 04) with beautiful sea terrace and low-cost lunch menus. From here you hike on (on the main road Ma 3331, Km 7.5, signposted), for just under an hour in serpentines uphill to the Ermita de Bétlem, a silent monastery church (explained this way as one of 39 tours in the guide from Dietrich Höllhuber, 204 pages, 15 euros, Michael Müller Verlag).

Clockwise: Hotel de la Villa, Es Turó, La Carrotja

Living Houses Santanyi

Clockwise: Joan Marc, Forn de San Juan, Andreu Gensetra

Marga Coll in the restaurant “Miceli”

Cala S’Alumnia

Platja Ses Covetes

Boat trip with the Llaüt

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