nemo’s Insider Guide to… Mallorca
Mallorca is one of our favourite all-round destinations and we just keep going back. The island has everything we love; from postcard worthy beaches to world renowned cycling routes and fantastic food. We could not recommend a better change of scene, so here are our top tips…
Eat & Drink
1. El Camino: stylish tapas by the London Barrafina team where tapas are served at the very cool bar
2. La Vieja: creative tapas and a trendy, lively atmosphere
3. Naan: inspired by street-food culture, the food here is lots of fun!
1. Markets: Spain does food markets really well, and Palma has two shining examples with Mercat de Santa Catalina and Mercat de l’Olivar – perfect for getting a sense of local produce
2. Catamaran cruise: we’re suckers for boat trips and this is a fantastic one… rounding up the best of Mallorca’s south coast!
3. Basílica de San Francesco: this gothic style church is one of the largest and most beautiful churches on the Balearic Islands
Deia & Valldemossa
Eat & Drink
1. Ca’s Xorc: the restaurant at one of our favourite hotels never disappoints, we love its farm to table approach and of course the sea and mountain views
2. El Olivo: fine dining restaurant at the Belmond hotel, a special experience for a romantic meal under the olive trees
3. Neni: for a change from tapas, head to the fabulously fun restaurant of boho-chic Bikini hotel for middle eastern food and views over the port of Soller (we love the bar too!)
1. Beach hopping: the beaches are great on this side of the island, typically Mediterranean small coves
2. Hillside villages: the cobbled streets of Valldemossa and Fornalutx are steeped in history and so, so charming!
3. Hot air balloon ride: Admire the UNESCO world heritage site of Tramuntana from above – this magnificent mountain range is nearly 90km long and covers almost 30% of Mallorca’s land mass
Eat & Drink
1. Ponderosa Beach: our favourite beach club in the area, fabulous food and very buzzy
2. The Wine Side: an eclectic menu of small plates – from croquetas to sushi – focused on local produce
3. Milano Beach: a fun beach club with good paellas!
1. Playa de Formentor: Exceptionally beautiful drive to an exceptionally beautiful beach – enough said!
2. Alcudia market: this outdoor market comes to town twice a week and sells everything from fresh produce to straw bags – a great excuse to explore the pretty medieval town of Alcudia
3. Cycling: this side of Mallorca is famous for its cycling routes and where Sir Bradley Wiggins trained… so if you’re feeling energetic, this is your moment!
Eat & Drink
1. Porxada de Sa Torra : this traditional restaurant is an institution and the suckling pig deservedly famous!
2. Cassai: both Cassai and its sister restaurant on the beach are the perfect mix of good food, great design and a buzzing atmosphere
3. Retroway: great spot for healthy food that’s delicious and fun!
1. Mondrago Natural Park: one of our favourite spots on the island, with fabulous hikes, beaches and bird watching
2. Es Trenc: powder white sand and crystal clear waters make this a popular choice, but with just a handful of simple beach bars it still has a laid-back feel
3. Cala Figuera: picturesque fishing village famous for its seafood restaurants and a great jumping point for local boat trips
Eat & Drink
1. Forastera Taproom: enjoy local craft beer from Taproom, or join one of their tastings and tours
2. Sa Mola 13: possibly the most hipster coffee shop in Mallorca, but arguably the best flat white on the island and a great option for breakfast too
3. Sa Vermuteria des Carrer Major: a true old school, local bar full of character – to counteract that hipster coffee!
1. Wine tasting: Bodega Ribas is the oldest winery on the island and a great place to discover the local wine
2. Alaro Castle: it’s a steep climb, but the views more than make up for it
3. Sineu market: this is the most traditional weekly market on the island in the pretty village of Sineu, and is the last market still trading in livestock
If this has inspired you to take the first flight out to Spain, let us know – we’re here to help!
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