Famous for its golden marès stone – used in iconic Palma buildings such as Sa Llotja – the attractive town of Santanyí bursts into life on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, when colourful market stalls line the main square, overlooked by a variety of cafés and bars enjoying a brisk trade.
Make the most of a market day visit and arrive early; you could even start with breakfast. There is a great selection of restaurants close to the main square in the heart of Santanyí where the main town life is happening. In addition, dotted around the outskirts of the town are some eateries well worth a visit. The nearby town of Ses Salines also offers a selection of good restaurants, so take a drive and enjoy the scenery.
Es Pinaret is an abcMallorca favourite and probably the best restaurant in the area – but book in advance as it is only open for dinner and it is extremely popular.
In a tranquil rural location near Ses Salines, the highly recommended Es Pinaret restaurant offers a unique fusion of Med, Asian, and German cuisine. […] Es Pinaret Restaurant
East 26 Restaurant
East 26 Restaurant is part of East 26, a lifestyle space that is dedicated to creative living with art, design, & décor shops and a real estate agency all under one large roof. East 26 restaurant serves a creative and seasonal menu that weaves in Mediterranean and Asian influences. The restaurant is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch and diner, as well as tapas and light snacks which can be enjoyed throughout the day.
East 26 is a reference point for Mediterranean living in Santanyi. A combination of delicious high-quality fusion cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere. […] A taste of Mediterranean lifestyle at East 26
Es Molí de Santanyí
On the edge of town, within the ring road, is Es Molí de Santanyí, a tapas restaurant since March 2009, under the same ownership as Sa Plaça in S’Alqueria Blanca. Open daily from 13.00-23.00 hrs, it’s a useful stop if hunger strikes late afternoon. The old mill’s attractive interior is decorated with rustic artefacts, framed old black and white photographs, and ‘cloth of tongues’ seat cushions. Indoor tables are dressed with white cloths and either a table lamp or candle, providing cosier lighting than in many Mallorcan eateries.
Not to be missed if you’re in the area is restaurant Es Molí de Santanyí – the place to enjoy an authentic tapas experience. […] Tapas at Es Molí de Santanyí
Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat
For excellent vegetarian cuisine, made from locally sourced and mainly organic produce, head for the newly opened beautiful Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat in Santanyí. A three-course daily-changing set dinner menu is offered, along with a choice of Mallorcan wines. If you’re not an overnight guest of the hotel, you must reserve in advance for dinner – which is served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Get away from it all and enhance your health and well-being at the Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat Hotel set in the beautiful rural surroundings of Santanyi in the southeast Mallorca. Reserve now! […] Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat Hotel in Santanyi
You could end your day out with an early dinner at Es Cantonet – a local institution – for fine dining in the setting of a beautifully-restored 100-year-old town house. Dine on the romantic patio and or indoors amid an ambiance of warm, rustic elegance. Cuisine is light Mediterranean with Mallorcan and delicate Asian touches. Michaela Pederiva and Erik Eckfelder’s gorgeous restaurant is open daily from 18.30 hrs, except Sundays.
It’s a place to enjoy light Mediterranean cuisine, with Mallorcan and Asian influences. […] Restaurant Es Cantonet
Open at 09.00 hrs, there’s a daily German-style hot and cold buffet breakfast, or come for a mid-morning cup of Salar coffee. Their menu offers a range of pastas, salads and crêpes, with a good choice for vegetarians. Upstairs, a small gallery houses interesting art, furniture, costume jewellery and home accessories.
Just around the corner is the Hotel Santanyí, a handsome building with street-facing outdoor tables – perfect for people-watching – as well as tables in the quieter rear courtyard garden. They offer a hearty cooked breakfast, as well as drinks, snacks and a full menu which, with its quirkily-named dishes, reveals a sense of fun.
There’s a more serious feel to restaurant Es Coc. In 2007, owner and chef Marc Vidal sympathetically refurbished his grandmother’s former 1920s home, turning it into an unfussy yet stylish backdrop to his cuisine, which uses fresh seasonal ingredients.
Open at lunchtime from 13:00-15:30h and for dinner 19:00-22:30h, Monday to Saturday, Es Coc offers appealingly presented cuisine that’s a reinvention of Mallorcan dishes, and a wine list with plenty of Mallorcan labels. At lunchtime there’s a set weekly-changing menu and a choice of other lunch dishes. At night, dine à la carte; on Friday and Saturday evenings they offer a tasting menu for around 35€. Places are limited to 20 diners, so booking is essential.
Spice up your day out at locals’ favourite India for authentic cuisine, including Tandoori and vegetarian dishes, Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, Madras, Jalfrezi, Sag and Dhansak curries, and their own specialities. India has a delightful outdoor courtyard, or sit indoors, where the walls are decorated with exotic murals. Open daily for lunch and dinner, except Mondays. Also offers take-aways.
Delicious Italian and international cuisine is prepared at the popular Es Vinyet restaurant with its very own wood-fired pizza oven. In the warmer months enjoy some al fresco dining on the terrace.
At trendy Pomodoro on the ring road, the pizzas are said to be the best in town and the relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere, makes it the perfect place to dine with friends or family
Santanyí is gateway to some delightful fjord-like calas (including the picturesque Cala Figuera) which are pleasantly uncrowded at this time of year. Mondragó Natural Park – the Balearics’ second-largest protected natural area, of some 765 hectares – offers several walks, detailed in a leaflet available from the Park’s information centre (open daily 0900-16.00 hrs).