For me, one of the best words to describe life in Mallorca is “cosmopolitan”. At any dinner party you are likely to have more than four or five different nationalities at the table. Even in our small abcMallorca team, we have seven different nationalities. The richness resulting from this cultural variety is part of what makes living on this island particularly rewarding.
The Mallorcans have often been described as closed, but the reality is surely different. No other small island has opened itself more to foreigners than this one, where the local people show their warm acceptance of other cultures.
In this issue we have done our best to capture the essence of cosmopolitan life in Mallorca. We explore Santa Catalina, which is home to restaurants and cafés offering cuisine from all parts of the world. Our map of this emblematic quarter will guide you to some interesting dining experiences. We try a popular Lebanese restaurant and also some traditional Mallorcan cuisine.
Our photo reportage perfectly captures the cultural diversity of Palma and its citizens. We talk to Brazilian entrepreneur Robert Chaves, whose gourmet salt business is very much a product of Mallorca. Dr Salvador Brotons, from Barcelona, tells us about his role as artistic director and conductor of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, which comprises musicians of no fewer than seventeen different nationalities.
The language of love is universal, and on February 14th lovers everywhere will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. You’ll find some inspiration for this special day in our Romance Guide.
We have even managed to invent a new “abc Cosmopolitan” cocktail, as you’ll read in our Opinion article. Anyone for drinks?
As we say in Ireland, slāinte!
Helen & thr abcMallorca team