When you live on Mallorca for some years and get to know the small, lesser known, hidden places – you no longer feel like a foreigner – you become like the locals knowing where to find the very best that the island has to offer. Here the team at abcMallorca shares their knowledge of the island’s best hidden gems.
Eat with your hands!
If you like classic burgers or new culinary experiences, then this burger joint is for you. Choose your meal from the concise menu and dig in. Order different sauces – it is great fun to taste them all and guess their names! Find Badal at Plaça del Comtat del Rosselló, 7. Palma
If you’re going to be eating out on Mallorca during 2018, find all you need to know about the island’s tried-and-tested top new restaurants here. […] Mallorca’s new restaurant openings 2019
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Treasure hunting by the sea
For an ambitious advanced SUP expedition, the northwest of the island has a favorite ride. Put your board in at Alcanada, and paddle the long stretch to the hidden caves. If you are a novice, El Niño Surf Center in Playa del Palma offers guided tours several days per week to various destinations in Mallorca.
All year round, Mallorca is paradise for those looking for new adventures. There’s no limit to the variety of sporting activities on offer! […] Mallorca: The Perfect Place for Outdoor Excitement
Mobile beach front apartment
It’s the dream start to the weekend driving out of the city, leaving the stress behind as you slowly make your way to a coastal location, north, south, east or west – whichever direction you choose spectacular sea front views are guaranteed! Select a low-key restaurant preferably on the front-line for dinner and then head to your overnight parking spot (take care as some municipals have prohibited parking a van on the seafront, Son Serra is one of them).
A few rounds of Mikado with some cold beers under the stars will get you ready for a good night’s sleep with the sound of the waves breaking a few metres away. Seeing the sunrise over the sea is definitely worth any discomfort, having an early morning dip with the beach to yourself, is priceless!
When the first tourists arrive, it’s time to leave and head for a remote spot far from the masses.
If you don’t own a van and would love to try the experience Alex & Jill from Lazy Bus have a few camper vans in top condition to rent. Enjoy!
Recommendations by Stefan Bragado-Spatz, Graphic Designer
The beautiful hike to the ancient castle ruins of Alaró (medium difficulty) provides you with breathtaking views of the valley of Orient. For me a truly authentic experience, especially in combination with a lunch in the remote but wonderful restaurant Es Verger.
Walk from Alaró or drive up the winding mountain road to reach this rustic restaurant renowned for its roast lamb lunches & spectacular views of the valley. […] The famous ‘lamb restaurant’ Es Verger Alaró
Massage at Bodhana
At Bodhana Wellness Center in Portals Nous, the Ayurvedic massage is one way to initiate a deep spring cleaning– relieving sore joints and reviving tired muscles- after a long winter’s nap. Rich oils are mixed with herbs particular to remedy your ailments, and then the strong massage helps opens energy channels in the body and mind. You will feel rejuvenated from head to heel.
Recommendations by Sofia Garcia, Content & Project Manager
Travel back in time
The atmosphere you breathe at the authentic Mallorcan markets (Fires i Mercats) is unique on the island, taking you back to its roots. My personal favourite is the one in Southern Santanyí with its beautiful handcrafted items.
Dancing with the Devil
St Sebastian is Palma’s patron saint and celebrations in the city begin as early as 12th January – January 20th is officially St. Sebastian. On the night of the 19th I love strolling around the streets of my island’s capital, packed with people during my favourite local fiestas, watching the bonfires and the “dimonis” in the main squares. I enjoy the broad mix of free entertainment in the form of pop&rock bands and to soak up the “infernal” atmosphere… For me it’s the perfect night!
Delicacies from Mallorca
Crespells are delicate buttery sugar cookies eaten during Easter season in Mallorca. Often accompanied by and then dipped in, a rich hot chocolate, this sweet tradition marks the beginning of spring on the island, along with the blooming wild poppies.
Since Camp de Mar is one of the most paradisiacal beaches on Mallorca, there’s really no need for you to catch a plane to the Caribbean to escape it all. When the sun sets, the turquoise waters merge with a horizon of pinks and oranges, creating a magical atmosphere. It’s the perfect time to disconnect from it all, to take a sip of cold beer and enjoy one of those filmic moments. Just remember, if you do visit the beach, always leave it clean!
A holiday resort town with a lovely white sandy beach lined with hotels, shops & restaurants. Ideal for a relaxed family holiday & a central location to explore the southwest of Mallorca. […] Camp de Mar
Recommendations by Estefania Duran, Photographer & Video Maker
Valldemossa is one of my favourite places in Mallorca and I love going to this vibrant “fiesta” in the summer – it’s full of colours, people and beautifully decorated stalls with artisan products like clothes, decor items, different art works, etc. Also, there are a variety of concerts to enjoy and stalls with food and drinks. For me it’s one of the nicest events to attend on the island I call my home.
Hiking with a view
I discovered this path by accident while walking through the town of Esporles and it really surprised me. It takes two and half hours to reach Banyalbufar. It’s a very easy hike as you just need to stick to the path. The route takes you through oak forests and rewards you with stunning views of the Serra de Tramuntana coastline. As you arrive at Banyalbufar, you can really appreciate the landscape against the backdrop of beautiful sea. I like to take sandwiches with me and eat surrounded by nature, while enjoying the spectacular views.
Recommendations by Sara Savage, Photographer
The traditional artisan bakery tucked away on Calle Sant Jaume is a ‘must visit’ for foodies visiting Palma. See how the traditional Mallorcan ‘coca’ is baked to perfection – my favourite is the caramelized onion with goat cheese. Bon Profit!
Delicious Pasta Workshop
Making fresh pasta, is an undertaking that can be daunting; the flour must be milled perfectly, the ratio of ingredients is tenuous. The lasagñeta was so delicious at Tan A Gustito that when we saw Chef David Hidalgo´s pasta making workshop, we jumped at the chance to try our hand. Fun for kids and grownups, alike Buon Appetito!
Recommendations by Helen Cummins, Editor of abcMallorca Magazine
Coffee with a tasty twist? You can enjoy unique, speciality coffee here on the island. The first coffee shop of its kind opened almost four years ago in the centre of Palma. At La Molienda, professional baristas prepare high-quality speciality coffee from different coffee roasters. A breakfast or brunch of organic homemade food completes the gourmet experience. A must-try for coffee lovers!
A little insider knowledge opens up a whole world of exciting and well-priced eating experiences in Palma. Get the urban gastro guide right here! […] Urban eateries in Palma
Recommendation by Dorina Dobozi, Customer Service Manager
Romantic Seaview picnic
High above Port de Sóller, park your car and walk about 300 meters into the wooded terrain until you find a large rock to spread your picnic blanket. Relax and take in the magnificent sea views from this privileged position. The breathtaking sunsets can be enjoyed while munching on some local gourmet treats as you sip a glass of bubbly. An truly unforgettable experience!
Recommendation by Bernat París, Account Manager
Conquering the world by sea
A day out on the sea on the magnificent vessel Rafael Verdera (built in 1841) transports you back to old times and is an exclusive experience you will never forget. Join this special family for a wonderful excursion in the summer!
Back to the roots
Mallorca’s nature in general feels like a privilege and I try to be out there as much as possible, going for hikes and participating in other outdoor activities. One that I find highly recommendable is to experience the traditional process of making olive oil on the island. If you fancy spending an unforgettable day on an olive farm at harvest time, visit the Finca Pedruxella Gran, close to Pollença in the Tramuntana mountains. They organize one-day events in October and November that include a walk through the Olive Groves, learning the traditional harvest methods, an olive oil tasting, a typical Mallorcan lunch and watching the 200 years old olive oil mill in action. For those who would like to try this truly authentic experience, contact Pedruxella Gran or Son Moragues.
The rich experience of gathering the olive crop, pressing the olives and tasting the oil within minutes made our mornings work all the more worthwhile. […] Olive picking at Son Moragues
Recommendations by Hanna Bornebusch, Production Manager
Rise & Shine
At this time of the year the whole area around the Bellver castle is leaving winter behind; the woods are waking up and there are fresh green colours everywhere. I always go on walks here with my dog but especially enjoy this month when spring is knocking on the capital’s door. Sometimes we just wander aimlessly through the forest, discovering new spots and paths within it, breathing in the scent of pine.
Another plus from up here are the spectacular views from the castle, which was built in the 14th century for King James II of Mallorca – especially if you go early in the morning… so rise and shine!
For Palma’s most spectacular views, visit the landmark Bellver Castle to the west of the city. […] Bellver Castle in Palma
Recommendation by Georgiana Tudoran, Accountant
Meating with friends
Away from all noise of the city, the nature in this spot surrounded by mountains is simply beautiful; there is a river and we like the fact that there is a playground where our children can play. In October it’s usually still very popular at the weekends so some of us meet up early in order to save a table next to a barbecue. Once the barbecue has been fired up, we start to prepare the food, have a couple of beers and share some stories. Later on the kids and everybody else shows up and we share different dishes, play music and kick a ball around with the little ones. I love it that my son can enjoy nature in a safe area, and the feeling of an outdoor meal with a large group, all made possible because of the basic facilities here in this authentic part of Mallorca.
Discover why the island’s rural heartland is worth a visit and how to make the most of your time in Mallorca’s countryside, villages, and market towns.
[…] The country guide to Mallorca
Recommendation by Kaloyan Pavlov, IT Manager
Post lunch dip!
The hairy hairpin turns leading to this more remote of restaurants might put many off, but those who brave them are well rewarded. While the food is outstanding, it is inevitably outshone by its setting – surrounded by thick forest overlooking a natural pool. After lunch, you can’t beat cooling off in those crystal-clear waters. Just be sure to book ahead!
When you want to escape the crowds and find a hidden-gem eatery, head for one of these recommended places located around the island. […] Best ‘hideaway’ restaurants on Mallorca
Recommendation by Leon Beckenham, Managing Editor
In December, my children are always longing for the cold to arrive so that they can visit the chestnuts stall on Calle San Miguel (corner with c/Olmos) where the best roasted chestnuts in all of Palma are sold. Watching them being prepared and the smell of the fire reminds us of the fact that Winter is upon us and that it is not much longer until Christmas. The two friendly men working there always give the kids a chestnut to try while they are waiting for their turn and hand out the portions in traditional paper cones. The flavourful chestnuts are imported from the North of Spain.
Everything to love about Christmas is right here – except snow! After the present shopping, indulge in some fine dining & delight in Christmas traditions. […] The Mallorca Christmas Guide 2018
Enjoy a Calçotada!
From November until April, tender calcots-similar to a leek- are harvested. A delicacy from Catalonia, they are grilled over an open flame, then peel away the outer skins and dip, steaming, into a rich sauce of almonds, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, vinegar and olive oil.
Recommendations by Katia Guixà, Business Development Manager
The minute you enter a Loryc electric car, you forget we live in 2018. Besides the nostalgic feeling, you’re certain to be the centre of attention wherever you go. Driving an old classic in combination with the latest electronic technology is an amazing experience. Whether it’s a curvy Tramuntana road up to Deià or on the highway to Puerto Portals for lunch, fun is guaranteed! Enjoying an old-timer racing car without the noise was refreshingly positive, especially while taking in the Mallorcan countryside.
Go vintage shopping on Mallorca. From slow food to collectable design, retro is in! Here is our selection of the best places on Mallorca to find vintage. […] Vintage Guide to Mallorca
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