The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is the backbone of the northwest of the island, running from Calvià to Pollença, protecting it from the cold north winds. It crosses 19 municipalities which sometimes open up to the sea through large beaches or hidden coves. It is not an entirely virgin landscape – the mountain is dotted with cobbled paths, terraces, charcoal pits, lime kilns and ice wells. A human intervention which has nevertheless created a harmonious landscape, and one that is unique in the world, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The image of paradise is recreated on the island’s white beaches, especially in the south, where we can find Es Trenc, Es Caragol and Es Carbó. Huge stretches of sand where you can take long walks with your feet in the water and swim in a turquoise sea. Some of them are still completely unspoilt, landscapes of wild beauty where dreams and reality finally converge.
Every possible shade of blue can be seen at mid-afternoon in Cabrera’s Cova Blava. This grotto, a calcareous formation carved out for centuries by the action of the sea, is rounded in shape and around twenty metres deep, in spite of which one can see the stony bottom with small patches of sand with the naked eye. When the evening sun lights up the cave, the effects of the light on the rock walls and the water are spectacular: a display of the full spectrum of every possible shade of blue, from violet to turquoise.
centre of Palma
The history of Palma can be read on a stroll through the narrow streets dotted with medieval, Arab and Jewish brushstrokes, where the magnificent palaces of the Mallorcan bourgeoisie stand, with their sober patios that drew the attention of writers like the Archduke Ludwig Salvator or Jules Verne. The most striking landmark of the old town is the cathedral, a specimen of Gothic splendour, graced with valuable interventions by artists like Antoni Gaudí and Miquel Barceló.
The markets of Palma, like Olivar or Santa Catalina, are the best possible showcase of Mallorca’s gastronomic diversity. The top chefs visit them every day in order to prepare their culinary creations. A multi-coloured, aromatic unfurling of the island’s produce: oranges from Sóller, ramellet tomatoes, split olives, capers, dried figs and apricots, brown moreno bread… But of all of them, the most striking are the stalls selling fish and seafood freshly caught by the local fishing fleet, with rock fish like striped red mullet or red scorpionfish, impregnated with all of the flavour of the sea.
of the region
Extra virgin olive oil.
The island has produced excellent olive oil for centuries, and now it is protected by the Denomination of Origin seal of “Oli de Mallorca”, which identifies the oil made using the arbequina, picual and mallorquina varieties. That of the Solivellas family is particularly remarkable, produced at the Finca Es Guinyent (Alcúdia), which can be visited.
T. +34 626 010 340 | olisolivellas.com
Sobrasada and cold meats.
The meat from the indigenous porc negre breed of pig is used to make the cold meat products, such as sobrasada. Can Company is one of the best-loved brands and recovers ancient recipes under the guidance of pork butcher Xesc Reina.
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of the land
The origin of the digestive herb liqueur lies in the tradition of monasteries and apothecary’s shops, and there are still families that collect their own plants to macerate them in aniseed. One of the best versions is the “Túnel de Mallorca 14 Reserva Familiar” liqueur, which should be enjoyed chilled.
T. +34 971 604 460 | tunel.com
Tap de Cortí.
Paprika is an essential ingredient of sobrasada and traditional dishes, and the best on is made using sweet red peppers of the Tap de Cortí variety, which have a mild aroma and high antioxidant power. It is prepared by Especias Crespí and sold in the company’s own shops and markets.
T. +34 971 432 770 | especiascrespi.com
Rock Beach is a Mallorcan brand of clothes for men, women and children that is committed to an informal lifestyle with casual garments and beach wear with a Mediterranean air. It has an on-line shop and sales outlets such as Las Gracias (Palma) or Belinda (Calvià).
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Dried plaited palmetto leaves are used to make crafted llatra objects: baskets, mats and household goods. The company Antic Mallorca designs and manufactures personalised, made-to-order hand-plaited palmetto bags, on sale on-line and in selected shops.
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The art of glass blowing has a secular tradition in Mallorca. A visit to the Menestralia factory allows one to contemplate the creation of unique pieces made by artisans who manufacture glasses, wine glasses, lamps, plates and jugs using tweezers and a cane.
T. +34 971 877 104 | menestralia.es
There are seven different types of Mallorcan knives, with an excellent cut and easy to sharpen, used by traditional fishermen and farmers. Cuchillería Miralles “Cas Trinxeter”, in Muro, is one of the most prestigious knife making companies on the island.
T. +34 652 400 683 | cuchilleriamiralles.com