mallorca/Ibiza in January
I'm staying in Mallorca for a week at the end of December/Beginning of January, following an academic conference in Nottingham, England.
Anythoughts on where to eat? I'll be staying at Hostal Apuntadores Palma, and am under the impression that it's an easy walk to most shopping places, etc.
Thanks in advance!
You’ll be staying in the Sa Lonja area of Palma. It’s a very touristy area, packed full of restaurants. On C/Apuntadores there is an Asian style tapas restaurant called “Sazon”. I always get the lobster bisque and the fried spring rolls. Nearby on C/Boteria, “La Boveda”, a favorite among the Germans, has excellent dates wrapped in bacon. The rest of the menu leaves me a little flat. If you’re looking for a cheap drink with a laid back atmosphere, I recommend “The Zoo Bar” on C/Vallseca, for a very expensive drink “Abaco” on C/Sant Joan.
Not far from the Sa Lonja area is d’es Born, a long promenade. On a little street, to the left if you’re walking away from the water is C/Can Cifre, where you’ll find “El Pilon”, tapas again. They have very good fried goat cheese, and a Mallorcan specialty called tumbet which is a vegetable casserole. You should definitely have some tumbet while you’re in Palma. When you get to the end of d’es Born you’ve reached C/Jaume III. Take a left and walk to “El Cort Ingles”, downstairs is the supermarket, a great place to look at Spanish food. I’d buy some pimenton picante (spicy paprika) and some Ortiz tuna. The tuna in Spain is very good. “El Cort Ingles” also has a nice selection of local food from the Balearic Islands. Further down C/Jaume III is C/Sant Maria de Sepulcre, turn right and go to “Can Joan S’Aigo”, on your left, for coffee and pastries. I had a really great eclair there recently.
If you go to the right when you get to the end of d’es Born, you’ll be on C/Unio. Walk down C/Unio until you get to the stairs, the theater (under renovation) will be on your left. You can buy a slice of filled ensaimada, a mallorcan danish, at the bakery at the foot of the stairs “Forn Theatre?”. Ascend the stairs and to the left will be Placa Major, there is a Christmas Market there until January 6, not so great but okay. Underneath Placa Major is an subterranean shopping mall if you’re looking for souvenirs. If you exit, Placa Major via C/Sindicat and go to your left, you’ll come to a street called C/Llotgetas on your right, turn right, between C/Cordera and C/Esparteria on your right is “La Grand Taberna”. The food is good and it’s got a great vibe, however, they don’t open until around 10pm and sometimes are closed for no apparent reason.
The quickest way back to your hotel from Placa Major is to go down C/Jaume II which turns into C/Domingo. There are some nice Mallorcan speciality food shops on these streets. One of the ones on C/Domingo is hard to miss on your left as it spills out onto the street. When you come to the stairs at the end of Domingo go up them to C/Conquistador, keep going in the same direction and you’ll come to “Cappuccino” on your left, a good place for light fair, sweets, and coffee. There’s an even nicer branch on C/Sant Miguel between Placa Olivar (there is a big farmers market at Placa Olivar which closes at 2pm and on Sundays) and Placa Espanya. When you are at the “Cappucino” on C/Conquistador you are at Placa Reina. Cross the street to C/Apuntadores and you’re back at your hotel.
It’s not balmy in Palma this time of year. It tends to be breezy and damp in the shade, and warmish in the sun. Because it is a summer destination, some places aren’t equipped with heaters, and it can be as cold inside as it is outside. Dress in layers. In Sa Lonja restaurant hours aren’t as stringent, but keep in mind, in Mallorca lunch is from 2pm-4pm, and dinner is at 10pm. Sundays are pretty much dead but restaurants in Sa Lonja tend to be open. Oh, and if a street name sort of looks the same as the one on the map, it probably is. In addition to Spanish, Mallorquin, a kind of Catalan, is also spoken here.
Let me know how it went. Hope you have a great trip. Bon Profit!