When our Where To Travel Now contributor, Liza De Guia, said she wanted to visit Mallorca, Spain this May, we were curious. We've long had Mallorca on our list, but still hadn't made it.
Liza's friends, Joanna Cybulski and Ross Hutchison run a private chef business in Mallorca that caters to local fare, and it's clear they aren't coming back anytime soon. are recent transplants to Spain from New York and it's clear they aren't coming back anytime soon. Liza's on a mission to visit them and, when she finally sets foot in the Balearic Islands, she's got this to do list to take care of:
This coffee shop and bakery is one of the newest in Mallorca. They collaborate with local coffee roasters and their espresso is among the best in Mallorca. Order a flat white or one of their speciality coffees infused with orange peel, along with their breakfast dish of eggs on buttery, handmade croissants.
Set in the Portixol neighborhood, Can Punta is always packed on a beautiful day. It's the perfect restaurant to gather with friends and share small plates of amazing Greek food with a Spanish twist. The chef riffs off his family's recipes with dishes like crispy calamari and a very popular Spanikopita. The food is great but it's just as perfect a spot for relaxing and people watching.
This restaurant faces the bustling Santa Catalina market, which provides the quaint neighborhood with fresh seafood and produce. Pretty much everything at Monolisto is memorable but the Sepia A La Plancha (grilled cuttlefish) is so fresh (straight from the market across the street) and pairs perfectly well with a glass of local white wine.
Chef Genestra's tasting menu is said to be one of the best on the Island and the "agrotourism" setting is stunning too. The 5-course lunch is spectacular, but the Soller Prawns are particularly noteworthy: think a olive oil-poached prawn from the waters off Mallorca served on a coconut Calasparra rice. Go for lunch on the weekend, use their pool facilities, and rent a day bed so you can put your feet up and relax after lunch.
For traditional Mallorcan food, Ca Na Toneta is an absolute must. Owned by two sisters who converted their family home into a restaurant, they are as passionate about the food the create as the memories they provide. Every dish in their 5 course tasting menu is a modern take on traditionally Mallorcan flavors but their take on the Coca is what they're known for.
Cala Deia is a pebbled cove flanked by two seafood restaurants, both of which are equally as good and equally as packed during high season. Drive here for lunch and enjoy watch the yachts bob up and down on the sparkling sea.
Es Trenc Playa is a Caribbean-like, white sandy beach that everyone sees when flying into the island. Located on the South Coast of the island, it is the perfect place to picnic with friends.
Cala Llombards is one of the many small cove beaches on the island and has something for everyone from lounging in under an umbrella to cliff diving for the adventurous. But they also have a gem of a snack bar; it serves traditional food and cocktails and the White Wine Sangria is a must.
Deia is quintessential Mallorca. Surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, this village is small in size but makes up for it with stunning steep streets, beautiful homes, and amazing views. Wander the maze of streets then end your day with a glass of local Mallorcan wine at the luxurious La Residencia hotel.
Banyalbufar is a quiet, less tourist area of Mallorca. Located on the Northwest coast of the island, it's drive along the rugged landscape with windy road and spectacular views. And it's also wine country where Malvasia grapes are grown and you can find several different wineries like Bodega Son Vives.
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Opening photo by Marilar Irastorza