A Walk to Portixol

Portixol – the harbor

Portixol is an old harbor, a thirty minute walk from Palma’s old town.

When in Palma you can speak to anyone who live in Portixol, the little fishing village close to town, and you will likely have to listen for a while about how amazing it is. If you decide to walk there – you will realize that the stories were well worth listening too and the small village is beautiful. Portixol is the former fishing village that over the last years has been through significant both improvements and investments. Today, I would say it has become one of Palma’s best hang-outs with many cool places to see and hang out in. Portixol located in a prime location of Palma, since it is so close to both the airport and the city. The village is today a mix of restaurants and small bohemian bars, of both low-key and more luxurious kinds – everything Portixol offer make it a hot-spot for visitors and residents alike.

Portixol lies right on the beach line on the outskirts of Palma, since Portixol is on the coastline there are are also several beaches to choose from, if the weather is nice and you feel like going into the ocean. Since it is just a few kilometers away – the trip offers a beautiful walk – or if you would rather hire a bike. All the way from the cathedral the city of Palma has dedicated a traffic-free promenade right by the ocean. I would call this boardwalk the heart of the community since it provides the area with a free spirited atmosphere loved by pedestrians and bikers as well as inline-skaters and surfers just enjoying the view, waiting for the next set of waves. Along the frontline of Palma’s boardwalk there are also dussins of contemporary bars, cafe’s and restaurants.

Portixol Hotel y Restaurante

Right in the harbor a fantastic hotel and restaurant is located, The Portixol – Hotel y Restaurante. This hotel and restaurant combine old tradition with modern style together with comfort in a very unique and charming way. It is a small and cozy yet super exclusive hotel which is beautifully situated in the Portixol harbor. It offers a wonderful decked restaurant with sea-views where you can choose if you want to eat inside or out and the vibe is cool and trendy. Just go there for a lunch or a dinner or simply just enjoy a cooling drink while enjoying the atmosphere.

All though as mentioned you can find a restaurant to suit any taste in Portixol. Many of the restaurants are particularly famous for their fantastic sea-food. The prices can vary very much – either you will pay a premium for waterfront restaurants or you can hunt out a local tapas bar in the back streets for a bargain bite to eat. Both alternatives are equally nice.

Portixol – History and Culture

Portixol is as mentioned a former fishing village. It is one of many suburbs in Mallorca that have been rejuvenated – both for locals and tourists. There is a high demand on the old, beautiful sea front properties as well as on the former fisherman’s cottages. Potixol is definitely one Mallorca’s coolest spots.

Portixol and things to do

Apart from eating, drinking and enjoying the beach there are a lot of chances to pursue an active lifestyle in Portixol. If you are not a skateboarder or an inline-pro – just hire a bike or a Segway and explore the coast line. Protocol also offer a lively night life – especially during the summer months.

A walk to Portixol
A walk to Portixol


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Mercat de L’Olivar – a recipe

Palma offers many spots for fresh foods and the most amazing fruit and vegetables of all kinds. Located in the heart of Palma, more specifically in the Plaza del Olivar No. 4 (between Plaza Espana and Calle San Miguel) is my favorite market – Mercat de L’Olivar. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 to 14:30 pm. It’s an old market that has been serving Mallorcans and all visitors since 1951 – definitely worth a visit.

The many fruit and vegetable shops in the market are my favorite spots – everything tastes more when it comes fresh from a market. Mercat de L’Olivar’s fruit and vegetable stalls provides fresh high-end products – a lot organic or even grown in the greengrocer’s own gardens.

Today I bought ingredients for my favorite asian glass noodle sallad, a very tasty, vegan sallad. Do it just as you like and fill it with your favorite vegetables.

This is what you need and how I do it:
2 carrots
1/5 red cabbage-head
1 dl Edamame beans
Fresh sprouts
Glass noodles
Coconut oil
1 Mango
Cashew nuts
Sesame seeds

The vinaigrette:
The juice from 1 lime
3 tablespoons of japanese soy
Fresh ginger
1/2 red chili pepper
1 tablespoon of honey

Start by slicing carrots and red cabbage, wok them in coconut oil together with edamame beans and fresh sprouts.
Add glass noodles and roasted sesame seeds. Pour over the vinaigrette and serve with fresh cilantro, mango and cashew nuts.

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