Portixol

Portixol is one of my absolute favorite parts of Palma – my morning walks almost always leads to this village along the Palma promenade. The former little fishing village of Portixol is located along the promenade – it is an about 15 minutes’ walk from Palma de Mallorca’s old town.

The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful - when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.
The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful – when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.

Portixol Today

Portixol has gone from a charming little fishing village for many decades to one of the most popular places to stay and spend days when visiting Palma. You can do almost anything in this part of town and the offers are plenty. The sandy beach of Portixol is calmer and more protected than the neighboring beach of Playa de Palma. If you continue south on beach road on foot or by bike you will be able to come all the way to El Arenal.

Portixol is perfect if you want to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat at any of the restaurants or bars along the promenade. There are traditional (a bit high end) Spanish seafood restaurants as well as many others inspired by other parts of Europe – one of my favorites is the Greek restaurant Can Punta – be sure to pay it a visit during lunch time.

Portixol Hotel y Restaurante

Out on the cape of Portixol is the Swedish-owned Portixol Hotel y Restaurante. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante is another favorite place in Portixol. Not only the location is wonderful – as are the staff, the food and the great pool area in the front row by the sea.

The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma - perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.
The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma – perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.

Some of you might have found my Instagram account which also is called “postcardfrompalma” (follow for more frequent updates). Last week I posted a photo from Portixol Hotel y Restaurante – I was there with five of my best girlfriends and we had a gorgeous lunch in the shade from the sun – overlooking the beautiful surroundings.

Thai Salad served with white Sangria
Thai Salad served with white Sangria

Even though the Hotel and the Restaurants are both very luxurious the prices are completely reasonable – and not more expensive than other restaurants in Palma de Mallorca. The feeling you get from being a costumer is still very exclusive, but you know what I mean when I say that the Hotel and the Restaurant manage to keep it earthy and cozy.

We had a few starters para compartir (to share – typical Spanish tapas style) and as a main course their Thai Salad. It was served with red kale, coconut flakes, cilantro, Gambas, glass noodles and a peanut butter dressing, among more – I will definitely try to make something like it myself soon – but I will probably change the sambas into something vegetarian. Everything was tasteful and the staff were taking well care of all of us!

The six of us sat there for hours – talking and sharing a jug of white Sangria (the base in white Sangria is Spanish Cava instead of red wine – I had an idea of posting my best Sangria recipes, as I have tried to make many – you will have it soon) – perfect when the weather is as hot as it is in Palma during Summer. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante says: “The food, the wines, the view, the service, the ambience. This is how we want our restaurant to be remembered” – and except from the wines that we did not try this time – that is exactly how we will remember it.

 
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Please let me know what you think of Portixol and Portixol Hotel y Restaurante if you ever visit it – I encourage you to!

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Mallorca Delicatessen & Viandas de Salamanca

Palma is a city also well known for its many small delicacy stores located on the small streets of the old town. Today me and my friend, visiting from Stockholm, passed by two of my favorites in order to find the perfect ingredients for a beautiful dinner. Mallorca Delicatessen and Viandas de Salamanca.

Mallorca Delicatessen, located at Plaza Marques del Palmer n7
Mallorca Delicatessen, located at Plaza Marques del Palmer n7

Mallorca Delicatessen

Palma’s selection of delicacies is on thing you can not miss in this city. While walking around in the streets of Palma you will encounter, the somewhat touristy – but still amazing, Mallorca Delicatessen. The cultural heritage and legacies of Mallorca have at Mallorca Delicatessen been united in a selection of products most closely representative of the island.

chiliMallorca Delicatessen’s products are based on traditional Mallorcan old recipes, handed down from generation to generation. You will find chilies, hams, Spanish sausages, Sobrasada, sea salts and much more. Pay it a visit when you are here – if not to buy anything, it is visually beautiful only for the eye.

I have two favorite products that I want to share with you, two things I always have home, that gives most food that extra touch. I always buy them from Mallorca Delicatessen whenever I run out.

The Mallorca typical chilies are not only a very nice seasoning, but also amazing to look at. I have many of those having in my kitchen, a beautiful contribution of color in the otherwise very white kitchen.

Mallorca Delicatessen’s flavored sea salts are also a favorite of mine. Their salts are harvested on the east cost of Mallorca, at Ses Salines de Llevant – the area stretches from Colonia de Sant Jordi, to the beach of Es Trenc (here is also a great hiking trail – read about it here). The sea salts are completely addictive, but all natural – created from the sun, sea and wind.

Viandas de Salamanca

Viandas de Salamanca is a store dedicated to the distribution and marketing of the best meat products from all of Spain. You will fin the store in the center of Palma’s old town. The store has experience of over 25 years in the meat industry, and if you are going to eat meat – why not choose that best. Viandas de Salamanca offers Viandas hams, sausages, cold cuts and slices – all, the result of a careful and painstaking selection process.

Viandas de Salamanca, located on Carrer de Sant Miquel, 33, 07002 Palma de Mallorca
Viandas de Salamanca, located on Carrer de Sant Miquel n33

Delicacy dinner in Palma

The dinner turned out amazing – and for this one I do not need to give you instructions. Choose your selection of sausages and cold cut hams (here – lomo, jamon Iberico and fuet). We served the meats with a watermelon salad with feta cheese, asparagus with parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes and some nice red wine.

dinner in Palma

Enjoy!

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Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada

This hike will start with some history in the beautiful village Capdepera and end by a beautiful lighthouse, surrounded by dreamy places to take swim in the Mediterranian ocean in Cala Ratjada. Anyway, we’ll start from the beginning. Capdepera is a small municipality located in the North-East of the island of Mallorca. The historic village is mostly known for the glorious Castle of Capdepera.

Castle of Capdepera

The castle of Captepera is a great fortress from the 14th century. When the village of Capdepera was founded in during that time it was by royal decree that that this fortress was built. The purpose was housing for the residents in Capdepera in order to protect them from pirates – therefor the walled village later became known as the Castle of Capdetera.

Castle of Capdepera
Castle of Capdepera – picture borrowed from mallorca.se

Legend has it that Capdepera’s citizens hid in during battles in the castle and was safe thanks to the great wall. The invaders were later driven away by fog. As a reminder of the miracle the happening is recorded in the castle and every year Capdepera had an annual fiesta to remind them of it. By climbing the steps from the market square in the town, called Placa de Orient – you will reach the castle. Make sure to pay it a visit before beginning the hike – it is beautiful its history echoes in the walls.

There is a small entrance fee and during season the castle opens the gates from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. Read more about the Castle of Capdepera.

The hike from Capdepera to the lighthouse of Cala Ratjada

Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada
Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada
Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada[/caption] Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada[/caption]Over the years the battles stopped and the citizens of Capdepera relocated to the bottom of the over 150 meter hill which today is the still developing modern town of Capdepera. This is were the hike starts. The walk is very pleasant and only about two kilometers long. You will find the way quite easy – when arriving to Cala Ratjada you have to climb in order to get to the Cala Ratjada lighthouse. After the climb – be sure to enjoy a swim in at one of the many nearby beaches.

The beaches of Cala Ratjada

Cala Ratjada’s beaches are very popular on the island of Mallorca thanks to their fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. They are ideal not only to soak up the sun and cool of in the salty sea – but also is you are sporty. On the beaches of Cala Ratjada you can enjoy many of the numerous water sports. A lot of people come here to dive, water ski, windsurf and sail. The main beach in Cala Ratjada is the beach of Son Moll. It is located south of the harbour and spreads out over 150 meters with a depths of over 50 meters. This beach gets very crowded during the summer months – I would say that the slightly smaller beach of Cala Gat, east of the harbour, is equally beautiful, and equally popular.Close by or with just a short transport from those beaches you can find the more quiet choices if that is what you prefer, my top choices are the beach of Cala Agulla or the beach of Cala Mesquida.

Cala Ratjada Lighthouse
Cala Ratjada Lighthouse

Both Capdepera and Cala Ratjada are located in the northeastern part of the island of Mallorca. Easiest to get here from Palma is by car.

map

If you have any questions – just ask! Otherwise I hope you enjoy the hike!

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Plaza de Cort and Hotel Cort

Plaza de Cort

Plaza de Cort is a square in the center of Palma de Mallorca. One of my absolute favorite squares filled with cozy restaurants and small stores. Plaza de Cort is a famous square in Palma – mostly known for two things. Firstly, Palma’s Baroque-era city court, Consell Insular de Mallroca is located here. This is what has given the square its name – since court is cort in Catalan. Secondly, in the middle of the square is also an old, thick and gnarled olive tree, known to be over 800 years old. The olive tree at Plaza de Cort acts as a natural meeting place for Mallorqins, making it the ideal place for visitors who want to uncover the real Palma, far from the many beach resorts.

Plaza de Cort Consell Insular de Mallorca

Hotel Cort

In the center of this square, in the historic and increasingly cosmopolitan city of Palma is Hotel Cort located. A beautiful, small and boutique hotel where the guests will find themselves in 16 gorgeous rooms and suites designed the urban archeologist Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Hotel Cort is a mix between the old town life in Palma as well as inspired by its proximity to the sea (the closest beach is only a fifteen-minute walk through the old town away).

Hotel Cort’s Mallorquin restaurant also makes it easy for the guests to mingle with locals as well as find new acquaintances in tourists and Palma lovers, dogs and the occasional guitarist strolling by where the kids can run free because the square is (almost) car-free.

Hotel Cort Hotel Cort’s beautiful outdoor seating in the middle of Plaza de Cort

Breakfast at Hotel Cort

One of my favorite times at Hotel Cort is their breakfasts. Hotel Cort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, at their large and and equally beautiful outdoor seating in the middle of Plaza de Cort. You can sit and ponder for hours while sipping café con leche and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Pictures from turisterna.se and Wikipedia

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Cap de Ses Salines to Colònia Sant Jordi

Hiking in Mallorca

Hiking trails are not few on the island of Mallorca. Earlier this week I enjoyed the beautiful hike from Cap de Ses Salinas to La Colònia Sant Jordi. It is an approximately eleven kilometers long hike with an easy route plan that allows you to admire the most exceptional coves and wild beaches of Mallorca – always accompanied by the view of the Mediterranean ocean and the island of Cabrera. The hike is accessible only by foot since the tracks are privately owned and the entire area is fenced.

Cap de Ses Salines to Colònia Sant Jordi

The hike from Cap de Ses Salines to Colònia de Sant Jordi

The route is, as many of the hiking trails in Mallorca, one-way so a car is the easiest way to reach the routs. To do this hike the way I did, leave your car in the town of Ses Salines, from there you can take a cab to Cap de Ses Salines (purple pin) where you can see the lighthouse.

This is where the hike starts. Take the path to the right and follow northwest to Sa Punta Negra – from here you just walk along side the beautiful shore line. The first beach you will reach is Platja des Cargol – a great, long and lonely beach – where a dip in the ocean could be the best when the weather allows. Needless to say, along the hike you will see various bunkers and other excavations in the rocks – these are old and fascinating military buildings.

Ses Salines Continue along the coast until you reach Ses Roquetes overlooking the island Sa Pelada. Then you will find the magnificent beach of ses Roquetes where you can see the whitish sand contrasting with the various blue water. Along the beaches from now on you can see the the island Na Moltona in front of you.

Soon you will reach the next beach on this hike – Platja d’es Carbó – from now on the island in you will see changes from Na Moltona to the island of Na Guardis. All of the small islands in the horizon is an amazing part of Mallorcas shoreline and they never fail to amaze.

From here you will continue to the small beach Can Curt with its characteristic small buildings. Close to here is Platja des Dolç where you will find an installation series including bars, cafes, parasols and toilets, a very nice beach for many occasions. You can stay there another time because the hike is almost finished at this point. From here you will continue to Port de Campos, a place that allows you to rent different types of boats or join one of the small boat trips that leaves from there to areas close by.

After Port de Campos you will be entering the urban area of Colònia de Sant Jordi (red pin). Stay for a while if you would like. When you feel ready to go back, take the bus L502 that will bring you back to Ses Salines.

map de Ses Salines

If you have any questions – just ask!

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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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Palma Walks

Palma – the place for endless walks

Palma is a city filled with opportunities if you love long walks. The city of Palma provides walks of all kinds, the city is perfectly sized for just walking around on the small and beautiful pedestrian streets. Surrounded by historical sights, restaurants, shopping and art galleries, walking in Palma is a very pleasurable way of exploring the city.

Palma streets

The small and picturesque streets of Palma never leave you unsatisfied just walking around the Old Town – sometimes for hours without even noticing. Palma’s Old Town offers everything from shopping – at luxury well-known stores as well as in smaller local shops – and art galleries to fancy restaurants, cozy bars and cooling gelato stalls.

If you are at all interested in architecture there is even more to explore. While strolling around the streets of Palma make sure to stop and look at the fasads of the houses – the typical apartments in Palma’s Old town have beautiful windows and balconies with shutters. Many of the older houses also have bay windows in beautiful designs and glass in different nature close colors. While you are at it keep in mind to stop and admire all the churches, there are almost one on every other block and on the squares around them often nice cafés, restaurants or places for a glass of Cava together with a tapa or two.

In the Old Town of Palma there are as mentioned numerous places to see and even more things to do. If you are only here for a short while there are a few places you should not and cannot miss. Palma’s main landmark and a must if your on a city walk in the Old Town is the fourteenth century Cathedral, the Sa Seu Gothic Cathedral. A majestic cathedral, aligned with all Palma architecture, built in yellow sandstone – looking over the beautiful Mediterranean bay. Just standing close to it is enough to get an idea of the masterpiece that was built by men centuries ago.

Sa Seu Gothic Cathedral
Sa Seu Gothic Cathedral
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