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.

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

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Raw Rice Paper Spring Rolls – a Recipe

Raw rice paper spring rolls are a new favorite dinner of mine. They are super easy to make, you can basically put anything you like in them, and most importantly – they are ridiculously healthy and delicious.

Raw rice paper spring rolls

Raw rice paper spring rolls


These fresh and healthy raw rice paper rolls are served with a flavorful peanut dipping sauce. I have heard that some of you are asking for som tips of how to make these (as it can be a little tricky in the beginning) so along with the recipe I will give you a few tips.
Raw rice paper rolls are one of those meals that most people really love but also assume are just a little too tricky to make.
The rice paper rolls are completely clean, fresh and vegan – but feel free to add your favorite flavors – everything from the protein of your choice to other vegetables can be easily added. To give the rolls extra flavor I made a peanut dipping sauce – if you do not have time, just mix Japanese soy sauce, lime and honey – super fresh too!
Most the ingredients can be found in the ordinary supermercado but some of them you will only find in Asian food markets. If you are in Palma, there is one located on Avinguda de Joan Miró 38 – the store is called Especial Nisha Stores.

Tips to make rice paper spring rolls easy


I have three tips on how to neatly roll the rice paper rolls:
my first tip is to use two rice papers per roll, I have come to understand that one of the most common problems is that the papers can burst quit easy.
put the the kale and carrots in the middle and the softer ingredients around them – so that their sharp edges do not break the paper.
do not put too much filling in each roll – if your super hungry – make more rolls.

Raw rice paper spring rolls


This is what you need and how you make them (6 rice paper rolls):
12 sheets of round rice paper (these can be found in any Asian food market)
100 grams of Kelp noodles (these are raw noodles made from sea grass, also found in Asian food markets)
1 mango
1 avocado
2 carrots
1/4 red kale head
Chili pepper (how much is depending on how hot you want it)
Ginger
Sesame seeds
Fresh cilantro

Raw rice paper spring rolls

How to make raw rice paper spring rolls


Place cilantro leaves, sesame seeds and noodles in the bottom than place the filling in the middle of the paper. Fold over the bottom of the paper gently, then fold in the edges and roll up the roll, it will stick easily.

Peanut dipping sauce (non raw)


This is what you need and how you make it:
1 onion
1 table spoon coconut oil
1/2 deciliter peanut butter (I prefer the crunchy kind)
2 1/2 deciliter coconut milk
2 table spoons sweet chili sauce
2 table spoons Japanese soy sauce
Fry the onions in coconut oil. When the onions are golden brown, add the peanut butter and stir. Add coconut milk, sweet chili sauce and Japanese soy and let the dipping sauce boil down until it got the right consistency, decide how you like it!

Raw rice paper spring rolls

Serve them just as they are with a small bowl of dipping sauce for each guest – a healthy, delicious and very beautiful meal!

Enjoy!

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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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Raw Protein Balls – a recipe

Raw balls are just one of the many hypes that have gotten big in the raw food community. The knowledge and even more so, the interest in this area is growing so fast. Here in Mallorca it is coming more and more thanks to all of the influences from other parts of the world. In Palma there are some small raw food shops and restaurants popping up around the city.

I visited one of my favorite places last weekend, located in Santa Catalina, is the raw food shop Ziva to Go. Overall, a lot is happening in the area of Santa Catalina. More and more tourists are starting to find the cozy artistic district with a bustling mallorcan street life filled with bars, restaurants and hotels. Ziva to Go is a mix of a raw food restaurant/café and a raw food shop dedicated to serve healthy and vibrant food. Their focus is locally grown and/or organic ingredients – everything they make is to improve health while adding a gourmet flare.

raw protein balls

One thing they are super good at are raw balls – and I get so inspired looking at all of the types and flavors they offer at Ziva to Go.

So what I did when I got home was that I made my own raw balls with a twist – since I had been hiking all day – I added some well needed protein – turning mine into raw protein balls.

Raw protein balls

This is what you need and how you make them (10 raw balls):
100 g natural cashew nuts
4 dried dates
1 espresso shot (I know that since the coffee is roasted it is not completely raw food balls, so if you want to, you can skip it – I just love the taste)
1 table spoon coconut oil
1 table spoon raw cacao
1 table spoon hemp protein powder
1 pinch of sea salt
Coconut flakes and chia seeds to roll them in

Grind the nuts to a fine flour with your mixer. When the nuts are done, add the dates, espresso, coconut oil, raw cocoa, hemp protein powder and salt – then blend it all in the mixer until everything is well mixed and the dates are completely shredded.

Shape the batter into balls (my raw protein balls batter was quite sticky so I used two spoons) and roll in coconut and/or chia seeds. Put the raw protein balls in the refrigerator or freezer for a while before eating.

raw food balls

Enjoy!

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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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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
Cilantro
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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Enjoy!

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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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