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MALLORCA, SPAIN: TOP FIVES

MALLORCA, SPAIN: TOP FIVES

//Latifah Al-Hazza//

TOP FIVE PLACES TO VISIT

1.Spend a few nights in Cala Figuera
The charming fishing village of Cala Figuera is tucked between rocky cliffs, pine trees and fig trees at the end of a bay. Cala Figuera is located about 60 kilometres from Palma de Mallorca. Here you will see the fishermen’s houses with their ‘garages’ that play home to their boats. The idyllic harbor is home to wooden fishing boats that bob up and down beside sailing boats and motor yachts. Fresh fish and seafood are served in the harbor restaurants, which are stocked with fresh catch from the local fishermen.

2.Hike down to Caló des Moro
Caló des Moro is one of Mallorca’s best kept secret beaches…that everyone knows about. For a long time, this tiny stretch of fine white sand and translucent turquoise blue water was relatively unknown because of the difficulty in reaching it, but lately, the word has spread and this unspoilt beach can now become very crowded in the summer months. The beach is about 40-metres long and the sea stretches far out between steep cliffs.

3.Spend a few nights in the mountains in Sóller
Sóller is a town surrounded by mountains with a lovely town center. Sóller probably has the prettiest town square in Mallorca, complete with an old wooden tram that runs through the town and down to the port.

4.Drive down to Sa Calobra – the most beautiful drive in Mallorca
Sa Calobra Road is nicknamed “The Snake” by locals. With a length of 13 km only, it is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It snakes through the rocky landscape of the island and is also steep. The eight-mile stretch of highway offers some of the most scenic views of the island.

5.Go for a coffee and a walk in Deià
Deià is a village away from the tour bus routes, but also filled with foreigners. It is beautiful, with no signs of chain hotels, but also very fancy. It is a favorite hideaway of a number of millionaires.

TOP FIVE DISHES TO TRY

1.Coca Mallorquina, Coca de Trempó & Trempó Salad
Coca is Mallorca’s popular form of dough – made with flour, water, olive oil, yeast and salt. Trempó is Mallorca’s traditional salad made from finely diced onions, bell peppers and tomatoes. Coca de Trempó is the combination of the two – a baked salad pizza bread. But, the flavor is nothing like pizza. The Coca can be crispy like a biscuit and there is no cheese. Instead, the coca is fully loaded with toppings.

2.Ensaïmada
One of the most famous Mallorcan foods, Ensaïmada is an incredibly light and flaky pastry (sort of like a croissant).

3.Tumbet
Tumbet (or Tombet) is a local favorite made with potatoes, tomato, bell peppers, eggplant, garlic and olive oil. The vegetables should be fried and then the tomato sauce with the garlic is made separately. Then, the two parts of the dish are combined. Tumbet is considered to be the Mallorcan version of ratatouille.

4.Pica Pica
This Mallorcan dish is simply squid stewed in a sauce of tomato, onion, garlic and spicy paprika. Add a bay leaf and cook until the squid starts to soften just a bit. What gives it a unique flavor is the squid itself. You can really taste the sea in this dish.

5.Cocarrois
This is a local stuffed pastry (snack) with fillings that vary from vegetables to meat and even seafood.

TOP FIVE PLACES TO STAY

1.Cap Rocat

2.La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca

3.Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden


4.Finca Hotel Can Estades


5.Hotel Rural Predi Son Jaumell Capdepera

TOP FIVE RESTAURANTS TO DINE

1.Restaurante Sa Foradada
2.Ca’s Patró March, Cala Deià
3.Botànic
4.Dins
5.Sadrassana

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