Palma Diary, February/March 2019 – An Englishman abroad
Day 2 – Sunday
It’s Sa Cerviseria in Cala Ratjada today – right on the east coast of the island and about as far from Palma as it’s possible to go, but still only about an hour and a half! The bus to Manacor leaves at 10.15 and the bus for Cala Ratjada is waiting there at the other side of the road.
It’s a pleasant journey and I’m enjoying the view when the bus comes to a halt. I fear it’s broken down, but it turns out it’s waiting for a cycle race and after about fifteen minutes, we move on and arrive at our destination. The bar is supposed to be nearby, but I can’t see any sign of it. I ask for directions at a shop and find it tucked away down a side street.
I receive a warm welcome from Catalina and Rafel, who shows me round the tiny brewhouse. He produces twenty different beers and has six on tap at any one time. They are available in a tasting selection and range from a 5% Golden Ale to an 11% Imperial Stout and they are all really good.
I enjoy a platter of his mum’s camaiot (a Mallorcan sausage) with melted cheese as an accompaniment. Rafel speaks perfect English and tells me about the Mallorcan craft beer scene, including news that five of the breweries on my list have closed down.
I wander into the town and go to have a look at the Mediterranean washing in over some rocks, but resisting the temptation to make like a tourist, I eventually find the bus stop and head back. This time I take the train from Manacor and the ticket machine does me out of five euros.
Back in Palma it’s a lovely evening and, strolling down Las Ramblas, I notice that Al Punt is still offering a Menu del Dia. It’s a homely looking place tucked away from the road, so I decide to go in. I have paella followed by grilled bream and flan, with a glass of red wine. All for €14, which isn’t bad for the centre of Palma. Opposite are two family groups with a baby and two toddlers running around and it’s quite noisy. At home, I’d probably think this behaviour was remiss, but here it’s perfectly normal and acceptable, and I delight in the company.