Palma Diary, June/July 2018 – An Englishman abroad

Day 10 – Wednesday

I am in Palma continuing my search for some small watercolours to take back and frame for the new office, but to no avail. I’ve looked in all the souvenir shops here and in Palma Nova, plus Sineu market, but nothing. There are some street sellers with some larger than I really wanted, but I give up and buy some of these.

As it’s now lunch time, I’m thrilled to find I can get a table at Más Bosch. When I say get a table, I’m actually the only one there. I choose bacalao (salt cod) with sobrasada and honey and it’s all that I hoped it would be. Served on a bed of sliced potatoes, it’s delicious. The place is very elegant and it’s nice to have the undivided attention of the two waitresses, but it does feel a little odd. I ask if it’s normally busier and I’m told it fills up between two and three, but it’s 2.15 now. Anyway, I pay the very reasonable bill and potter back to the bus station.

It’s our last night and as we don’t want to stray too far we go, on my recommendation, to The Olive Tree. I have potatoes with chorizo, just to see how they do it and it’s nice but no surprises, and then carpaccio of wild cod, which is outstanding. I am able to try two reds by the glass from Can Rubí of Binissalem – Negre Fusta and Llepol “Sangre de Toro” and we finish with an hierbas. A relatively simple but very nice meal with great service, and virtually on our doorstep. Who’d have thought it?

I let Charlotte and Kaleb have a last wander on the beach and Elizabeth and I look at the shops. I only have a handful of change left in my pocket but she’s happy, somewhat bizarrely, with a ‘fridge magnet!

Day 11 – Thursday

Quite an early start for the transfer to the airport and then the plane for home. When we get back, it’s been none-stop sunshine and scorching hot, so of course people say to us, “Haha, you see, you didn’t need to go away!”. We did. Yes, we did.

Hotel
Globales Nova
www.hotelesglobales.com/en/hoteles/espana/mallorca/palmanova/globales-apartamentos-nova

Restaurants
Adrián Quetglas
Passeig de Mallorca, 20, 07012 Palma
Tel: +34 971 781 119
www.adrianquetglas.es

El Balcón de Maria
Avinguda del Rei Jaume I, 97, 07180 Santa Ponça
Tel: +34 971 69 10 82
http://restaurantbalcondemaria.com

Brisas
Passeig Mar, 26, 07181 Palmanova
Tel: +34 971 68 38 17

Celler Sa Premsa
Plaça del Bisbe Berenguer de Palou, 8, 07003 Palma
Tel: +34 971 72 35 29
http://www.cellersapremsa.com

The Grill House
Avenida Son Matias 10, Palma Nova
Tel: +34 618 18 91 46

Marc Fosh
Carrer de la Missió, 7, 07003 Palma
Tel: +34 971 72 01 14
http://www.marcfosh.com

Más Bosch
Plaza Rei Joan Carles I, 6, 07012 Palma
Tel: +34 971 71 22 28
http://barbosch.es

Méson Español
Av. Magaluf, 10, 07181 Calvià

The Olive Tree
Carrer Cala Blanca, 3, 07181 Torrenova
Tel: +34 699 75 77 77
www.theolivetreemallorca.com

Brewery
Forastera
Av. Constitució, 34, 07340 Alaró
Tel: +34 633 72 88 97
http://www.forastera.es

Vineyard
Bodegues Castell Miquel
Carretera Alaró LLoseta, Km 8,7, 07340
http://www.castellmiquel.com