Walking and Eating in Mallorca


walk & eat MALLORCA

by Valerie Crespí-Green

Sunflower Books have led the field for years with their brilliant Landscapes walking and car touring guides. Now they have raised their game even higher with a superb new Walk & Eat series. The Mallorca guide is a real delight — an inspiring collection of walks and excursions with recommended restaurants and hotels, as well as recipes for you to try out yourself. (Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday)

I really love these Sunflower guides, they all contain the personality of the authors who love the area; you get to understand and trust them… Highly recommended as a good introduction to the best walks on the island. (MJ, Amazon)

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This pocket-sized full-colour guide is designed for walking in Mallorca with a gastronomical touch, using public transport. Even ‘non-walkers’ will appreciate the recommendations for Mallorca restaurants. For each suggested restaurant there is a photograph of the décor and one of their dishes, plus sample menu, price guide, opening times and a recipe for one of their specialities. Other sections include: planning your trip, logistics on arrival, local markets and specialities, glossary of local food terms, and a restaurant mini-vocabulary. A special feature is the emphasis on natural local foods suitable for those with food intolerances. All recipes have been made by the authors and are known to ‘work’.

Area covered: The walks are dotted all around the island, with most in the west and mountainous northwest. Note: There is some overlapping of walk routes between this book and Landscapes of Mallorca. Do use the ‘Look Inside‘ facility to compare coverage in the two guide books.

The best months for walking in Mallorca are May, June and October, but you can hike on the island all year round, except for July-early September, when it is far too hot.

Where to stay

Your choice of where to look for accommodation will be governed by several factors. For instance, if you intend to hire a car you will benefit from a much wider choice. On the other hand if you plan to rely on public transport, you will need to choose a centre offering good access to the walk routes or excursions you plan to do. There is also the factor of what type of accommodation you plan to use, for example whether you plan to stay in a hotel or in a self-catering apartment or villa. The author provides useful advice on the various options in the Where to Stay chapter which will be found in the introductory pages of the book.

Edition/contents etc

10 walks, 2 excursions (1 long trip by train, tram and boat, the other a train ride to the centre of the island) 144 pages; plan of central Palma; area map; large-scale (1:35,000) topo maps
4th ed, 2016; ISBN 978-1-85691-464-2; UK retail price £8.99 / USA retail price $15.00

Table of contents:
PLAN OF CENTRAL PALMA inside front cover
the walks 5
the excursions 5
the restaurants 6
the recipes 6
mallorcan food 7
mallorcan wines 9
planning your visit 10
when to go 10
where to stay 11
what to take 11
planning your walks 12
on arrival 14
tourist information 14
palma bus and railway station 14
shopping for self-catering 15
regional produce 15
health food shops in Palma 18
mercat de l’olivar 19
EXCURSION 1 · sa calobra 20
restaurants: lua (port de sóller), el guía (sóller) 26
recipes: stuffed artichokes, house salad, biscuit glacé 28
Walk 1 · biniaraix and fornalutx 30
restaurant: es turó (fornalutx) 37
recipes: spinach croquettes, oven-baked cod mallorcan-style, mallorcan dry vegetable soup 38
Walk 2 · camí de s’arxiduc 40
restaurant: las palmeras (deià) 47
recipes: stuffed aubergines, stuffed apricots, avocados or custard apples, almond cake and ice cream 48
Walk 3 · around bunyola 50
restaurant: es garrigó (bunyola) 56
recipes: mallorcan ratatouille (tumbet) 57
Walk 4 · castell d’alaró 58
restaurants: castell d’alaró hikers’ lodge, es vergé 66
recipes: roast meat marinade, baked shark steaks, rabbit & onions 68
Walk 5 · orient to santa maria 70
restaurants: ca’n jaume (orient), celler sa sini (santa maria) 78
recipes: vegetarian lasagne, seafood stir-fry, frito mallorquín 80
Walk 6 · tossals verds 82
restaurant: refugi tossals verds 90
recipe: ‘dirty’ rice (arròs brut) 93
Walk 7 · around lluc monastery 94
restaurant: sa fonda (lluc monastery) 100
recipes: prawns in garlic, cabbage parcels with pork, seafood paella 102
Walk 8 · santa eugènia 104
restaurants: vinya taujana, ca na cantona (santa eugènia) 110
recipes: mallorcan ratatouille with pork,vegetable pasties 112
Walk 9 · calvià to galilea 114
restaurants: bar parroquial (galilea), scott’s hotel (galilea) 120
recipes: tapas 121
Walk 10 · palma city 122
restaurants: sa bóveda 131
EXCURSION 2 · Inca market 132
restaurants: celler ca’n ripoll, celler sa travessa 136
EAT GF, DF 138
eating in restaurants 138
self-catering 139
gf, df shopping 139
gf, df cooking; conversion tables 140
GLOSSARY (menu items, shopping terms) 141
IN the restaurant (pocket vocabulary) inside back cover

Guidebook index

The following is the index of places; the book also contains an index of recipes (which is not shown here). Page numbers shown in bold are where photographs appear; those shown in italics are where maps appear.

Alaró 61, 65, 67, 134-5
Avenc de Son Pou (cave) 71, 72, 74, 76, 77
Biniaraix 30, 31, 32, 33, 35
Binifaldó 97, 98
Bunyola 21, 50, 51, 53, 55, 134-5
Ca S’Amitger Information Centre (Lluc) 95, 97, 99
Calvià 114, 115, 116, 134-5
Camí de S’Arxiduc 40, 41, 42, 44
Canaleta de Massanella 82, 84, 86
Castell d’Alaró 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66
Cúber Lake 83, 84, 134-5
Deià 40, 41, 42, 46, 134-5 F
ornalutx 30, 31, 34, 35, 36
Galilea 114, 115, 116, 119, 134-5
Gorg Blau 82, 83, 84, 134-5
Inca 132, 133, 134-5
Lloseta 83, 86, 134-5
Lluc, Santuari de 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 101, 134-5
Orient 72, 75, 134-5
Orient Valley 70
Palma 14, 19, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 134-5
plan, centre inside front cover plan, west 124
Penyal d’Honor 50, 53, 54
Port de Sóller 21, 24, 26, 134-4
Puig d’Alaró 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, front cover
Puig d’en Marron 106, 107
Puig de Santa Eugènia 106, 109
Sa Calobra 20, 21, 134-5
Salt d’es Freu (waterfall) 71, 72, 74
Santa Eugènia 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 134-5
Santa Maria 70, 71, 73, 75, 134-5
Sóller 21, 22, 23, 25, 32, 35, 134-5
plan 31
Tossals Verds (refuge) 11, 13, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91
Valldemossa 41, 42, 43, 134-5

Current update

MALLORCA, 4th edition (2016); updated 12/02/2016

Updates for the walks, restaurants, shops and recipes on Mallorca given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

At present there are no updates to this edition (12/02/16)