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Authentic Majorcan Cuisine

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

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The stunning island of Majorca has had tourists flocking to its golden shores for decades. Although famous for glorious beaches and exciting night-life, Majorca has so much more to offer those who want to explore its delights and indulge in the fantastic cuisine. Boasting a mouth-watering culinary heritage, it would be a wasted opportunity to venture no further than the all-inclusive resorts or spending balmy evenings searching for burgers and chips.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Many traditional dishes are enjoying a revival and for anyone seeking a real taste of the authentic, the local bars and restaurants will not disappoint. Fruits and vegetables bursting with flavour grow abundantly in the Mediterranean climate and are enjoyed at their best when used simply but lovingly to create the perfect accompaniment to local meats, cheeses and fresh fish. Rural tourism is on the increase in Majorca and farmhouse accommodation provides one of the best ways to experience traditional cooking.

SNACKS

Tapas bars are a great place to sample a range of tasty morsels, such as Calamares (squid rings in batter), cured hams and spicy sausages. Indigenous to Majorca is sobrasada, a spicy sausage made from cured pork and bacon, spiced with paprika, aniseed, salt and pepper – delicious with a salad of olives, tomatoes and peppers.
For something sweeter, another speciality from Majorca are ensaimadas, a sweet spiral pastry bun dusted with icing sugar and sometimes filled with a fruit jam. Perfect as a snack, dunked in coffee or even enjoyed as a dessert, they are quite irresistible!

MEALS

When something a little more substantial is required, there are many seafood dishes to choose from, such as sea bass baked in rock salt, or the timeless paella. Authentic Majorcan paella, fideua, is made with noodles instead of rice.
Pork is a staple of main dishes in Majorca and apart from a mouth-watering selection of sausages, pork parcels wrapped in cabbage and served with raisins and pine nuts – known as Llom amb col – are another favourite.
If you’re visiting Majorca in the Autumn when it’s a little cooler, you may feel inclined to tuck into tumbet, a rich ratatouille-style vegetable dish of aubergines, peppers tomatoes, garlic and potatoes. While this is sometimes served as an accompaniment to meats, it makes a hearty and healthy dish on its own. Wash down with an award-winning wine for a truly memorable taste of Majorca.

 

Majorca: The Weather & When To Go

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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The island of Majorca, the largest of the Balearic islands off the coast of Spain, is blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate and enjoys average temperatures of 21°C throughout the year. The beautiful scenery, rich culture, vibrant party atmosphere and clement weather makes this island a popular place to visit and a dream location to live. The driest months are in June, July and August while the wettest months are in September, October, November and December.

The Winter season.

Majorca’s mild Winter is the time of the almond blossom that occurs in January and February, an event celebrated by the islanders because of the economic importance of almonds and an appreciation of the natural beauty of the blossoming trees. Winter sees the island’s lowest number of visitors so a number of bars and restaurants may be closed at this time. Daytime temperatures range between 15°C and 18°C while nighttime temperatures seldom fall below 5°C.

The Spring season.

There are a number of fiestas held in Majorca during the Spring, when average temperatures range between 20°C and 24°C, including the Fiesta de Sant Fransesc and Festa de Sant Jordi in April as well as the May Day celebrations in the following month which heralds the coming of Summer. As rainfall decreases and daylight hours increase, heightened numbers of travellers arrive on the island’s shores as the peak Summer season approaches.

The Summer season.

The warm and hot Majorcan Summer marks the island’s peak tourist season, when thousands flock to its pristine shores from throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The beaches are a major attraction for sunbathers and swimmers and the nightclubs and bars draw in crowds of party goers looking to have the Summer of a lifetime. Daily sunlight during the Summer months is between 10 and 11 hours while average temperatures rest in the late 20s and low 30s.

The Autumn season.

Autumn in Majorca may bring increased showers and fewer hours of daylight but the average temperatures remain generous, ranging between 20°C and 25°C, and the Mediterranean waters are still warm enough to bathe in swim in. A major advantage of visiting the island in the Autumn is that the Summer throngs are dissipating, meaning that the island is less crowded and accommodation prices decrease, allowing for a cheaper holiday with fewer people around.