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.
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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.
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!
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.