As Mallorca is surrounded by the Mediterranean, it is no surprise that fish and seafood play a prominent role on the menus of its restaurants. Palma, the island’s capital, offers some of the best restaurants for fish and seafood in Spain. Check out the lovely marina area to sit outside and enjoy your meal.
Of course, Mallorca is also well known for its local spirits. These are often flavoured with aniseed, a favoured taste among Mallorcans. A bottle of the local spirit also makes a great present for friends who come to visit.
Eating out in Spain
Make the very most of the slower pace! Spaniards often devote a couple of hours to lunch (usually from 13.00 to 15.00), after which they take their world-famous siesta while the sun is at its strongest.
Remember that dinner is eaten late in Spain, usually at around 21.00–23.00. It is in that period that you will experience the real "restaurant rush-hour". If you follow the standard North European meal times, the restaurants will often be a lot quieter.
It is customary to tip in Spain. Many restaurants include a service charge in the bill, but you are always welcome to add a little extra in recognition of particularly good service. At cafés and bars, it is sufficient to leave a few coins.
You can drink water from the taps in most parts of Spain, even though it may taste a little unusual. However, if you want to make sure to avoid stomach problems it is best to purchase bottled water, which is available from all grocery shops.
Make the most of the opportunity to visit small local shops, where you can buy charcuterie, cheeses and bread. You could even become a "regular" at some of the shops close to your home, which may mean extra service and good value ...
Dare to ask! There is so much more to Spanish cuisine than the classic "tourist menus". Try new specialities and ask which wine/food combinations are recommended.