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Expat Spotlight: Jan’s Top 3 Tips for Mallorca

Jan moved from Oxfordshire, UK, to northeast Mallorca in 2004, where she lives the rural life on a finca with eight cats and her husband, known as The Boss. A busy journalist and radio presenter, Jan also blogs about finca life on www.livinginruralmallorca.com, and about her favourite subjects on www.eatdrinksleepmallorca.com.

Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in Mallorca

1) Es Molí d’en Bou, Sa Coma. Of course it’s good, it has a Michelin star. Chef patron Tomeu Caldentey was the first Mallorcan to get the star (retained every year since 2004), and his exquisitely prepared and presented cuisine is based on the best of local produce and his own take on authentic Mallorcan recipes.
2) Santi Taura, Lloseta. Chef Santi’s great-value tasting menus are a hot tip – but better book ahead if you’re planning a visit. This place is very popular and if you’re lucky enough to secure a table, you’ll know why.
3) Simply Fosh, Palma de Mallorca. Chef/owner Marc Fosh is British and was the first Brit in Spain to gain a Michelin star at the country house hotel restaurant where he previously worked. He left several years ago to start his own restaurant which, for the first time in 2015, has been awarded the coveted star. His cuisine is Mediterranean, fresh-tasting, and healthy.

Top 3 favorite foods in Spain?

1) Mallorcan ‘trempó’ salad. This refreshing salad is perfect for summer, when Mallorcan tomatoes, peppers, and white onions are at their best. The vegetables are chopped and mixed and seasoned with olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and seasoned to taste.
2) Gazpacho. Who doesn’t love this classic Spanish chilled soup? I love the modern interpretations of this – I’ve had it here made with watermelon, and even cherries.
3) Tumbet. This is Mallorca’s answer to ratatouille, made with sliced vegetables, first fried gently in olive oil and then layered and baked in the oven. It’s healthy, delicious, and particularly satisfying in the cool damp winter months on the island. Yes, we do have them.

Top 3 tips for new expats in Spain?

1) If you’re coming to live on Mallorca, try and learn some Mallorcan (or Catalan, which is very similar), as well as Spanish. You’ll score brownie points with the locals.
2) Because Mallorca is so cosmopolitan you’ll find most things that you need are available to buy here.
3) Don’t bring your car from your home country. The bureaucracy of importing and re-registering it here is a nightmare.

Top 3 tips for travellers in Spain?

1) Mallorca’s railway system works well and is surprisingly low-cost. A return ticket from Manacor to Palma (a journey of around one hour) costs only 8,20€ (as at June 2015).
2) Watch out for cyclists when you’re driving. Mallorca is a magnet for keen amateur cyclists and international professional teams, who train here.
3) Drive the road through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tramuntana mountain range – the backbone of the island – for spectacular scenery and a motoring experience to remember.

Top 3 tips for what to pack for Spain?

1) A corkscrew: Mallorca has more than 70 wineries, producing some great wines. Some are open to visitors for tours.
2) A good appetite. Mallorca’s gastronomic scene is booming and you’ll want to try as many of the hot new restaurants as possible.
3) Cool hat and good sunglasses. Not only will it protect you from the intense sunlight here, you could also be mistaken for one of the many celebs who visit the island.

Top 3 favorite places in Spain

1) Our finca in northeast Mallorca.
2) Palma de Mallorca. It’s a wonderful place to visit and, in years to come, may become our home, when maintaining a finca becomes too much like hard work!
3) Seville. Vibrant, noisy, colourful and home of our favourite tapas bar El Rinconcillo – the city’s oldest bar.

Top 3 neighborhoods in Mallorca

1) Palma de Mallorca – the island’s capital – was recently named the world’s best place to live. I couldn’t argue with that.
2) Sóller valley. The sea on one side, majestic mountains on the other, and a real sense of community in its Modernist-style town, Sóller. And all the citrus fruit you could possibly want.
3) Son Vida, Palma. Separated from the rest of Palma by the city’s ring road, this exclusive hillside development of upmarket villas and mansions offers privacy and spectacular views of the city and Bay of Palma. A golfer’s dream, with a choice of courses including Son Vida – the first to open on Mallorca, back in 1964.

For more tips from Jan on Spain, watch for upcoming posts on the Spain blog and go to her blogs, www.livinginruralmallorca.com and www.eatdrinksleepmallorca.com.

Interested in contributing? Contact erin {at} insidersabroad {dot} com!

Published June 23rd, 2015 by Jan
Posted to Inside Secrets to Spain



This is a very interesting post, but I've never been to Spain, and I don't speak Spanish. What is a finca?

Posted June 24th, 2015


Great point - I had to look this up as well! According to my trusty friend Wikipedia,
"A finca is Spanish for an "estate" and refers to a piece of rural or agricultural land, typically with a cottage, farmhouse or estate buildings present, and often adjacent to a woodland or plantation. Especially in tourism the term has recently gained the colloquial meaning of a holiday home in a rural setting, situated on the Spanish mainland, the Balearics and the Canary Islands, and throughout the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. "

Sounds like heaven.

Posted July 2nd, 2015

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