While Barcelona may be the gastronomic heart of the Spanish Mediterranean don’t overlook the Balearic Islands, and Palma de Majorca. Nowhere in Spain is tapas practiced with more imagination and flare. In 18th-century Spain tapas were served at guest quarters, taverns and bodegas, that provided meals for travelers. Since few people could read or write, inns offered guests a sample of the dishes offered on a “tapa” (Spanish for pot cover) as a sample. The tradition survives in the popular tapas bars of modern Spain.
If your cruise offers you the opportunity to spend some time in Palma, tapas should be put near the top of your list. Four of the cities more famous offerings are:
Forn de Sant Joan is the place to go in Palma for inventive tapas, this family-run venue is also one of the city’s best and most popular restaurants. Located in an old bakery building in an older neighborhood, the restaurant features bread ovens and classic tiles. It has four floors and an open kitchen that prepares tapas with a hint of Asian fusion. An extensive wine list and neighborhood feel adds to the appeal. Located at Calle Sant Joan 4, Palma de Mallorca.
Wineing Bar is a great modern wine & tapas bar located in the beautiful setting at the Marina Port De Mallorca. Featuring over 48 different wines from the Balearic Islands and Spain to order by the glass and an excellent selection of tapas. Located at Calle Apuntadors 24, Palma Marina, Palma de Majorca.
Bar Día has the reputation as the best tapas bars in Palma. Not noted for a fancy atmosphere but rather its homey, casual atmosphere and traditional tapas like tortilla and garlic prawns. Its popularity is founded on quality, large portions and great value. In the evening expect some wait time as this popular tapas bar attracts locals and tourists alike. Located at Carrer dels Apuntadors, 18, Palma de Majorca.
Located in Palma’s historic quarter near the cathedral, Taberna de la Boveda offers authentic tapas like escargot, bread and olive oil and mini chorizos. Featuring a tavern atmosphere with big wine barrels and heavy wood tables with an attractive outdoor terrace. This popular tapas bar gets crowded so be prepared to wait some to get in. Address Paseo Sagrera 3, Palma de Mallorca.