What really makes Mallorca stand out on the cooking scene is their range of sweet treats which can be found in most bakeries. Don’t be surprised if you step out of your Mallorca holiday rental to find the air full of the sweet smell of baking.
These Spanish treats are a favourite on the island. They are shaped like a doughnut but made using potato dough, cooked in hot oil and then finished with a sprinkling of sugar. It is not unusual for the small villages in the ‘Les Verges’ weekend to be filled with the smell of these cakes cooking. They are available to purchase from most bakeries around this time.
This is without a doubt the most famous pastry that comes from Mallorca, with origins that can be traced back to the 17th century. It is spiral in shape, and made with flour, eggs, water, mother dough and saim. Today you can find a range of different varieties, with the pastries stuffed with anything from chocolate to pumpkin.
It is tradition for friends and family to gather during Easter week with their families to prepare Rubiols, which each family working from their own recipes. They can however, be found throughout the year. They are a crescent shaped pastry that traditionally are filled with cottage cheese, but today is common to find them filled with jams, pumpkin and chocolate.
Coca de Cuarto
This delicious cake is extremely light and fluffy, and is usually either eaten for breakfast or for afternoon tea, accompanied by almond ice cream or hot chocolate. Although a very traditional and simple recipe, many places have started to adapt the recipe to include additional flavours like orange chocolate.
Served in most local cafes or bakeries, it is worth venturing out of your Mallorca villa rental to sit outside a café in the sunshine to enjoy a baked delight and a cup of coffee.
Situated in the Montjuïc, one of the most beautiful locations in Barcelona, the Magic Fountain, or Font màgica de Montjuïc, is a beautiful fountain designed by Carles Buïgas. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the fountains really became a major tourist attraction in the 1980’s, when musical and lights were added so that the fountains could provide a spectacular entertainment show.
Seeing the Fountains
If you’re staying in Barcelona accommodation right in the centre of the city, you can easily travel to Montjuïc on the Metro using the L3 green line or the L1 red line to the Plaça d’Espanya stop. Show times vary depending on the season; the fountains usually erupt between 21:00 and 22:30 during the summer months, and a little earlier during spring and autumn, usually starting around 19:00. It’s always best to check with the Barcelona tourist office to make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing local event.
The Magic Fountain boasts a great location in Barcelona, and there’s plenty of other sights and attractions nearby to enjoy. Just north of the fountains you’ll find Plaça d’Espanya which is famous for its looming Venetian towers and, of course, for another of the city’s fountains, which was designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Jujol previously worked with Gaudí, and definite Gaudí influences shine through.
To the south you’ll find the sprawling Parc de Montjuïc, which is not only a great area for kids to play, but also for us to learn, too. There’s many museums located throughout the park, including the Museu d’Arqueologia, the Museu Etnològic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Although the neighbourhood is a little away from the heart of Barcelona, many people do choose to book a Barcelona holiday rental here thanks to the many different things to see and do, the amazing views of Montjuïc, and the slightly wider, airier streets than those in historic Barcelona which are easier for families.