That's the 16th century hexagonal belltower of the church of Sant Nicolau in Palma, near the Placa del Mercat. To the left, a nice contrast with the early 20th century art noveau architecture of Gaudi.
A church has stood on that spot since 1302, having gone through many different iterations over the years.
I'm holding a tray of what's called coca. Some describe it as Mallorcan pizza. It's essentially onions, tomatoes and peppers, chopped up on dough, which is sprinkled with olive oil and then cooked in the oven.
I think the dough is the key. An English-language cookbook I have says to use butter for the dough. A Catalan-language one calls for saim, or lard. I'd go with the lard.
Standing next to me is my brother Miguel @mallorcanative. I may have grown taller in the end but I'll always look up to him! We had a great time that day at a cookout put on for us by very dear friends just outside Palma.
Can Forteza-Rey in Palma de Mallorca, near the Plaza Mayor, completed in 1909, is one of several structures in Palma and around the island that were influenced by Gaudi, the famed architect of Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia.
A view of the inside of the Castell de Bellver, which sits on a hill to the west of Palma. It's one of a few circular castles in Europe.
It was built when Mallorca was a kingdom in the 14th century; the kings of Mallorca lived there. From the 18th to the early 20th century it served as a military prison.
It's now a really cool history museum and is easy to get to on the hop-on hop-off bus.
A view of the port of Palma de Mallorca with the Catedral de Santa Maria in the background.
When Jaume I reconquered Mallorca from the Moors in 1229 he immediately ordered the construction of the cathedral on the site where a mosque had stood. It was finally completed in 1601. The cathedral dominates the Palma skyline.
I took the photo from the Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver), which overlooks the harbour. I'll post some pics of it in the coming days.
These statues stand at a roundabout on the highway between Palma and Manacor, Mallorca's first and third largest cities. The spot is just outside a restaurant near Manacor called Es Cruce. Famous for its snail dishes. Here my daughter is doing her best impression of the roundabout art.
Photo is by my brother Miguel, @mallorcanative. Check out his page... he takes beautiful photographs! #Llull
These distinctive clay figurines are called siurells. They double as really loud whistles. If you want to bring something authentically Mallorcan home with you -- and can't get an ensaimada onto the airplane -- you can't go wrong picking up one of these.
Their origin is unknown but it's generally agreed they pre-date Roman times.
The ones in this photo are from a shop in Manacor called Bar Ceramica. At one point, many years ago, it was owned by my family.
The Church of the Mare de Déu del Carme sits atop the Carrer de Cristòfol Colom overlooking Porto Cristo's marina. The first stage of its construction was completed in 1890. It was expanded and completed in its current form in 1949. It's worth a visit if you're in Porto Cristo as it's but a short walk from the marina, restaurants and shops and main bus stop.
Os acordáis del rollo de la gentrificación que os solté hace poco? Pues ahí va otro capítulo: después de 62 años, ha cerrado el Bar Cristal. Cómo puede un bar de toda la vida pagar 25000€ mensuales de alquiler? A ver qué multinacional se queda ahora con el local... Y digo yo, para cuándo una ley de protección a los comercios históricos?
That's not a typo. Majorica is the name of the company that makes the famous Mallorcan pearls. Which aren't actually pearls at all. They're made by human hands, not by a mollusk's response to an irritant inside its shell (which is why a pearl develops inside an oyster). The Majorica pearls nevertheless are famous because they're made with the highest level of craftsmanship and really are beautiful.
Here my kids are having fun in front of the Majorica store in Porto Cristo, which overlooks the town's charming port.