There are only a few stops planned on our tour of the southern east coast, so we’re taking it easy and have a lateish start to the day.
We first head to Andratx and sip a coffee on the main square in one of the local bars – one of those that seem to have last been refurbished in the 50s where photographs of local sports heros decorate the walls. You’ll find these in most of the villages and they always remind me of Maltese kazins and even the Laurieston back in Glasgow.
There isn’t a great deal to see or do in this little village, so we just head up to the town hall and have a wander around the landscaped gardens before heading north towards Banyalbufar stopping of Mirador de Ricardo Roca, a viewpoint along the coast. Not the best one you’ll see along this stretch of the coast, but worth stopping by.
Our next stop is Torre des Verger an old watchtower that clings to the cliffs it’s been built on. It is no more than 1km away from Banyulbafar and there are parking spaces on your right hand side. The views are superb from the top of the little tower, so stopping is a must on your way into Banyalbufar.
We have an excellent lunch from a tiny place in the heart of the village. Pegason y el Pajarito Enmascarado offers an affordable menu del dia for 15.50€. The dishes change every day, are freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. No fuss and fancies, just sime honest food. Best lunch we’ve had so far. The pork and black pudding were delicious and the dogfish and cod were really well cooked too. The pork was probably the juiciest pork we’ve ever had anywhere and this includes cooking at home making it the best pork we’ve ever eaten.
Needing a bit of a walk to after the three course lunch, we had down the cliffs to Cala Banyalbufar. It’s not the nicest of shingle beaches but it’s a nice stroll and the water is a beautiful shade of blue.
Before returning to Esporles we check out the local winery Son Vives and come away with a bottle of their 2010 red. It’s quite heavy bodied and reminds me slightly of Chateauneuf du Pape wines, but at 11€ it’s a lot less expensive.