Aside from the typical sobrassada cured sausage and ensaïmada pastry, the local food is a reflection of the different cultures that have inhabited the island, turning Mallorca into one of the greatest exponents of Mediterranean cuisine. Its fertile land has given rise to the abundant use of olive oil, almonds and sea salt in its dishes, not to mention the amazing variety of vegetables, the endless types of fish, pork and Mallorcan goat, and even the wide range of local cheeses and cold cut meats. Arròs brut, porcella, tumbet, frit, coca de trempó and sopes mallorquines are just a few of the dishes that comprise the island's culinary heritage.
RESTAURANTS AND CELLERS
Our guests are lucky to find themselves just a few kilometres away from the best selection of restaurants on the whole island. In the vicinity are countless typically charming towns, such as Sineu, Inca, Petra, Porreres, Algaida, Randa and Santa Eugènia, where the food served at their renowned cellers is sure to blow them away. These cellers, found in the part of the house where wine once would have been made and aged, have been feeding and sheltering hungry and weary travellers for decades now, with them mostly being found in the centre of Mallorca. Here, tradition goes hand-in-hand with modernity, with Sa Rota's nearby restaurants continuing to go from strength to strength by revisiting traditional Mallorcan cuisine with cutting-edge techniques and perspectives.
THE MECCA OF LOCAL WINE
Four main types of grape are grown in Mallorca, with the island being home to over 70 wineries, more than 500 brands of wine and two protected designations of origin: Binissalem and Pla i Llevant. Both these wine-growing areas are just a stone's throw away from our hotel, offering guests the perfect opportunity to visit the most iconic local wineries and sample their produce.
Just seven kilometres from the hotel is the town of Sineu, which each Wednesday plays host to the oldest – and most famous – market in Mallorca, with a history that stretches back more than 700 years. Each week, arts, crafts and food producers from all over come to sell their finest goods, with diverse stalls selling tools, agricultural machines, clothes, shoes and even animals native to the island also being set up. Another event that offers a glimpse of the local culture can be found just 12 kilometres from Sa Rota in the town of Inca, where Mallorca's largest market is held every Thursday. And that's not all! Three more peculiar yet charming markets are also held in the area, this time on a Sunday: Pollença, for lovers of handmade ceramics and jewellery; Santa María, a mainly agricultural market selling organic produce and wine; and Consell, which focuses on antiques.