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Decanter travel guide: Mallorca, Spain

There's more to Mallorca than cheap holiday resorts if you head inland, where an enticing array of wine and food destinations await. Sue Style takes us on a tour of the island’s best-kept secrets in her Mallorca travel guide.

Mallorca travel guide: Where to stay, eat, shop and relax

Mallorca hotels

Finca Es Castell & Hotel Son Ametler

Twin havens of peace in the Serra de Tramuntana, owned and run by James and Paula Hiscock, with every comfort and relaxed attention. The only noise is birdsong and the tinny tinkling of sheep bells grazing beneath olive trees. fincaescastell.com; hotelsonametler.com

Cap Rocat, Palma de Mallorca

Classy 25-room hotel in a Moorish-inspired former military fortress dominating a point south of Palma with pools, spa, gourmet restaurant and Sea Club perched above the water. caprocat.com

Reads Hotel, Santa Maria del Camí

Country house hotel with 15 suites and eight rooms set in extensive garden with outdoor and indoor pools and spa. Blues Brasserie does modern Mallorcan food in summer by the pool and in winter in the former oil-press room. readshotel.com

Can Alomar, Palma

Newly opened 16-room boutique hotel in a stylishly restored 19th-century palace in the heart of Palma’s old town. Japanese- Peruvian fusion food in terrace restaurant overlooking the elegant Passeig del Born. boutiquehotelcanalomar.com

Mallorca restaurants

Es Molí d’Es Torrent

German-owned and -run restored windmill in Santa María del Camí with shaded, walled patio and local food taken up a notch. molidestorrent.de

Es Guix

Take a dip in the restaurant’s pool before tucking into typical Mallorcan food (kid, lamb, rice dishes) in simple surroundings, on a mountain road near Lluc monastery. esguix.com

Es 4 Vents

Classic cooking (‘food that reconnects you with your childhood’, say the locals) in Algaida – sopes and frito, chargrilled or braised lamb, kid, fish and shellfish. mytable.com/r47527933/en

Miceli

Fresh, seasonal, locally grounded food served in the dining room of chef Marga Coll’s family home. miceli.es

Santi Taura

Santi Taura’s diminutive restaurant in Lloseta is billed as the best on the island – plan ahead, as weekend tables are booked up months in advance. Tasting menu (€33 without wine), culinary fireworks guaranteed. restaurantsantitaura.com

13% (Trece Por Ciento)

Catch up on top Mallorcan (and other) wines at this shoebox-sized wine and tapas bar in Palma’s old town. 13porciento.com

Mallorca resturants shops & sights

Cellers Artesans d’ Europa

Wide selection of Mallorcan (and other) wines, many of which can be shipped overseas. Email: cellersartesans@gmail.com; Tel: +34 61 725 1820

Wine Express

Daily tours through the vineyards of Santa María del Camí by train, starting at Macía Batle. mallorcawinetours.com/

Oli Caimari, Caimari

Extra-virgin olive oils, vinegars, dried fruits. aceites-olicaimari.com

Thursday market, Inca

Stock up on small, intensely flavoured ramallet tomatoes, green almonds, fresh apricots and figs – and leather goods.

Santuario de Lluc

Monastery and basilica of Lluc, which houses the shrine of La Moreneta, the Virgin of Lluc and patron saint of Mallorca, and a magnet for pilgrims since the 13th century. lluc.net

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