My Private Mexico Uncategorized CHRISTMAS IN MALLORCA



Cathy Matos says  




Decorations last until way past the twelfth night. The cities spark the fiestas abound, no sitting on Santa’s lap with his itchy beard! Instead, we have the gloriously bedecked 3 Kings Melchior, Gaspar and the beautifully bejewelled black Balthazar. 

The children are ecstatic, in fact, all the celebrations for Christmas in Spain are centre on the children. From Christmas Eve to Epiphany and the fiestas of San Sebastian and San Antonio. 

 The festival of San Antonio is majestically Mallorquin, with local people coming out in national dress including the children. Animals are brought to the church to be blessed, Sheep, Rabbits, Goats, Chickens, a pet mouse and of course many beautifully groomed horses! A great deal of fun and laughter follows in the evening with a barbecue in the magical. music and dancing, truly magical. music and dancing, truly magical. 

 I simply love to be here at this time of year, how sad that the swarms of summer visitors   miss out on these special occasions and old customs in the winding streets of this my beautiful Island, my home, where I am privileged to spend some precious time for a few months of the year. 

 I have been able to visit some of my favourite restaurants, here is my “honours list” 


In C’an Pastilla on the edge of the sea 20 mins outside Palma. (Next to the yacht club) 

Wonderful seafood, daily deliveries of fresh fish. Your great host is a man called Johnnie 

SA SOCIETAT sasocietatdecanafornera 

Situated in the ancient town of Andratx, a terrific menu which includes wine, bread and olives. 

Your hosts are Cisca and Miguel, one of the best value places on the island. 


Calle de Isaac Peral 37, 07157 Port d’Andratx, Majorca Spain 

+34 971 67 27 05 

Situated in the Port of Andratx, a family run restaurant since 1978. 

Daily fresh fish, oysters, lovely atmosphere. 

Your host Tony and his lovely wife always on hand with a welcoming warm smile. 


Also situated in the Port of Andratx. A recently opened restaurant, very upmarket, rave reviews. 

Your host here is a very old friend of mine, a supreme restaurant man, Rafa. 


My absolute favourite ever pizza! This restaurant / pizzeria is situated in the main square of Andratx. Wonderful venue, try the rare cold roast beef and chips! 

Your host is the charming Anna. 

CAS POBIL Cas Pobil 

A local bar situated in the same square of Andratx. Your host Gaspi is one of the best cooks around, his patatas bravas are the best in the world! 


Calle Espartero 24, 07014 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Spain 

+34 971 45 69 61 

I simply adore this small family run restaurant situated in the heart of Palma. The chef Javi is just fabulous! Menu Deldia with wine, bread and olives. Sundays 16 euros to include roast pork and paella. 

BAR CENTRAL Bar central BAR BALEAR BarBalear two bars worthy of a visit. 


Spent time with the delightful Mayoress Estefania Gonzalvo 

I do so hope she serves another term she has done such great things 

Also spent time with the good and great 


I am having minor eye procedure with him later this year. I would trust him with my life let alone my eyes. He is Genius. 


and so we depart the snowy delights of Palma and head back to the U.K. 

Stopping En route to Devon at the Plough on the Hill welcomed by a raging log fire, good food, and the attentions of lovely Sonia. 

 This latest blog is bought to you by… (as our great Simon Calder says) “A REAL TRAVEL AGENT!!!!