You are in Porto Cristo, staggering blindly along the harbour beneath the midday Majorcan sun as your eyes readjust, following a trip into the tourist vortex commonly known the Caves of Drach. But you’re out of the frying pan and into the fire: behold, the fresh hell of chips-and-something photo menus, as far as the eye can see. Where is your salvation? Look to the church, my friend. Walk up to Plaça del Carme, a tranquil square containing a children’s play area, guarded by the church Eglésia de la Mare de Déu del Carme. On the north-east side of the square, you’ll find La Magrana – a small but perfectly formed cosy bistro, serving high quality traditional Majorcan lunches. Try the Pa Amb Oli (€12) – Majorcan bread served with olive oil, fresh tomatoes, and topped with pork loin, ham, cheese, asparagus and rock samphire. The coffee is good (Americano: €2), the wine selection succinctly considered and the cakes are also homemade. Disoriented late-comers will be turned away, because this is not a place that wants to pack ‘em in. Pity these lost souls, wandering aimlessly back into the fray of photographed fried eggs; you were like them, once.
La MagranaTraditional Majorcan lunch overlooking a tranquil square
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