Along a side street at one end of the village of Petra are a series of majolica panels detailing the exploits of Junipero Serra who helped 'civilise' the local indigdenous population. I had mixed feelings about these panels, as they all show Serra in a position of aftherly authority with the 'primitive' natives. I guess the fact that he Catholicised the local population is more important than any of the negative impacts of Spanish conquest of the Americas in this instance.
Not exactly fine arts but worth a look, if only because the streets that they're located on are rather pretty.
Cami De Bonany Km 2, Petra, Spain, 07520, ES
In this massive celler restaurant you'll find local dishes at fairly reasonable prices. It was fairly busy with tourists the night I went, although there was also a massive table of locals enjoying some sort of celebration.
Nice surroundings, perhaps a little on the pricey side for Mallorca. Of the 'local' restaurants we ate in this would be fairly far down my return-to list. Large enough portions, decent enough service and the obligatory quadri-lingual menus of course. Advance booking recommended.
Favorite Dish: I had the cabrita (kid goat) at 11.00 euro. Nice enough though a bit bony and far too many onions for this onion-phobe! The Lochoma asada 8.50 euro eaten by my dinner companion looked much more inviting. It was roast suckling, again high on bone and fat, but fairly tasty. You can in fact have an entire suckling pig if you tell them 24 hours in advance. The pig also came with a rather sad looking salad.
As a starter we also had the 'pa amb oli', a selection of nice cured meats and cheese. The allioli wasn't worth it and was the worst that we had in Mallorca.
Particularly nice was the half litre of red table wine, served in a chipped jug for extra rustic effect.
This cafe is a local one, populated by local people! It was a nice place to hang out for an hour, smiling at the other clientele as they sipped their way through local beers, being all mediterranean. Sitting here reminded me of days as a student hanging out in mediterranean squares for ages nursing the same beer and talking about the state of the world and is one of the things I wish we had in London. That whole cafe's on squares thing that I'm quite fond of!
2 small 20cl beers came to 2.40 euro.
Dress Code: None.