"LET'S GO TO THE SEASIDE, SIT IN ONE OF THE CAFÉS AND HAVE SOME TAPAS." IN PALMA, WHEN THIS SENTENCE COMES DOWN, IT USUALLY REFERS TO THE DISTRICT OF EL MOLINAR. IT IS LOCATED EAST OF THE CENTRE, DIRECTLY ON THE SEA, WITH FISHING HOUSES, WHICH TODAY HOUSE BARS AND RESTAURANTS.
the "barrio" (spanish for quarter or neighbourhood), which owes its name to 28 windmills, of which only three still exist today, was a lively residential and industrial area at the beginning of the 20th century, as can be seen in the photo book "El Molinar". It was here that the island's first gasworks were built in 1859, Palma's first electricity plant in 1903 and two more by 1921.
In 1880 the Salas family also built a refinery, the "Petrolera" (the building is still standing). The tannery had already settled in the area before that. With the advent of electricity, the 17th century windmill business came to an end. The buildings were transformed into apartments for fishermen and workers. "Summer visitors from Palma also settled in El Molinar, but it wasn't the rich - they moved to El Terreno - but the middle class who could afford the quarter," says author Xavier Terrasa.
Today El Molinar is the extension of the hip Portixol. A little quieter and more leisurely, which many guests prefer for their holidays.
From Molinar you can reach the old town in 5 minutes by taxi (4-8 Euro) or simply take the bus, the bus stop is about 100-200m away. You can walk along the beach promenade to Molinar, have a look at the IZIZI NUNNAK or treat yourself to a prosecco in the Italian restaurant of the same name with the extremely nice Sabrina as the boss.
Afterwards you simply relax at the beautiful pool of your beautiful patio. In the morning you get rolls in the Café Fibonacci, I recommend the Panecillos can havena (oat rolls). Or you enjoy a Zumo de naranja natural, freshly pressed from the wonderful oranges of Soller. All shopping facilities, be it the small original Spanish butcher, the EROSKI supermarket or a pharmacy are within walking distance. You can find a small compilation under Tips and Service, we have dedicated a separate page to our gastronomic tips.