Why did we choose Banyalbufar? It was a whim. Apparently, the Port des Canonge is one of the most beautiful walks around the island and is actually part of Banyalbufar, but we of course mistook it for a separate town and therefore a trip for another day. Obviously, we don’t know what we’re doing. Ah, well.
The name “Banyalbufar” is actually a combination of Moorish and Catalan, a nod to its origins, and essentially means “founded by the sea.” What can I say, it’s a beautiful town, or municipality as they call the towns here. It’s comprised of terraced scapes, beautiful old houses and a view that literally takes your breath away (you have to climb up some steep hills to get there.) The quaint town square or plaza is picturesque and reminds me, as does the whole town for that matter, of the mise en scene for the movie, Chocolat with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. And perhaps the most charming thing of all were the steep, winding, cobble stone roads more narrow and treacherous than anything I’ve ever seen and more like small driveways you might see in suburban America than actual roads.
We had lunch at an adorable, old place called 1661. I believe the date refers to when the building was constructed, and not the founding of the restaurant. We sat outside and people watched and enjoyed the menú del día. A tip. Eat the menu of the day whenever possible. It’s always cheaper than a la carte and is usually delicious. Our 14 euro per person fare included fresh bread and olives, delectable cheeseburgers with local grass fed beef and fresh veggies, tasty french fries (the Spanish have a way with patatas fritas that is unmatched in my eyes), two beers and two coffees. Yeah, amazing, right?
Check out these pics and wish you were here!