24 Repsol 'Sols'
Just as French tyre company Michelin has its Stars awarded to the best restaurants, so the Spanish global energy company Repsol has its Sol (it means sun if you didn't already know) awards for the best restaurants in Spain and Portugal.
It's just held its annual presentation and announcement of the coveted sun trophies in San Sebastian, the upmarket town regarded by many as the capital of not only Basque, but Spanish gastronomy.
Repsol asks 'La Asociación de amigos de la Real Academia de Gastronomía y la Cofradía de la Buena Mesa' to select and evaluate the restaurants taking into account the standard of cuisine, the quality of the ingredients and methods, the respect for the cuisine of the region, the wine list, and the standard of service, in order to make this award of culinary excellence.
The 2020 list has 545 restaurants all over the Peninsula and 16 of them are here in Mallorca, a small area in comparison, with 24 Sols between them; one with three Sols, six with two, and nine with one Sol!
So, which restaurants are basking in the warm rays of the Repsol sun?
Maca de Castro (Alcúdia) (photo)
Andreu Genestra (Capdepera)
Béns d'Avall (Sóller)
Dins Santi Taura (Palma de Mallorca)
El Olivo (Deià)
La Fortaleza (Llucmajor)
Zaranda (Es Capdellà)
Aromata (Palma de Mallorca)
Bodega Barahona - Casa Manolo (Ses Salines)
Ca na Toneta (Caimarí)
Can Toni Moreno (Port des Canonge-Banyalbufar)
Es Racó d'es Teix (Deià)
Marc Fosh (Palma de Mallorca)
Sadrassana (Palma de Mallorca)
Voro (Capdepera) (photo)
As you can see, the restaurants are situated all over the entire island of Mallorca, and not just in the capital, Palma. It means that wherever you choose to take a holiday on the island, and you want really good food – perhaps for a treat or a celebration – you're never far away from a prestigious spot to dine.
Well done to all the restaurants and chefs concerned who do so much to enhance Mallorca's reputation as a holiday destination for discerning travellers.
Photos from Repsol