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Palma Eating and Drinking: Best Bar Five

Statistics can be very 'dry' to say the least, but the latest figures released about eating and drinking in Spain

Statistics can be very 'dry' to say the least, but the latest figures released about eating and drinking in Spain are quite the opposite! A fascinating survey by statisticians has recently been
undertaken about the bars, restaurants, cafes, take-aways, kiosks – anywhere that food and drink can be bought – to produce a league table of which city has the most.

Palma is way up there in 6th position with 3008 establishments and not surprisingly way behind the big cities; Madrid – 17,721, Barcelona – 10,261 and Valencia – 4,591. To put the figures into
perspective Palma has as many establishments as the whole province of Ciudad Real with 102 municipalities!

In terms of population the figures mean that Palma has a bar (etc) for every 135 of its inhabitants, way behind the university city of Salamanca where only 111 residents have to share each
bar. 

Within Mallorca itself, other areas score as follows; Calvia - 763, Manacor - 283, Alcudia - 257 and Llucmajor – 213. Interestingly, and not surprisingly, Calvia which contains the big resorts of
Magalluf and Palma Nova, has a bar for every 67 residents! A figure which shows how important the tourist trade is to the area.

For me the great thing about eating out and drinking in Palma is that there are enough people to support a wide choice of restaurants and bars, and enough competition between them to ensure that
standards are maintained to attract customers to return.