It is known that paella is a traditional dish originally from Valencia, to be precise from the town of Sueca. The first scripts describing the recipe date back to the 15th century and throughout the years the recipes have evolved, adapting themselves to each place where the dish is made.

How is paella in Mallorca prepared?

At its start, Valencian paella was prepared with four main ingredients which were chicken, duck, rabbit and snails, together with a mixture of saffron, which is what gives this dish its peculiar colour. Today paella is adaptable to suit different tastes, and there are three main varieties:

-Seafood paella
Its main ingredients are made up by a variety of seafood products such as prawns, shellfish, squid and different kinds of fish.

-Mixed paella
It’s a mixture between seafood paella and mountain paella, in other words meat, fish and seafood. The meat used is usually chicken and rabbit along with the seafood we mentioned in the previous paella. It also includes different kinds of vegetables such as peas, onion and beans.

-Mountain paella
The original recipe comes from Castellon and is made up of rice, duck, rabbit, a kind of mushroom, snails, beans, tomato and garlic. It’s basically a type of paella which is eaten in mountainous areas , but it also has many variants and its ingredients are mainly similar, in other words just using different kinds of meat.

At Can Pescador we always make sure there are dishes to suit everyone’s taste. We hope to be your choice between all the restaurants in Mallorca.

We offer the following kinds of paella:

-Seafood paella

-Mixed Paella

-Vegetarian Paella
This more modern variety is created for those who eat neither meat nor fish. It’s basically rice mixed with spices and different kinds of vegetables which give the dish colour and taste.

-Black rice paella with squid and prawns
The name says it all. A peculiar variety of paella which mixes rice with squid ink, squid and prawns. A special touch? Ask for “alioli” to mix in with the rice, it’s really tasty!


We must also mention that it’s traditional to eat paella on a Thursday in many places, and paella in Mallorca couldn’t be anything less than traditional. There are lots of explanations which people try to justify this tradition with, and here are just some of them:

-On Thursday’s house service girls used to have the day off, so at night they used to prepare the stir-fry so that the ladies only had to add the rice the following day so the paella was ready in just 20 minutes.

-The other explanation is that having no house service on Thursdays, families used to go out to eat and restaurants used to prepare paella for them.

-The other theory is that Monday was fishing day and products used to take until Thursday to reach their destination so when they arrived at restaurants they used to get made into paella.

-The other option is that Friday was shopping day, and restaurants used to use the leftovers for making paella with and not have to throw anything away.

Another very popular tradition here in Mallorca is eating paella on Sunday. Sundays, being the day of rest for many families allow them to meet around the table and eat delicious paella which can be made for many people. So now you know a little bit more about the history of paella in Mallorca and in Spain in general.

Why not come and try one of our marvellous paellas in Port of Pollensa?


To be able to understand the present, we must look at the past. It all started in the middle of the 19th century when a Pollensan fisherman, Bartomeu, decided to build a small shelter for his boat on some land which had been given to him, and slowly but surely he continued building until deciding to establish his home on the very same land. It was that decision which gave life to what today we know as Port of Pollensa. The high pine trees, the walk which people stroll on for hours on end, each of its restaurants, cafés and ice-cream parlours…For sure Bartolome wouldn’t have been able to imagine that such a small decision would lead to so much, and even today his inheritors make sure that the first house in Port of Pollensa preserves its’ spirit and structure, to remind everyone of how it all started.

The tradition of fishing in Mallorca

Fishing has always been one of the main tools of subsistence for locals, and even more so for the inhabitants of coastal areas, and today there is still a very large variety of the very best fresh products available which end up being served in local restaurants. One of our main pillars is to give support to local producers, obtaining the very best quality produce and also helping the local economy so that we can contribute to maintaining and raising the locals’ standard of living.


Our restaurant in Port of Pollensa Can Pescador

Every day is a new opportunity to show the many people who visit us how much we care about them, and seeing each and every one of our clients smiles once they have finished eating is what lets us know we are doing a good job. Our restaurant has such fame that not only our daily visitors and residents visit us to enjoy delicious Mallorcan food, but also some of the most important figures in Europe such as the British Prime Minister David Cameron, showing where to eat in Mallorca, and also many tourists come to enjoy our charming restaurant in Mallorca, surrounded by a calm and pleasant atmosphere.

At Can Pescador we know actions speak louder than words, so why not come and savour our delicious food for your selves?