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All reviews paella rice bread salad the cliff open fire boat trip by foot amazing views takes about an hour looked amazing magnificent setting car park pre book reserve a table previous reviews the main road
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Reviewed August 11, 2020 via mobile

We were recommended to go to Sa Foradada by a few friends over the years, and this year we finally managed to go on the excursion... You will need to book in advance to reserve a table as you don’t want to arrive and be...turned away. You can only book via telephone (they speak English.!) and the lines are only open between 10:30 am and about 2pm... the restaurant is closed on Thursdays. It is an amazing and unique restaurant that is only accessible by either a 45 min hike or a boat trip from Sóller in northern Mallorca. We opted for the hike which was quite an experience in itself...the car park just off the main road to Deia is free to park and there is a small cafe for refreshments and the all important water for the journey.. it has amazing views of the fantastic coast from the terrace area. The path to the restaurant isn’t very well signposted from the car park (we just followed others that seemed to know where they are going!). As the wider tarmac path ends, there is a stye to climb over at the start of the goat field which may not be suitable for less able persons. This leads down to the main gravel walkway that zig zags and winds it way down about 300m in vertical drop. The path is steep and comprised of loose gravel and rocks for most of its route, so wear sensible shoes and take plenty of water and admire the views on the decent. After about 40 minutes, the path leads along the edge of the rocky outcrop and ends at the entrance to the restaurant and access to the boat landing bay. The restaurant is beautiful situated on the slopes of the bay and is made up of different terraces all with amazing sea views. The food we chose was a selection of paella’s to share between the 7 of us. It was wonderful food and typically Spanish in its presentation and taste. Thoroughly recommended. Even the coffee was delicious after the meal... and you may need a strong espresso for the hike back...! I am not an unfit man, but the walk back up is not to be taken lightly... Luckily, we chose a slightly overcast day (thank goodness) but, again, take plenty of water for this... (purchase some in the restaurant before you leave). It is quite gruelling, but take it easy and steady and rest regularly to admire the views along the way. The cafe at the top is a welcome sight for a cold drink or congratulatory beer for the achievement and a chance to reflect on the day. Truly amazing and a recommended experience not to be missed. A great day out. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 23, 2020

Amazing setting for a restaurant. See previous reviews if how to walk down. You must pre book. Have a swim before or after lunch. Kids had chicken breast, chips and salad for 15 euros. Adults had mixed paella for 20 euros or seafood paella for...26 euros. All delicious but obviously pricey due to location. Paella takes c 45 minutes to arrive. Litres of rose cold and tasty. A great day trip !More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

By foot or by boat are the options for visiting this restaurant although I’m led to believe they may be able to pick up people by arrangement in their 4x4, I cannot confirm this. Pre-booking is essential. Due to the difficulty of getting ingredients here...and the magnificent setting the prices are on the higher side. The food is great although we only had two Paella, one traditional and the other vegetarian, that was ample for four people.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019

There are only two ways to get to this restaurant. Either by boat (preferably super-yacht) or by walking 3km down a path starting at 1,000ft above sea level and dropping down to sea level. The route down - and back - is very, very pretty...with stunning sea views through the pine trees all the way. It takes about an hour. Park at the Son Maroig car park and then pass by Son Maroig's main entrance, climb a style by the gate and then just follow the dirt road all the way down. Needless to say, the ratio of walkers to boat owners is about 1:99. And when I say boat owners, you'll probably be sitting next to billionaire super-yacht owners. It's absolutely necessary to pre-book. You won't get in otherwise. But once seated you have one of the best views on the island. Food is cooked rustic-style on open fires in an array of charcoal-black pans. Our paella was superb, laden with all sorts of goodies but a little on the pricey side at 24Euros compared to typically 16Euros elsewhere. But considering how everything has to be brought down that track in a 4x4... A great meal - definitely worth the walk down and back. Oh, and you can swim by the tiny jetty. Bliss....More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

I saw a friend visit here in July which inspired us to visit. We read it took about 1/1.5 hours walk each way, but took us about 45mins each way. We are 30 and we don't have kids to slow us down though! All tables...have amazing views. You can even swim down the bottom, just a short walk - bring bathers!! Also, make sure you book. We almost went without booking, called up and the lady said she was booked out for a week! She was able to fit us in the next day. When we were paying we saw 2 groups of families who had hiked down the bottom and been turned away because they hadn't booked. Be organised!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2019 via mobile

Firstly, this restaurant is amazing. This you can not deny. The rustic look and charm does do it every bit of justice it deserves. The views are amazing and for all of this worth visiting. Secondly, the service. Outstanding and was in keeping with any...other restaurant with good attention to detail and service. Thank you. Thirdly, the paella. The rice was not cooked long enough. I would have preferred to have waited another 10mins to have had it, if it meant the rice was not so hard. That put to one side, the paella dish was full of flavour and delicious. Ask for your paella to have softer rice and not hard! Lastly, the walk! Yes, everyone has mentioned it and I will too. Allow an hour each way to get to the restaurant and back. Wear very good comfortable footwear designed for very rough stones and steep inclines. Take plenty of water as it is tough going. Would we go again? No. But that is because we have done it now and no need to go again. But please take note of what I have said.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 9, 2019

Was recommended this restaurant and was not disappointed. Lovely walk down the track and rewarded with a beautiful setting to have lunch. Booking a must as very busy but the staff are very friendly and placed us on an amazing table. We chose the seafood...paella which we saw being cooked on the open fire , which is one of the best meals I have ever had. Afterwards we went for a refreshing swim below before the walk back up the cliff , in short it’s a must visit 5*More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

The venue is stunning, the approach down a long donkey track fuels your appetite. However the food did not match expectations. We do not eat shellfish so our choices were limited, however we found a few tapas style starters to share. The bread was stale,...the tataki Tuna was sashimi. The peppers was literally a huge plate of seared oily capsicum without imagination. Desert was a choice of watermelon, which we chose, otherwise a choice between 2 store bought cornetto ice cream cones. Brought to the table in their packaging for you to choose..... Nah! That just doesn’t cut it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019

We had the best time at Sa Foradada. Our friends hiked down from the road but we had rented a boat which was amazing. **Side note'; Some teenager in the area needs to make a few Euro running a dinghy service to and from the...boats in the cove. We ended up able to get close enough to the small dock that I could jump onto a few moored dinghies and my husband took the boat back and anchored it and swam back. Some people near us jumped from their boats with dry bags filled with their stuff but we did not have those so had to do it as we did it. Worked fine but opportunity being missed! We would have paid €7 each way! Anyhow, walk up the hill was stunning and we were seated right away which impressed me. The paella was great - it's quite rich and substantial so definitely not something for every day but delicious here and we had lots of beer and rose to wash it down. Our staff was a bit slow but not problematically so. We're on holiday and relaxed though we were dying of thirst at one point! We will be back!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I did the hike in which is extremely long but were absolutely blown away by the view that was waiting at the end. This place is truly amazing and unlike anything we had ever seen. The rosé was delicious and food was...fine. Not the best paella we had ever had but still good. We saw a couple of burgers and fish come out and it looked amazing. Don’t expect amazing service- everyone is running around and very busy so service is pretty mediocre. The experience alone is worth making the trip for.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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We drove to the top of the hill as well. From there we walked down (and back up). Back in town we called it: The Paella Hike
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