Bar Bosch features in the book entitled 50 cafés históricos de España y Portugal (‘50 Historic Cafés in Spain and Portugal’) by journalist and historian Fernando Franjo, an illustrated guide that includes more than 330 photographs and vintage documents.
“I have been intensely interested in the world that surrounds historic cafés for many years now”, explains the author of this book, who travelled around the Iberian Peninsula visiting its most emblematic historic cafés, “advised by friends and experts in each city”. The book includes three cafés in the city of Palma: Café Lírico, which no longer exists; Can Joan de S’Aigo and “naturally the book simply wouldn’t have been complete without a mention of Bar Bosch”.
In his book, the author takes us on a historical, literary and intensely personal tour of more than 50 classic landmark premises in Spain and Portugal, focusing on those that have managed to retain all their authenticity and identity. “It’s hard to draw a line between historic and popular cafés, but Bar Bosch is undoubtedly one of the greatest examples in which both concepts overlap”, the author explains.
Bar Bosch has traditionally been a witness of the goings-on around it. Franjo is convinced that “a visit to the café and its lively terrace continues to form an essential part of life in the city of Palma” and therefore these types of cafés “should be considered authentic monuments, no matter where they are. For generations, thousands and thousands of people have witnessed their everyday activity. The perseverance and sensitivity of these authentic dynasties have been and continue to be the principal driving force behind their conservation and survival”.
The author believes that the “great secret” behind the Bosch is its “quality service and the familiar faces among the staff”. He defines it as “a bar that does not merely attract a specific customer profile, but instead is a place where everyone feels welcome. It has been visited by a host of personalities, ranging from the Prince and Princess of Spain to numerous figures from the world of politics, culture and sport”.
In his work Franjo immerses us in a unique atmosphere, inviting the reader to discover the history of legendary cafés boasting a classical and traditional personality such as Bar Bosch, which form part of the history of the cities they are located in and enjoy immense popularity.