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Mallorca Area Guide

The immaculate variety of Mallorca never fails to astonish. No other European island can boast a wider range of scenery, from the plains of central Mallorca to the almost alpine peaks of the Tramuntana.

Its mild climate and beautiful beaches make it an ideal holiday location but there is a wealth of culture here too, evident in its distinguished collection of modern and traditional galleries, interesting museums and historic sites.

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There is also an on-going cultural experience at play because Mallorca is a living, working island: the cereal and fruit crops of the central plains and the vineyards around Binissalem are vital to the island’s economy.

Mallorca is a near perfect holiday home location, great flight connections mean it is little more than two hours away from London and other European hubs with the added bonus of a good internal infrastructure.

With a resident ex-pat community, a range of both excellent international schools and healthcare available on the island, many buyers find it possible to use the island as a base for their families while they attend to business elsewhere. 

Mallorca in a nutshell

Palma

Palma offers all the charm and attractions of a cutting edge, cultural capital. It simply buzzes with sophistication and style. Its delightful ‘old town’ is filled with intriguing architectural splendours, while its city centre is replete with inviting shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

Pollensa

A pretty little town, nestling in a trio of hillocks, with a maze of streets lined with lovely old houses. The heart of the town is the Placa Major, a sophisticated square of laidback cafes and restaurants, which also welcomes a lively fruit and vegetable market each Sunday.

Deia

A tranquil, ancient coastal village, built on mountain-side terraces that rises above the shore below. During the 60s and 70s Deia was a magnet for writers, poets, musicians and painters – an exclusive location that has managed to retain its original relaxed charm.

Along with, Andratx and Son Vida, Deià is one of the island’s prime markets and remains a firm favourite with British, German and Scandinavian property buyers.

Andratx

This harmonious small town lies in a valley of almond groves. It’s pretty ochre and white, shuttered houses offer panoramic views to the coast. Culturally savvy, Andratx is also home to Mallorca’s largest centre of contemporary art, the CCA Andratx.

The road southwest leads to the chic and exclusive Port d’Andratx - an almost totally enclosed bay with yachts moored in smart rows along the harbor. On the pier individuals can purchase the catch of the day at the renovated “La Lonja”. Port d’Andratx has become the most in demand area for non-residents looking for high end luxury real estate.

Along with, Son Vida and Deià, Andratx is one of the island’s prime markets and remains a firm favourite with British, German and Scandinavian property buyers.

Son Vida

An elegant community built on a noble estate that offers great access to some of the island’s best golf courses, Golf Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint. Tranquil yet conveniently close to Palma - it boasts views across the bay of Palma. Along with Andratx and Deià, Son Vida is one of the island’s prime markets and is favoured by British, German and Scandinavian property buyers.

Bendinat

In a picturesque setting between the mountains and the sea, Bendinat is an exclusive residential area close to Palma. It is close to all the lively attractions of the island, yet retains a peaceful and secluded atmosphere. The Royal Bendinat golf course, one of the finest in Spain, offers a challenging course with spectacular views overlooking the coast and the Castle of Bendinat, which lends its name to this attractive area.

Santa Maria

A traditional Mallorcan town of stones houses and pleasing squares, located in the central plain of Mallorca. The luxury villas around the town offer spectacular views of the Tramuntana Mountain range.

The “Telas de Lenguas” (fabric of flames), the traditional fabric of Mallorca, is still woven in Santa Maria.

Santa Ponsa

A pleasantly bustling town, set on a broad bay, offering white sandy beaches and safe bathing, against a backdrop of rolling hills. With three golf courses, Habitat Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III, and two marinas, Port Adriano and Club Nautico Santa Ponsa, the area of Santa Ponsa satisfies every golf and sailing need located ideally between Bendinat and Port Andratx.

Fornalutx

Fornalutx is considered one of the most attractive villages in Mallorca. Huddled against a mountainous backdrop and surrounded by valleys perfumed with orange and lemon blossom, there is no more beautiful location. The centre of Fornalutx is a tiny square from which numerous narrow cobbled streets fan out. 

Soller

One of the most relaxed and enjoyable towns on Mallorca – distinctly low-key and family orientated. The former dwellings of Mallorca’s wealthy fruit merchants are among the prettiest buildings in the town.

With narrow, sloping lanes and stone houses adorned with fancy grilles, Port de Soller, on a wide horseshoe bay fringed with forested hills, is one of the most photographed places on the island.

Alaro

This pleasingly sleepy and very pretty little town is home to attractive old stone buildings and houses that lead neatly outwards from a central square.

Healthcare

Three hospitals specialise in non-residential care: Clinica Juaneda and Clinica Rotger both located in Palma and Quiron in Palmaplanas. In addition, there are numerous private beauty and health centres on the island specializing in dental and cosmetic surgery.

Education

Mallorca has a wide range of top international schools, offering a complete education in several languages (English, German, French and Spanish). The top five schools are: Bellver International College, College Francais de Palma, Queen’s College, The Academy and Mallorca Baleares International School.

Sport

Sports enthusiasts in Mallorca are well-catered for: there are 23 golf courses located on the island, countless cycling routes and tennis courts, and the sailing opportunities are superb. Because of the clement climate it is possible to practice your chosen sport 365 days a year.

Food

Local Balearic cuisine has much in common with Catalan food like hearty soups and stews, seafood and spiced meats - far from delicate but always distinctive and flavourful.

Fish and shellfish, particularly lobster, are ubiquitous across the Balearics – so much so that many seaside restaurants even have their own fishing boats. The islands are also known for their delicious pastries and desserts, like the feather-light ensaimada from Mallorca.

Wine

Since the late 1980s a concerted effort has been made to raise the standard of Mallorcan wine-making and the benefits of these efforts are being felt today. In 1991 the Binissalem region was awarded its Denominacio d’Origen and it remains Mallorca’s leading wine. This success inspired wine-makers on the island and in 2000 a second Denominacio d’Origen was awarded to Pla i Levant – covering the central and eastern parts of the island.

Accessibility

The airport of Palma de Mallorca is situated approximately 8km from the city and is the third most important airport in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. Germany accounts for the largest number of passengers, followed by Spain and the United Kingdom. Each year over a million passengers fly between Barcelona, Madrid-Barajas and Dusseldorf. There are numerous smaller airports catering for those travelling by private jet.

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