As the closest village to the bustling city of Palma, Genova is unique in Mallorca. Within a few minutes’ drive from the busy streets, traffic and shops of the city you will find yourself perched upon mountain peaks looking down at the sea and the local pine forests which surround this picturesque location. Genova, with its narrow winding streets and traditional Mediterranean style villas will make you feel as if you are tucked away in a quiet corner of the island.
Despite the village atmosphere in the centre, Genova has been developed over the years and now considered a residential district of Palma. Find out why it is worth a visit with the abcMallorca guide to the very best that Genova has to offer.
History and Culture
Still referred to as a village by locals, Genova is located at the foot of the Naburguesa mountain range and has been inhabited since pre-historic times. It has a small church named after the patron saint of Genova, San Salvador. After establishment as a small village, Genova was further developed into a district and is now mostly surrounded by other areas of Palma. Today Genova is home to about 4000 inhabitants, most of whom are international.
Shopping in Genova
Genova provides for the basic day-to-day needs for top-up shopping – but who cares when the extensive shopping of Palma de Mallorca is literally on your doorstep? The purpose-built shopping centre of Porto Pi is also within easy distance.
Major Attractions in Genova
Genova is a great place to drop in if you would like a whistle-stop taste of village life when staying in Palma. It also has a delightful underground cave attraction. Not as large and impressive as the Caves of Drach, it is the smallest cave system in Mallorca. This friendly little tour is still a cool place to spend an hour on a hot day if you happen to be close by. Due to its elevated position, Genova also provides amazing views of the island that stretch for miles.
There is also a number of interesting historical attractions close by.
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Things to do in Genova
Genova is a great place to stay if you are looking for a tranquil spot that is a good base for visiting other parts of the island. You will have easy access to the city of Palma and some of Mallorca’s best historical attractions such as Bellver Castle or the Royal Spanish residence of Marivent Palace, both are very close. This great location also give you access to a wide range of day trips, sports and other activities.
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Restaurants in Genova
There are a surprising number of restaurants to choose from in Genova including some with an excellent reputation. It is certainly a good place to sample traditional Mallorcan and Mediterranean cuisine, with many other excellent restaurants within easy distance.
Once you’ve discovered Kaskai at Na Burguesa, an elegant hilltop restaurant with terrific views of Palma, you’ll want to return time and time again. […] Kaskai Restaurant
When you want to eat close enough to the sea to hear the water lapping on the sands, head for this seasonal restaurant at Palma’s Nixe Palace Hotel. […] Dinner with the soundtrack of the sea
A popular Italian restaurant in Cala Mayor close to Marivent where the Spanish Royal family enjoy their summer vacations on Mallorca. A sophisticated spot offering valet parking. […] Il Paradiso Restaurant in Marivent
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Hotels in Genova
There are not too many hotels in Genova village itself, which is mainly residential, but there is a very wide selection of places to stay in surrounding areas to match all budgets.
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Events in Genova
There is a local fiesta in August to celebrate San Salvador, the patron saint of Genova. If you are interested in a more extensive calendar of events, check out our guide to events in the nearby city of Palma and the rest of the island.
Living in Genova
Genova is great location for a holiday home or for living all-year-round. The village retains an authentic Mallorcan atmosphere, but is populated by a close-knit international community.
There are excellent international schools nearby and easy access to Palma city and the motorway network, which is very handy for work, nightlife and shopping.
Property prices are relatively high for Mallorca because of its convenient location, but there is a good range of property available at different price points.
You could snap up a small village house or apartment that needs work from as little as 250,000 euros. Larger luxury villas are also available, but expect a multi-million price tag for something really special. Most houses range from 750,000 to 4 million euros. There are also few properties with large plots in this area, except in the outskirts and many are built on sloping sites.
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Genova is very close to the capital city and Port of Palma with its amazing range of shops, restaurants and hotels. It is also close to the pretty little port of Cala Pi in Sant Agustin, the upscale golfing suburb of Son Vida and the beach resorts of Cala Major and Illetes.
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