Mallorca is paradise island to live… and certainly that is what we feel, those of us who are fortunate enough to reside here year round. But if you are not familiar with Mallorca it can be difficult to know which area will be the most suitable for your needs. Here is an overview of the best places on Mallorca for you to buy or rent a home. Our advice is rent first to see if you feel at home and you like the area – its much easier to move than when you commit to buying a property which can take a long time to resell.
Palma de Mallorca
The beautiful capital of Mallorca has much to offer: Palma is easily reached from the airport, has all the benefits of both a vibrant cosmopolitan city and seafront location, and a wide choice of property types and prices. The most desirable real estate areas are the Old Town and peaceful Calatrava district, the bohemian district of Santa Catalina (with a great market, and numerous restaurants and bars), and the attractive old fishing village of Portixol.
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On the rural side of the Palma ring road, the Son Vida estate is the location of exclusive properties – many architect-designed – offering luxury, privacy and awe-inspiring views. Three superb golf courses are not much more than a tee’s throw away. Boat owners could find a suitable home near the glamorous marina of Puerto Portals – just a short drive from the capital.
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Living in Palma
Palma was recently declared the best place to live in the world by the UK ‘Sunday Times’. The city offers a range of sea-view, historical and new-build properties to suit a range of budgets – but prime locations come at a premium.
The most exclusive areas are the Old Town and Calatrava districts with ancient architecture, the bohemian district of Santa Catalina which has a jumble of mainly apartments, and the attractive old fishing village of Portixol with its fishing cottages and designer penthouses. Son Vida estate is the place for architect-designed villas and apartments with stunning views and top class golf facilities.
Prices in prime Palma de Mallorca range from around 300,000 for a one-bed apartment to well over 10 million euros for a villa, palace or penthouse. There are more affordable properties in areas such as Bellver and the northern suburbs.
Sóller & Port de Sóller
A handsome town graced with Modernist architecture, and with the backdrop of magnificent mountains, Sóller town has something of a French air to it – especially on market day, Saturday, when the place buzzes with life. If you want town living, with stunning countryside around you, and the beautiful Port de Sóller and resort, the fertile Sóller valley could be for you. If you’ve read Anna Nicholas’s books, you’ll know there’s a great sense of community here.
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Living in Sóller and Port de Sóller
Living in Sóller has a slightly secluded feel as the area is surrounded by mountain peaks. This used to deter property buyers, but the construction the tunnel dramatically improved access – the area has been undergoing a steady revival.
Both the town and the Port enjoy a tight-knit international community.
Sóller town is active all year-round with a good range of amenities. Historical buildings and winding streets set the scene for quaint townhouses which range in price from 200,000-700,000 euros. Stunning fincas perched on the rural hilltops and mountain slopes are some of the most impressive and sought after on the island available from 200,000 to 17 million euros.
The atmosphere of Port Sóller is completely different. Most of the properties here are apartments overlooking the sea, beach and port. Prices typically range from 150,000-600,000 euros.
Pollensa & Port de Pollensa
The north of Mallorca appeals mainly to British property buyers, who benefit from the area’s facilities, services and social life. In the winter months, many shops and restaurants are closed – and the weather can be harsher here than in other areas – but there are always some places open and the scenery is beautiful year-round. The nearby Formentor peninsula has some few exclusive properties, affording more privacy – yet proximity to the town and resort’s facilities.
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Living in Pollensa and Port de Pollensa
The wild beauty of northern Mallorca has attracted many international residents and Pollensa has mixed community with many Brits choosing to holiday and live here.
Pollensa town is a typical historic town with narrow roads and a compact centre attracting a good deal of bustle all year round and a good range of amenities. Townhouses and apartments are mostly on offer in Pollensa itself, with a wide range of fincas, villas and cottages in the outskirts. Prices range from 150,000 to 10 million euros – not as expensive as other areas of Mallorca, but just a beautiful!
Port Pollensa enjoys sandy beaches and golf facilities with properties ranging in price from 100,000 for a studio to around 5 euros million for a villa. Most properties available are relatively new.
Artà and Capdepera
These northeast Mallorca hilltop towns in the Llevant hills seem to have particular appeal to Germans and there are quite a few German-run businesses serving their various needs. Artà is ideal if you’d like to live in a small and well-served town (it has an excellent Tuesday market, and a theatre), but close to unspoiled countryside and beaches ranging from popular to remote. Property options include rustic fincas – renovated or in need of TLC – in the towns’ rural surroundings, or townhouses – some renovated, others a potential project. There’s a good road connecting these towns with Manacor (which has a large hospital) and Palma.
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Living in Arta and Capdepera
Arta and Capdepera are on the north-eastern tip of Mallorca. Traditionally more quiet and affordable than some parts of the island, this location is growing in popularity for overseas buyers. Ideal those who don’t mind a slower pace of life off-season, it’s also a place to still enjoy authentic Mallorca, with delicious local produce and good access to the major town of Manacor. Golf and beaches are both nearby.
Arta is a well-serviced, fortified mediaeval town with winding streets and Gothic architecture. You can still bag a project for under 100,000 euros or pay up to 5 million euros for a luxury villa.
Capdepera is smaller and property is most sought after in the old town from around 250,000 euros, with many beautifully reformed villas also available for up to 5 million euros.
Set amid pleasant countryside, the attractive former walled town of Santanyí has a good market twice weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays), and a large German population of property owners. Interesting shops, galleries and eateries offer added appeal and good opportunities for an enjoyable social life. It’s just a short drive to some attractive coves and small beaches, as well as the large expanse of the virgin Es Trenc beach.
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Living in Santanyi
Santanyi is renowned for its rustic beauty and fertile land, it is a municipality of southern Mallorca as well as a town. There is a passing parade of international artists and artisans who live and work here. Popular with international, particularly German buyers, the town enjoys 35km of coastline, nature parks and a wide choice of shopping, golf, restaurants and local market produce.
Prices here are relatively affordable and there are still opportunities to snap up a reform project, particularly one of the typically stone-built town houses and villas. There are also some modern properties available. You can pick up a rustic plot for less than 100,000 euros, town houses and apartments are usually priced from 200,000-600,000 euros and villas range from 500,000 to 10 million euros.
Andratx & Port d’Andratx
The southwest tip of Mallorca offers the backdrop of the magnificent Tramuntana mountains, lovely countryside, and these two attractive locations. The port is small but bursting with restaurants and bars and, even with a yacht club there, the place still has the charm of a fishing port. This can be a lively spot during the summer but, in winter, it’s rather sleepy – though it can be subject to the occasional severe storm.
The town of Andratx feels much more authentically Mallorcan, and rather quiet – except on Wednesdays (market day). If you love culture, CCA Andratx offers superb contemporary art, occasional summer concerts and other events. Road links to Palma and the airport are good.
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The exclusive town of Port d’Andratx in the southwest of Mallorca is a sought-after location for home ownership or a visit when touring the island.
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Living in Andratx and Port d’Andratx
Andratx town is not as exclusive or popular with international residents as the nearby Port Andratx, but both locations enjoy very mixed communities.
Andratx town enjoys an elevated location with a good range of local facilities – most properties are townhouses or apartments in the centre (typically 350,000-700,000 euros) and villas, rustic houses and elegant fincas in the outskirts (500,000 to 15 million euros).
Port Andratx is becoming increasing popular particularly with Germans and has the benefit of both older architecture and purpose-built holiday accommodation. Expect to pay from 4 to 17 million euros for an upscale villa and as little as 200,000 for a modest apartment – the average price range is 500,000 to 1 million euros. Port Andratx has a wide range of exclusive and designer shopping.
If proximity to the sea is not a priority, living in a village or small town has its own benefits. Local shops, market, culture (many places have a small theatre), and the chance to integrate into the community, all add up to a more authentic experience of Mallorcan life. Some of the more popular inland municipalities include Santa Maria, Binissalem, and Alaró – all of which have become home to people of several nationalities, perhaps also because of the easy access to Palma, by road or rail.
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Living in Central Mallorca
Traditionally the agricultural base of the island until the rise of tourism, central Mallorca has a varied landscape includes: mountains, flat plains, farms and vineyards. Prices in the centre are much more affordable, making it a good location for property buyers in search of a quieter, more authentic Mallorcan experience.
Choose your location well and you will have good facilities close at hand plus great access to many parts of the island – other locations can be a bit inaccessible.
Santa Maria with its popular Sunday market and Alaro with its stunning mountain backdrop are the most sought after. Consell, Sencelles and Binissalem are perfect for wine lovers and Bunyola Randa and Montuiri are renowned for their charm.
Many properties are available for less than 500,000 euros, but expect to still have to pay for the most exclusive locations with the best access to Palma or a major town.
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