The contrast between lively holiday resorts and traditional Mallorcan mountain villages, between lonely, cristal-clear bays and the characteristic foothills of the Tramuntana mountains make the Southwest region so diverse and full of widespread appeal.
In addition to this you’ll find a range of leisure activities unrivalled on the island, the infrastructure is excellent, the distance to the airport is relatively short and Palma is in close reach.
For a detailed insight into living or owning property in the region, scroll down to the foot of the page.
History & culture
Roman in origin, the town of Andratx dates from 2BC. Located on the south-west tip of the island, it was build a few miles inland a comfortable distance from the coast – and the incessant threat of pirate invasion.
Action was taken as early as 1500 to guard against these savage attacks, and a series of watchtowers – or ‘torres’ – were constructed across Mallorca. There are 12 of these such towers still stand in the municipalities of Andratx and Calvia – and setting out to visit them makes for some enjoyable hiking (see ‘Attractions’).
Discover the traditional town of Andratx, its weekly market, one of the island’s best modern art galleries, and good restaurants. Highly recommended visit! […] Andratx
During the mid 80’s Port Andratx was the place to go, thanks to a certain Ms. Claudia Schiffer who was at the height of her supermodel stardom and could often be spotted at Tim’s Bar or eating dinner at Miramar (a favourite of King Juan Carlos). The steep hillsides that have always protected the port were yet to be developed but people were already buying property in the area, realising the potential of the surroundings.
The Andratx area continues to retain an air of exclusivity, helped by visitors such as former prime ministers Felipe Gonzalez and Adolfo SuArez – and its manifold multi-million euro villas.
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.
[…] Port Andratx
Perhaps the best micro-example of Mallorca’s moneyed side is the harbour of Puerto Portals, which has a flavour all of its own. One of Europe’s favourite upmarket marinas, its many chic restaurants, cafes and boutiques make it perfect for strolling, to the backdrop of a succession of superyachts.
Where do Bill Gates, Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton and the King of Spain go when they’re in Mallorca? Puerto Portals, of course. […] Puerto Portals – must-go draw since 1986
No description of Mallorca’s southwest can be complete without a mention of Magaluf. No matter what your impression or opinion of the island’s most notorious town is, it can’t be ignored that thousands flock here year after year in search of a good time.
It’s had it’s fair share of problems and controversy – remember British policemen being deployed to patrol the streets (and one or two captured on camera joining in the fun themselves?) – but steps are being taken to rebrand the party resort into something more sophisticated; and with the addition of a few upmarket hotels and the cool-as-ice Nikki Beach, perceptions are starting to change.
Magaluf is the essential place for many parties. Live music, several major tourist attractions and a large beach make this a popular spot on the island. […] Magaluf
Nikki Beach Mallorca, the famed luxury beach club that burst onto the party scene on the island, enjoys a spectacular location and is the place to go in Magaluf. […] Nikki Beach Mallorca
Right next door, Palma Nova is something akin to Magaluf’s grown-up older sister; a cheap and cheerful resort catering to all tastes, with a broad expanse of long, sandy, Blue-Flag beach.
With three beaches on a wide bay, located in the Southwest, Palma Nova offers typical resort amenities and a cut-above-the-average mini golf course. […] Palma Nova
The stunning sheltered cove of Santa Ponsa has long been a favourite with holidaying families. Its success is down to a few factors: the value and range of its accommodation; the profusion of its bars and eateries, and the beauty of its beach, which boasts calm, shallow waters ideal for children.
Santa Ponsa, a popular beachside resort, is the perfect family holiday location with lots to do and see, a number of golf clubs, a marina and plenty of good hotels and restaurants. […] Santa Ponsa
What makes the south west so interesting is that these lively, modern resort towns exist so close to tiny, unspoilt places such as Galilea; a precious mountain hamlet inland from Andratx that has held tight to its traditions.
The mountain village of Galilea in the southwest is an attractive alternative to the busy holiday resort towns along the coast, offering the experience of authentic Mallorca at its best! […] Galilea
Calvia is the administrative centre of the south west and, as a result of the tourism of the past 50 years, is rumoured to be the richest municipality in all of Spain. A popular place in which to settle for foreigners, this attractive small town sits in the hills 6km from the coast – far enough away to retain its authenticity.
The historic town of Calvià nestled in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains on the southwest of Mallorca, is within easy reach of many of Mallorca’s major tourist resorts. […] Calvià
Local products & shopping
The sunny south west provides near-perfect conditions for the growing of almonds, carob, figs, and citrus fruits. The sweet, distinct taste and remarkable health benefits of the almond nuts collected here – and elsewhere on Mallorca – makes them widely in demand by overseas markets. Harvesting takes place between the end of August and start of September, and as well as widespread mechanical methods, there are still growers who pick by hand, beating the branches with long sticks.
Nearby Palma takes the biscuit when it comes to shopping, and the south west doesn’t try to compete. What it does do very well are a smattering of smaller independent shops and boutiques run by locals and creative international resident types.
K&K is a great example: an eclectic Dutch-run furniture and decor store in Port Andratx housing many charming items sourced from markets in France and the Netherlands.
If it’s luxurious clothing and accessories you wish for, head to Puerto Portals. There you’ll discover an exclusive collection of designer shops catering to the well-heeled, such as on-trend womenswear boutique Kidama.
The luxury women’s clothing boutique, Kidama, offers the best high-class collections and top brands. Visit their stores in Portals Nous and Palma Centre now! […] KIDAMA Boutique
Poligono Son Bugadelles is a large commercial estate on the outskirts of Santa Ponsa. It has several excellent stores that have sprung up to meet the furnishing and interior needs of international residents in the area, and makes for a convenient shopping option. People from all over the island come here for the sophistication of goods and brands on offer, and distinguished interior names like Knox, Terraza Balear and Kare have their premises here.
Knox Design specialise in interior design. They are based in Mallorca and cater specifically to busy people who want a no-hassle interior design solution. […] Knox Design Home Store
Situated in Santa Ponsa, Terraza Balear is a furniture store and interior specialist with a highly covetable Mediterranean design approach. […] Terraza Balear
Casa Bruno provides the widest selection of specialist ceiling, wall and pedestal fans in Mallorca, plus top American brands for outdoor furniture and more. […] Casa Bruno American Home Decor
Situated in the sunny south and easily accessed from anywhere, Descanshop Santa Ponsa holds a massive, inspiring collection of indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative items. […] Descanshop Santa Ponsa
Things to do & attractions
There’s so much more to South West Mallorca than simply gorgeous beaches. You can explore art; cultural events; history; wellbeing; and plus, there’s stacks to keep the kids happy.
Visit Puerto Portals marina
Even when not playing host to a series of events throughout the seasons, Puerto Portals retains a definite buzz. For a spot of people watching it’s hard to beat; especially on an evening as the sun goes down over the harbour, and a colourful kind of crowd stroll the waterfront promenade.
Puerto Portals is the glamour hotspot of Mallorca with numerous luxury yachts, top class restaurants and the best international designer brands on offer. […] Puerto Portals
Discover Port Adriano
It’s not just the yacht set who frequent Port Adriano. This Philippe Starck-designed marina draws a great mix of people who come to enjoy a gourmet meal and a few drinks while, of course, surveying the impressive super yachts on display. It’s just a short walk from the nice beach at El Toro, meaning you can combine both.
The luxury harbour in the south west of Mallorca is the hub for super-yachts as well as offering top class restaurants, boutiques & glamorous events and concerts throughout the year. […] Port Adriano in the southwest
Get a dose of art
The biggest contemporary art space in Mallorca is CCA Cultural Centre Andratx. A minimal building perfectly integrated into the natural environment, it is a great place for exploring exhibitions of multi-disciplinary contemporary art; and when you and your legs tire of that, there’s an excellent cafe-bistro.
The largest and certainly one of the best contemporary art gallerys on Mallorca. A visit to CCA in Andratx is a ‘must’ for all cultural lovers visiting Mallorca. […] CCA Cultural Centre Andratx
Iconic American artist Barbara Weil commissioned a remarkable studio to be built by architect Daniel Libeskind. This hauntingly lovely, otherworldly structure that is Studio Weil in Port Andratx houses her collection of paintings and sculptures – and Weil devotees come from all over the world to experience them here.
The artist & sculptor Barbara Weil has lived in Puerto Andratx for over 40 years. Architect Daniel Libeskind was the perfect choice to build her studio. […] Artist Barbara Weil Studio in Puerto de Andratx
Have a heavenly massage in a natural cave
Besides a dedicated Wellness Centre at Puerto Portals, Bodhana has a special location inside a natural cave at Balneario Illetas beach club. The wonderfully talented therapists – who are trained not to chat unless you wish to – will transport you to bliss to the accompaniment of the lapping waves.
Balneario Illetas beach club in Illetes close to Portals Nous – you will find chill-out lounge beds over looking the beach with a nice restaurant and bar. […] Balneario Illetas Beach Club
Bodhana Wellness Centre offer a range of massage treatments by experienced therapies in their various centres, or at your home or yacht, yoga classes, workshops and retreats. […] Bodhana Wellness Centre
See Mallorca’s most famous show
The Pirates Adventure show is an institution in Mallorca. Expect a swashbuckling mix of world-class acrobatics, thrilling gymnastics and breathtaking dancing down in Magaluf. Entertainment for all the family; unless you opt for Pirates Reloaded – the adults-only version.
Pirates has amazed over 3 million customers during the last 30 years with its unique blend of world class acrobatics, thrilling gymnastics and breathtaking dancing. […] Pirates Adventure Show
Escape on a boat trip
Pay a visit to the national park of Sa Dragonera by boat, and you’ll be rewarded with interesting hikes, rich birdlife and beautiful blue waters. A boat departs daily at 10:30 hrs in summer from the Santa Ponsa pier, and the excursion takes approximately five hours, with plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling, plus a stop at a paradisiacal cove.
Once a pirate haunt, now a nature reserve abundant in plants and wildlife. A trip by boat is a great way of making the most of your visit. Find out more. […] Boat excursion to Sa Dragonera Island
Hang at a beach
So, it’s true that the Southwest isn’t all beach, beach, beach, but it’s lovely coastline-and-sunshine combo will forever be the region’s main draw. There are numerous spots to choose from; the following is a small selection.
There are three beaches to explore in Paguera, which neighbours Santa Ponsa on Costa de la Calma. Each have their own brand of charm, but all boast fine sand, clear water and are very child friendly, with plenty of facilities.
There are 262 white sandy beaches, of which 60 fly the blue flag, on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Here is your complete guide to the best beaches on Majorca. […] Best Beaches in Mallorca
In the resort of Peguera, in the southwest of Mallorca, you’ll find several types of German beer and Wurst and three beautiful sandy beaches. […] Peguera
Resting in a sheltered little bay, Illetas beach is where the beautiful people go, lured by its upmarket beach clubs, turquoise waters and sparkling golden sands.
A well established, popular holiday restort in the southwest of Mallorca with beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters, beach clubs, hotels, restaurants… click here for your complete guide to Illetes. […] Illetes
Tucked in a corner of the coastline past Andratx, Sant Elm is a ravishingly pretty little beach with many good bars and restaurants close by. Relaxing on its fine white sand, you get a great view of the island of Sa Dragonera in the distance.
This small pretty beach front and fishing port village with a backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains and the island of Dragonera just infront it is a low key resort on the southwest coast with a lot to offer! […] San Telmo
One of the cool things about Camp de Mar is the novel little island connected by bridge to the main beach. A broad sweep of sand with the most amazing coloured, green-hued sea, and stunning views over a calm Med.
A holiday resort town with a lovely white sandy beach lined with hotels, shops & restaurants. Ideal for a relaxed family holiday & a central location to explore the southwest of Mallorca. […] Camp de Mar
Chill at a beach club
Yes it’s in Magaluf – but not the one you know. Nikki Beach is an altogether more upmarket version, with decadent lounging, cool music and a great buzzy vibe.
Known worldwide as the preferred beach club to party for the rich and famous, you can now join in the fun here on Mallorca and enjoy the full experience! […] Party in style at Nikki Beach Mallorca
Up the road in Costa d’en Blanes, Mood Beach is a laid-back club with a restaurant and champagne terrace, Bali beds, and a Ibiza-feel going on.
Mood Beach Club has a great location close to Portals Nous offering a pleasant relaxed, chill-out experience by day and a lively party atmosphere by night. […] Mood Beach Club & Restaurant
Cala Llamp is the setting for Beach Club Grand Folies. One of the original clubs, it has been going for over four decades; spinning an elegant, private atmosphere, with superb cocktails and a blissful hammock area.
A dramatic location on the cliff of Cala Llamp, a good restaurant and excellent service make for an appealing beach club experience. […] Beach Club Gran Folies
Accana Summer Club was opened in 2016 by a successful boutique hotelier and brings an exclusive element to the beach club scene with its blend of great food and stylish surroundings. The most privileged thing, however, is the setting: the glorious unspoiled sandy beach of Camp de Mar.
The southwest of Mallorca is home to the stylish Accana Summer Club, offering food, drink, and relaxation on Camp de Mar beach. […] Accana Summer Club – a Camp de Mar highlight
Hike to a tower
Cala en Basset is the location of one of the ancient watchtowers constructed as part of a network across Mallorca. You can walk to it and back from Sant Elm in approximately two hours, via Cami de Can Tomeui, along a path that takes you through a delightfully shady pine forest.
Sant Elm is a very good starting point for several various walks, but this one is relatively easy and recommended for most ages and abilities.
Mallorca is paradise for hikers with the mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana to explore in a wonderful climate. Here is your guide to hiking in Mallorca. […] Hiking in Mallorca
Visit a castle
The castle of Sant Elm is an easy climb from the village itself, and offers splendid views out across the sea to Sa Dragonera. Dating from the 16th century, it was built to help defend against the ever constant threat of pirate invasion.
Castel de Bendinat was built in the 19th Century by the Marquis de la Romana (a Spanish General who famously defected from Napolean’s army). The construction is predominantly Medieval with neo-gothic and Central European influences.
Today it is owned by one of Mallorca’s noble families and is sadly not open to the public. Some of the best views of the castle are enjoyed from Real Golf de Bendinat but even if you’re not a golfer you can walk within the course and see one of Calvià’s most spectacular landmarks for yourself.
South West Mallorca is an adventure playground for families, with plenty of attractions designed especially for those with kids – as well as those adults who are up for a laugh!
What was once the House of Katmandu has evolved to become Katmandu Park; a multi-attraction theme park slap bang in the middle of Magaluf. In addition to the weird and wonderful world of an upside-down house full of interactive exhibits, there are 4D thrill rides, shooting galleries, a mini golf course, and a small water park. It goes without saying that the kids will love it.
Western Water Park
A crazy Wild West theme adds another element of fun to a day at this Magaluf favourite: complete with lazy river, Jacuzzis, areas for small kids and high and fast rides for the braver. Save money on the entrance fee by buying tickets in advance on the website: westernpark.com.
Marineland in Costa d’en Blanes (Portals Nous) wins rave reviews for its performing dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows. Though quite small, the park also has aquariums, an aviary and a tropical house with snakes and reptiles. Booking tickets online in advance usually works out a bit cheaper (see marineland.es).
There’s also the opportunity to swim with dolphins – at an added (not cheap) cost. The many nice bars, cafes and restaurants of Portals Nous are just a short stroll away, as is a tranquil beach.
Release your inner Fernando Alonso and try your skills on the track at this long-standing Magaluf attraction, open daily from daily from June 15th to October 15th; Monday to Saturday 10:00 h – 22:00 h, and Sundays 12:00 h – 21:00 h. Check the website for out-of-season and winter opening times: kartingmagaluf.com.
There are mini-golf courses in many of the resorts, but this is one of the best, set amid waterfalls, caves and tropical gardens. There is a choice of three different circuits – or you can play all 54 holes. Even adults will enjoy it. Open daily from June to September, 10:00 h – midnight. April, May and October – Wednesday to Sunday only.
Top restaurants in the southwest
You’re certainly not limited to Spanish cuisine when eating out in this region. This spicy selection of classy eateries takes in everything from fantastic fusion to enticing Indian; with plenty of excellent traditional cuisine in between.
The popular region of the southwest stretches from Palma to the west coast, encompassing glamorous hotspots & family holiday resorts offering great cuisine! […] Best Restaurants in the Southwest of Mallorca
This first-line Japanese/Peruvian cuisine restaurant in Port d’Andratx has found plenty of fans. abcMallorca went for lunch to find out why.
[…] Sumailla offers top Japanese/Peruvian food
A superb dinner in Port d’Andratx awaits at Trespais – offering winning cuisine and service with the warmest Austrian hospitality. […] Trespais Restaurant in Port d’Andratx
A seaview boutique hotel in the centre of Port d’Andratx offering an excellent restaurant – set menu and à la carte, a stylish cocktail bar and a spa. […] Hotel Villa Italia
This restaurant has a great reputation for innovative cuisine. Well above the average for food, decor and service. Highly recommended.
[…] Oliu, Cuina Mediterrania
There’s an attractive patio for elegant alfresco dining, a summer outdoor lounge and, indoors, a contemporary-style 50-cover restaurant. […] Restaurante Urbano Port d’Andratx
This modern restaurant, offers excellent views across the harbour and the town, serves Mediterranean cuisine at good value. The lobster paella has to be one of the best on Mallorca. […] Club de Vela Restaurant in Port d’Andratx
Ritzi is an Italian restaurant & lounge bar in the idyllic location of Puerto Portals. Eat á-la-carte, try the daily menu, or enjoy drinks at the lounge! […] Ritzi Restaurant in Puerto Portals
The Mallorcan Cappuccino Group has given Wellies a smart makeover for its reopening in the glamorous marina Puerto Portals. […] Wellies Puerto Portals
This is a very famous restaraunt in the upmarket Puerto Portals specialising in fish and tapas. The ambience here is lively and is certainly one of the hot spots to be on Mallorca. Enjoy!! […] Flanigan Restaurant in Puerto Portals
Discover new flavours at this high-end Indian restaurant at Puerto Portals where you can unwind on a stylish terrace beside a rippling fountain. Read more. […] Unwind at Mahal Tandoori’s Puerto Portals
Set on top of the beach and the smart Puerto Portals marina, this is a sophisticated restaurant offering top-class Mediterranean food. Highly recommended! […] Lila Portals Restaurant
Recognized as one of the better restaurants in the chic harbour of Puerto Portals offering an extenive menu and efficient service. […] Restaurant Spoon, Puerto Portals
The dark interior with white walls and striking artwork leaves an impression. […] Restaurant Tahini
Opened in 2014, this restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese and French cuisine in their brasserie, café, and bar with DJ music and a very cool setting! You got to try it! […] Lucy Wang Restaurant in Puerto Portals
This is a particular favourite of Germans, Austrians, and Swiss, where they can enjoy typical food from their homeland on the beach front in Puerto Portals. Unique in its décor, you would expect to find this in the mountains of Tyrol, rather than a Mallorcan coastal beach bar and restaurant. […] Beach Alm
For a shot of heady glamour, head to Collins Restaurant at Portals Nous. With its ravishing sea view, menu and decór, you’ll be transported straight to Mediterranean luxe. […] Collins Restaurant
Astir restaurant is the gourmet space in Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous in which to sample local cuisine and products with an international twist. […] Astir Restaurant in Portals Nous
The COAST Seafood, Grill & Bar boasts a dream location overlooking the Port Adriano marina in south-western Mallorca. Make your reservation NOW! […] coast by east Restaurant
The ultra trendy bar and restaurant in Port Adriano is well-known from Sylt. Enjoy the sea views over the harbour, the lively atmosphere and the good food and drinks. […] Sansibar Wine & Restaurant
Visit this restaurant and bar for fresh, Mediterranean & Spanish food and views of the sea & yachts at the chic Port Adriano. Open all day Monday-Sunday. […] Restaurante Bruno Port Adriano
If you’re looking for creative Mediterranean cuisine in Mallorca’s southwest, try this fine restaurant in Santa Ponsa’s Club Nautico. […] 7Fuegos Restaurante
Specialising in Portuguese ‘Cataplanas’, Austrian tapas, pintxos, meat and seafood, Las Adelfas restaurant in Nova Santa Ponsa is well worth a visit. […] Las Adelfas Restaurant in Santa Ponsa
Quinta Esencia in Santa Ponsa, features innovative Mediterranean cooking and cocktails, with an open-plan kitchen and bar. Casual yet contemporary dining! […] Quinta Esencia Restaurant
Experience authentic Mallorcan cuisine with innovative contemporary flair at Arrels restaurant in Illetas. Offers an exquisite tasting menu. […] Lunch at Arrels by Marga Coll
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 at A Popa
For a memorable breakfast out, head for the 5-star Hospes Maricel and enjoy the ‘Desayuno Maricel’, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
[…] A breakfast fit for royalty at Maricel Hotel
Tan a Gustito Tapas brings wellbeing & homemade cooking to Magaluf with their tapas style menu that has an international flair. Detox juices & cocktails too […] Tan a Gustito Tapas
Camp de Mar
A Swiss/Italian-owned restaurant in Camp de Mar with an excellent reputation and large terrace, offering chef René’s creative cuisine. […] Restaurant La Tulipe
The southwest of Mallorca is home to the stylish Accana Summer Club, offering food, drink, and relaxation on Camp de Mar beach. […] Accana Summer Club – a Camp de Mar highlight
La Hacienda Restaurant in Paguera is one of the best steakhouses on the island. Wonderful to visit in winter – offering a warm ambience and good service. […] La Hacienda Restaurant
Famous for its unique location, Las Terrazas Restaurant is everything you’d expect from the paradisical Hotel Bendinat.
[…] Restaurant Las Terrazas del Bendinat
Costa d’en Blanes
Restaurant Es Fum in the St. Regis Mardavall Hotel in Costa d’en Blanes is one of the best restaurants in Mallorca. Advanced booking required. […] Restaurant Es Fum, Costa d’en Blanes
With two Michelin stars, Zaranda offers a memorable gastronomic experience, based on a choice of tasting menus by Fernando P Arellano. […] An award-winning dinner at Restaurant Zaranda
Find accomplished Mediterranean cuisine at this fine-dining restaurant within one of southwest Mallorca’s loveliest rural hotels. […] A summer lunch at Olivera
Great southwest stays
All of luxury, or something more simple? Next to the sea, or hidden in the countryside? Strictly adults only, or thronging with families? There is truly a hotel for every taste and requirement in Southwest Mallorca: the most popular holiday region in one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
This fabulousy located hotel in the southwest of Mallorca has lots to offer including many pools, top quality cuisine food and superb beaches within walking distance. Book now! […] Hotel Petit Cala Fornells Peguera
Looking for a haven by the sea, yet close to Puerto Portals and Palma? For modern indulgence and location, Gran Meliá de Mar ticks all the boxes. […] Gran Meliá de Mar
The Hotel Bendinat and restaurant Las Terrazas del Bendinat with stunning sea views, offering a wide selection of dishes reopened on the 19th of February! […] Hotel Bendinat reopened its doors!
This 5-star boutique hotel features faboulously decorated interiors along with its fantastic spa facilities and its great loaction. Book now! […] Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa
This designer boutique hotel in Portals Nous, close to Puerto Portals opened in 2015 with the concept of Miami-meets-Mallorca, offering a stylish Art Deco design. It’s a cool place to be! […] Portals Hills Boutique Hotel Portals Nous
This seaview boutique hotel in the centre of the picturesque town of Port Andratx offers amazing views, a wonderful restaurant and spa facilities. Reserve now! […] Hotel Villa Italia Port Andratx
The rural finca hotel Son Boronat, close to Calvià, is not only an idyllic place to stay, it’s also a great place for an unforgettable brunch. […] An unforgettable brunch at Son Boronat Calvià
Can Estades Finca Hotel, just outside the pretty village of Calvià, is a romantic get away with easy access to golf, beaches, hiking, cycling, and more! […] Finca Hotel Can Estades – paradise!
Close to Andratx town this five star, luxury hotel offers a Michelin star restaurant and excellent spa facilities in the countryside. Book now! […] Castell Son Claret Hotel
Puerto Portals and Port Adriano are the places to go for all manner of superb events. Much more than two of the most prestigious harbours in the Med, they also act as social hubs throughout the year.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mallorca’s glitziest port is solely the reserve of the rich and famous, but that’s actually far from the truth. In reality, a number of dates are lined up year round that attract all kinds of people. There’s German festival Sankt Martin in November; sporting event V Aquatlon in June, and a hugely popular Sunset Market in the height of summer.
Early summer brings a healthy celebration of all things good and natural in the form of Botanica Insolita; and when Christmas comes, the port is transformed into a winter wonderland for its atmospheric Christmas Market.
Then of course, there’s the thrill of Sailing Week in July, when everyone who’s anyone in the nautical scene descends on the south west. In spring, one of the most important classic car rallies in Europe takes place: Oris Rally Clasico; a must for anyone with an interest in vintage cars.
Gourmet, charity and art happenings crop up often in the Puerto Portals calendar – take a look at the events page at puertoportals.com for detailed info.
Puerto Portals is the glamour hotspot of Mallorca with numerous luxury yachts, top class restaurants and the best international designer brands on offer. […] Puerto Portals
The annual Food Truck Festival and Street Food Festival, held in September and October respectively, are lively and inclusive affairs.
The coolest gastronomic events of the island celebrate gastronomy as featured on the street, throughout the globe. November brings events connected to the Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, followed up by the Street Christmas Festival – and a New Year extravaganza.
Summer conjures a charming blend of madcap performances and audience-involving spectaculars with the arrival of Fun Fair, preceded by classy nautical event the Best of Yachting.
There’s a stream of music and concerts from world-class acts throughout the year. Previous artists have included Buena Vista Social Club, 2 Cellos, consult portadriano.com for an up-to-date schedule. Port Adriano is also famous for its Sunset Yoga parties.
Port Adriano: The Philippe Starck designed harbour of 80 sailing and motor yacht moorings, 40 fashion boutiques, chill-out bars and restaurants. Visit now! […] Port Adriano
Living in the southwest
Mallorca’s population rests at about 883,000, and 18% of this figure is comprised of foreigners. Of these, the large majority settle in the southwest, attracted by a mixed international community, proximity to Palma and the airport, and every possible convenience – including international schools – right on the doorstep.
Villages on the coast and Andratx area
One advantage of living on this beautiful Mediterranean island is the numerous ports and marinas that link the land to the crystal clear waters. Port d’Andratx is one location that, over the past 25 years, has welcomed a cosmopolitan invasion of locals and visitors, all of whom enjoy the smart boats, cool bars, boutique shopping and beautiful vistas of the harbour.
With over 50 years experience, this company continues building your dreams for you. With a wide range of construction and emergency services they look after you. Visit them now! […] Puchet Reforms & Constructions
Along with the neighbouring villages of Cala Llamp and Camp de Mar, this picturesque harbour ranges amongst the most popular locations in the southwest. Well-known politicians and celebrities, as well as golfers, sailors, musicians and artists, are drawn here not only in summer but off-season as well.
Architect Alejandro Palomino is one of the most sought after designers of modern homes on Mallorca, working to the highest standard creating luxury homes. Call now! […] Architect Alejandro Palomino
Many foreign property owners have decided to live here all year, despite the more tranquil times of year. This is due to the rise and variety of cultural highlights that keep Puerto Andratx liveable through the seasons. Properties range at the top end – luxury villas with stunning seaviews, apartments in the vibrant port or directly on the golf course, and traditional village houses.
Edificam Construction is a local building company with an excellent track record in providing services to foreigners on Mallorca. Contact Edificam now for more details! […] Edificam Construction & Reforms
Local real estate executive Heinrich von Goetz knows that the local environment simply sells itself: “It’s by far the nicest village in Mallorca. There’s the natural harbour, fantastic restaurants, a good selection of shops, excellent marina and nice people – a good mixture of locals and international people all living in the same village.”
Today the panoramas have changed. Villas and apartments sit proudly on the hillsides and the sailing club has been joined by an excellent marina. The quayside offers a wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants – most of which have several tables set close to the water. Tim’s Bar offers an array of beers on tap and if you like ice cream, try Gelateria Capri. Those in the know come to the port during the summer months, spoiling themselves with a cocktail before dinner while watching the sunset. Those who choose to stay longer certainly enjoy life at the water’s edge.
One of the best places to live in Mallorca is Port Andratx. It continues to attract a jet set -rich & famous who like the tranquil lifestyle of the village. […] Cosmopolitan Lifestyle in Port Andratx
In Andratx itself, which is about 5 minutes away from the harbour, plots and village houses in need of renovation are of interest to many buyers. Depending on their location, Andratx properties offer beautiful views over the countryside or harbour.
Santa Ponsa area
Further south, the coast becomes softer with fine sandy beaches and more touristy villages. Paguera, Costa de la Calma and Santa Ponsa offer beaches and swimming, countless restaurants, nightlife and hotels in all categories. Apartments which can be rented out to holiday makers are in high demand for property buyers looking to invest in this area.
Located in Santa Ponsa, the team at Beaumont properties provides expert real estate services in the southwest of Mallorca and selected locations throughout the island. […] Beaumount Properties / Mallorcamäklarna
Moreover, Santa Ponsa offers a multitude of golf properties; semi-detached houses or apartments in well-kept communities directly off the golf courses. The new developments between Nova Santa Ponsa and El Toro offer detached houses, beautiful communities and luxury villas, most built in the hills with splendid seaviews. Generally speaking, the urbanisations in this area have developed into exclusive village locations with a high standard of quality at an excellent cost/performance ratio.
Magaluf and Palma Nova
Magaluf and Palma Nova attract primarily young and middle-aged British clientele. Beach and leisure time fun is key. Magaluf, specifically, offers fun and nightlife for the young party crowd. The choice of restaurants, night and music clubs and pubs seems endless. As a result the property market focuses more on apartments for holiday rent.
Off-season is much quieter in Magaluf and Palmanova than in the rest of the southwest. Most hotels, restaurants and discos close down in winter and it is difficult to rent out a holiday apartment all year. However, prices for rental during high season are high and can make up for the quieter months.
Mallorca’s most exclusive areas
Puerto Portals, Port Adriano, Bendinat and Costa d’en Blanes have long been popular with international clientele. The two marinas, with their elegant restaurants, bars, luxurious motor yachts and sailboats, draw a prominent and wealthy audience every year. As a result, prices for property range in the top level.
As Jacqui Nash, owner of real estate agency Nash Homes in Portals explains: “Bendinat, Portals Nous and Puerto Portals are at the top of the most popular destinations for most people holidaying or buying on the island, based on their proximity to Palma, short transfer times to the airport, excellent golf courses at their doorstep, and the exclusive marina. “Besides,” she continues, “here they find 52 weeks of activity. The area is always busy and lively with restaurants and nightlife functioning all year round, unlike the east, north and south which are dead for six months of the year.”
For families who relocate to Mallorca, the close proximity to international schools is an important reason to chose this area.
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Costa d’en Blanes is an area mostly reserved for the finest and most luxurious villas, and a diverse selection of apartments can be found in Portals and Bendinat, some directly off the Bendinat golf course or in one of the condominiums overlooking the picturesque port of Portals.
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In addition to new developments and newly-built houses, both Old Bendinat and Portals Nous offer an interesting selection of typical Mallorcan summer villas. ‘Old’ Bendinat is so exclusive as it consists of just eight-to-10 first-line properties; some of which are worth up to 12 million euros.
Bendinat – location, location, location
Bendinat residents benefit from their location in all manner of ways. Local estate agents are all in agreement that Bendinat sells itself thanks to its infrastructure.
“Living in Bendinat means being close to an excellent selection of facilities. Just 10 minutes away from Palma, in the sunniest part of the island where there’s an all-year round community enjoying great restaurants, beaches, good schools and top class properties”, says Andrew Spence, Marketing Director of Sa Vinya Property Development.
For many, Bendinat has everything they could wish for, being close enough to the airport and to Palma’s city centre. One of the island’s best golf courses is on the doorstep, as is Puerto Portals – one of the most exclusive marinas in the Mediterranean.
The British have long been the predominant buyers, but Bendinat attracts a wide range of nationalities creating a cosmopolitan mix of residents from all over Europe. Many are using their property as a second home but more and more families are realising the advantages of living here all year round.
The popular residential area of Bendinat enjoys a prime coastal position. It is home to an abundance of luxury villas and apartments. The nearby golf club and some beautiful hotels and small calas. […] Bendinat
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Inland from the coast are S’Arraco, Calvia and Es Capdellà where visitors arrive to a different world. Those who prefer tranquillity and mountain scenery rather than the proximity to the beach will find also quiet villages and unspoiled nature. Calvià and Capdellà are very popular with expatriates, who like the combination of the wholesome Mallorcan way of life with a multitude of leisure and cultural activities at their doorstep.
Property prices range into the upper level. The properties on offer are mainly traditional Mallorcan village houses and country cottages. Properties for renovation can still be found but most of the properties have already been renovated to fulfil an expectation of high living standards.
The village of Es Capdellà in the southwest of Mallorca is home to Michelin star restaurant Zaranda and five star hotel Castell Son Claret, as well as being a popular place for foreigners to live. […] es Capdellà
The mountain village of S’Arraco in the west attracts mainly those who want to enjoy quiet and the unique beauty of the scenery. The best property locations offer splendid mountain views of the Tramuntana. The beach of Sant Elm (Telm) with the island of Dragonera and Port Andratx can be reached in a few minutes by car. There are only a limited number of properties on the market and the prices range in the medium to higher price level.
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Mallorca this beautiful village with a backdrop of mountains and forests, is within easy reach of major towns making it a particularly attractive place to live. […] S’Arraco
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