There’s always something special about an island. Mallorca is the largest of the four Balearic islands with an area of 3,640 sq km. It enjoys a temperate, sub-tropical climate of short, mild winters and hot summers. And it’s an island of diverse landscapes. There’s the Tramuntana mountain range and dramatic sea cliffs. In addition, over 70 beaches, isolated coves, picturesque villages and rolling agricultural plains are part of Mallorca’s variety. And, wherever you are you are never more than 25 minutes from the coast. Many buyers from overseas becomes residents in Mallorca. The island’s permanent foreign community of 20% remains the highest percentage of any province in Spain.
Mallorca has a sophisticated infrastructure and a reputation for year round quality tourism. In the last ten years the number of 5 star hotels has more than doubled. Traditional leisure pursuits are well catered for, with 23 golf courses and over 300 km of dedicated cycling routes. And it’s fast gaining popularity with adventure sports enthusiasts. In particular, divers, climbers and olympic athletes come to the island for winter training. In addition, an abundance of safe anchorages and first class facilities have turned the island into the yachting hub of the Western Mediterranean.
Palma encompasses the vibrant city centre of the Borne known as the ‘golden mile’ and the main shopping street of Jaime III, the historic area of Casco Antiguo or the old-town as it’s known, the popular tourist zone La Lonja, the trendy area of Santa Catalina, the sea front lively strip along Paseo Marítimo, the fisherman’s barrio of Portixol and Playa de Palma, and the exclusive hillside golf area of Son Vida.
Palma has become fashionable as an all year round weekend city break destination. It offers modernista architecture and a magnificent cathedral dating back to the 14th century. There are boutiques, avant-garde art galleries, leafy plazas, tapas bars, pavement cafes and buzzing nightlife. Lots of cultural events, cinemas, concerts and exhibitions cater for all interests throughout the year. And the waterfront has been transformed into several kilometres of cycle paths and promenade lined with cruising boats and superyachts. If the buzz of a Mediterranean city is what you are after an apartment or house in Palma could be for you.
The central plain is the agricultural heart of the island with beautiful vineyards, sleepy hamlets and weekly markets. Along the west coast, the great Sierra de Tramintana Mountains, covered in pine forests, tower over the plains, their majestic sharp cliffs looming over the crystal clear blue sea.