The Mallorca area
Everyday life in Mallorca
Living in Mallorca is all about enjoying a natural paradise in the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by turquoise waters, with 300 days of sunshine a year. It also means enjoying breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, white sandy beaches and an exquisite range of cuisine, as well as culture and leisure activities. Most of all, it is a place of tranquillity that captivates and enchants you, without renouncing its excellent transport links to the major European capitals. Its capital, Palma de Mallorca, was described as “the best place to live in the world” by the Financial Times.
The districts of Mallorca
In terms of areas, the most outstanding are the old quarter of Palma de Mallorca, the quiet neighbourhood of Calatrava, the bohemian Santa Catalina and the old fishing port of Portitxol. Although, without a doubt, Son Vida is still the most exclusive area, with the highest property prices in the city and the best location to enjoy impressive views over the bay of Palma. There are also very sought-after towns in the southwest of Mallorca, which are characterised by their proximity to the sea, such as Bendinat, Santa Ponsa, Puerto de Andratx or Puerto Portals. In recent times, towns in the centre of the island of Mallorca such as Alaró, Sineu or Santa María have also become popular with buyers who wish to live away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
Nature in Mallorca
Beaches and coves
Known throughout the world for its more than 500 kilometres of coastline, the island of Mallorca is a true paradise for lovers of the sea and white sandy beaches. Cala Sa Cobra, Cala Tuent, Playa s’Amarador, Playa Formentor and Cala Mitjana are world famous, but Mallorca is much more than just sun and sand.
There are countless unique green spaces where you can connect with nature, such as the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, Port des Canonge and Puig de Randa. Nor can we forget some of the island’s best kept secrets, such as Es Canyaret beach, considered one of the most coveted natural spas in the Balearic Islands, Es Caragol beach or Es Caló des Moro. The impressive greenery, the tranquillity and the clean air in Mallorca is what has turned the largest of the Balearic Islands into the chosen place to live by many families from northern European countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, which already represent 20% of its population.
Sports and activities to do in Mallorca
Mallorca’s warm climate and exceptional surroundings have made it a paradise for lovers of outdoor sports such as tennis, paddle tennis, cycling, hiking, running and yoga, among others.
500 km of coastline
The more than 500 kilometres of coastline that Mallorca has make it the ideal place for the practice of water sports such as yachting, parasailing, paddle surfing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing. The island has more than ten ports, such as Palma de Mallorca, where some of the most spectacular boats in the world are moored.
Gastronomy in Mallorca
Mallorca has a rich gastronomic offer, with a wide variety of local products of a markedly Mediterranean character. From the coast, the most important products are fresh fish and seafood, and from the inland, cereals, olives, vegetables and the local black pig, an indigenous breed responsible for the exquisite and highly-valued sobrassada (a type of pork sausage).
The best restaurants in Mallorca
Mallorca offers a diverse and dynamic culinary scene, ranging from restaurants with exquisite views of the sea or located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Palma de Mallorca, to secluded restaurants in rural areas. Some of the most outstanding restaurants are El Zaranda, by chef Fernando Pérez Arellano, located in the Hotel Es Príncep. Andreu Genestra, located in the village of Capdepera, or Voro, by chef Álvaro Salazar. We must not forget the restaurant Es fum, in the St Regis Mardavall Resort Hotel, Maca de Castro, in Puerto de Alcudia or Marc Fosh, the only British chef in Spain with a Michelin star.
Culture in Mallorca
Santa Maria Cathedral
The Cathedral of Santa María in Palma de Mallorca, built between 1229 and 1346, is one of the most significant monuments that marks the skyline of Mallorca and demonstrates the connection of the Balearic island with art.
It is no coincidence that the island, where more than twenty museums coexist, offers a wide range of cultural activities. Modern and contemporary art can be found in museums such as Es Baluard, Can Prunera and the Juan March Foundation, which house great collections of artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Joan Miró and Toulouse-Lautrec; and others linked to the island, such as Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir and Joan Fuster. Historical museums such as the Mallorca Museum or the Castell Bellver Museum explain Mallorca’s historical and cultural heritage over the centuries through archaeology, sculpture, painting and jewellery.
Transport and connections in Mallorca
Mallorca stands out for its excellent transport links with the main Spanish and European cities. During the high season, Mallorca airport has more than 800 flights a day connecting the island with cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, London, Berlin, Bremen, Amsterdam, Cologne and Munich, among many others.
It is also possible to travel by ferry to Barcelona, Denia, Ibiza or Menorca, among other coastal cities.
Thanks to its unbeatable flight connections, living in Mallorca has also become, in recent years, an attraction for people from other European countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy or Holland, among others, who wish to enjoy a peaceful life on an island surrounded by the sea, nature and good weather.
Mallorca, a perfect place for families
With a population of just over 947,000 inhabitants, Mallorca has become a refuge for national and northern European families who want their children to grow up in a healthy environment, surrounded by the sea, nature and clean air. Not surprisingly, currently 20% of the population of Mallorca is foreign, with a large presence of Germans, Italians, British and French, among other nationalities. The tranquillity of the area, the quality of life it offers and its wide range of educational institutions, both national and international, is another reason why many people come to live in Mallorca.
Schools in Mallorca
British schools include The Academy, Baleares International College, Bellver International College, King Richard III and Queen’s College. Other educational proposals such as Escola Global, Montessori School of Mallorca, the Lycée Français de Palma, the German school Eurocampus or The American School of Mallorca also stand out.
Real estate market in Mallorca
Price per square metre in Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca has the highest per capita income in the Balearic Islands. Currently, the price per square metre in Mallorca is around 1,900 €/m2, and can exceed 5,500 €/m2 in the most premium areas of the island.
The most sought-after areas of Mallorca
The areas with the highest prices are in the capital, Palma de Mallorca, with the Old Town, Son Vida, Portixol and Es Molinar being the most sought after. The southwest of Mallorca also attracts the interest of investors with proposals such as Puerto de Andratx, which offers an exclusive lifestyle, Bendinat, Santa Ponsa or Puerto Portals. The western part of Mallorca, dominated by the Tramuntana mountains, is also home to the desirable villages of Sóller, Valldemossa and Deiá. Many international residents have also surrendered to the beauty of historic villages in the north of Mallorca such as Pollensa and Alcudia.
Real estate available
In terms of the type of properties, the most popular are detached houses with gardens, luxury villas with extensive green areas, and large penthouses and flats with sea views.
Mallorca is an island closely linked to tourism and therefore offers many job opportunities in this field during the high season. Moreover, with the implementation of remote work, Mallorca has seen an increase in the number of residents looking for the best environment to work and live in. Check out the job offers available from Coldwell Banker/Select Mallorca here. Do you need more reasons to live in Mallorca? At Coldwell Banker Mallorca we have the best selection of properties in the Mallorca area – we can help you find your dream home!
It is worth mentioning that Mallorca is considered one of the safest islands in the Mediterranean. You just have to watch out for petty theft. Most visitors never feel in the slightest danger, but that is no reason not to take the usual precautions, especially in the tourist areas and in Palma.
Tips to increase your safety in Mallorca
It is advisable to check your luggage when travelling to/from the hotel. Be on the lookout for pickpockets and scammers, such as women locally knownn as “claveleras” who will scam you into buying flowers for good luck. Bags and backpacks should be kept in sight at all times. Anything left on the beach can disappear simply by turning around. Never leave valuables in rental cars.