Mallorca / Majorca Area Guide
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain, Mallorca (or Majorca, either spelling is correct) forms part of the Balearics. Covering just over 3,640km², it is around two hours’ flight time from the UK, making hunting for property for sale in Mallorca very easy indeed. Its contrasting landscape of mountainous regions, forest, beautiful white, sandy beaches and sheltered coves make this Balearic island in particular, a jewel in the Mediterranean.
The island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild but stormy winters and long, hot summers. The average high temperature during the winter is around 14 degrees, dropping to around 10 degrees, whilst in the summer, residents and holidaymakers alike enjoy temperatures of up to 27 degrees, rarely dropping below 21 degrees. In the island’s principal mountain range, the Serra de Tramuntana, there is usually a higher precipitation and in winter, it has been known to snow on this higher ground. Even in the summer, it is fascinating to watch the cloud formations, the odd rumble of thunder and the low lying mist which often forms around these mountains.
Tourism of Mallorca
Mallorca’s history of tourism began in the 1960s. Since then, hundreds of thousands of families and holidaymakers have visited the island – families often choosing quieter resorts to the north, singletons preferring the nightlife and fun of resorts such as Palma Nova and Magaluf. There are many tourist resorts dotted along the coastline of Mallorca which offer a variety of entertainment including restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. Further inland, however, you can find quieter, more genuine villages and villages, set amidst stunning scenery. Indeed many celebrities own property in Mallorca – beautiful villas tucked away on hillsides, right across the island.
The official language on the island is Catalan, spoken with a Mallorquin dialect. However, almost everyone speaks Spanish, and most can even speak some degree of English, too.
Much of the northern part of the island is given over to the military, whilst Palma, the capital city of Mallorca, is an historic, and scenic place; its fourteenth century cathedral towering over the neighbouring buildings and the Almudaina Palace and Parc de la Mer offering a touch of class. Alternatively, it is also cosmopolitan, with many wine bars, cafes and fashionable boutiques lining the streets. There are a wide range of activities available in the area including watersports facilities, golf courses, underground caves, sites of historical interest and even a zoo!
Mallorca is renowned, of course, for its blue flag white sandy beaches and clear, safe waters. To the north of the island, the more mountainous region of the Serra de Tramuntana offers more shade from the hot sun and some fantastic cycling routes.
Mallorca is an extremely desirable location, if you are looking to buy a property abroad. It is a much quieter island than Ibiza, on the whole, enjoying around 300 hours of sunshine each year and revelling in its beautiful resorts and mountain villages.
Although some areas have fallen prey to mass tourism, much of the island is relatively untouched, attracting those interested in buying luxury properties in Mallorca. Those looking for solitude and peace tend to look to the north of the island and here, in a traditional village situated up in the mountains such as the historic settlement of Lluc, a six bedroom country home will easily fetch in the region of €2.5m. Further south, in the more lively areas such as Palma, a two bedroom penthouse can reach up to around €800,000 and villas priced at several million euros. There is also a mass of good quality affordable property for sale in Santa Ponsa.
There are many new builds taking place in Mallorca, in the form of expansive villas and luxury apartments, usually with views of either the mountains or the sea. Alternatively, high class village houses are also popular. The variety of property for sale in Mallorca is astounding, with most apartments or houses having their own unique character and design. Homes on the actual seafront itself are relatively rare, as the majority are snapped up as investment opportunities, making the most of Mallorca’s tourist trade. However, those which do come up for sale often achieve asking prices running into several million euros.
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