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Mallorca

Palma

Palma is the capital of Majorca and the Balearic Islands. It is the eighth most populous city in Spain with around 500,000 inhabitants. Palma airport is a short taxi-ride away, and the commercial harbours and marinas are found in the city centre. Some well-known landmarks in the old town include the Cathedral, Almudaina palace and Arab baths.  There is also a luxury shopping district on the streets of Paseo del Borne and Jaime III. The Santa Catalina district nightlife attracts visitors from its wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops. The weather in Palma de Mallorca is hot and dry for the majority of the year, making it a very desirable tourist destination. The Calatrava district forms part of Mallorca's old town, and is located behind the seafront. There are many squares where you can find cafés and restaurants, to relax by the palm trees. For living, the coastal areas of Portixol and Ciudad Jardín have a very popular property offer. Whether you are looking to be located in Palma city centre or the surroundings of Son Vida, we can help. Sotheby's Mallorca boasts a fantastic range of luxury villas, apartments and golf villas both in the city and inland.

Southwest

Most of our luxury villas and penthouses in this region are newly built or fully renovated. With regard to property for sale in southwest Mallorca, the demand for apartments is much lower than for villas. As for countryside plots, there are only a few remaining options offering outstanding views. Therefore, developers tend to focus mainly on villas requiring renovation work. We offer luxury houses and villas for sale in the towns of Port d'Andratx, Nueva Santa Ponsa and Port Adriano. Closer to the capital city of Palma are the small towns of Bendinat and Portals, where we also have a selection of long term rentals and land for sale. This includes the inland village of Son Font. Luxury yacht services and yacht charter companies are available for those who enjoy the peace of the sea. This area is perfect for thrill-seekers, due to the number of water, nature and amusement parks. If you are looking for a family-friendly holiday, this is the place for you.

West

Mallorca's western region stretches from Puerto de Andratx to Pollensa. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful area on the island. It is home to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Small towns such as Estellencs, Esporles and Banyalbufar show a much more peaceful side to Mallorca. Here, harmony and nature come together. The waterfalls, pebble coves and valleys stretch down to the rocky coastline. Olive trees are also an important part of culture as they are significant to Mallorca's oil growth. You can find our luxury properties in the mountain town of Deià, near Valldemossa. We have large villas in the George Sand residential development and in the famous Port de Sóller. This region has some of the best beaches and boutique hotels in west Mallorca.

North

The northern region boasts a beautiful coastline with pine woods and calm waters. Beyond the town of Can Picafort lies an unspoiled area with natural flora and fauna. We have luxury villas for sale in the idyllic towns of Colònia de Sant Pere, Cielo de Bonaire and Paraíso de Bonaire. There are residential developments between the bays of Alcúdia and Pollensa. In Pollensa's harbour, you will also find a number of luxury apartments for sale. Our spacious villas inland offer breathtaking views of the mountains. Another of the island’s most select areas is to be found in Formentor. Here, we have properties with direct access to the beach and panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea.

Northeast

The majority of hotels in the north of Mallorca are found in the northeast area, both coastal and countryside. Some long and luxurious beaches include Alcudia, Costa de los Pinos, Playa de Muro and Can Picafort. There is also an area of untouched beaches, starting at Son Serra de Marina. The town of Colonia de Sant Pere is at the end of this stretch of coast with its beautiful marina. This area is well-known for the best restaurants of the northeast. It is also home to some of the best nudist beaches! Cap Farrutx and Cala Ratjada mark the end of the northern area.

Southeast

This area stretches from Santanyí to the eastern side of Palma Bay, in the municipality of Llucmajor. The most luxurious properties for sale are to be found here. These are mainly country estates rather than grand villas in the town centre. Here you can choose from a wide selection of inland properties that come with flat solar panels for water supply. Ses Salines is another highly aspirational area. It is home to Mallorca's best beaches, including Es Trenc with its fine white sands and crystal-clear waters. There are also some famous nature reserves. These include the renovated marinas of Cala dOr and Sa Ràpita which overlook the Cabrera collection of islands. Experience the fabulous sensation of owning a luxury home in the island's south-eastern region!

Centre

The central region is the largest in Mallorca, covering more than half of the island. Its charming towns, villages, vineyards and country estates make this a highly sought-after location for both investors and those wishing to settle inland. We offer luxury villas for sale in the towns of Alaró and Santa María. They stand far from the hustle and bustle, yet with easy access to the motorway. Most of our properties have a plot of more than 4000m2, ideal for anyone looking for a peaceful life in the countryside. We also have a number of properties in Santa María and Bunyola that are perfect for horse breeding.

Zones

Mallorca's name comes from the Latin insula maior, and the later form, Maiorica. In 123 BC, the Romans founded a city called Palmaria in Mallorca. During the period of Muslim rule, it received the Arabic name of Madina Mayurqa. After James I of Aragon conquered the island in 1229, it came to be known as Ciutat de Mallorca (City of Mallorca).


From 1950, the island started to become a tourist destination. This surge, which took place between 1960 and 1970, saw the development of many Mallorca hotels and supporting industries.  Other footwear and agricultural industries are becoming less important as tourism is the real drive of the Balearic economy. Son Sant Joan airport has become Spain's third largest by number of passengers. Holidays to Mallorca are of easy access and it has many routes to Europe's leading cities. The number of private planes to the island has also increased a lot.

  Number of airport passengers

MallorcaIbizaMenorca
201122.7m2.57m5.6m
201222.6m2.54m5.5m
201322.7m2.56m5.7m

It is hard to find another tourist destination close to Europe's major cities that offers the same as Mallorca. This includes easy access to the airport and surrounding cities, through public and private travel. Mallorca also has a beautiful natural setting. Almost half of the island, 40%, is protected green areas, where building is controlled.

Mallorca covers a vast area of over 3,640km². According to a census carried out in 2015, the island had a population of almost 860,000 inhabitants.

Mallorca has a Mediterranean climate. High temperatures in summer can reach over 30°c and it is still warm in all other seasons. Low temperatures in winter are rarely below 5 °c. The beautiful Mallorcan weather brings lots of tourists to the island. This is the main drive for the economy, as the island receives on average 12 million visitors per year.

The Sierra de Tramuntana protects the whole island from wind and bad weather. These mountains run from Port d'Andratx to Port Pollença and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010. Its highest point is Puig Major at 1,342 metres. This is the part of Mallorca that is most protected from over-development. The Costa Nord foundation was founded by Michael Douglas, in order to protect and conserve the environment. This is based in the mountain region.

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Marinas

With a coastline of 623km, Majorca offers a wide variety of marinas. Boats can be hired from most of them, with or without a skipper, to enjoy the coast and its coves and beaches.

Golf

Majorca is a unique destination for golf tourism. It has 24 courses with the chance to play 365 days of the year. It is not necessary to be a member or to book days ahead. Golf contributes 160 million euros per year to the Balearic's tourist sector.

Hotels

There are over 1,000 hotels in Majorca, as well as many apartments and tourist establishments. The island has a wide choice in the luxury sector with over 40 five-star hotels.

Beaches

Both tourists and residents enjoy Majorca's 208 beaches. Some of the beaches are untouched and others are only accessible from the sea.

Mallorca International Schools

The majority of the 9 international schools in Mallorca are located in the southwestern region of the island, and also in Palma. These are: http://www.balearesint.net/, http://www.kingrichardcollege.com/, http://www.nace.edu.es/portals/Paginas/default.aspx, http://www.bellvercollege.com/, http://www.queenscollege.es/, http://www.theacademyschool.com/, http://www.dsmallorca.de/, http://www.svenskaskolanmallorca.com/, http://www.cfpalma.net/, https://www.uib.eu/

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