For all its appeal, Mallorca is a relatively small island and this means you are never more than half an hour from the sea. This is an important fact to note when considering a property purchase. A quick spin around the island below will show however that the scenery can be very varied. And there are so many great beaches. Everything from your resort beaches with hotels; restaurants and shops within minutes walk to virgin beaches (some only accessible by boat). It also has around 42 official nude beaches, if that’s of interest to you, head over to NudeBeaches.es which has a complete list of nudist beaches in Majorca with maps and information. If you need to be near the capital for work or travel, Palma has all the options you would expect from a city of its size. There are small studios and apartments from below 100,000 euros to multi-million euro executive villas to match anything anywhere in Spain.
The West/North West of the island has spectacular rugged; sheer rock faces with beaches accessed only by tiny, windy tracks descending at steep gradients – not for the faint-hearted. The beaches here also tend to be rocks and pebbles and the currents can be quite strong for swimming.
The South/South West of the island are predominantly tourist resorts aiming at different ends of the wealth spectrum.
The economy; low cost and 18-30 style holidays are more likely to be found at: Arenal; Magaluf; Palma Nova; Peguera and Santa Ponsa. These are “fun” resorts but are, by very definition, busy and noisy. They are probably not ideal destinations for retirement living.
The more exclusive holiday destinations focused on the yachting and golfing community will be found at: Puerto Portals; Puerto Andratx; Bendinat; Illetas & Palma city:
Palma Nova/ Magaluf
Puerto Andratx /San Telmo
The South East of the island is more virgin beaches and hundreds o small and medium-sized bays (calas):
Arenal/ Playa de Palma
The East coast has several predominantly British resorts, but also many small calas and beaches:
Calas de Mallorca
Cala Millor / Cala Bona
The North of the island again has some significant British resorts such as Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa, as well as some smaller more exclusive beaches:
Cap de Formentor
Where you decide to live will depend on your lifestyle and budget but one thing is evident ….. Mallorca’s appeal is very permanent and well-founded. The summers are hot, the winters mild by north European standards, the quality of the property is high and offers value for money. The medical provision is excellent and you will be able to receive treatment from health care professionals fluent in English and often other European languages. Many younger ex-pats have their children in local and international schools and the education service is equally highly respected. Cultural events are the major sporting events are primarily in and around Palma but remember no part of the island is more than 90 minutes from the city. These are not Norwegian or Italian distances!
The big caveat is always to remind people that deciding on a permanent residence is not like a two-week holiday rental. You should evaluate what your priorities are – near to the airport/school/place of work. Will you need a car? Will you need public transport? Mallorca’s rail service is limited and not all-encompassing! The Palma Soller route is quaint and interesting if you are a tourist – less so if you have to lug your shopping up a mountain track. If you need to visit a clinic twice a week, is it convenient for your dream house? You can manage a steep hill today and you can clean a pool but what about in 10 years’ time? Would it be better to have a communal pool and live nearer the clinic?
A daily school run from one side of Palma to the other will not be fun in the heat of the summer. All things to be thought of.
If you want to take your property search one stage further and are currently seriously considering living on the island, I can recommend Girasol Homes. For many years, Girasol has been helping people move to homes all over Mallorca. They have an intimate knowledge of the property market on Mallorca and will be able to help you at every stage of the process. Once you have contacted them and you are clear that you are in a position to progress they will even organise a one-to-one inspection trip. These special Inspection tours are designed to save you time, and money and be as effective as possible. Girasol Homes offers clients one to three-day Inspection tours with trained and regulated colleagues who are Professional Property Finders. They will also inform you and give you full information reference the property and get all of your questions answered about living in the area you are looking at – legal, fiscal, financial, schools, health care, after-sales, rental services and much more.