Posted on 11 January 2017
This week we look at some of the best places to live or buy a holiday home in Majorca, where you can be rubbing shoulders with royalty, or living it up in the Med’s best nightlife (or possibly both at the same time!). It is an island geared up for quiet enjoyment and for buying a property with which you will never fall out of love.
Majorca has been a favourite among the British since tourism to Spain began in the 1960s. In the past 25 years or so it has successfully gained a reputation as about the most attractive and classy tourist island in the world, as popular with the rich and fabulous as those out for a bucket and spade holiday with the kids. The popularity comes from its combination of sandy beaches, mountains leading down to dramatic headlands, winelands, golf, haut-couture shops, wild nightlife, medieval history and buildings, and the relaxed café culture of its lovely capital, Palma.
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Majorca is a small enough island that you can drive to almost anywhere within an hour or so (including to and from the airport), so all the pleasures of Palma’s boutiques or Deia’s art galleries or Magaluf’s nightlife are within reach wherever you buy. Here are a few places to look out for on your property search.
Andratx is on the far western tip of Majorca, perfect for those wonderful late evening sunsets over the Mediterranean. It is where the Tramuntana mountains reach the sea, which gives a gorgeous backdrop to the pretty little port town. The town itself is still a working fishing harbour, where the catch of the day is served up in some seriously classy restaurants on the quayside. Property in the town and the hills surrounding it are quite pricey, but on the other hand you might have Claudia Schiffer and her English husband as a neighbour. Look out for Camp de Mar, a lovely resort with great beaches.
Andratx is close to Palma and its airport, but even closer (just 20 kilometres away, and 32km from the airport), is Santa Ponsa. This is a more upmarket area than others on this side of Palma, but still has a hedonistic reputation. Prince Harry was seen living it up in the area in his younger days, but when he settles down there is plenty for a family man to enjoy here too. This is known as the golfing capital of Majorca, where the mountains lead to the beach in a series of beautiful foothills.
Way over the far side of the island – yet only 50 minutes by car from the airport, this really is a surprisingly accessible island – is the traditional family-friendly town of Porto Cristo, a perennial favourite of the British. The tourist authorities are proud of their caves, full of stalagmites, but the main attraction is the shimmering sea and the beach and the quiet coves.
Bay of Alcudia
Just a little further north you can cross the eastern headland and reach the Bay of Alcudia. On the quieter southern side one highlight is the town of Colonia Sant Pere. This area, known as Arta, was relatively late to the property party and prices here are a little cheaper and the lifestyle here more traditionally Majorcan. If you fancy a change of scene, you can take the fast ferry from Alcudia to Menorca and be there in just over an hour.
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