Life in Mallorca – What’s it really like?
The Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca truly does have it all. Often called the island of contrasts, here you will find vast sandy beaches and also hidden coves only accessible from steep cliff paths. Great, modern infrastructure and also dusty roads flanked by golden stone walls winding through olive groves; cosmopolitan restaurants and shops nestled amongst ancient churches and natural heritage sites.
Whether you like to immerse yourself in the arts scene, shop in bustling market towns, dine in the finest restaurants, or seek adventure amidst the best and most beautiful that nature has to offer, life in Mallorca has something for you.
If you love beaches…
The sun-drenched and often dramatic Mediterranean coastline of Mallorca is littered with turquoise bays, glittering sea and sandy beaches. Situated in the southwest is Santa Ponsa, a traditional family resort-style town with a 560m-long stretch of sandy beach known as Playa de Santa Ponsa, and all the facilities you could want for family fun in the sun. Santa Ponsa also boasts a wealth of natural and historical sites, and is where you can find some of the most luxurious properties and holiday homes in Mallorca.
If you’re looking for something a bit less mainstream, follow the winding single-lane road from the village of Deià to Cala Deià, a pretty pebble beach sheltered in a small cove. Once a tiny fishing village, the idyllic spot is now frequented by an international crowd of arty fashion- and music-types, who gather at rustic local eateries enjoying simple rice dishes and grilled fish.
Or if it’s unspoiled beauty you’re after, look no further than the locals’ best kept secret, Cala Torta. Located in the less-populated north-east corner of the island, this romantic sweep of white sand skirting the dazzling blue water is a gem waiting to be explored.
These are only a few of the stunning discoveries to be made along the Spanish island’s coastline.
If you love wandering market towns and cosmopolitan villages…
The charm of Mallorca’s market towns needs to be experienced, as there’s nothing quite like it. Wander the golden stone streets of Santanyi and buy fresh produce in its Saturday market. Ducking in and out of its stylish fashion and homeware shops before you leave.
Or take in the view of the marina full of beautiful yachts while you eat a fine meal in Portals Nous, where many second homeowners have chosen to buy and refurbish traditional Mallorcan villas in nearby neighbourhoods as perfect holiday homes to escape to. The town offers all essential shops as well as some delightful independent boutiques.
Or simply take a drive through the winding roads of the Mallorca countryside and stop wherever the fancy takes you.
If you love fine wine…
Mallorca has a rich wine heritage, with wine grapes being grown here since the Roman occupation in 121 BC. The grapes were wiped out by a plague of the Phylloxera virus in the 1900s, but wine production began again later that century. If you book yourself a wine tour you’re bound to end up in Binissalem, a name synonymous with wine in Mallorca. Binissalem, along with neighbouring towns like Santa Maria (a bustling market town in central Mallorca with stunning views of the Tramuntana mountains) is today the focal point for the revival of fine Mallorcan wine production.
If you love an active lifestyle…
Over recent years, Mallorca has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe for triathlon training camps, and we can see why. With its warm, dry climate, year-round sunshine, and dramatic, mountainous landscape, its roads and waters offer a heady challenge for any athlete. Mountain bikers can enjoy a limitless number of trails and adventures and hikers will never tire of the different types of terrain and scenery to be discovered and conquered. Bunyola, which lies at the south of the Tramuntana mountains in the northwest, is a popular place for cyclists to visit and settle, thanks to the towering mountain peaks to be found close by – and still only 23km from the capital city of Palma.
If your choice of sport is more water-related, Pollensa in the north has some of the finest sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing areas, with excellent wind conditions and breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean. The southwest and northeast are both famous for snorkelling and diving, and offer plenty of sea life and gloriously clear waters.
Adventurers of all kinds are likely to find whatever pleasure they seek in Mallorca. Be it hang-gliding, caving, canyoning, or paragliding, it’s all here for the taking.
If you love city life…
The Balearic island’s capital city Palma has been named by the Sunday Times as the world’s best place to live. Often called “the pearl of the Mediterranean”, Palma offers a dream way of life all year round. Wander the designer boutiques in the main shopping street of Avenida Jaime III and get lost in the historic area of Casco Antiguo (known as Palma Old Town). Sip cocktails in the trendy enclave of Santa Catalina .Take in the views of the sea and watch the people go by on the Paseo Maritime strip. Or escape to the exclusive hillside golf area of Son Vida.
Palma’s appeal reaches from its trendy restaurant scene and bars with gorgeous views to its deep historical roots – visible on every street corner. Don’t miss the magnificent La Seu – Palma Cathedral (as if you could – it towers over the entrance to the city and is visible from the port). Palma also boasts an extensive cultural scene with a bounty of museums, art galleries, live music concerts and local annual festivals to enjoy. And of course, is well known for its dynamic yachting industry and the increasing job opportunities this potentially presents.
We can understand why anybody would choose to settle here!
If you love a good property investment environment…
If you’re looking to buy a holiday home or second home in Spain, it’s pretty clear there are many reasons to choose the magnificent Balearic island of Mallorca. Whether you like to be by the sea, in the mountains or tucked away in the countryside, this island really does have it all. Mallorca is a mature property market, which is a big pro in the buying and selling process. In addition, trends are currently showing that the higher end of the market is leading the growth in Mallorca property values.
The best way to get into the higher end of the market is to consider co-owning a fully managed property. In this scenario, you would purchase a share of your dream home, use it exclusively in proportion to your ownership, and share the running costs with other, like-minded owners.
Here at Lazazu, that’s exactly what we do. Browse our selection of breathtaking homes in Spain and around Europe, or tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find your perfect fit. Once you’ve decided how much of the home you want to own (a ⅛ share gives you 45 nights of exclusive use per year), we manage the buying process for you. After the purchase, we look after all aspects of managing the home and will be your single point of contact. Simply schedule your stays using our intuitive technology. Unlock the front door and enjoy your beautiful home on the magnificent Spanish island of Mallorca!
Discover more about Lazazu:
How Lazazu co-ownership works | Frequently asked questions about shared holiday homes | The benefits of fractional ownership | Browse Lazazu’s selection of second homes | The difference between timeshare and co-ownership