Where to buy in Mallorca

Pinpoint Property Mallorca operates a truly island wide service, together with our extensive network of agents and other partners, thus ensuring we are able to access properties in any part of the island. The information below is intended to provide a snapshot of the different areas of the island, of course once we start to work with clients we discuss potential search locations in more detail.

Mallorca is a wonderful island of contrasts. From the cosmopolitan city of Palma to the sandy beaches popular with holiday makers, the majestic Tramuntana mountains and the plains of the interior there is something for everyone. Whilst mass tourism came to the islands at the same time as the mainland, the authorities quickly realised the importance of limiting development. Therefore there is less density of property outside the first established resorts and building regulations have ensured new developments are less intrusive. Successive governments have limited the development on Mallorca. The result is that the balance of property supply and demand is much more even, leading to higher average prices on the island than on the mainland.

Unusually for a Mediterranean island, Mallorca boasts a proper city. Palma, and its 400,000 residents, enjoy a waterside location and a wonderful mix of the old and the new. The city is dominated by the cathedral from which the medieval quarter spreads. There are many areas worth exploring, amongst them the upcoming area of Santa Catalina with a bohemian atmosphere and a fast developing restaurant scene. The old fishing port of Portixol is an area of investment with quaint former fishing cottages converted to chic homes. Last but by no means least, the vast marina offers all sorts of boating and watersports activities. For the foodie there is everything from Michelin starred restaurants to casual waterside dining.

South West
This area is generally regarded as having the best year round weather on the island. Protected from the winter rains and winds by the Tramuntana mountains it has a micro-climate all of its own. This results in this corner being one of the most popular, and therefore relatively expensive, areas of the island outside of Palma. There are many family friendly resorts such as PalmaNova and Santa Ponsa where the wide sandy beaches were the first to be exploited for tourism. More recently the modern marinas at Puerto Portals and Port Adriano have become destinations for the yachting fraternity. The old town of Andratx, nestled in the foothills of the mountain range attracts expat residents, whilst its sister Port Andratx reminds people of the Cornish coastline.

The Northwest Coast & Tramuntanas
The majestic Tramuntana mountains run up the entire length of the north western side of the island. A UNSECO world heritage site since the early 2000’s means this area is highly protected and development is even more restricted than elsewhere on the island. Some of the most desirable (and expensive) villages of the island are found in this area. Deià remains one of the most exclusive locations, with prices to match. The towns of Valdemossa, Fornalutx and Biniaraix are just some of the characterful areas that attract foreign buyers. The town of Sóller is located in a lush valley with an economy founded on citrus fruit farming where oranges and lemons crop year round. At the end of the valley is Port Sóller with wide sandy beaches and the only 6 star hotel on the island. This area is hugely popular with cyclists and hikers giving it an extended tourist season into the Spring and Autumn.

The North
This area is becoming increasingly popular with those seeking less developed areas and the correspondingly more reasonable property prices. The sweeping bays of Pollensa and Alcudia attract nature lovers with dolphins visible just off the coast. The nature reserve of Sa Albufera is the largest wetland reserve on the island where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen. The old town of Pollensa features a maze of cobbled streets, the buzzing main square and the famous Calvari steps. Its sister port is a seaside resort sitting on a beautiful bay and featuring a good variety of bars, restaurants and activities for tourists, notable here is the complete lack of high rise buildings. The other main town of the area is Alcudia which is a beautiful medieval walled town. Alcudia also has a sister port which is a popular tourist destination and sits at the beginning of one of the best lengths of white sand beach that stretches right around the bay from Port Alcudia to Colonia Sant Pere.

The North East
Less developed than other areas of the island but increasingly attracting discerning visitors who do not mind the longer travelling time to Palma and the airport. Here we find the former fishing village of Cala Ratjada which features a picturesque harbour and many good seafood restaurants. Also becoming more popular is the seaside town of Colonia Sant Pere and the inland town of Artà with its castle sitting high above the village and offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The centre of the island is largely agricultural with flat plains of cereals, lush vineyards, fragrant almond trees and ancient olive groves which reminds us that the economy of Mallorca was based on Agriculture before tourism.
The main flight path runs down centre of the island so, if you are a plane spotter or don’t mind the noise, bargains are to be had around the areas closest to the flight path such as Sencelles and Santa Eugenia. The main part of the area is however free of plane noise and offers some stunning rural locations at good prices for those that like the quiet life away from the tourists. Top spots are the areas around Santa Maria (especially if you like wine land scenery) and Llucmajor, both of which offer country seclusion but with 20 minutes to Palma and the airport.

South East
This area has elements of the central area inland and a good variety of seaside towns and resorts. Here you will find the spectacular Es Trenc beach widely regarded as the best on the island and further west the salt flats of Ses Selines are an interesting area to visit. The large resort town of Colonia Sant Jordi at the west end of Es Trenc beach provides everything necessary for a great seaside holiday. On the east side of the area the popular resorts of Cala D’or, Cala Murada, and Portocolom which are buzzing in the summer but very quiet in the winter. Good value for money properties are to be found across this area, even on the coast, but the lack of activity in the winter restricts buyers looking to use their property year round.

For more detailed guides we recommend checking out ABC Mallorca magazine (www.abc-mallorca.com)