A Guide to Majorca

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Sitting in the middle of the Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands have been a beach holiday favourite since the 1960s. The sandy beaches, coves, inlets, and inland hiking trails through green fields and woodland bring tourists flooding to the islands. When you’re looking for property for sale, Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza are always worth looking at.

While the white beaches and the nightlife of Ibiza are probably the best known of the three main Balearic Islands, Majorca is the largest. It occupies the middle ground between the liveliness of Ibiza and the peace and tranquility of Menorca. In terms of property for sale in Majorca, the coastline is dotted with pretty villages and towns where you can invest in your dream home.

It’s this larger island that we’ll be taking a closer look at here.

Majorca has a wide variety of landscapes from the pretty inland towns and hilly countryside, to the hidden inlets along the coast. Buying a property for sale in Majorca gives you a great base from which to explore the island and the whole Balearics. Handily, unlike the smaller islands, Majorca is accessible throughout the year. There are flights into Palma de Majorca airport through the quiet months, and the cosmopolitan centre of the Balearics, Palma, is bustling at any time of year.

So, what do you need to know about Majorca?

The Capital of the Balearic Islands

As the home to the Palma de Majorca airport, anyone looking to buy property for sale in Majorca will recognise Palma. It’s the capital city of the entire Balearic Islands, and it’s the home of some strikingly beautiful architecture. Prospective buyers will also find chic boutique shops, a stunningly pretty old town, and some very upmarket and glitzy beach clubs and nightspots.

Palma is home to the largest port on the island, where you will be able to catch ferries if you fancy visiting the other islands. The huge gothic cathedral sits at the centre of the city. The roots of which date all the way back to the 13th Century Christian reconquest. Throughout the city, you can trace signs of the Romans, Moors, Talayotic and Christian peoples in the architecture and the culture you find throughout Palma.

There is also a narrow-gauge train that runs from Palma to Soller on the other side of the island throughout the year. It goes seven times a day in summer, although it’s less regular in the off-season months. The wooden train runs straight through the stunning scenery of the island and is worth taking at least once if you’re looking at buying property for sale in Majorca. After all, what better way is there to see the scenery?

The Majorcan Coast

The coastline of Majorca is beautiful no matter which part of the island you’re looking at. From rocky cliffs to perfect sandy beaches hidden in hard-to-find bays, to pine forests and mountains, Majorca has some incredible scenery. If you buy property for sale in Majorca, you’ll be able to explore the coasts either via car or by renting a small boat. By exploring by boat you’ll be able to venture into those uninhabited coves that Majorca is so well known for.

If you’re looking at property for sale in areas like Sa Rapita or S’Estanyol, you will also be close to the island of Cabrera, which has been a land and sea national park since 1991. Buyers looking at property for sale in Majorca will most certainly want to visit the island; it’s largely accessible via boat, and the entire milky way is visible in the sky at night, even in the summer months. 

Although the coastal towns of Magaluf and Cala d’Or have a reputation for their nightlife, Majorca has a nice balance of those lively resorts and quieter, more family-friendly vibes. If you’re looking for property for sale in Majorca, whether you want lively bars and clean, white beaches, or a villa close to the cultural hub of Palma, you’ll find your dream home.

Cultural and Tourist Destinations

Majorca is home to a number of historical sights, as well as nature reserves like Cabrera, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sierra de Tramuntana. Buying property for sale in Majorca will put you amid some of the most striking scenery Spain has to offer, for when long days sunbathing on the beach lose their appeal.

Many of the cultural sites of Majorca are clustered near Palma; as the city is the capital of the Balearic Islands. Palma is home to some sites of historic importance, like the 15th century Castell de Bellver, built by King James II of Majorca. The Royal Palace La Almudaina is also found in Palma, in addition to the famous cathedral that forms the central point in the city. Palma Cathedral took 400 years to complete, from the time the first brick was laid.

Buying property for sale in Majorca that’s an easy taxi or drive from Palma will mean there’s always activities for the whole family, no matter the time of year.

Elsewhere, you can find Ancient Roman ruins close to the town of Alcudia. The town itself, along with Soller at the opposite end of the narrow-gauge railway to Palma, is a pretty, scenic place to visit for a day trip.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sierra de Tramuntana will provide buyers of property for sale in Majorca with endless scenery in which to hike during the cooler times of the year. The Mountain range is definitely Instagram-worthy and will provide a good alternative to sunbathing whether you’re looking at a second home or somewhere sunny to retire.

Whether you’re looking for property for sale in Majorca or somewhere else in Spain, take a look at our Spanish property for sale. Happy hunting!

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