10 Good reasons to live in Mallorca
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We think Mallorca has it all; stunning scenery and majestic mountains, beaches to die for and delicious local cuisine. Then there is the safe and friendly atmosphere, it isn't too far away and has wonderful weather most of the year, in a beautiful setting with a vibrant culture and a sophisticated capital city. If that's not enough...
Here are our 10 best reasons why we think you would just LOVE living in Mallorca:
1. Relaxed cosmopolitan lifestyle
Our main reason for choosing to live in Mallorca is that living in Mallorca is easy.
It is relaxed and friendly yet offers all kinds of possibilities.
It is also incredibly diverse with a large resident international community, open minded local population and laid back character.
It is partly due to the fact that the climate is so temperate and you can spend so much time outdoors, but the Mallorquins are used to the eccentricities of foreign visitors by now and welcome them warmly.
Besides, the lower costs of living in Mallorca mean you can enjoy life more for slightly less.
All in all the Spanish Mediterranean lifestyle lends itself nicely to a more satisfying way of life.
2. Excellent medical facilities
Mallorca now has a new island wide state-of-the-art public hospital Son Espases and slightly smaller Hospital de Inca which caters to the Pollensa and Alcudia area in the north of the island.
There are also wonderful private hospitals, specialist clinics and small local state funded healthcare centres in every town known as the PAC.
As many of the island´s medical specialists work in both the private and public sector the level of professionalism is equal in both, though waiting times and customer care may be better in the private hospitals.
With a European Health Card living in Mallorca you are covered for emergency care anywhere on the island, yet private health care is also advisable.
3. High investment potential
Much has been said about the pros and cons of investing in property on the island, but the bottom line is, having successfully brushed off it´s 80´s bad name and beer soaked hangover over, nothing seems to be able to dent Mallorca´s consistently popular image as a holiday destination.
Those seeking to buy property as a second home or capital appreciation now have the added option of covering expenses in the holiday rentals market by letting their properties for high rents during the summer season.
As a mature market, purchasing property in Mallorca is fairly easy. Set procedures and laws are already in place, there is a good selection of legal advisors, established real estate agencies and anything related to property, from mortgage consultants to maintenance companies.
Because Mallorca is an island with a limited geographical space and coastline the Balearic government has laid down strict guidelines on building and development, ensuring the islands natural beauty is preserved and house prices remain high.
4. Living in Mallorca is safe
In our dangerous new world of constant conflict and growing fear, safety and security are an asset to any home, and Mallorca is one of the safest areas to live in Spain.
In the villages locals still leave their front doors unlocked and the friendly and slightly nosey nature of the people living here means that everyone naturally keeps an eye out for everyone else.
During the busy peak season it is obviously worth taking care as the island fills with visitors from all over the world but Mallorca generally boasts very low crime rates and offers a safe environment for families, children and new businesses.
It´s island status also affords Mallorca a greater security both as a deterrent and enclosure: It is much harder to get off an island in a hurry than drive away on the mainland, for example.
5. Schooling your children on the island
Mallorca boasts excellent local public schools and a good selection of private international school, though these are mainly near Palma, in the south of the island and you need to get onto the waiting lists.
Aside from the costs, the local public school option means your children will become integrated into island life and pick up two new languages, Catalan and Castellano (Spanish), because the regional schooling operates a bilingual curriculum with a few weekly hours of English too.
The private international and British schools on the island offer smaller classes and campuses and a multi-cultural environment.
Though most of the private schools are English taught and follow the British curriculum, there is also a French school, a joint Scandinavian and German school and an International one.
Update: There is now a bilingual (English/Spanish) private primary school called My School in the Pollensa area, about 10 minutes from the old town in Crestatx.
6. Palma de Mallorca International Airport
At an average of 2.5 hours flying time from most mayor European cities, with cheap regular charter flights flying direct to the island, Palma airport not only welcomes millions of people a year but offers a seamless, secure service and makes travelling to and from Mallorca a fairly reasonably easy affair.
You can walk out of your front door in northern Europe in the morning and be sipping chilled white wine on your terrace in Mallorca by nightfall.
7. Landscape and mountains
Wherever you are in Mallorca, you are never far from the mountains and the sea.
Declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2011, the mighty Serra de Tramuntana mountain range runs parallel to the coast all the way from Port Andratx in the southwest to the Cape of Formentor in the northeast, 170 km of mountain roads and walking tracks, forming the backbone of the island. Its highest peak, the Puig Major stands at 1445 m, followed closely by Puig Massanella at 1364 m., highly respected by cyclists, climbers and mountain hikers for its challenging terrain, climbs and hairy descents.
The route (GR221) is now well signposted, mountain lodges and refuges have sprouted along the route offering cheap rustic accommodation and food for those wishing to take up the challenge.
And then there is the coast! Mallorca has over 120 beaches and coves spread over 550 kilometers of coastline all around the island. From glittering bays with crystalline waters etched into the side of the rock to long expanses of white sand with beach cafes, sun loungers and parasols, hidden coves, nudist beaches and safe bays with shallow waters, the offer is as varied as Mallorca itself.
8. High end luxury property
Mallorca has always been the playground of the rich and famous, with high end complexes, luxury pads in stunning locations and scenery, hidden mountain villages with safe natural marinas, international calibre hotels, boutique hotels and stylish resorts, it attracts an eclectic and discerning crowd.
This is a top end Mallorca largely unseen and unknown, catering to an elite crowd.
Mallorca also rates highly on the radar of nautical tourism. With its two world renowned marinas: Port Adriano and Puerto Portals, with moorings for luxury yachts, fine restaurants, high end boutiques, and an array of smaller marinas scattered around the coast, this is an exclusive Mallorca of sea lovers and state of the art super yachts.
9. Palma de Mallorca - An international hub
Home to over half the island´s population, Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearics and is fast becoming a popular city break destination and respected business capital set emblematically on the southern shores around the Bay of Palma.
The city itself is a fascinating medley of old and new, with Sa Llonja and the old city, steeped in history with wonderful architecture, the gothic cathedral and Arab quarter, a cobbled maze of ancient streets and arched courtyards in the old town and tree lined promenades with shops and restaurants in La Rambla and El Born, Palma is worth a visit or a lifetime.
10. Outdoor Mediterranean climate
Last but by no means least, Mallorca´s exceptional weather is probably the main reason why the island sees so many visitors and is quite the holiday destination it is. This is hardly surprising because the climate in Mallorca is amazing, 300 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures oscillating around the 22º mark, it is warm in the winter, dry most of the year and downright scorching in the summer.
It is mid-October and I swam in the sea yesterday at a beach that was nearly empty and then dried in the sun.
These are our TOP 10 reasons to live in Mallorca!