Why buy property and move to Majorca
10 reasons to buy a property and move to Majorca
Having spent half my adult life on the island and met and spoken to countless people from all over who have bought property and moved to Majorca over the years, some temporarily, and some for the long haul, here is a general break down of why I think you may like it here.
Majorca has stunning scenery and majestic mountains and beaches that go on for ever, delicious fresh, healthy, local cuisine in a safe and friendly place not too far away, a temperate Mediterranean climate in a beautiful setting with a vibrant culture and a sophisticated capital city.
Here are our 10 top reasons why I think you would love to buy property and move to Majorca too:
1. High investment potential
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Having successfully brushed off its package holiday image and survived the property crisis of recent years, Majorca has become increasingly popular image as a holiday destination and second home residence.
Buyers looking to buy property as a second home or for capital appreciation now have the added option letting them as holiday rentals for high rents during the summer season.
Purchasing property in Majorca is easy; the procedures and laws are already in place, there is a good selection of legal advisors and established real estate agencies and everything from English speaking mortgage consultants to maintenance companies operate on the island.
Majorca is an island with a limited geographical space however, and the Balearic government has laid down strict guidelines on building and development, thus making sure the island is preserved and house prices remain high.
2. The weather
Majorca´s exceptional Mediterranean climate is without doubt the main reason the island is as popular as it is, and why it sees so many visitors descending every year.
It is also the principal reason why more and more people are buying property and moving to the island for good!
This is hardly surprising because the weather in Majorca is pretty fabulous; 300 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures oscillating around the 22º mark makes it warm in the winter, dry most of the year and downright scorching in the summer.
Do be warned however, that the winters in Majorca, though short and often clear skied, can be humid and very gloomy. One good reason to refurbish your property in majorca well and prepare for a short intense winter.
3. Easy lifestyle
Majorca is relaxed, friendly and welcoming, allowing you to totally reinvent your lifestyle.
There is also a large international resident community with experience living on the island who can offer help and advice on the intricacies of moving to a new country and navigating life on the island.
The Majorca climate is a huge incentive to spend more time outdoors making it even easier to socialise and meet new people.
And a slightly lower cost of living in Majorca means you can enjoy life more for slightly less.
All in all the Majorca lifestyle does feel healthier, happier and more satisfying.
4. Health care
Majorca now has a new state-of-the-art public hospital called Son Espases as well as the slightly smaller Hospital de Inca which caters to the Pollensa and Alcudia area in the north of the island. There are also small local state-funded healthcare centres in every town known as the PAC.
If you’d rather go private, there are some well-respected private hospitals and specialist clinics. The nearest one to you in the north of the island is Hospital de Muro.
As most of the island´s medics work privately as well as for the public sector, the level of expertise is mostly on a par, though waiting times and customer care are better in the private hospitals.
You are covered for emergency care anywhere on the island with a European Health Card, though private health care is also advisable.
5. Regular flights
It takes on average 2.5 hours to fly to and from Majorca from most mayor European cities, with cheap regular charter flights flying direct to the island during the spring, summer and autumn.
Flights do drop significantly in the winter, with several destinations requiring a stop over, but this quickly changes back once the season begins again.
Palma International Airport welcomes millions of visitors a year and offers a seamless and secure travel service, making travelling to and from Majorca a reasonably painless affair.
In our brave new world of continuous conflict and rising fear, safety and security are an asset to any home, and Majorca is one of the safest places to live in Spain, if not the world.
As an island, Majorca is a deterrent, enjoying far greater security because it is much harder to get off the island in a hurry than drive away on the mainland.
In the villages front doors are still left unlocked and locals naturally keep an eye out for everyone else.
During the busy summer holiday season, as the island fills with visitors from all over the world, you need to take more care, but Majorca has very low crime rates and offers a safe environment for families, children and new businesses.
7. Schools and languages
Majorca has a fairly decent local public school system and a good selection of private international schools, mainly near Palma and in the south of the island.
As the regional schooling operates a bilingual curriculum with a few weekly hours of English, the local public school option gives your children an opportunity to integrate fully into island life and pick up two new languages, Catalan and Castellano (Spanish).
The private British and international schools in Majorca 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, a German school and an International school.
8. Luxury property and lifestyle
Mallorca has always been the playground of the rich and famous, with high-end residential complexes, luxury properties in beautiful locations and a breathtaking natural scenery, with remote mountain villages with safe natural marinas.
The island hosts international calibre hotels, delightful boutique and rural hotels and stylish resorts, and all in all Majorca attracts an eclectic and wealthy crowd.
This is a discrete, top end Majorca, catering to the elite.
Majorca's coastal resorts also rate highly on the nautical tourism radar; with two world renowned marinas: Port Adriano and Puerto Portals, offering moorings for luxury yachts, and providing fine restaurants, high end boutiques. There are also the smaller marinas scattered around the coast.
This is an exclusive Majorca of sea lovers and state of the art super yachts.
Palma de Mallorca is the island's capital city, set emblematically on the southern coast around the Bay of Palma, and home to over half the it's population. It is also fast becoming a popular city break destination and respected business capital.
The city 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 the 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. Beautiful landscape
Wherever you happen to be in Majorca, you will never be far from the mountains and the sea.
Majorca boasts over 120 beaches and coves along 550 kilometres of coastline all around the island. From glittering bays with crystalline waters and long expanses of white sand to tiny coves etched into the side of the rock, beach cafes, sun loungers and parasols, hidden beaches, nudist beaches and safe bays with shallow waters, the offer is as varied as Majorca itself.
Then there is the mighty Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2011, which runs parallel to the coast all the way from Port Andratx in the southwest to the Cape of Formentor in the northeast, 110 km of mountain roads and walking tracks, forming the backbone of the island.
And in the rolling flats of the interior and in the fertile foothills we have Majorca's wine region, with ancient wineries and vineyards producing highly acclaimed wines.