Majorca - the Spanish island with smart homes and a sunny personality

Rugged mountains, fertile plains, beaches, smart Palma town — Majorca’s a good buy.
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The Spanish island of Majorca has been a tourism success since package holidays began in the Sixties. The initial appeal was simple, based on sun, sea and sand, but it now offers a wide choice of activities with increasingly stylish accommodation.
This gear change is most evident in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, spanning from Andratx in the prime south-west coast to Pollença in the north.
Properties there include some of Majorca’s priciest waterfront homes and country villas in rural isolation. Hotels also range in style, from rustic agritourisms to modern splendour, such as Son Brull, a former convent near Pollença.
“Majorca has many faces, as the choice in the Tramuntana mountains shows,” says Eddie Barrera of Engel & Völkers. “There is something for everyone.”


Barrera describes coastal Deià as a “fairy tale mountain village above the sea”. He adds: “It is 45 minutes from Palma airport and has always attracted artists and writers.”
Prices start from £188,500 for a one-bedroom, 753sq ft apartment on the main road and rise rapidly.
A three-bedroom townhouse with a wide terrace but no pool costs £616,200, while a charming detached stone house with gardens twice as large and with two bedrooms is £1.7 million, all through Engel & Völkers.
Barrera adds that the average sale of properties on Majorca’s west coast last year was £870,000, but in Deià it was closer to £2.53 million.
£1.7 million: a two-bedroom detached stone house in Deià with a gorgeous Mediterranean garden and mountain views, through Engel & Völkers
Further north-east, the town of Pollença has markets, shops and a lively central square. In the centre, Londoners James and Kim Matthews are selling their three-bedroom townhouse for £326,250 through Engel & Völkers to get more space for their young family.
The couple moved 15 years ago to Majorca, where their two young daughters were born. “I was a broker in the City for 10 years but I wanted a change,” says James, 40. “We have mountains, beaches and the climate to enjoy.”
Buyers can also find a cheerful two-bedroom townhouse with a pool for £282,700. “A townhouse like this was £362,500 in 2004,” says Gary Hobson of Engel & Völkers. “It is private, has a pool and is central, so would rent for about £1,800 a week in high season.”
£576,400: a three-bedroom traditional house at Fornalutx with swimming pool, through Engel & Völkers
Inland and east of the Serra de Tramuntana are many small and quiet rural villages, such as Santa Maria del Camí. Mandy and Graham Smart, from Cobham in Surrey, bought a holiday home in Majorca in 1999 and moved to the island in 2002. Now the couple’s traditionally styled four-bedroom stone house built in 1995 is for sale, reduced from £1.45 million to £1.26 million through Engel & Völkers.
£1.26 million: a four-bedroom country house in Santa Maria del Camí village, reduced from £1.45 million, through Engel & Völkers
More than half of historic buildings in Palma’s old town have been restored, while the city’s newest hotel, Sant Francesc, opened last month in a painstakingly restored 1880 manor house.
For visitors, Palma Suites in Plaza Mercadal is a good option. Now in its second year, the scheme of 35 contemporary flats in a renovated palacio is the brainchild of Swedish architect Peter Ödlund. It is centrally located by Plaza Mayor with a communal pool, small gym and reception. Prices start from £500 a week for a junior suite based on two people sharing. 

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