The biggest Balearic Island, Mallorca appeals to sophisticated home owners who want a year-round experience with easy flight access and plenty to do. With its 25 marinas, 24 golf clubs and 10 international schools, Mallorca and its capital Palma certainly provides that.
The island has spent the past decade moving seamlessly upmarket too, today having some of Spain's finest boutique hotels and restaurants. Second home owners who commute through Palma’s impressive airport include many globally known sports stars, captains of industry and celebrities.
A solid infrastructure includes roads and tunnels through the mighty Tramuntana Mountains – the backbone of the island – and means that very little is more than one hour from Palma. The east is the quieter side of the island, while the southwest and west coast remain the most sought after. This said, the variety of quality properties and areas means that the hardest choice for many buyers is where to settle.
Palma, Mallorca’s year-round capital, has become ever more popular with international buyers who have been busily renovating old townhouses into contemporary modern city homes with easy access to the sea. Meanwhile, beautiful palacios in the Old Town that were once home to Spanish aristocracy are hidden behind quiet courtyards with small fountains and external stone staircases.