Your property in the northeast of Mallorca
The largest unspoilt coastal areas of Mallorca are located in the northeast. Although nature and originality prevail here, the region can be easily reached via the Palma freeway.
The inland centre is formed by the charismatic town of Artà, set amidst an idyllic hilly landscape with forests and cultivated land. Only a few minutes’ drive separates the village from the eastern and northern coasts. The former enchants with the protected Costa de los Pinos, named after a protected pine forest, countless sandy beaches, bays, and cliffs.
Further north lies Cala Ratjada, which offers a change from the nature experience with its leisure and entertainment facilities. The coastal village was once the port of the city of Capdepera, which is located in the hinterland, and with its completely restored fortress, it offers interesting material for delving into Mallorcan history. Golf enthusiasts, too, will get their money's worth in Canyamel and Son Servera.
Anyone looking for a second home in this region could find what they are looking for in an exclusive residential complex on the east coast or opt for one of the beautiful country houses more inland.
Arta, Capdepera-Son Servera
Artà is the administrative centre of the municipality of the same name on the north-east coast, a largely undeveloped region. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the area from the terrace of the pilgrimage church Sant Salvador, surrounded by its well-preserved fortress wall with nine towers. Historic buildings characterise the image of the town in the centre. A romantic pedestrianised area with charming bars and small restaurants serves as a meeting place for the 6000 locals. Artà is also famous for the surrounding hills that tower above large areas of uninhabited land, offering sanctuary to ospreys and peregrine falcons.
Stone houses border the winding streets and narrow alleys in the heart of the little town. Many of them have been carefully restored; most have the green window shutters typical of the area. These bijou little houses keep selling.
Capdepera lies only a few kilometres from Artà. As the administrative centre of the municipality of the same name, Capdepera boasts a rich range of cultural and leisure facilities for its over 3200 inhabitants and the many visitors. You can walk all the way round the old city wall of Capdepera, known as the Castell de Capdepera. It has an impressive 16th-century gateway and two well-preserved defensive towers. The church roof once served as a defence platform; today, as a viewing terrace, it offers stunning views of the sea only a few kilometres away. A great variety of swimming spots tempt you to take a dip here: some busy, some under natural protection, some rocky, and some sandy.
Capdepera today is mostly inhabited by Majorcans and there are only a limited number of traditional townhouses for sale in the inner town. In the surrounding areas, by contrast, you can find everything from modern apartments to designer villas to expansive country estates.
Son Servera lies at the foot of a hill in a valley floor. The town’s nearly 5000 inhabitants are proud of their Església Nova, built according to the plans of Gaudí student Juan Rubió i Bellver in the neo-Gothic style. Although it was never completed, for financial reasons, it serves today as an open-air venue for concerts and other cultural events. The 16th-century Sant Joan Bautista church with its defence tower lures history enthusiasts to the town, with their cultural trip being followed by a leisurely stroll in the historic pedestrian zone.
Golf-playing guests enjoy the local golf course Son Servera, the second-oldest golf course on Majorca. The golf courses in Canyamel and Capdepera can also be reached easily from here.
The popular holiday resort of Cala Millor with its long sandy beach lies between the holiday village of Cala Bona and the natural protection area Sa Punta de n’Amer, and is also in the municipality of Son Servera. Cala Millors Sa Màniga Auditorium is the setting for a host of cultural events including concerts, theatre and ballet.
The Coast in the north-east certainly meets the needs of all sea aficionados. The Bay of Alcúdia alone offers urbane as well as natural bathing sites, calm and livelier waters, isolated and busier beaches, fine sand and gravel.
Costa de los Pinos lies a little further south and every summer tempts prominent visitors who are used to luxury, such as the rally driver Carlos Sainz and the actress Ana Obregon. The settlement of single-family homes and villas lies in a bay sheltered from the wind and is the summer residence for 180 people who unwind on the quiet sandy beaches, the little-visited rocky beach, and the four golf courses in the immediate surroundings.
The Cala Anguila offers ideal conditions for windsurfing with its good winds and nice waves, and for snorkelers, the bay with its clear water is the most beautiful area of the island. Accordingly, smaller holiday houses and rustic fincas characterise the image of the settlement with the same name.
Canyamel is a special place on the north-east coast. A river divides the idyllically situated village in two. One side is characterised by tourism; the other draws a cosmopolitan crowd who base themselves in the villas situated here and enjoy membership of the local golf club. The club is designed to be close to nature, and the fairways that meander between palm, almond and fig trees are considered difficult. The 430 residents of both sides of the river enjoy visiting the largest stalactite caverns in Majorca, the Coves d’Artà.
The interior in the north-east of Majorca is an insider’s tip for anyone wishing to settle on the island or looking for a second home. Many properties here possess land of several kilometres in size, and buildings and land are cheaper here compared to other parts of the island. At least for now.
If word gets out about the beautiful, undisturbed nature in the now well-connected north-east, the region could well develop into the latest trendy hotspot. The countryside, with its gentle hills, is smoother here than in the Tramuntana region, but more exciting than the plateau in the island’s centre. Despite being off the beaten track, you can reach the capital and airport in less than an hour’s drive.
Manacor is halfway to Palma. The town of 30,000 is famous as the birthplace of Rafael Nadal. But it is not only the tennis star who makes Manacor special – it is also known for its furniture and pearl producers. Manacor has managed to dispense with the somewhat dubious charms of an industrial centre, though. Historic buildings have been preserved, and many small boutiques, restaurants and bars are kept busy in the old town. The town also has plenty of provisions for elective Manacorians and possesses a good all-year-round infrastructure.
Manacor became something of the sporting capital of Majorca in 2016 with the opening of the Rafael Nadal Tennis Centre. Tourists play here alongside locals, the next generation trains here, and there is something on offer even for those who prefer to enjoy tennis from the couch; in the adjoining museum, visitors can marvel at a selection of Nadal’s trophies from his most spectacular victories.