Palma

Your city apartment in Palma de Mallorca

Palma, the capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, stretches along the west coast from Magaluf to S'Arenal and enjoys a pleasant climate with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

To the east of Palma, for about ten kilometres, the sandy beach Platja de Palma stretches along the coast; to the west of the city lies Cala Major Bay. Only two hours of flight time connect Palma with all the major capitals of Europe.

With over 400,000 inhabitants, Palma has grown into a modern cosmopolitan city that attracts lovers of luxury, culture enthusiasts and hedonists alike. The historic, mostly car-free old town with its Spanish-Catalan and Arabic influences is known for its narrow alleys, sometimes only connected by stairs, and the Plaça Major.

The main attraction is the imposing La Seu Cathedral in the Calatrava district near the port. During the construction period from 1230 to the beginning of the 20th century, several epochs came and went, each one leaving its unique architectural mark on the Gothic cathedral. The neighbouring palace complex serves as the Spanish king’s Balearic Islands residence. Southwest of the old town Casco Antiguo, Castell de Bellver, a medieval castle, towers over the island. Within walking distance of the old town, on the Paseo del Borne and Jaime III, you can shop for all of the major international fashion labels.

If you want to enjoy proximity to the golf courses and the advantages of the capital, Son Vida is the place to be. The sophisticated residential district in the immediate vicinity of Palma, with its villas designed by renowned architects and its luxury hotels, is considered one of the most sought-after and exclusive addresses in Mallorca.

Palma Son Vida

Son Vida in the north of Palma is one of the most exclusive residential areas of the whole city. Thanks to its elevated location, the inhabitants of the more than 350 luxury properties, each with its own garden and pool, enjoy sensational panoramic views over the Bay of Palma. No other area in Palma offers as much peace and privacy with such close proximity to the airport and old town as Son Vida. Security is ensured by 24-hour protected access to the zone. The three excellent 18-hole golf courses with their Mediterranean landscaping right on the doorstep are an added bonus. 

Palma Old Town

Palma’s Old Town, with its 400- to 500-year-old townhouses lining the pleasant, quiet alleys of the historic city centre, is so popular that the availability of renovated old residences is limited. The demand for classy apartments with high ceilings, antique stone floors, roof terraces and fireplaces far exceeds the supply. 

The situation is different in the trendy neighbourhood of Santa Catalina, which tends to attract younger people. The houses here, generally in the region of one hundred years old, are mostly in need of updating; some are beyond salvation and are being rebuilt. New builds are becoming increasingly popular, with modern properties also in high demand.

Palma’s suburb of Portixol is also very trendy. This fishing village, located directly on the sea, attracts northern European residents. The old church of Molinar has been converted into a villa with an indoor pool; crooked fishermen’s houses with sloping ground plans, which call for quirky originality when it comes to interior styling, lure the more creative types. The trend is towards vintage charm; people are no longer looking for “perfect”. The tendency is to retain the building’s original features on the exterior, whilst making the interior design as luxurious as possible with tinted windows, floor heating, air conditioning, and rooftop swimming pools. 

As the island’s capital, Palma enjoys a special position in Majorca’s property world. The market is faster-moving than in other island regions; sales times have reduced from a year to three to six months. Square-metre prices for renovated old buildings with terrace, lift and garage are still below those in metropolitan cities such as Zurich, Munich or Stockholm, which also makes Palma interesting to investors. 

Palma Surroundings

Cala Major begins where the kilometre-long promenade of Palma ends. The border is marked by the Marivent Palace, the summer residence of the Spanish royal family and hotspot for the rich and famous from all over the world. Since 2017, the gardens around the palace have also proved popular with tourists and locals alike. Over 40 species of plants are neatly labelled here and can be admired from the circular paths, including flowering plants such as abelias, lantana and Judas trees, and Mediterranean trees including bay, fig and medlar trees. Nestled in amongst the greenery are some treats for art lovers in the shape of twelve bronze sculptures by the world-famous Majorcan artist Joan Miró.

Cala Major also draws sports fans. The modern sports harbour of Port Olympic of Cala Nova with its cafés, bars and restaurants draws cosmopolitan adventurers, and many a famous Spanish sailor has been trained in the highly regarded sailing school. 

Genova sits on a small hill and is high enough to offer impressive panoramic views of the city and the Bay of Palma. From the viewpoint of Na Burguesa, the vista sweeps round not just to the sea but also far into the hinterland. The location is especially popular for its restaurants offering typical Majorcan cuisine, in particular the Can Pedro Restaurant. 

Bonanova borders Genova directly and is a quiet residential area that is also home to an international school. Also here is the only castle in Spain with a circular ground plan. One of the oldest castles in Europe, the Bellver today is embedded within an extensive park landscape with a large children’s play area. 

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