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Palma is emerging as one of Europe’s most desirable locations, carving out its own reputation as a stylish, sophisticated, sun-soaked and cultural capital. Top restaurants, bars, cafes and shops continue to pop up throughout the city, alongside the relaxed Spanish way of life and with one of Europe’s best-connected airports, Palma is increasingly becoming not just a popular holiday destination but a home away from home – attracting interest from all four corners of the world.
At just over 20 square kilometres, it is a city where visitors can get their bearings quickly, yet from neighbourhood to neighbourhood their are key differences which characterise them. Positioned on the South-West coast, the Mediterranean sea curves around the Southern perimeter offering a magical blue sparkle and the awe-inspiring feel of sea-side living.
The Old Town is dominated by the impressive iconic Gothic Cathedral, La Seu, it looms large over the waterfront above the old city walls. Antoni Gaudi, famous for his architectural work in Barcelona, had an impact on the final design and indeed inspired many of the older churches, palaces and plazas situated through the narrow winding cobbled streets in this central part of town. A walk through this area and you will be struck by the grandeur of buildings and the well-kept historic walkways, all mixed in with designer & boutique shopping and a thriving gastronomy scene. Popular properties here are the grand town houses and apartments situated within the old palaces.
Portixol and Es Molinar, a charming former fisherman village, situated on the outskirts of Palma but just a few kilometres East along the promenade from the cathedral. Also within easy reach of the airport. It has become a very popular hang-out. It has it’s own small marina and sandy beach plus an excellent array of hotels and eating options. Walkers, runners and rollerbladers pass by along the far stretching Palm tree-lined running track. It’s vibe encompasses a beautiful contrast of serenity with a buzzing social scene.
On the Western side of the city, you have the neighbourhood of Santa Catalina, the upbeat, artistic, trendy enclave with a real international feel. The focal point here is the daily market – serving the best produce from the island and further a field – come here to pick up fresh fish, organic veg or just to eat tapas and have a drink with friends at one of the stalls contained within. It is a popular place to visit – but also a place to live for those relocating to the island. Talented ambitious individuals from all over the world have gathered here and this is reflected in the great range of establishments on offer right on your door step – restaurants, cafes, juice bars, yoga studios – everything one needs for comfortable aspirational living.
A short drive further West, yet within easy reach of the historical centre and airport, you will find one of the most exclusive residential areas on the island – Son Vida. Boasting three golf courses, two 5-star hotels and panoramic natural mountain views. In addition, many of the 350 mansions have been constructed South-facing with views over the bay. Private security is also available year round, all-in-all making this a highly desirable place for large families searching either year round living or second homes.