Pros and cons: moving to Mallorca
If you’ve been on holiday to Mallorca, then you’ll have seen a glimpse of what the island has to offer. But what is life really like beyond sunbathing and crystalline waters? We’ve put together a quick list of pros and cons to help you get a clearer picture of Mallorcan life.
Pros of living in Mallorca
1. Varied days out
Mallorca might be the largest of the Balearic Islands, but you could still drive from Palma to just about anywhere in under an hour and a half… and possibly a lot less. Combine the island’s size with its beautifully varied landscape and you get fantastic possibilities for days out.
With over 200 beaches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and beautiful towns, there’s plenty to choose from at an easy distance.
You could take a trip down into the Caves of Drach on the east coast one day and follow your favourite route up the rugged Serra de Tramuntana in the west the next. There are stunning hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered, from wandering the streets of little mountain towns to shopping trips in the capital of Palma.
2. Direct flights
When you go on holiday, getting a connecting flight or travelling across a country by train can seem like part of the adventure. When you need to regularly travel back and forth for work or to see family, that extra time becomes extremely valuable.
Luckily, Palma has direct flights to a range of destinations around the world. So, you never feel too far away from where you need to be.
3. Sports around the island
Mallorca is famous as a favourite cycling destination for visitors from around the world. Whether you like a leisurely cycle alongside magnificent sea views or prefer a rigorous training session on the hairpin Sa Calobra.
To see more about cycling in Mallorca, have a look at this article.
With so much beautiful coastline weaving its way along the edge of the island, it’s no wonder that water sports are popular here. Golf enthusiasts are in luck, too. Just try not to let the mountain silhouettes, Mediterranean views, and gorgeous greenery distract you as you make your way around the course!
4. Local culture
Mallorca might be part of Spain, but it has its own rich culture, with local delicacies, island traditions, and historical sites. As you settle on the island, you’ll be able to delve deeper into the Mallorcan way of life.
What’s more, the Balearic Islands attract people from around the world. Recent figures suggest that the foreign population here is 220,297 people, including many from Morocco, Germany, the UK, and Colombia. So, you’ll get to experience other cultures, too.
5. Great climate
Some visitors to the island will have experienced the warm weather in peak season. As a year-round resident, or regular visitor, you’ll be able to see Mallorca’s different seasons, which can bring highs of 15 degrees Celsius even in January and February.
On clear winter nights, you can expect it to get a little chilly, but with millions of almond blossom trees blooming between late January and March, even the colder seasons can be spectacular.
Cons of living in Mallorca
1. Strict land zoning
If you’re looking to buy a property in Mallorca, you should be aware of local zoning rules. Land that is zoned for one type of activity usually can’t be used for another, and this is particularly important for those looking for a rural property to buy, build, or develop. There are also zoning rules relating to holiday rentals.
If you’re looking for a property or a plot of land and are unsure about zoning laws, we might be able to help. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
2. Language learning
There are two main languages spoken in Mallorca, Castellano (Spanish) and the local language of Mallorquí (related to Catalan). In the long term, speaking to locals in their language can help you adjust to daily life and have a rich Mallorcan experience.
However, Mallorca relies heavily on tourism and this means that many languages are spoken across the island, including English and German. So, until you master the local language, you should be able to get around just fine.
3. Adjusting to Mallorcan time
Depending on where you’re from, it might take a little while to adjust to the Mallorcan way of life, especially when it comes to timings. As a traditional island, you will probably find things close on Sundays and for several hours at lunchtime.
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