Moving to Mallorca: The essential guide

Moving to Mallorca: The essential guide

Known for its stunning beach resorts, sheltered coves, mountain ranges and buzzing nightlife, the beautiful island of Mallorca is a firm favourite for expats looking at moving to Spain.

Mallorca is one of the most stunning islands in Spain, famous for its Mediterranean lifestyle, sparkling beaches, abundance of golf courses, beautiful marinas, celebrity visits and exciting nightlife, it’s no surprise it is one of the most popular places considered when travelling or moving to Spain.

So, you are thinking of moving to Mallorca, but where do you go for all that essential information on the types of property on offer, the best schools and the most popular restaurants?

To make moving to Mallorca a bit easier, the Euro Weekly News has put together this handy guide to everything you need to know before heading over.

Contents

  • Where is Mallorca?
  • Removal services to Mallorca
  • Legal services in Mallorca
  • Areas in Mallorca
  • Best places to live in Mallorca
  • Is it expensive to live in Mallorca?
  • Care in Mallorca
  • Properties in Mallorca
  • Things to do in Mallorca
  • Best restaurants in Mallorca
  • Schools in Mallorca
  • Healthcare in Mallorca
  • Contact information

 


Where is Mallorca?

 

The island of Mallorca is located off the coast of Spain, east of Ibiza and is part of the Balearic Islands.

You can take a plane or ferry to get to the island of Mallorca. The most common way to get there is to fly into Palma de Mallorca airport from anywhere in Europe.

Alternatively, you can travel to Mallorca via the island by ferry. It will take around seven hours to take the ferry from Barcelona, Denia or Valencia.

 


removals

Removal services to Mallorca

Our top pick

Webbs International Removals SL in Spain, Ltd Company in the UK

Are you looking for a trusted, reliable and experienced removals company? Webbs International Removals is the best in the business for removals to and from Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza the Balearic Islands. Relocating can be a stressful task; however, Webbs International Removals are the ‘true specialist’ – a big statement that is backed up by their satisfied clients – making your move as smooth as possible. This family-owned removal, transport and logistics specialist company is run under the competent supervision of Dawn, Lyndsay and Gareth at their Kent Depot in the UK and Bill and Joanne Webb in Mallorca.

With over 20,000 successful moves carried out between the UK and The Balearics pre-Brexit and over 490 relocations post Brexit from January 2021, you can be sure that Webbs International has plenty of experience and knowledge about the paperwork, planning and logistics of your relocation.

Since Brexit and the many changes this incurred, it is extremely important to use a company that is both British and Spanish accredited and Webbs International are the only company to reach this essential accolade. Members of both the two top Worldwide Removal Associations, that’s the BAR and also FEDEM.

With an office in Mallorca and Kent and on-site management, you can have the peace of mind that your possessions and the logistics of your relocation will be well looked after. Impressively, Webbs International are also the first British Association of Removers Company to have a registered Depot in The Balearics. They have full-time resident management and crews and, for the client’s peace of mind and to abide by Spanish Law, they hold both British and Spanish Transport Licences,

Whether you are looking for containerised storage, someone to take care of your packing and wrapping, collection and delivery services or worldwide shipping to all corners of the world – there is only one removals company that you should call – and that’s the friendly team at Webbs International.

Call Bill Webb directly on +34 619 247 823 / 0034 971 693566 or Gareth Webb on +44 781 2605 488 / 0044 1843 585055 who will be happy to assist you and discuss all of your needs.

Find out more: Click here

Address: 3a Calle Alicante, Poligino Son Bugadelles, Santa Ponsa 07180, Palma de Mallorca

Email: [email protected] (UK) / [email protected] (Mallorca)

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Legal services in Mallorca

Our top pick

Moya&Emery

Founded in 1991, Moya&Emery is a law and business advisory firm with a solid reputation built over decades of experience. The trust placed in the firm by its clients over the years has led to the growth of the firm’s service areas in order to be able to offer comprehensive business advice.

Specialists in legal, financial, tax, accounting and employment advice, Moya&Emery’s client portfolio is international, with clients in the Balearic Islands, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Denmark, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries.

Nicolás Emery, an expert economist and lawyer specialising in tax law, has extensive experience in immigration and taxation matters. Charo Moyá, lawyer, is an expert in labour and administrative law – a perfect tandem between Charo Moyá’s knowledge of national regulations and Londoner Nicolás Emery’s knowledge of taxation.

Find out more about how Moya&Emery can help you when moving to Mallorca.

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Palma de Mallorca office

Address: Calle Pere Dezcallar i Net, nº11 local 1

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Fridays from 9am to 3pm

Telephone: 971 728 010

 

Palmanova, Calvia office

Address: Carrer de Cordova, nº5 local 5

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Telephone: 971 132 359

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Areas in Mallorca

 

Palma de Mallorca

The historic city of Palma is the capital of Mallorca and is popular with celebrities and travellers from all over the world. It is located in the bay and has an excellent year-round climate. Palma has a buzzing and varied nightlife as well as incredible restaurants, rooftop bars, stunning architecture and plenty to see and do. Palma is the perfect mix of a modern Mediterranean city steeped in history.

Palma de Mallorca

Alcudia

Alcudia is a town in the north of the Spanish island of Mallorca and is extremely popular with British tourists. It’s known for its Mediterranean beaches, which include the busy Platja d’Alcudia and Platja de Muro on the sweeping Alcudia Bay. Aluúdia is one of the places in Mallorca with the most unique history, geography and social dynamics. It is a city where history is alive: the archaeological remains of the Roman city of Pol lentia are very important, the two walled enclosures, one medieval and the other Renaissance, make Alcudia especially attractive due to its historical character. 

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Pollença

Pollença is a charming town and municipality situated in the north of the island, close to Alcudia and Cap de Formentor. It has a small but beautiful port and meandering narrow streets leading to the main square full of cafes, restaurants and bars. The surroundings of Pollença also offer many options for lovers of nature and the outdoors and off the beaten track coves boast some of the most transparent blue waters in the Mediterranean.

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Image – Ajuntament de Pollenca

Sineu

Located in the centre of the island, Sineu is a town steeped in history and full of interesting architecture. The weekly market is visited by thousands of locals and tourists and, for lovers of golf, Sineu is home to Golf Park Puntiro. There are plenty of shops and amenities in Sineu, as well as exceptional restaurants to enjoy and an excellent health centre.

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Petra

This beautiful town in the central region known as Pla de Mallorca is a traditional town with a laid back feel that makes it a pleasure to explore. The surrounding areas are popular with walkers, hikers and cycling enthusiasts and there are over 40 archaeological sites in the area. Petra has a popular weekly market where locals stock up on fresh produce as well as a variety of casual cafés, relaxed authentic bars and charming restaurants.

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Sanctuaire Et Ermitage de Bonany de Petra. Image – KEPA38

Porreres

Locates in the heart of Mallorca, Porreras is a quiet and historical town with many hidden charms. Although the local market isn’t as big as some in other areas, it is a great place to pick up authentic local produce with an excellent selection of fruit, vegetables, wine and honey. There is a winery in the town as well as several Bronze Age settlements, relaxing restaurants serving authentic dishes, typical Spanish festivals and perfectly situated to easily travel to other popular areas in Mallorca.

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Image – Ajuntament de Porreres

 


Best places to live in Mallorca

Mallorca is a paradise of an island with many beautiful areas to live and enjoy. But which areas are the most popular for those moving to Mallorca and why?

Palma de Mallorca

The capital of the island, Palma, has a lot to offer if you are considering moving to Mallorca. It is within easy reach of the airport and has all of the benefits of a vibrant cosmopolitan city as well as a beautiful beach. 

The Son Vida estate has many exclusive properties, offering luxury and stunning views. Three superb golf courses are not much more than a stone’s throw away for those who like time on the tee.

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Son Vida. Image – Facebook

Soller & Port de Soller

With magnificent mountains as its backdrop, Soller is a beautiful and lively area that is popular with lovers of the countryside, foodies, hikers and cyclists. The town is active all year round, with plenty of things to do, lots of history and great amenities.

Port de Soller has plenty of apartments overlooking the beach and the sea and has a tight-knit international community to get involved in and meet new people.

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Port de Soller. Image – BuzzWoof

Arta and Capdepera

These northeastern hilltop towns are particularly popular with German expats and are perfect for those who like the feel of living in a small town with plenty of amenities and in close proximity to the coast and countryside.

Though these towns are rural, with many fincas and properties needing a bit of TLC, they also benefit from having great road connections to Palma and Manocar.

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Capdepera. Image – Kally

Central Region

If living close to the coast isn’t a priority, there are many benefits to living in a small town or village and you can really immerse yourself in the Mallorcan culture. In Mallorca, the central region has many different landscapes to choose from and property prices are more affordable.

Some of the more popular inland municipalities include Santa Maria, Binissalem, and Alaro – all of which are popular with expats of different nationalities and have easy access to Palma.

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Image – David de Mallorca

Santanyi

This attractive town is set amid the countryside and has a large number of German property owners, interesting shops, galleries and restaurants and the opportunity for a vibrant social life.

There are many stone-built houses and villas, as well as properties that you can do up and put your own stamp on. This town is also within easy access to many beautiful beaches and coves.

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Santanyí Square. Image – Araceli Merino

Calvia

The historic town and municipality of Calvia has plenty to offer for those wishing to move to Spain, with its privileged location, sandy beaches, mountains, culture, warm climate, excellent restaurants and amenities. The municipality of Calvia includes Bendinat, Illetas, Son Caliu, Santa Ponsa, Portals and Palmanova.

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Playa Santa Ponca. Image – Chris R

 


Is it expensive to live in Mallorca?

Many people move to Mallorca for the quality of life, ease of access to the UK and Spain, great food and produce and a more outdoors lifestyle surrounded by beautiful beaches and mountains. But how expensive is it to live in Mallorca?

The cost of living in Mallorca is quite similar to mainland Spain including areas like Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao, with Expatra saying that a couple could live on €1,200 a month in Mallorca, excluding rent.

Eating out will cost around €15 per person at an inexpensive restaurant and around €25 per person at a mid-range restaurant. The price of beer and wine is inexpensive.

Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased at one of the island’s farmers’ markets, as well as meat and cheese, making grocery shopping inexpensive compared to shopping at large supermarkets.

Rent and property prices are attractive for expats, with a central, three-bedroom apartment costing around €1,400 a month. Properties in smaller towns can be considerably cheaper, particularly if they need some TLC. In the centre of Palma, property costs around €4,000 per square metre.

Basic utilities for a two-bedroom apartment costs around €115 a month.

 


Properties in Mallorca

Buying a property in Mallorca not only offers you a life drenched in sunshine but many other benefits. The island has a thriving property market with various property types to suit single people, couples, families and retirees wishing to move to Mallorca.

A three-bedroom flat in Plama de Mallorca will cost from €200,000. A rustic two-bedroom property will cost from €250,000.

The cheaper cities to buy a three-bedroom flat will be Inca, Manacor and Campos from €130,000. Villas can be found from €1 million.

 


 

Care Services

Our top pick

Angels Nursing Agency

Established since 1990, Angels Nursing Agency in Mallorca is the most highly recommended organisation for providing care services on the island.

Created by qualified nurse Sally Luxmore, who is registered both in the UK and Spain, Angels Nursing and Babysitting Agency provides health care workers across Mallorca who offer the absolute highest levels of care.

Beginning with a free personalised visit to find out exactly what the client needs, this company is able to provide highly customised and flexible care, even at short notice.  Better still, they offer an out of hours calls service with a registered nurse, who is available 365 days a year to deal with any queries.

Their services include antenatal nursing and midwifery, disabled care, home and hospital visits and live-in care.  The company´s child care services also offer babysitting and nannying.

For more information about their services, click here or call 0034 971 69 11 87 or 0034 619 070 100

Angels Nursing Agency is now looking for new carers to join its hardworking and professional team.  If you have the skills and passion to provide the highest levels of care across the Balearics, the company wants to hear from you.

To apply, please fill in their online application form here or call 0034 971 104 289 or 0034 619 070 100

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Things to do in Mallorca

With quiet roads filled with stunning scenery, getting around and exploring the island is very easy and accessible.

1. Wander the quaint streets of Palma’s Old Town

Wander the narrow cobbled streets of Palma’s Casco Antiguo and admire its elegant archways, charming squares, colourful flowers and have a bite to eat in one of the many tapas bars.

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2. Visit the spectacular Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas dels Hams

Explore the natural beauty of Mallorca’s Caves of Drach, or ‘Cuevas del Drach’, near the locality of Porto Cristo. Four stunning and interconnected caves full of magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. The lesser-known Hams Caves or ‘Cuevas del Hams’ is just as impressive and features an underground lake popularly known as “the sea of Venice”. Both are located in Porto Cristo.

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Image – Caves of Drach

3. Immerse yourself in the culture at the many fiestas and markets

The traditional markets of Mallorca are the typical stalls where you can find everything from clothes, plants, decorations and food. Some of the most popular markets include those in Sineu, Capdepera and Pollença. You will be spoilt for choice with fiestas in Mallorca including Sant Sebastia in Palma, Santa Agueda in Sencelles, Balearic Islands Day, the Book Fair in Palma and Capdepera medieval market.

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Image – Ajuntament de Porreres

4. Soak up the Mediterranean sun on the beach

Explore the many stunning beaches and beautiful coves Mallorca has to offer, spend time soaking up the Mediterranean sun or do some snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking or swimming.

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Cala Gran. Image – Clodia

5. Immerse yourself in Palma’s aquarium

From seahorses to octopuses, this part of the Mediterranean is full of energy and life! Immerse yourself and get to know the creatures that are exclusive to the Balearics.

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Image – Palma Aquarium

6. Witness the “miracle” of Palma Cathedral

Twice a year, on February 2 and November 11, a unique light show can be seen on the inner wall of the main façade of the Palma de Mallorca cathedral, as the light crosses the nave of the cathedral. The light creates a figure of eight which Mallorcans call the “eight of light”.

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Image – Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears

7. Visit Palma’s oldest food market, Mercat de Santa Catalina

Marvel at the amazing fresh and local produce in Palma’s huge food market, located in the charming neighbourhood of Santa Catalina.

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Image – Facebook

8. Go sea caving

If you want a cool adventure, take a sea caving excursion on the coast and see a completely different side to this incredible island.

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Image – Skualo Watersports

9. Lose yourself in the Mondrago Natural Park

Located on the south of the island, Mondrago Natural Park is a coastal 1,893-acre natural park with grassland & pine forested ravines, dunes & rich birdlife.

Mondrago Natural Park
Image – Mondrago Natural Park

10. Drive up to the Cap de Pera Lighthouse

Drive the winding roads up to the Cap de Pera Lighthouse and admire the stunning views. There are also many hiking trails in this area as well as incredible small beaches.

Cap de Pera Lighthouse
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11. Explore the Gothic-style Castell de Bellver

This beautiful, large gothic-style castle is impeccably preserved and is a must-visit – particularly on a clear day as it offers spectacular views of Palma. The grounds are a beautiful place to relax and the castle itself features a collection of Roman and 18th-century busts and sculptures.

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Image – Castell De Bellver

12. Visit the magical uninhabited Cabrera islet

You can visit the beautiful island of Cabrera, a small archipelago, by boat which takes just one hour. This oasis has one of the most well-preserved examples of marine life in the Mediterranean Sea and hosts a wealth of species native to the Balearic Islands. 

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Best restaurants in Mallorca

 

1. Natur Poke Can Pastilla

Customise your own poke bowl at Natur Poke Can Pastilla, with amazing fresh ingredients and toppings to choose from.

Open: 10am until 11pm

Address: Avinguda de Bartomeu Riutort 85, 07610 Can Pastilla

Book: 971 26 87 87

Price: €€-€€€

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Image – Natur Poke Can Pastilla

2. Cannibal Cantina Bistro

Cannibal Cantina Bistro serves up classic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Open: 1pm until 4pm and 8pm until 11pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays

Address: Placa de Sant Antoni 8, 07002 Palma de Mallorca

Book: 662 54 20 89

Price: €€-€€€

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3. Bunker’s

This Italian restaurant has been called the best Italian in Palma by some! Bunker’s serves up unique and beautifully presented cuisine such as pepper ice cream and creamy risotto.

Open: 1pm until 3:30 pm and 7pm until 11:30pm, 7pm until 11pm on Sundays, closed on Tuesdays

Address: Calle Soler esq. Calle Pursiana, 07013 Palma de Mallorca

Book: Calle Soler esq. Calle Pursiana, 07013 Palma de Mallorca

Price: €€-€€€

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Image – Anita D

4. Arux

Arux comes highly recommended by visitors and residents, serving up tasty tapas, burgers, cocktails and desserts.

Open: 9am until 2am, closed on Tuesdays

Address: Ecónomo Torres 17, Port de Pollenca

Book: 663 00 23 90

Price: €€-€€€

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Image – Facebook

5. Indian Fusion

If you’re a fan of Indian food, Indian Fusion has a large menu as well as vegan, veggie and gluten-free options.

Open: 1pm until 2pm and 5pm until 10pm

Address: Avinguda Mèxic 3, 07400 Port de Alcudia, Alcudia

Book: 971 89 21 95

Price: €€-€€€

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6. Maristel Bistro & Bar

This bistro, bar and cafe serves up tender meats and Mediterranean dishes as well as breakfasts and health cuisine.

Open: 7:30am until 11:45pm, collection only on Thursdays

Address: Eusebio Pascual 9, 1st Floor terrace with views, 07192 Estellencs

Book: 971 61 85 50

Price: €€€€

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Image – Maristel Hotel & Spa

7. Noir Mallorca

For traditional Dutch and European food in a beautifully decorated restaurant, Noir Mallorca has got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Open: 9am until 12am

Address: Carrer de Santanyí, 07660 Cala d’Or

Book: 602 58 54 41

Price: €€-€€€

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Image – Noir Mallorca

8. Cheftable Thai Restaurent

If you fancy some fresh and healthy Thai food, Cheftable Thai Restaurent is a gem of a restaurant in Puerto Pollenca that comes highly recommended.

Open: 12pm until 11pm

Address: Llevant – 4, Port de Pollenca

Book: 660 44 69 06

Price: €€-€€€

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Image – Abisne

9. Hungry Gastro Food Bar

Although their menu is small, the Mediterranean fusion food at Hungry Gastro Food Bar is exceptional – the tuna tartare and grilled tuna are a must-try!

Open: 1pm until 3pm and 7:30pm until 10pm, 7:30pm until 10pm on Mondays

Address: Carrer d’Enric Alzamora 3, 07002 Palma de Mallorca

Book: 871 04 93 01

Price: €€-€€€

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10. Salvia Restaurant

If you want a fine dining experience, Salvia Restaurant is a fabulous restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and beautiful local wines.

Open: 7:30pm until 11pm

Address: Calle de la Palma 18, 07100, Soller

Book: 971 63 49 36

Price: €€€€

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Image – Salvia Restaurant

Schools in Mallorca

When moving to a new location, making sure there are some great schools is essential, and Mallorca has some impressive international and local schools to choose from.

There are impressive international schools in Mallorca with a great reputation in education, including the Baleares International College, Sant Agustí, The Academy International School in Marratxi and the Rafa Nadal International School in Manacor.

 


Healthcare in Mallorca

 

Having access to quality healthcare is vital when moving to a new home and Mallorca has an impressive public health service as well as private healthcare options.

Hospitals

There are four main public hospitals on the island.

Palma

Son Espases

Address: Carretera de Valldemossa, 79, 07120 Palma

Contact: 871 20 50 00

Son Llatzer

Address: Ctra. de Manacor, 07198 Palma

Contact: 871 20 20 00

Manacor

Hospital General de Manacor

Address: Carretera Manacor Alcudia, s/n, 07500 Manacor

Contact: 971 84 70 00

Inca

Hospital General de Inca

Address: Carretera Vella de Llubí, S/N, 07300 Inca

Contact: 971 88 85 00

 


Important contacts

Moving somewhere new is exciting but it’s important to know the contact information for the emergency services.

That´s why we have included information on important contacts when moving to Mallorca.

Emergency services, including health, fire and police: 112

National police: 091

Local police: 092


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