Son Espanyolet is a sought after area in Palma with low buildings with patios and gardens. Santa Catalina, central Palma and the Paseo Marítimo are just a few minutes’ walk away. It is a quiet area that is also suitable for families as there are several schools nearby. Here you will find Spanish charm, proximity to the city and a wonderful tranquility.
Just outside Son Espanyolet you will find the wonderful Palma Sport & Tennis Club which offers tennis courts, gym and spa of the very highest quality. There is also a bistro with a large terrace. Every year, the Legends Cuptournament is played here with tennis players who are now considered legends.
In Son Espanyolet we also find a world-class Swedish-owned music studio, Palma Music Studio. In addition to recording music by artists such as Kim Wilde and many others, they also do online courses in singing and music production, voice recordings and much more.
In Son Espanyolet we find many restaurants and cafes. At the nice Casatitacafe you can buy a home made lunch menu for a reasonable price.
Hong Thai offers authentic Thai food for take away. Lowther Craft Beer is a local brewery where you can find both their own beer but also offers beer from all over the world.
Los3chamacos serves Mexican food and drinks and is well worth a visit.
Bar Top offers tapas, beer, llonguets and rock´n roll. A perfect mix!
The private hospital Clinica Juaneda is located in Son Espanyolet and is the first choice for many, both Spanish and international patients. They also offer interpreters for patients who do not speak Spanish.
For us Swedes, the tradition of semla is something like the light in the dark after a long winter. Sure, it’s still winter but one knows we’re heading for brighter times. Semlan is a pastry that almost all Swedes have a relationship with and 44 million semla are eaten every year.
The semla is a bun with a small lid made of wheat flour, milk, butter, sugar, yeast and cardamom. The bun or semla is then filled with almond paste on the cut surface of the base and a ring of whipped cream around the almond mass, the lid is put on and the bun is powdered with icing sugar.
The custom of eating semla dates back to the time when Sweden was a Catholic country and when people fasted before Easter. Before the fasting started, during the 40 days of Lent people celebrated, ate and drank in preparation for the fast. Fat Tuesday is the last day before Lent and falls this year on the 16th of February. During the fast, one would avoid eating meat (carne hence carnival) or revel in other ways so therefore Fat Tuesday was the day of celebration, party and exactly what the day suggests getting fat. In other parts of the world, carnival is celebrated during this time while we Swedes enjoy this delicious pastry.
This celebration of Fat Tuesday is still going on in large parts of the world as Mardi Gras in New Orleans / USA, in Rio de Janeiro the famous carnival is celebrated, as well as in Germany and also here in Mallorca.
If you now feel like trying our version of a carnival the semla, we are happy to tell you that they are available to be purchased here in Mallorca at the Swedish bakery Fika Farina in central Palma. If you are near Santa Catalina, you will find them at the small nice bakery Pan Comido and at the Swedish bakery Palma Bread as well.
San Agustín, just outside Palma in the southwest of the Bay of Palma, is a nice little neighborhood located near the coast and several nice beaches. Here you will find a wonderful mix of locals and expats. It is a great place to live all year round as you will find everything you could need nearby: restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and pharmacies.
Within walking distance is the newly renovated Cala Nova harbor. Close to the harbour there are two small sandy beaches and also rocks for those who don’t like sand. The popular beach of Cala Major is also within walking distance.
Café Elefante opposite Cala Nova serves organic and locally grown food with an absolutely fantastic presentation. They serve a healthy and delicious brunch, juices, smoothies and speciality coffee from Mistral among many other things.
Restaurant Bruno is located in the newly renovated port of Calanova. Here you can enjoy food of excellent quality directly from the market. They have an affordable lunch menu and on the menu you will also find classic Spanish dishes as well as modern ones.
At the family business Los Iannini you will find genuine Italian ice cream. The Iannini family have been producing ice cream for 40 years and started in Italy. There are 3 different Los Ianninis in the San Agustin and Cala Major area so don’t miss out!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our client. Whether you’re a new client of Mallorcaresidencia or whether you have purchased or sold with us a long time ago, we owe everything to you for choosing us as your agent.
We started out as a small one-person business in 2005 with only a handful of clients and now we have become the leading Scandinavian real estate agency in Mallorca. Today, Mallorcaresidencia has a team of 12 hardworking professionals that administrate a database of over 30.000 clients and over 800 properties.
During these years, our company has adapted and grown by virtue of the feedback received from our clients. We know that at the end of the day people do business with people and that is why having the best team is also a key to success. Thanks to my partner Ahmet, we have been very successful in the sale of projects and new developments. Now our agency has exclusivity and early access to many newly built projects. In addition, these 15 years of experience have given our sales agents Charlotte, Josephine, Magnus, Jan and Patrik the opportunity to work with all sorts of properties and clients. Our photographer Ana, our IT expert Sedat and our team assistants Massar and Johanna have made sure that our website and marketing is professional and effective and keeps up with the pace.
Over the last 15 years, we have acquired the experience and in-depth know-how to ensure that our clients receive the most adequate service when buying or selling. Thank you to all of our customers and partners who continue to believe in our services and people, and who have helped us endure and thrive throughout the years. We enjoy the people we work for and we love what we do!
The sales agents at Mallorcaresidencia share their Christmas traditions. Some celebrate a Swedish Christmas in Mallorca, others celebrate in a traditional Christmas in Sweden and some of them mix the best with the best from both the Spanish and Swedish traditions. One thing is for sure, our sales agents love Christmas!
Josephine, who has been part of the team since the summer of 2016, loves Christmas. In fact, it is her favourite holiday, her birthday is just around Christmas as well. She grew up with six siblings and has four children herself, therefore family and Christmas are very important for her, being together is the highest priority. Her celebration is usually traditional and is like taken from a classic Christmas movie. The holidays is celebrated in the countryside in Sweden and the whole family participates in the Christmas service in the church.
She will not go to Sweden this year, therefore Christmas 2020 will feel a little sad and heavy as it won’t be a celebration together with the Swedish family, parents, all siblings and nieces and nephews. But Josephine will do her utmost to create the Christmas spirit when she celebrates her first Christmas in Mallorca in the house outside Deia. A real Christmas tree is a must with real candles. Hyacinths are another must, lots of hyacinths everywhere so that the house is filled with the scent of Christmas and mulled wine of course and the typical Swedish Christmas star in the windows of course. Being with the family, time for togetherness and gratitude is what Christmas is all about! “To sum up Christmas in one word, it’s community. To be with the children and have children around me” Josephine concludes.
Jan is one of our most experienced brokers and has belonged to the Mallorcaresidencia family since January 2013. He is born in Malmö, Sweden but left in 1987, and has lived in Germany, Italy and Turkey, and came to Mallorca in 1999. All these experiences and countries have coloured of on his Christmas traditions and celebrations. As a child, he spent his Christmases with his family, with his uncle, aunt, cousins, either at home or at a ski resort.
For the past 15 years, he has mostly celebrated in Sweden with his son, partner and immediate family. Because of Covid-19, the family will stay in Palma and probably “just” be the three of them, “we will of course try to meet some friends (preferably outdoors), do various sports activities and enjoy the outdoors.” says Jan. There is nothing materialistic that Jan couldn’t be without at Christmas when the most important thing for him, the very essence and meaning of Christmas is to be with his loved ones.
During his 16 years in Mallorca, Patrik has spent a maximum of 2 Christmases in Sweden. During Christmas he is mostly in Madrid as his partner is from there. Christmas spent with a large Spanish family can be upwards of 20 people. Patrik integrates his background and gives a Swedish touch to the celebration, by bringing Swedish products such as herring, crispbread and cooks them traditional dishes such as Christmas ham and “making your own Swedish meatballs, that’s a must” he says! All this is served during dinner on the 24th and again for lunch on the 25th. In a Spanish celebration, lunch turns into dinner, “you do nothing but eat”, says Patrik, “but I cannot do that, that’s when I usually take my 2-hour long walk”, he explains.
This year, the family will try to go to Madrid but everything is uncurtain and it all depends on whether the situation allows it and what the restrictions will be. If it is Madrid, it will unfortunately not be with the big family but only with those closest to them. For Patrik, Christmas is about the family, “the difficult thing now is that I have my family in Sweden and the other family is here and I cannot be with both at the same time” Patrik concludes.
Veteran Charlotte has worked at Mallorca resedencia for almost 10 years. She moved to Mallorca 16 years ago, today she have Mallorquin partner from Soller and together they have two small children. Like Josephine, Charlotte loves Christmas “the best thing about Christmas is to experience its magic through the eyes of my children,” she says. The family tradition is to alternate the celebration one year in Sweden and one year in Mallorca. When they are in Sweden, they celebrate a typical traditional Christmas on December 24th, with a Swedish Christmas smorgasbord, TV programs and Santa Claus. This year, it is Sweden’s turn again if all goes well.
A typical Mallorcan Christmas lasts for 3 days from the 24th to the 26th and Los Reyes as well of course! The large Mallorcan family of almost 30 family members gathers around the highlight, which is the dining table. As Patrik said, you start with dinner on the 24th and eat, laugh and socialize throughout the holiday. “Being with the family, regardless of Swedish or Mallorcan, is the most important thing for me.” She says and adds “one must not forget that Christmas is for the children, it is their holiday”.
For Magnus, the new Christmas tradition has become to stay and celebrate in Mallorca. This year will be no exception and the family will continue with their new Mallorcan Christmas tradition. Magnus’ family celebrates December 24th. The day starts with rice porridge for breakfast followed by the family’s Christmas must, a newborn tradition that has been implemented for the past seven years! Magnus, who is born in Finland and is a Swede-Finlandi, has created his own fusion of the ancient Finnish sauna bath that has been merged with one thing that Mallorca is best known for, the turquoise water. The typically traditional Finnish Christmas sauna has been replaced by a Christmas bath in the Mediterranean. The family packs a picnic of Christmas goodies such as mulled wine and gingerbread and goes to (Cala Comtesa), Illetas for a swim. “Last year it was 15/16 degrees in the water, refreshing,” says Magnus. This tradition has generated several participations for each year; “We are more and more friends who meet up there. And it will be extra wonderful this year as pretty much everyone will be far from home, many of us will not go home and will not have the family over Christmas” adds Magnus.
In addition, it is a good spot and over an activity you meet your friends, you are outdoors in the fresh air and you can keep your distance from each other. After the bath, there is a late Christmas lunch where Swedish and Finnish traditional Christmas dishes are mixed with Spanish delicacies. When I ask Magnus what the must have on the Christmas table, what absolutely cant be missed, he quickly answers “carrot & turnip box it is a classic Finnish dish that is mandatory on the Christmas table. Otherwise, the Finnish Christmas table is very similar to the Swedish one. And of course my own home cooked pickled salmon.” Christmas gift distribution and Facetime talks to the family at home in Finland, followed by an evening of cosiness. The Christmas weekend continues in what Magnus thinks is most important to be with the family, the food to be free and just be and to grill in the sun of course!
Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia
The coast of Mallorca is rich with lighthouses due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean. It plays a transit point on many sea routes, as well as thegeography of the island itself. One of these jewels is the Porto Pi Lighthouse, one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the world. This historic monumentis located on the waterfront opposite the busy Passeig Maritim in Palmas harbour.
The Porto Pi lighthouse is one of the first to be built in the Mediterranean dating back to the year 1300. It is the second oldest working lighthouse in Spain and the third oldest in the world. Its function was to make sure Palma was a safe haven, marking it and promoting it as a trade route. The lighthouse or rather the lower part of the torre was originally used as a signal tower, defending the harbour entrance, but also signalling the arrival of incoming boats at a time when horizontal masts were raised to indicate the arrival and origin of ships. In the 17th century the upper part of the lighthouse the Torre de Senyals, known as Faro de Porto Pi, was relocated to another close by safer spot. Its height was raised in 1613, since which it was used as a lighthouse. There have been several restorations carried out on the lighthouse since then, always preserving the harmony of the original medieval architecture. The tower is a square ground plan and the lamp is raised over two bodies of octagonal elevation. The height of the current tower is 41 metres above sea level and the reach of its light is twenty-two miles. In its interior is a small museum with a permanent exhibit regarding the lighthouses of the island, lighting systems, and maritime signals.
Let’s dig deeper in to lighthouse statistics and history, shall we. There are 19,000 documented lighthousesworldwide, 187 of them are in Spain, 49 are in the Balearic Islands of which 23 are located in Mallorca. They are referred to as guardians of the coast with the purpose to guide sailors on dark nights. For centuries, the lighthouse has been helping to steer the course of ships that, by approaching land, ran the risk of running aground on the rocks or cliffs. The tall towers were crowned with a rotating bulb that gave off a beam light visible from many miles away. The sailors could see it and correct their course. This is why they are located on craggy coasts with cliffs and other locations that could be dangerous for vessels.
Quite a lot is known about the lighthouses in Mallorca, mostly because all of the Lighthouse Keepers kept log books. The first known record relating to a Lighthouse Keeper in Spain refers to Porto Pi when a gentleman by the name of Berenguer de Isernappearsin thepayment accounts for 1310 for igniting the lighthouse between September to April. During the 2nd century, Mallorca criminals used the lighthouses to attract ships to the coast, then looted them when they became shipwrecked.
Despite that modern-day navigation systems have reduced lighthouses nowadays they still haven’t caused them to lose their romantic feel nor theirhistorical and cultural value. Lighthouses are still worth the visit, not only for their beauty and historical significance, but also for the landscape and sunsets that frame them.
Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia
If you like exploring cities by foot, Palma offers so much besides beautiful buildings. Palma may not be Berlin but more and more “street art” is appearing in the city. Mallorca has always been an inspiring place for artists because of the special light of the Mediterranean. In addition to museums such as Es Baluard and events such as Nit del Art, art is available to everyone on the streets. Unlike graffiti, street art is highly sought after and appreciated.
Carolina Adán Caro is one of the many artists who enrich the city with her fresh art. Several of her works can be found on the streets around Santa Catalina and Son Espanyolet. Jakuna Melata is another artist that leaves colorful poetry and messages in Catalan around the city in the form of jars of color.
Abraham Calero created a controversial art installation in El Molinar this spring that gave people some food for thought about immigration and its victims in the Mediterranean. In addition to this, several of his works are on the walls in central Palma.
Mallorcan artist Joan Aguiló often reflects childhood memories from his summers in Mallorca. He is the artist behind the almost 100 m2 large wall in the Mercat del l’Olivar, which pays homage to Mallorcan farmers and fishermen who make it possible to consume local produce. Other famous creations are for example the large mural at the train station in Palma of a child with a train, the large wall at the Hotel Whala in Arenal of a typical mallorquin afternoon snack in the summer.
In the area of Mallorcaresidencia, Santa Catalina, we find Andrea Moretto’s fantastic mural of a detailed Santa Catalina map. Cafe Lisboa’s iron curtain has been transformed into a colorful tram from Lisbon by Llum Miranda Oliver. On Calle de la Pursiana we find hidden in a staircase Carolina Adán Caro’s painting of children who admire the expression “Art is Life”. And much more is to be discovered.
After riding on winding roads through the mountains from Palma, you reach the beautiful mountain village of Deiá after 35 minutes. The village is located on a hillside and is a place that breathes peace and artists has always been drawn here. One of them was the English author Robert Graves, who is now buried in the small cemetery on a hill.
The quiet village changes face in the evening when Café Sa Fonda opens with live concerts under the fig tree. This iconic place has been visited by Jimi Hendrix, Sting and Liam Gallagher among many others. If you are looking for a moment of peace and quiet we recommend a visit at the beautiful Belmond La Residencia where they serve afternoon tea with scones and other homemade pastries . If you are looking for a gastronomic experience, we find the restaurant Es Raco dés Teix with a Michelin star and the excellent restaurant Sebastian.
During the summer months it is difficult to park in the village but during autumn and spring it is fantastic to come here and enjoy the many hiking trails in the area that can take you to the monastery of Miramar, Sa Foradada (where you can enjoy an incredible sunset) and many other hiking trails.
An easy hike with a fantastic reward in the form of a swim in the crystal clear Mediterranean, offers the trail that goes down to Cala Deia. The walk down to the cala offers beautiful views of the sea from the mountainside. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel! Once you reach the beach you find the restaurant Cas Patro March with incredible sea views that serves fresh fish and tapas.
After a nice dip in the blue and a wonderful lunch, you can walk through olive groves up to the village. If you feel like having a cup of coffee or a freshly squeezed orange juice along the way, the organic café S´Hortet is on the way back. A beautiful day in beautiful surroundings!
In Mallorca there is a long tradition in producing ceramics. There are two villages on the island, Portol and Marratxi, which stand out in particular in this craft. Portol is the core of most of the island’s ceramic workshops where unique ceramic pieces are still made by hand. The clay comes from the quarries in the municipality of Marratxi, which proudly proclaims themselves “the land of clay”. The tradition has existed since the 17th century and there are currently 9 ceramic manufacturers in Portol and 2 in the neighboring village of Sa Cabaneta. In Sa Cabaneta, the El Museo del Fang (clay museum) is located in an old restored windmill and there is also a municipal ceramics school.
If you are interested in the craft itself, you can follow the so-called Ruta del Fang (Clay Route) which takes you from the museum in Sa Cabaneta via 15 ceramics workshops and other points of interest to end up in Portol. In addition to the usual ceramic products such as bowls and plates, you can also buy siurells, the traditional Mallorcan whistle in the form of a man riding a horse. These figures are usually painted in white with red and green stripes, a typical souvenir from Mallorca.
Ruta del Fang
Sa Cabaneta: Museu del Fang, Gerreria Can Bernardí Nou, Siurelleria Ca Madò Bet, Escola Municipal de Ceràmica.
Portal: Son Ros, Sa Roca Llisa, Sa Roca Llisa 26, Can Vent, Cas Canonge, Antiga Olleria de Can Palou, Can Bernardí, Es Porxet, Gerreria Pere Coll, Olleria y gerreria Sa Penya, Teulera Can Vich, Sa Teulera.
You can visit all of these manufacturers but some of our favourites are these:
Sa Roca Llisa
Sa Roca Llisa is a family business that has been in the family for four generations, not only the name remains but also the values and love for what they do. They manufacture both kitchenware and decoration and they also accept orders of custom made products.
Carrer Sa Roca Llisa 24, Portol
Terra Cuita has its production in Portol but also has a store in Palma, on Calle Concepción 5 and in Santanyi on Calle Portell 3 & 15. This is a family business as well and it has been inherited for five generations. We recommend visiting their factory in Portol (where you can also buy directly from the manufacturer). They are very friendly and are more than happy to tell you more about the production process.
Siurells Can Bernardi Nou
Can Bernardi Nou manufactures, since several generations, mainly siurells in different sizes and shapes. The traditional Majorcan whistle in form of clay figure.
Santa Ponsa, or Santa Ponça as the Mallorcans say, is located in the southwestern part of Mallorca. According to those who live here, the town has the best weather on the island. Although the town is best known as a resort for a traditional beach vacation, Santa Ponsa offers more than that. In addition to the family hotels, the large centrally located beach, bars and restaurants for tourists, there is much more to discover.
On the cliffs, with a fantastic view over the sea, are some of the best luxury properties on the island. Nova Santa Ponsa offers a total of 3 golf courses, Santa Ponsa I, II and III. The golf course Golf Santa Ponsa 1 is one of Europe’s longest courses with its 590 meters and has hosted the European Tour 6 times and where players such as Ballesteros, Langer and Olazában have played. The ATP Mallorca Championchips in tennis are played every year at the end of June at the Santa Ponsa’s Country Club. Tennis Club Santa Ponsa is located just 100 meters from the beach and offers rental of clay courts, courses and private lessons.
If you are looking for peace and quiet and beautiful views, we recommend a visit to the Malgrats Islands. The Malgrats Islands are located just outside the Bay of Santa Ponsa. Since 2004 they are a protected marine reserve with a rich wildlife. The area is popular amongst divers, paddle surfers and snorkelers. There are also several smaller coves nearby such as Caló dén Pellicer, a sandy beach surrounded by trees that provide shade on hot days. Cala Fornells is a cove with sections of rocks mixed with sandy beach. The water is crystal clear and popular among both sun bathers and snorkelers.
The port of Santa Ponsa has been built to blend in perfectly with the surroundings and has space for about 500 boats between 7 to 20 meters. The nearby exclusive marina Port Adriano, designed by Philippe Starck, hosts impressive super yachts. In addition, there is a large selection of restaurants, bars and in the summer world-class concerts are offered.
In the small Santa Ponsa marina you will find the restaurant 7 Fuegos. It is an excellent choice for a dinner overlooking the smaller harbour. Beewi Beach is located directly on the beach and is open from morning to evening and here you can enjoy a beautiful sunset, tapas and good cocktails. Camp de Mar is located about 6 kilometers from Santa Ponsa. It is a beach resort with a clean fine sandy beach surrounded by exclusive hotels. A simple wooden bridge takes you to the charming restaurant Illeta, located on the cliffs with stunning views of the beach and sea. Their specialty is paella but they also offer fresh fish and traditional Spanish dishes.
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