Christmas Markets on Mallorca

After a warm fall, winter is coming to Mallorca, and the sierras this weekend were covered with snow creating a magical landscape. Even if the snow never tends to stay for a long time on the island, the atmosphere in December is one of Winter-joy, preparing for Christmas. For inspiration and enjoyment there are several Christmas markets where both adults and children can enjoy activities and different traditional and international dishes. Stay in Palma to walk the adorned streets or visit villages around the island and breathe in the special ambience during this time.

Puerto Portals

15 December – 8 January

Starting on December 15th, Puerto Portals will be full of festivities, shopping and food in a warm atmosphere adorned with lights and set to traditional music. Childrens’ activities are free and include storytelling, craft workshops and face painting.

Plaça Major

Open daily 10:00-21:00

Plaça Major is adorned with lights as always for this season, and the yearly market is filled with stalls selling Christmas decorations and gifts.

Pueblo Español 

6-11 December

At Christmas time, the streets and squares of Palma´s Spanish Village become a Winter wonderland, with many gift stalls, food and warming drinks such as the German traditional Glühwein.

Alarò

15-16 December

Alarò, a village 20 minutes drive from Palma offers traditional ambience during its annual Christmas market in the middle of December.

Visit the historical shops of Palma

Palma is a multicultural city and has always been. The Jewish and the Arabic quarters are two areas in Palma’s old town where you still can feel the historic winds. Nowadays the mix of nationalities is different, in Palma you find a lot of influences from Northern Europe as well as from North Africa. The beautiful thing about Palma, is that among these international vibes, you still also find the authenticity of Mallorquin original buildings, shops and traditions. A visit to Mallorca would have to include a taste of the original sweets, traditional dishes or local produced wine. This past summer you could find an outdoor-exhibition on Paseo de Borne, that later moved to Plaza Progreso, with a tribute to the historic shops of Palma. Some of them unfortunately have had to close during the last years. Hoping that that will not be the destiny for the remaining ones, we want to inspire you to visit these picturesque places during your next stay in Palma

On a walk in La Lonja in the old town, it’s almost obligatory to visit the bakery Forn de la Gloria, one of the very oldest bakeries on Mallorca, a family business dating back to the 18th century. This is one of the few remaining places where you still can find the traditional sweet bread ensaimada with the original ingredients and with stamp of authenticity from the local government.

 

 

If you are fond of sweets and especially chocolate, you can’t miss to visit Forn Fondo from 1911 or La Pajarita Chocolate and Charcuterie in the very centre of Palma, the latter dating back from 1872 and run by the same family during 5 generations. A part from sweets la Pajarita also offers gourmet delicatessen and exclusive products from Mallorca. If you are a coffee drinker, please visit Cafés Llofriu, Mallorcan coffee founded in 1866. And if you would like to enjoy artisan ice-cream, hot chocolate and gatò (a Mallorcan sweet dessert), Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo serves all this in a traditional way and in a house dating from the 18th century.

The trend in most European countries is that all shopping is moving from the centre out to the periphery of the city and to big shopping malls. In Palma you used to find many smaller traders for all kinds of specialities; textiles, paint, watches, jewels, food, bakery, etc. The haberdasheries e.g. were before found in each and every corner, though nowadays they are a rarity. One of the resisting ones is Ca Donya Àngela run by the same family, los Aguiló since 1685. Another specialized shop is the millinery Casa Julia from 1898 and still active selling hats and accessories.

Of great tradition in Palma are the jewelleries trading Mallorcan pearls as well as gold-and silver jewels. In the area around the church Santa Eulalia you find the small street Argenteria, “the silver street”. During the 20th century you could still find here more than 30 silver traders, now very few of them are left. Joyería Forteza is one of the resisting shops, on the street Colom in the same area. Forteza was founded in 1885 and offers a selection of modern and traditional jewellery from Mallorca as well as gold and silver jewellery with cultured Australian and freshwater pearls, and all kinds of precious stones.

Hopefully these shops together with Can Sion, Colmado Colom, Forn de Concepción, Ferreteria La Central and Mimbreria Vidal will stay open and offer all of us traditional artisanal and specialized good products, and at the same time keep giving life to Palma centre and the multicultural heart of Mallorca.

Nit de l’Art in Palma

The place to enjoy beautiful art all night long


Nit de l’Art, will take place in Palma the 23th of September, meaning full of people on the streets and squares all night long. With ten thousands of visitors, this is one of the top social gatherings in town with a selection of art galleries opening up their doors to the public for free.

This night you can walk around the picturesque streets of Palma, enjoying exhibitions by famous artists all around the world. Despite the open-house galleries, the streets will come alive with street theatre and art performances. The event starts from 7 pm and and the galleries will remain open until midnight. If you are in Palma this day, you cannot miss this spectacular event!

For more information please visit their website www.nitdelartpalma.com.

Opening cocktail at Monterrey 57

Last Thursday, 6th of July, the property we held an opening cocktail at Monterrey 59 on the sunny terrace. Even though this was one of the warmest days of the summer so far with a temperature of around 36 degrees, it was a success!

Of the four apartments, only the beautiful penthouse (MF1001D) is still for sale. The spacious apartment of 121 m2 has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 of which are on suite and a large, bright living room with dining room and open kitchen with direct access to the 15 m2 large terrace. Upstairs is the wonderful private roof terrace of 40 m2 where we offered cool drinks and with a great view of Santa Catalina and the port.

We would like to thank everyone who came and the restaurant Duke who did the fantastic catering.

Meet the team: Magnus Nystedt

Thinking about moving to Mallorca? In this issue, our sales agent Magnus Nystedt shares with us his own experiences. Magnus moved from Sweden to Mallorca with his wife Maria and their two sons. He was attracted by the quality of life here and the ideal climate. Prior to Mallorca, Magnus worked as an office manager at the SEB office in the Old Town of Stockholm. Now he is a senior sales agent at Mallorcafastigheter working mainly with luxury properties in Palma and the southwest areas of Mallorca.

Q: Where, when and why did you move to Mallorca?
A: I moved with my family to Bonanova in 2013. We wanted to live in a country with warmer climate again after living in Asia earlier. We started looking for work opportunities, schools, good healthcare and climate and the best option was Mallorca, a choice we have never regretted.

Q: What do you like most about the life here?
A: The climate is fantastic, especially in autumn and spring. I get the opportunity to spend more time with my family than before and practice outdoor sports such as golf, paddle and running all year round.

Q: What were the major challenges during the move?
A: The Spanish bureaucracy, many things take more time than you expect.

Q: What is the biggest cultural difference you have experienced between your new country and life back home?
A: The social life is different here. You spend more time with friends and in a different way from Sweden, it’s less pretentious. It’s more important to see each other and hang out, than to make a perfect dinner. You often meet at restaurants or do some kind of activity with your friends, you don’t spend that much time at home. The children become trilingual because they go to an international school, which is a big plus. You buy food in a different way here too; you buy the meat at the butcher, the vegetables in the market and the bread at the bakery, not at home where you usually shop everything you need in one single store. The shopping here takes a little more time, but it is more enjoyable.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?
A: You need to have patience in your everyday life, an economic buffer and try to learn Spanish as soon as possible.

Q: Favorite restaurant on the island?
A: With my wife I like to go to Canela, on a crossroad to Jaime III. If we eat Saturday lunch with the children in town, we like to go to Bi Bap at Plaça del Mercat. Cas Xorc in Sóller is also good with fantastic food and beautiful views.

Q: Favorite beach?
A: Playa del Muro

Q: What is the best thing about living in Mallorca´s countryside?
A: Definitely the proximity to nature. You can clearly see all four season, there is always blooming. We have our own large garden with chickens and we can grow our own vegetables. If you want to bike or hike in the mountains, it is very close.

Q: The best hike around the area is…?
A: A good relatively easy walk that suits even with children, is the hike up to Castel Alaró from the restaurant Es Verger where you can park the car. I recommend to have lunch there after the walk, their lamb is delicious.

Q: Which are your two favourite villages here?
A: Esporles and Sóller

Q: The local vineyard  you like best is…?
A: Difficult to say, there are so many good vineyards on the island. One place I do recommend is to buy your meat on Angus Mallorca, they are also opening a vineyard now. It is located just five minutes from where I live so I go there everyday on the way to my children’s school. 

 

Chiringuitos in Mallorca

The summer is just around the corner and the beaches begin to be filled with people. To spend a full day at the beach we recommend some of our favourite beach restaurants or as they are called here in Spain, Chriringuitos.

La Ponderosa

La Ponderosa is located on the beautiful beach Muro, on the north part of the island. Here you can enjoy an excellent paella and a glass of cold wine with your feet in the sand. La Ponderosa is famous for its parties that they organize on the weekend afternoons with DJ´s.

Ses Casetes des Capellans
Playas de Muro, Mallorca
Tel: 0034 971 184 118
http://www.ponderosabeach.com

Puro Beach

Just off the waterfront of Cala Estancia we find Puro Beach, a favourite for many Swedes. Here you can start the day with a yoga class or spa treatment and then eat and drink by the pool for the rest of the day. Puro Beach organizes nice parties and events with DJ´s and artists that we highly recommend.

Calle Pagell 1, Cala Estancia (Avfart vid flygplatsen)
Tel: 971 744 744
info.palma@purobeach.com
http://www.purobeach.com/es/purobeach-palma/

Chiringuito Sa Foradada

Above Sa Foradada in Deiá we find this charming chiringuito with amazing views of Sa Foradada. It’s a simple place that play chillout music and serve good mojitos. On Sunday evenings, many people come to enjoy the beautiful sunset. According to us, this is one of the most beautiful places for sunsets in Mallorca. We recommend you to arrive in time to get a parking.

Punta de Sa Foradada, Deiá

Il Chiringo

Italian-owned Il Chiringo is situated right on the beach as an oasis in the otherwise quite noisy Palma Nova. With good Italian food and drinks, nice staff and DJs, this place is really a must when you visit the Palma Nova area.

Il Chiringo
Calle del Mar N-19
07181 Calviá
Tel: 971 68 07 33

Es Recó

Es Recó is located in Puerto de Soller, on Des Repic Beach. Here you can enjoy excellent food in a relaxed environment right on the beach. Our colleague Josephine Cederqvist recommends you to try their grilled squid and ceviche.

Platja d’en Repic, Puerto De Sóller
Tel: 971 63 84 73
info@esrecosoller.com
http://www.esrecosoller.com

 

Recommendations from our wine expert Gabriel…


When you visit Mallorca, we recommend you to explore the many great Mallorquin wines. This wonderful island is a great producer of several amazing wines. In this section, we spoke with our wine expert Gabriel who gives us some of his favourite wines. In the middle of Santa Catalina, you will find Mercat de Santa Catalina where Gabriel and his wife Holly run their wine shop Sa Roteta since 1999. Holly is originally from England and speaks English, Spanish and Mallorquin. Everything started as a hobby but after discovering the great demand for good wines they chose to start their own business. Today their shop Sa Roteta in the market is very popular with wines from all around the world, definitely worth a visit!

Gabriel’s 5 favourite wines…

Ribas de Cabrera, 2014
Mallorca, Spain
Price: 49,50 Euros

Exclusive wine from Bodega Ribas, a famous vineyard in Consell here in Mallorca. With a rich fruity expression, this wine is really one of a kind. Perfect with meat, as well as with dark chocolate and cheese.

 

 

 

 

Marimar Estate, 2013
California, USA
Price: 42,50 Euros

A youthful wine with a lot of aroma and character. The flavour is medium-filled with notes of herbs. Great for heavier meat and chicken dishes as well as to accompany cold cuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Petit Hipperia, 2013
Toledo, Spain
Price: 12,75 Euros

A simple and fresh wine with a mix of fruit and spice, suitable for all plates. Four different grape varieties are combined; 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

 

 

 

 

Viña Tondonia , 2004
Rioja, Spain
Price: 22,50 Euros (temporary price)

Classic wine from Rioja, with an intense red colour. A complex spicy wine with notes of dried cherries, cinnamon and cocoa. Recommended to be served at 18ºC and perfect with meat dishes.

 

 

 

 

Chato Pqta, 2015
Mallorca, Spain
Price: 12,90 Euros

Definitely a favourite! The grapes are grown on a vineyard in Felanitx, on the eastern side of the island. A youthful and fruity wine with a very good taste. Perfect for many dishes, but mainly recommended for rice, pasta and vegetables.

Furniture shops: our favourite stores!

Now you have finally bought your home in Mallorca, done all the paperwork and can start to enjoy your new home. The only thing missing is to make it your home, choose furniture and decorate it according to your style. In Mallorca there are a plethora of interior design stores and furniture stores to choose from, but here we present some of our favourites.

RIALTO LIVING

Rialto Living is a Swedish owned, really elegant lifestyle concept store located in the famous area El Borne in Palma. The shop is worth a visit if only to see the beautiful building which was a former cinema and theater of 800 m2. Here you will find interior decoration, furniture, fashion, art, gifts and furnishings. It is the ideal place to find a personal and different gift and to be inspired by the environment. You can enjoy a really nice lunch menu in their stylish café. On the upper floor there is an art gallery hosting beautiful art exhibitions.

Carrer de Sant Feliu 3, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: + 34 971 71 33 31
http://rialtoliving.com/en/

 

LIVING FURNITURE , SAN AGUSTIN & SON BUGADELLES

Living Furniture is a Swedish interior design company, which has a store in Malmö, Sweden, and two shops in Mallorca. They make their purchases around the world and offer their customers unique quality products at good prices. They also have their own brand. The stores have an inspiring range of décor for bathrooms, bedrooms, living room and terrace. We visit Living Furniture to find unique furniture with a Scandinavian design.

Avenida Joan Miro 305, San Agustin
Tel: + 34 971 701 842

Carrer de la Mar Mediteraneo 32, Son Bugadelles
Tel: + 34 971 69 13 92

shop@livingmallorca.eu

 

LIFESTYLE MALLORCA

Lifestyle Mallorca has been around since 2013 and offers furniture, interior design, wine and events with a personal touch. They love Mallorca, and their goal is to offer as many local products from the island as possible. They work with a furniture manufacturer who makes fabulous dining tables, headboards and mirrors with a personal touch. They also sell good quality beds of the brand Beds by Scapa in Alvesta.

Their advice is always free and will help you make your home in Mallorca beautiful with a relaxed and Mediterranean flair. This is where we can find products with a rustic, bohemian style.

Calle Fábrica 43, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: + 34 971 40 12 22

Costa de la Pols 16, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: +34 971 41 26 87

info@lifestylemallorca.es
http://www.lifestylemallorca.es

 

DECAGONO

Decagono is a family business that started in 1965 with Spanish-Italian roots. They engage in the sale of design furniture and environmentally friendly products from some of the 20 most prestigious brands both at national and international level. They offer modern, unique design projects with customer satisfaction as their goal. In Decagono you can find that piece of unique design furniture that stands out a little extra in your home.

Andrea Doria 10, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: + 34 971 28 28 41
http://www.mueblesdecagono.com

studio@studiodecagono.com

 

TRENDS HOME

Trends Home (previously La Oca) is a fun furniture shop where one can find everything from furniture to household appliances and smaller decoration items for the home. Here you get excellent help from staff to choose the furniture that suits your home. The selection is a balance between design, quality and price. A good store to find fun and useful gifts.

Calle Berenguer Tornamira 9, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: + 34 971 72 15 10

http://www.laoca.es

 

SLEEPING COMPANY

Sleeping Company is a truly charming shop with clothes, jewelry, furniture, household and gift items. The range is mixed with personal style. The shop is located in the popular Santa Catalina and is worth a visit.

Calle Espartero, 6, Palma de Mallorca
Tel: + 34 971 73 56 37

 

LIVING DREAMS, SANTA MARIA

In the village of Santa Maria del Cami, we find a town house from the 1700s, run by a the Swiss owner and called Living Dreams. It is both a shop and a bistro. The shop of 800 m2 consists of a showroom of furniture, furnishings and art from around the world. Most of the furniture is self-produced and reflects the owners’ personal style and ideas. There are a range of objects imported from all over the world, especially from Asia. Their specialty is oversized dining tables and chairs, both for indoor and outdoor use. They add extra weight when they follow strict rules for both manufacturing and purchasing to ensure that only material that is ethically produced is used. The bistro serves light meals throughout the day that can be enjoyed in the beautiful garden, on the terrace or in the elegant dining room.

Plaza Hostal’s 19, Santa Maria del Cami
Tel: + 34 971 14 00 16
www.livingdreams.es

 

LA MESA GRANDE

La Mesa Grande is a nice new furniture store in Santa Maria specialized in restoring furniture and giving them a rustic, vintage style. The owners are passionate about what they do and select each item with care.

Calle Matanza 5 B, Santa Maria del Cami
Tel: + 34 663 12 37 13

Meet the team: Patrik Flyving

Patrik joined our sales team in 2015, moving from the boat business to the property business. Patrik knows the island well since he has spent his summers in Mallorca since 1981. In 2006 Patrik moved to Mallorca permanently and worked as Captain & First officer/ Engineer in the super yacht charter industry. Now he enjoys being on dry land, living in central Palma. Patrik loves to sail and surf. At our office, he is the expert when it comes to new production properties within the Palma area. Patrik tells us a little more about himself and life in Mallorca:

I like Mallorca because… to me it has everything all 4 seasons: mountains, increadible beaches, biking and watersports.
I live in…Palma de Mallorca & Pollenca bay
In my freetime I…spend time with my baby and my fiancee, windsurf, mountainbike and hike… my Mallorquin friends think i put toghether Ikea furniture.
The best word in Spanish is… Hooombre!
If I could invite somebody for lunch, it would be… Bill Murray, Chevy chase Bob Dylan take your pick
When I want to do something special I…go straight out into Mallorca´s nature.
My favourite place on the island….Punta Avancada in Pollenca bay.
My latest purchase is…3 Ezzy taka sails.
Swedish and Mallorcans are…a perfect mix!
My favourite area to invest right now is….  Son Armadans. It is a very spanish area with very diverse propert types and plenty of green areas. Son Armadans has palatial buildings, small townhouses and incredible Penthouses!

Moving to Mallorca

When you make the life changing decision to relocate to Mallorca, there are many important things to consider.  Follow our guide and consider our 10 tips on how to move to Mallorca and you will have no problem living on the island.

Find a home
Whether you’re planning to live permanently or just spend part of your time in Mallorca, you’ll need to find a home. Make a list of the main features you need in a home and contact us. We need to know how many bedrooms you need, which area you would like to live in and what style of house you prefer.  If you don’t know Mallorca well we can organize a viewing for you to identify areas and different types of properties. You’ll find a wide choice of properties for all budgets and tastes on our website: www.mallorcaresidencia.com

Get a NIE number
For any sort of transaction in Mallorca you will need a NIE number. It is like the personal number you have in Sweden. A NIE number is necessary to purchase a property, to order internet connection, or to buy anything major in Mallorca. To get a NIE number you’ll need to produce your passport and two passport-sized photographs. The NIE is your Spanish tax office reference, identifying you as a foreign citizen, so the sooner you get it the better. Nathalia Rigo Olausson at Montis Abogados law firm can help you with this process:

Nathalia Rigo Olausson
E-mail: nathalia@montisabogados.com
Tel. +34 971 21 30 96

Legal services
When buying a property or if you open a business on the island, you’ll need a lawyer specializing in Spanish law to act on your behalf. There are some excellent law firms on the island, with multilingual staff to assist you through the purchasing process. For over two decades, law consultancy firm Montis Abogados has been providing solid support for our clients. At Montis Abogados you can contact Nathalia Rigo Olausson who is a Spanish certified lawyer speaking fluent Swedish:

Nathalia Rigo Olausson
E-mail: nathalia@montisabogados.com
Tel. +34 971 21 30 96

Open a bank account
A bank account on the island will be necessary for the debiting of your local amenities such as electricity, water, internet and local taxes. La Caixa on Calle Industria has a Swedish speaking director calle Mia Martensson. Mia has been helping all of our clients with their private and business accounts in Mallorca. If you are thinking of buying a home, then you might want to apply for a mortgage via a local bank. Mia´s contact details are:

Mia Martensson
CaixaBank – Bankmanager
E-mail: mia.t.martensson@caixabank.com
Tel.: +34 971 625 620 

Taxes
A professional financial adviser can do more than ensure optimum tax efficiency: They will help you with mortgages, pensions, trusts, and devise a wealth management strategy to suit your level of income and investments. If you plan to open a business also in Mallorca, the tax adviser will help you with the paperwork surrounding opening a company, employing staff and keeping your books under control.

Insurance
When moving homes it is important to have a good insurance partner. You will need to insure your property, your health and your business. Talk to an insurance broker to find the best insurance policy to suit your needs, remembering to advise them if the property will be empty for some time during the year. Whatever your insurance needs and concerns, you’ll find a suitable insurance policy at:

Anke Sevenste
Passeig Mallorca, 36 bjs
Tel.+34 971 71 62 60
www.ankesevenster.com

Healthcare in Mallorca
Mallorca has a wide range of excellent public and private health facilities, including hospitals, clinics, general practitioners, maternity services, dentists, medical specialists, and nursing services. Many will be able to attend to your needs in your own language. Eligibility for care under the Spanish state health system depends on your circumstances, and it’s worth seeking guidance. If you have existing private health cover in your country of origin, it might be transferable, but it can be more cost-effective to find a policy primarily for Spain. For a private health care insurance you can contact

Anke Sevenster
Passeig Mallorca, 36 bjs
Tel.+34 971 71 62 60
www.ankesevenster.com

Learn the language
An important step when moving to Mallorca is to learn a bit of the language. Entering a new community speaking a little Spanish will not only make your daily life easier, but will also help you to get to know the local traditions and culture better and to create a local network of friends and acquaintances. Although most locals can defend themselves in English, speaking a bit of Spanish is very appreciated. When it comes to language courses, Frida Garby at Casa Viva offers the most useful and fun intensive starter courses. You can contact Frida via her Facebook Casa Viva – Spanish Course or by phone at +34 687 034 525.

Moving with car
If you are bring a vehicle to Mallorca from your home country, it must be officially registered. If you have a home on the island, you can drive the vehicle with its original registration plates for only 30 days, after which you must display Spanish registration plates. You’ll also need to register your original driving licence with the authorities. Road tax is payable each year, and any vehicles more than four years old must undergo an annual vehicle safety check known as an ITV (inspección técnica de vehículos), at an official ITV centre.

Schools in Mallorca
There’s a choice of local and international schools on Mallorca, to suit the curriculum you’d like your child to follow. International schools often have waiting lists, so planning the timing of your move is important.British schools include: The Academy, Baleares International School, Bellver International College, King Richard III, Queen’s College. The French curriculum is offered at the College Français de Palma. The Swedish school in Palma is also very popular. For those seeking a bilingual education with an equal amount of Spanish and English, the well-equipped international school Ágora Portals is the largest private school in Mallorca and part of the Barcelona-based private school group NACE. Escola Global is smaller and also offers an excellent education in two languages.