North East Mallorca
As you leave Manacor northwards, the C715 runs through picturesque orchards and pastureland towards Arta. The town is surrounded by the ancient hunting grounds of Mallorcan royalty, with the peaks of the northern Serra de Llevant mountains as a backdrop.
Why buy property in North East Mallorca?
- The North East countryside is very pretty, surrounded by groves of olives, carob, holm oaks & almond orchards. There are also some stunning, protected beaches north of Cala Ratjada
- Arta is a town untroubled by tourists yet only 9 km from the coast
- There are 4 golf courses in the vicinity & almost 100 tennis courts
- You are only 55 minutes from Palma due to the excellent motorway connection
- Property prices are more favourable than other parts of the island
What you should know about property in North East Mallorca
- Sea view properties can be found in Cala Ratjada, Canyamel, Costa de los Pinos & Port Verd further south as well as in Colonia St Pere
- There are no properties with direct water access in Canyamel. In Cala Ratjada, front line properties have a footpath in front
- Check community statutes when buying within a complex
- Make careful legal checks with the coastal authorities on any frontline property
Villas, fincas & apartments in North East Mallorca
Arta Arta is an ancient hill town of sun bleached roofs clustered beneath a castellated shrine, the Santuari de Sant Salvador
- A finca style property of 750 sq metres with separate guest house, garage for 7 cars, pool with summer kitchen, pool house & 22,000 sq metres of land is for sale asking €2.19m
- A 4 bedroom terraced townhouse is on the market asking €400,000. It has a private inner courtyard & a roof terrace with views across almond orchards to the Sant Salvador shrine
Colonia St Pere Once a fishing village, Colonia St Pere is a very low key resort no more than a few blocks across, its plain, low rise, modern buildings set behind a small, sandy beach. The beach is calm & child friendly, set behind a sea wall. There are a surprising number of restaurants & seafront cafes as well as a marina but none of the usual tourist paraphenalia. A narrow lane passes along the foreshore towards Betlem, ending at a charming, tiny cove with a few boathouses. The area is protected & there are some bracing walks. Just 3km along the coast is Son Serra de Marina beach backed by sand dunes. Popular with surfers, you can also go horse riding
- An unusual finca from 1850 with 40,000 sq metres of land & sunset seaviews is on the market asking €4.85m
Cala Ratjada The main resort of the north east, Cala Ratjada is awash with cafes, bars & hotels but still retains some originality & style, especially around its fishing port. It’s set on a wild & rocky coastline, backed by pine woods, with Cala Aguilla, Cala Molto & Cala Torta to the north
- A 6 bedroom, ultra modern villa on a plot of 2,480 sq metres with 18 metre infinity pool is on the market asking €3.6m. On a south westerly slope, it has panoramic views from all rooms to the port, beach & surrounding mountains
Canyamel A quiet urbanisation with villas tumbling down the cliff, south of Canyamel beach & five minutes from the golf course. The majority of the properties were built in the 1980s
- A 3 bedroom villa on a flat, secluded plot with views of the sea & beach is on the market asking €1.85m
Costa de los Pinos The pine coast boasts some superb front line properties, the majority facing south with lovely views across the bay of Son Servera. There are only 45 plots here with those villas past the hotel Punta Rotja of the greatest interest. All properties were constructed between 1975 and 1985
- A front line, south facing villa built in 1975 on a plot of 3,160 sq metres is currently for sale asking €3.25m. The property has a pathway through pine woods down to the sea, with steps across the rocks to a cave. A unique opportunity to demolish & rebuild a modern house with pool & private access to the water
- A 2 bedroom apartment with two terraces & frontline sea views is for sale asking €420,000
Port Verd The pine coast runs into Port Verd, a very neat area of purpose built apartments & detached properties. The Port Verd beach club has an exceptional location on the sea front, with a small beach
- A frontline property is for sale asking €12m. It has a defence tower dating back to 1751 & access to the beach. Its 14,000 sq metres of land comprises several urban plots which can be further divided
North East Mallorca in 2015
In June last year, Boris Becker paid 430,000 Euros to settle unpaid bills at his Mallorca estate, saving it from auction. He was fined close to 234,000 Euros for making changes to the property without planning permission. The estate which features a guest house, pool, tennis & basketball courts, was originally on the market for 15m Euros in 2007 but the recession saw the asking price drop to 7m Euros. It is still on the market. Becker is rarely in Mallorca these days.
The Atalaya urbanisation near the Canyamel golf course has stalled somewhat. The American hotel chain Hyatt plans to construct a luxury resort, the Hyatt Park on the 50,000 square metre site, with 142 apartments, conference centre, spa, restaurants and pool area.
Central government in Madrid ran out of funding to continue the rail link from Manacor to Arta. The original diesel locomotive service was abandoned in 1977. The €190m project involved land clearance & removal of old track, compensation payments to property owners, the purchase of 6 train-trams from Vossloh in Valencia at a cost of €28m, renovation of 5 stations and erecting workshops. With only the track remaining to be laid, the debate continued in 2014 on how to make use of the 35 km corridor. It was finally decided to create a “green corridor” as a cycle & hiking path.
A new 30 kilometre cycle track is being built on the north east coast, starting at Costa de los Pinos, passing through Sa Coma & Porto Cristo & ending at Cala Mendia.
In November 2014, Rafael Nadal laid the first stone of his tennis & sports centre in Manacor. The 47,444 square metre site will feature ten clay tennis courts (two under cover) as well as two sand & two artificial grass courts, as well as a gym, swimming pools, medical centre, shops & a restaurant. The centre incorporates residential accommodation, 70 rooms for students as well as 36 rooms for professionals & tutors. It will take students from 8 to 17 years of age, with schooling provided in English. The heart of the centre will feature a stunning, circular foyer showcasing Nadal’s logo of a bull’s head.
Property prices in North East Mallorca
- As anywhere in the world, property prices in Mallorca are dictated by a very large number of factors but primarily by supply. Vendor motivation in the second home market also plays a significant role in maintaining prices despite the current economic climate
- Disregard general press reports on pricing in Spain. Mallorca is 3,640 square kilometres (1,400 square miles) which is twice the area of Greater London with its 32 boroughs. It is half the size of the entire municipality of Stockholm and nearly 5 times the size of New York City. Therefore, prices in Mallorca can vary for the same type of property depending on exact location on the island