South East Mallorca
This area, known as the Migjorn, has only a third of the island’s rainfall. There’s a scattering of contained coastal resorts but also lots of room to breathe, with boat trips to the unique, offshore nature reserve of Cabrera. A wonderful spot for birdwatching, it also boasts 80% of the world population of the Balearic lizard.
Why buy property in South East Mallorca?
- The countryside beyond Santanyi is very pretty & the inland villages in the foothills of the Serra de Llevant are quiet & untouched by tourism
- For boating enthusiasts, there’s plenty of low key cruising. There are no deep water harbours, marinas take smaller boats and there are many pristine bays & anchorages to explore
- There are a number of protected areas & child friendly beaches with shallow waters such as Mondrago, voted one of 10 best beaches in the world. Es Trenc beach is a nature reserve backed by gently undulating, white sand dunes. Its turquoise waters are reminiscent of the Carribean islands
- You are only 35 minutes from Palma due to the excellent motorway connection
What you should know about property in South East Mallorca
- The south east coast grew in popularity through tourism but there are no high rise hotels or long strips of beach with the usual tourist paraphenalia. It’s concentrated around Cala D’Or and there are several small, sandy coves. Most facilities on the coast are geared towards tourists so it’s very quiet in the off season
- There is much less choice in architectural style compared to the south west. Villas are traditionally Ibicencan whitewashed buildings with flat roofs, whilst older apartment communities are typically pseudo Mexican style
- Sea views are restricted to the very front line properties sprinkled around the calas and inlets. Many of the best spots were taken in the 1980s. Distant sea views can otherwise be found in the Serra de Levant hills about 3km inland
- Make careful legal checks with the coastal authorities on any frontline property
- Check community statutes when buying within a complex
Villas & apartments in South East Mallorca
Cala Llombards A mellow, secluded bay & pine forested cove with azure, crystal clear & shallow waters perfect for children. A small development of villas & bunagalows lies behind the beach which has a small bar
- A seafront bungalow with 3 bedrooms & one bathroom on a plot of 500 sq metres is asking €620,000
Cala Santanyi A busy little resort with a medium sized beach at the end of a steep sided, heavily wooded gulch. A few kilometres to the north, Cala Figuera is a picture perfect fishing port in a fjord like inlet with steep cliffs. Local fishermen still land their catches and mend nets here. Up above, there are villas, hotels & hostals but an absence of high rise buildings so the development isn’t overbearing
- A large, stone faced villa on a plot of 2,900 sq metres with large pool, spa area & front line sea views is for sale asking €3.98m
- A newly built, modern, 4 bedroom villa with pool, small garden & direct access to the sea is asking €1,745,000
Porto Petro The old fishing village has been turned into a marina, there’s no beach here so activity is restricted to the port and harbourside restaurants
- A 2 bedroom property is for sale within a front line community in the harbour. Asking €560,000, the gardens slope down to the water’s edge
Cala D’Or The heart of the tourist industry with small, child friendly beaches, gentle watersports, pedaloes, canoes, some night life, bars & eateries. Cala D’Or actually comprises a number of bays – Cala Llonga, with its marina & yacht club, together with Cala D’Or & Cala Gran. To the west lie Cala de sa Galera, Cala Egos & Cala Llamp. To the east lie Cala Serena, Cala Ferrera & Cala Esmeralda. Hotels & apartment complexes take up 65% of all these calas. Detached villas take up the remainder, many of them sitting close to the rocky foreshore which has free public access.
- A frontline villa with 5 bedrooms & private access to the sea is for sale asking €4.5m
- A charming, 6 bedroom frontline chalet with 2 boathouses is for sale in Cala D’Or asking €2m
- An appealing, 3 bedroom villa in typical Ibizencan style with pool & small garden directly overlooking Cala D’Or beach is on the market for €1.28m
Porto Colom Porto Colom has so far resisted commercialisation. The fishing boats & colourful houses with boat garages lining the wide, natural bay still define the overall feel of the resort. Some excellent fish restaurants lie off the promenade.
- A 5 bedroom Ibizencan style house with staggering views over the entire harbour & own water access is for sale at €2.85m
- A 4 bedroom country house with separate one bedroom guest apartment, double garage, pretty gardens & sea views from the upper level is for sale asking €1.85m. It lies in pretty countryside outside Porto Colom on 15,000 sq metres of land with its own well together with mains water
Fincas in South East Mallorca
Campos A traditional, agricultural town with a no nonsense feel & twice weekly market in the central square. Outlying residents cycle in from the surrounding flat land mainly given over to cereal farms
- A modern, minimalist style country property with 5 bedrooms, own vineyard & underground garage for 4 cars is asking €1.8m
Ses Salines Named after the nearby salt pans where the famous Flor de Sal is produced, the shallow waters attract a huge variety of migrant wading birds & wildfowl on their way from Africa to their European breeding grounds in the spring. To the north lies the protected area of Cas Perets, with designated walks through the countryside, past windmills, old water wells & ancient fincas. The village is very attractive, with a large church, several character restaurants, local tapas bars & pavement cafes
- A 6 bedroom, luxury finca built around a private inner courtyard with 15,000 sq metres of land is for sale asking €2.95m
- A 4 bedroom perfectly reformed finca with 32,000 sq metres of land and professional horse riding facilities is on the market for €1.99m
Santanyi Once a medieval stronghold guarding the island’s south eastern approaches, a golden sandstone gateway gives on to a warren of narrow streets lined with squat townhouses & cottages. They centre on the town square which throbs with life & colour on market day. The church of Sant Andreu houses one of the most impressive musical instruments in Europe, the organ which was hand built in 1762 & has the purest of sounds. The quaint villages of S’Alqueria Blanca, Cas Concos, Calonge & S’Horta lie to the north of the town in the Llevant foothills
- An authentic 200 year old, Mallorquin finca near Cas Concos is for sale asking €990,000. With 5 bedrooms, it has been beautifully maintained
South East Mallorca in 2015
Controversy still surrounds the plans at Sa Rapita for an “Eco hotel” development on a 20 hectare site. The Partido Popular is pushing through legislation to fast track licencing which should stimulate an ailing construction industry, whilst local environmental groups such as G.O.B. mount increasing protests.
The government has finally paid compensation of €900,000 to a Swedish promoter Ses Covetes SL – Skandiaplan AB who began legal construction of an apartment complex in 1983 at Ses Covetes, at the northern end of Es Trenc beach. The area subsequently came under a protection order & the site was abandoned. A date has not yet been set for demolition.
Property prices in South 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