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Majorca’s name derives from the Latin insula maior, and the later form, Maiorica. In 123 BC the Romans founded a city called Palmaria (Palma) in Majorca. During the period of Muslim rule it received the Arabic name of Madina Mayurqa. Later on, when James I of Aragon conquered the island in 1229 it came to be known as Ciutat de Mallorca (City of Majorca). See more about the history of the Balearics.

From 1950 the island started to become a tourist destination. The tourist boom which took place between 1960 and 1970 saw the construction of the majority of the hotels and the development of supporting industries. The remaining industries, such as footwear and also agriculture are becoming less important as tourism is the real motor of the Balearics’ economy. A key factor in this is the ease of access to Majorca thanks to the Son Sant Joan airport which has become Spain’s third largest by number of passengers and which has many routes to Europe’s leading cities. The number of operations by private planes has also increased significantly.

It is very hard to find another tourist destination just two or three hours from Europe’s major cities which combines everything that Majorca offers, including its easy access and beautiful natural setting (40% of which is in protected areas where building is controlled).

Majorca has an area of 3,640.11km² and, according to the 2009 census, a population of 862,397 inhabitants (population density: 257.85 inhabitants per km²), reaching almost a million in late 2012.

It has a typically Mediterranean climate, with high temperatures in summer (over 30 °C) and moderately low ones in winter (rarely below 5 °C). The main sector of its economy is tourism and the island receives some 12 million visitors per year.

The Serra de Tramuntana, the mountain chain which runs from Port de Andratx to Puerto de Pollensa (Port de Pollença) and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010, protects the whole island from wind and bad weather. Its highest point is Puig Major at 1,342 metros. This is the part of Majorca that is most protected from overdevelopment, and the Costa Nord foundation,, which Michael Douglas founded in order to protect and conserve the environment is based here.

Between 2005 and 2012 there was considerable investment in infrastructure, including the new Palma-Inca-Pollensa, Palma-Manacor-Artà and Palma-Santanyí roads, the Palma-Inca railway, the expansion of the airport, the Son Espases and Son Llàtzer hospitals, the Port Adriano marina, and improvements to the port of Palma to accept deep-draft cruise ships


With its 623km coastline, Majorca offers a wide variety of marinas. Boats can be hired from most of them, with or without a skipper, to enjoy the coast, and its coves and beaches.

Marine map


Majorca is an almost unique destination for enjoying golf, with its 24 courses and the chance to play 365 days of the year. At most of them it is not necessary to be a member or to book days ahead. Golf contributes 160 million euros per year to the Balearics’ tourist sector

Golf map


There are over 1,000 hotels in Majorca as well as many apartments and tourist establishments. The island has a wide choice in the luxury sector with over 40 five-star hotels.

Hotel map


Tourists and residents alike enjoy Majorca’s 208 beaches. Some of the beaches are untouched and others are only accessible from the sea.

Beaches map

Theme Parks in Majorca

Although most are water parks, there are also other types such as Natura Park and even an astronomical observatory in Costitx. For more information see

Southwest Mallorca

Most of the luxury homes, exclusive villas and magnificent penthouses for sale in Mallorca’s Southwest area are newly built or fully renovated. The demand for apartments on sale in the Southwest is approximately a third lower than the demand for villas. As for plots, there are only a few remaining options in Southwest Mallorca offering outstanding views, and therefore developers tend to focus mainly on villas requiring extensive...

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Palma City

Palma, the capital of Majorca and the Balearic Islands, is the eighth largest city in Spain by population with some 500,000 inhabitants. The airport, the commercial harbour, and the Real Club Náutico and Club de Mar marinas are in its municipality. The old town, which contains the Cathedral, the Almudaina palace, the...

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Southeast Mallorca

This area stretches from Porto Cristo, site of the legendary Drach Caves, as far as the eastern side of Palma Bay, in the municipality of Llucmajor. The most luxurious properties for sale are to be found in the municipality of Santanyí, in the areas dotted with country estates rather than the town centre. Here you can choose from a wide selection of inland properties and country estates, most of which are fitted with flat solar panels...

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Northeast Mallorca

From Cala Ratjada to Porto Cristo, revel in the delights of one of Mallorca’s most spectacular coasts, dotted with tiny coves and impeccably-kept beaches. Highlights include the town of Porto Colom, in the municipality of Felanitx; largely overlooked by the mass tourism industry and boasting a renovated marina, this is a highly sought-after area for luxury homes offering a peaceful setting and stunning natural landscape. We have a...

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North Mallorca

Mallorca’s northern region, running from Formentor to Cala Ratjada, boasts a stunning coastline backed by pine woods and bathed by the calm waters of its two superb bays. Beyond the town of Can Picafort lies an unspoilt protected area with a wealth of natural flora and fauna. We have luxury villas for sale in the idyllic town of Colònia de Sant Pere as well as in the residential developments of “Cielo de Bonaire” and...

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West Mallorca

Mallorca’s western region stretches from Puerto de Andratx to Pollensa. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful area on the island, as it includes the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Charmingly quaint towns such as Estellencs, Esporles or Banyalbufar embody the ideal of Mallorca’s tranquil lifestyle in harmony with nature. This is a landscape characterised by waterfalls, pebble...

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Central Mallorca

The central region is the largest on Mallorca, covering more than half the island. Its charming inland towns and villages, vineyards and the vast country estates make this an irresistible and highly sought-after location for both investors and those wishing to settle inland. The towns of Alaró and Santa María are the most aspirational areas, where we offer our luxury villas for sale. Far from the hustle and bustle yet with easy...

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