Travel Feature: Majorca, Spain

Majorca is the largest island in the Balearics in Mediterranean. It is known as a popular vacation destination with its beautiful coastlines and great entertainment options. Majorca has a great history and, thus, there are many historical places to explore. One of the most popular and the largest city is the capital city Palma. It is known for its great restaurant, shops, and, of course, its great history. After many battles and invasions, Palma became a commercial center in the Mediterranean. Its history is reflected in the architecture; the Gothic La Seu cathedral is the most popular attraction and it is breathtaking. There is also a 13th century Almudaina palace famous for its beautiful gardens. In addition, there is a variety of museums to explore, where you can learn the history of Majorca and, also, beautiful churches to admire.


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Getting to and around Majorca. Buses are the main way of getting around, the metro line is also available and runs through the center to the university. Many prefer biking, though there aren’t many bicycle lanes. There are plenty of taxis as well, though you will need to call to order one, which is fairly easy to do.

Places to visit. Bellver Castle has the best views of the Palma; it has a very unusual circular structure and was built in 14th century. It had many uses, from being the King’s residence to becoming a prison. Nowadays, it is a City History Museum and a chapel.


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Pueblo Espanol is a museum designed like a small village; this is a great way to learn about Spanish architecture and visit shops and local restaurants.


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Paseo Maritimo is a great place to experience nightlife. It is the area along the port, where most of the bars and pubs are located; in addition, it provides a great view of the cathedral all lit up at night.

Real Estate. Spain has been very popular for those who are looking for a vacation property. Despite its economic situation, Majorca is still a desirable place to own a home. There is a variety of homes to choose from, from farm houses and villas, to new apartment building and townhouses.

Buying in Majorca. If you decide to relocate or buy a rental property in Majorca, there are important things to consider before purchasing. It might be a good idea to rent an apartment for some time before committing to buy, that will give you time to explore different areas of the island and give you a better idea of what will be the best choice for you. Once you’ve decided on the area, make sure to get a foreign identity number (NIE) and the process takes 2 to 6 weeks. Next, you would want to find out your mortgage options. Contact the Spanish authorities to make sure you have all the needed documents and certifications. The best way to ensure you are protected and everything is taken care of is to seek legal advice or hire and attorney who will guide you through the process.

Things to be aware of. You need to have your passport with you at all times by law; you may be asked to present it even when paying with your credit or debit card. Also, you should have a copy of your European health insurance card if you have one. Lunch is usually at 2pm and dinner at 9pm or 10pm. Also, it is unusual to share tables even at fast food places. Tips are not very established, but might be expected in a more upscale setting. You don’t have to leave a tip, but if you do, it will be greatly appreciated. IN a more formal setting people are greeted with a handshake, but be prepared to be kissed on a cheek if it is a more casual.

Majorca is not only a great place for tourists to enjoy beautiful beaches and Mediterranean cuisine, but is a very popular place to buy vacation homes.


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