The Spanish Balearic island of Majorca receives more than three million visitors each summer, though relatively few visit its north-east corner. Furthest from Majorca’s international airport and without the south-west’s enticing infrastructure and glamorous super yacht marinas, the north-east was more the preserve of in-the-know families from the Spanish mainland.
Reiner Fischer of Engel & Volkers adds: “The connections with Palma were not great but seven years ago a new road was built, bypassing many villages and putting the airport 45 minutes away rather than 80 minutes.”
Add in a soon-to-open new international school as part of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor and the recently opened and striking five-star Park Hyatt Mallorca in Canyamel and the lifestyle in the north-east looks interesting.
The area stretches from Porto Cristo to Colònia Sant Pere and among its charms are many small harbours and five golf courses. Beautiful beaches, clean water, delightful historic towns and quiet, undeveloped countryside have attracted generations of Spanish families to buy local holiday homes.
Eight miles from Artà two- and three-bedroom new-build apartments in traditional Mediterranean design in the fishing village of Colònia de Sant Pere, start from £164,000 through Taylor Wimpey Espana. Bahia Sant Pere is a rural development surrounded by vines and almond groves and close to the protected sandy beach at Sa Canova.