My home is centrally located, just 5 minutes walk from the old town, and 10 minutes walk to the sea front. It is a fully renovated 130 sqm, 5-room apartment in a high rise block dating from the 70’s. The block looks rather dull from the outside, but once you are in, it is really nice and comfortable. It is on the 8th floor, so its bright and sunny with open views. From the balcony and the large living room windows, you can see the Tramuntana mountain range in the background. I have been living in this flat for 17 years and the neighbours are quiet, nice and helpful.
I seldom take the car in the city. I walk or cycle everywhere. Shops, museums, cinemas, food markets as well as the old town and the seafront are within walking distance. Distances are short in Majorca, so I only take the car to go for a swim, to go hiking or when I visit small villages, fairs or friends who live in the countryside. Nothing is further than an hour away by car.
My apartment was fully renovated last summer: plumbering, kitchen, flooring, electricity, windows, heating and cooling system. I have also installed a purification water system which permits you to drink tap water. You can forget about carrying cumbersome mineral water from the supermarket, which is something we are forced to do here in Majorca. The house is also equipped with a water softening system to treat water, which is rather hard here. It is much gentler for your hair and for your skin.
A centralised air conditioning system in the rooftop with thermostat units in every room adjusts room temperature to your needs when heat is at its worst during the summer. Though winters in Majorca are rather mild, the flat has an efficient heating system that you can regulate according to weather conditions and that will make you feel comfortable any time.
The entrance takes you to a large living and dining room area on your right with two large windows facing West and a door to a small balcony.
The kitchen on your left faces East. The house is oriented so that you get sun the whole day : kitchen, studio and two rooms in the mornings and living room and master room in the afternoons.
The living room area is quite large (50 sqm) and the kitchen (15 sqm) has also got a counter (that seats up to 4 people) where you can have breakfast or a quick meal, if you are on a hurry and have not much time for a slow meal in the large oak table of the living room that seats up to 12 people when extended.
The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, expresso coffee machine and plenty of cooking equipment. I love cooking. There is also a laundry area with a washing machine and a tumble dryer.
The living room is free of heavy furniture; two confy sofas where you can relax and a 50’s bar vintage counter that comes in handy when friends visit. I would describe the decoration as typical light scandinavian style with wooden floors modern furniture and some colourful artworks.
A door separates the kitchen and living room from the bedroms area. The master room has got fit in wardrobes, a large bed and en suite bathroom with a walk in shower. This bedroom opens to the same small balcony as the living room. The balcony longs for some flower pots and a couple of chairs but I have not had time to take care of that after renovation. Hopefully by spring, some plants will be blooming.
The balcony and the living room large windows have canopies to filter the light in summer. Canopies also help to keep the inside fresher if you do not want to use the air conditioning. They are great in May and June when it is not too warm.
In the corridor that takes you to the rooms there are fit in wardrobes with storage room. There is a studio filled with books (many of them in English) a comfortable sofa and a desk. Broadband Internet and wifi in the whole house.
The children’s room has a truckle bed and the guest room a double bed. Next to the guest and to the children’s room. There is a second bathroom with a shower.
I like city life and the possibilities it provides for going to nice restaurants, bar, cafés, museums etc., but I also enjoy very much to live close to nature to the sea and to be able to go running in my own neigbourhood (in front of the house there is a park and the cycle lane takes you straight to the sea front in 5 minutes.)
There are two markets withing walking distance to my place where you can find a great variety of fish,sea food and fresh vegetables. They are really worth a visit I sometimes go there on Saturday mornings. Even if they are not as famous as La Boqueria in Barcelona, they are certainly less touristy and frequented by the locals.
St Catalina market:
if you are not looking for a vacation of just sun and beach but enjoy city life and its amenities, my flat is well located. Enjoy a day out, a walk in the Tramuntana mountain range, a swim in a secluded cove and come back to a vibrant nightlife. Join the tapas tours in nearby areas and walk back home after an nice meal.
Distances in Majorca are relatively short. Formentor and its stunning cliffs at the north of the island is less than an hour drive from home. So, having your headquaters in the city is not an obstacle to get to know the real Majorca, off the beaten track.
The cultural offer in Majorca is also varied.
There are many hidden treasures in the island other than crowded tourist resorts. My choice: snorkeling in stony coves, cooking fresh Majorcan fish, almond trees in bloom by the end of January, a visit to the orange groves in Sóller, and city walks in the old town. But of course, Majorca is a perfect place for golf lovers and water sports too.
Almond trees in bloom by the end of January:
Some images of Mallorca: