It seems as though the entire world has come down with Love-Island Fever, filling us with a raging desire to tune in each week and find out what’s next in store for the group of young singles. So much so, that we’ve felt compelled to take a look at the different areas and properties currently available in Mallorca, the Spanish island where the reality dating show is filmed.
Mallorca may seem small, but it’s the largest of all the Balearic Islands, so you will still get to experience the fun of shopping around and looking for the best fit in terms of locations for a holiday home.
Palma was our first thought, being the capital city. It’s a charming town, popular amongst tourist due to the historical landscape and Mediterranean Sea views. Down by the seafront is the magnificent Gothic-style Santa Maria cathedral, which took 400 years to build, finally being completed in the 1600s. It is also only an estimated 15 minute drive from the airport.
Prices for a villa in Palma can drastically vary. Looking on Rightmove, currently you can bag yourself a 11-bedroom villa for €13,000,000, or for those on a stricter budget, €138,000 will get you a three-bedroom apartment with city views.
For those who want to recreate scenes from Love Island, check out the area of Sant Llorenç des Cardassa. This location where the tv show is filmed is in the northeast of the island, surrounded by farmland and rural views. The town itself has plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, as well as a weekly market.
Wish you could try before you buy? You could always apply to be on next year’s series of Love Island! However, according to an article on Heat World, the “round-the-clock BIBLE when it comes to the bizarre, brilliant world of famous folk” (the online version of Heat magazine), states that they only get paid £200 a day for all of the hours filming they do. That’s not much, when you consider the abuse reality TV celebrities can get from the general public… STILL, it’s a free holiday!
Rightmove has properties for sale in the area at the moment, ranging from €8,500,000 for a ten-bedroom manor house with a decent plot of land, to €230,000 for a two-bedroom apartment with private access to Cala Millor beach and a community swimming pool.
Magalluf is another popular location in Mallorca, home to one of the most famous beach resorts in Europe. The stretches of sandy beaches are so inviting, and we could easily spend hours under a shady parasol, a glass of sangria in one had, a novella in the other. However, there’s more to the town than just your traditional vacation in the sun. Fancy yourself as more of a thrill-seeker? Check out one of the water and theme parks nearby. There’s the Wave House, which presents the opportunity to surf artificial waves, or Katmandu Park, full of exciting rides.
€290,000 will get you a basic-looking four-bedroom townhouse with three bathrooms and two parking spaces, or €999,000 will get you the same number of bedrooms again, but with updated features, four bathrooms and three parking spaces, as well as a community pool. We were also intrigued by the inclusion of ‘reinforced door’ under Key Features…
Mallorca may be the biggest of all the Balearic Islands, but it is still small enough in size to present the opportunity for day trips to visit the other towns and cities. We also feel that the size of the island creates a secluded feel, and by owning a holiday home there you can take advantage of the quieter seasons and truly explore the Spanish culture Mallorca has to offer.
Just remember, if you do decide to take the plunge and invest in a home abroad, you will need the correct insurance. Insure My Villa specialises in Overseas Property Insurance for ex-pats who either live permanently abroad or own a property overseas and need Holiday Home Insurance.