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When you come to new place and a new country, much of the pleasure is to travel around, discover the country and make new friends and acquaintances. Some come to Mallorca to lie in the sun on a beach and relax from everyday life, most prefer an active time. To do this in the best way, you must learn to travel in the best possible way, perhaps not only for your own pleasure, but also to reach your goals as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Car and car rental

There are about 200,000 passenger cars registered in the Balearic Islands (annually about 33,000 passenger cars are registered with a life span between 6 and 9 years). In addition, there is a large number of more or less legal foreign cars. With so many cars it’s a wonder that the traffic flows as smoothly and without jams as it does! Mallorca has one of the most disciplined and safe traffic cultures in the Mediterranean, if not the very best.

A consequence of the large number of cars is a screaming shortage of parking spaces. It may take considerable time to park and you may be forced to park far from your target, which reduces the benefit driving a car. Should you go on a trip on the island, you should definitely do it by (rented) car, which makes many interesting places available and shortens travel times. If you commute in the city, municipal communications or (electric) bicycle are mostly much faster.

When you park your (rented) car you must look out. The parking guards may be very zealous. Good to know if you get a parking fine: if you pay quickly, you get a discount on the fine. It feels much nicer to get a discount for fast payment than to get a penalty for paying late.

Blue parking spaces have fee.

The 10-meter rule from the street corners and crossing points is unknown here, there are often marked parking spaces within 10 meters distance. Use common sense so that traffic is not stopped, big trucks cornering on narrow streets take a lot of space.

Look out for the yellow line along the roadside!

If you find a free parking lot on many streets, there is often a self-appointed parking assistant nearby who is very helpful in parking in tight pockets. He expects one or two euro as a thank you.

If you rent a car, pay your parking fees yourself, the rental company without asking will charge your credit card for the fine including an extra fee.

Bike, electric bike, moped and motorcycle

These are often the fastest means of travel, especially in the cities. There are companies renting them everywhere.

Bus, train, tram, subway

Bus: Mallorca has a comprehensive network of regional bus services at very reasonable prices. The problem with a very comprehensive network is that the bus lines make detours and have stops at many points along the way. Therefore, bus travel often takes a long time. For example, bus 102 runs from Plaça d’Espanya to Port d’Andratx. By car this journey takes about 25 minutes. According to the timetable, the bus journey takes 1 hour 15 minutes, often in reality up to 1½ hours.

Train: Majorca has a railway, from Palma via Marratxi, Santa Maria del Cami, Binissalem and Inca. One line goes only to Inca, one line continues to Sa Pobla and one to Manacor. Marratxi thus has a train connection with Palma with down to 10 minutes intervals, Inca is connected to Palma at 15 to 20 minutes intervals, Sa Pobla and Manacor have about one train per hour. The train has the advantage over bus that it is much faster.

There is also a museum railway from Palma to Sòller. The train connects at the main square of Sòller to a museum tram to Port de Sòller. Trains in the tram have been imported from San Francisco’s classic tramway. The train starts from Palma on the ground level next to the Intermodal station on Plaça d’Espanya see below.

Subway: Palma has two subway lines, one to the university area (UIB) and one to Marratxi. The trains and the subway (not the museum railway) have prices and discounts like buses, they are operated by the same company.

City buses Palma: operated by another company than the regional buses and have different tariffs and rules than the regional traffic. They run very often but the times in the tour lists are not kept very carefully. Sometimes a bus on a given line will almost catch up with the bus in front, then there will be a longer stop after the two buses. Therefore, it is very useful that there is a MobiPalma app for smartphones, where you can see the real times for buses and get a signal from your smartphone 2, 5 or 8 minutes before the bus stops at the bus stop.

The center for buses, trains and metro is the Intermodal station on Plaça d’Espanya. Opposite the park with the rider statue is a stairway down to the underground Intermodal station’s ticket hall and information center. Another stairway leads to the regional buses, the trains and the subway. Nearly all city bus lines have stops in front of the staircase down to the Intermodal station. The museum railroad from Palma to Sòller has its station next to the Intermodal station.

Prices for the trip:

The price for travel both regional and local is very modest. For example: if you get on the bus in Palma for travel to Port d’Andratx, you pay to the driver € 5:50. This is what tourists and those traveling very rarely must pay. If you travel more often, you will get an “intermodal card” for € 3:00, which can be charged with € 30:40. This “charge” is sufficient for 20 trips to Port d’Andratx, which gives a price per trip of € 1:52 (loading with 45:80, you get 40 trips at a price of € 1:15 per trip).

  • Regional bus, train and subway: The price when paying in cash for a trip depends on how many zones the trip includes. The price for the longest and most expensive trips is around €7. Traveling more frequently, you can reduce prices with Intrmodal card that can be purchased at the TIB Information Center in the Intermodal station on Plaça d’Espanya so that the price for the longest trips is just over €2. The exact price can be found on the TIB website, see below.
  • City bus in Palma: on cash payment to driver the journey costs € 1.50. With a ticket valid for 10 trips, the price per trip will be € 1. Higher prices for trips to port or airport € 3 and € 5, respectively. The 10 trips card can be purchased at tobacconists or kiosks, for example in the kiosk at Plaça d’Espanya across the street from the entrance to the Intermodal station.

Exact information about timetables and prices is available on the websites:

For regional traffic: https://www.tib.org/es/web/ctm/

For city buses: http://www.emtpalma.cat/es/inicio

The smatrphone app called MobiPalma with information about both regional and local traffic and with current time at all stops can be downloaded free of charge. It also has information about bikes, taxis, traffic jams and parking situation in the major parking garages.

 

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Then we were already in December, the fall has gone fast and soon it’s already Christmas and we’re approaching a new year. Much has happened and during the year and we have retained both our old lovely customers and also met and get to know new nice customers. Now the winter also begins, or should we say that autumn has come to Mallorca. It is clear when it darkens before and the nice cozy Christmas lights are lit in Palma. It has also become a bit colder in the mornings and evenings, but for the most part we have been spoiled of all sunny days and temperatures rise to almost 20 beautiful degrees.

This week we have received several exciting new developments that we want to know about. There are new productions next to Sa Rapita, perhaps known as Es Trenc, which is a mile long beach with turquoise and clear waters on Mallorcas south side. Do you want to live near one of Mallorca’s finest beaches, yes, this is something for you!

 

Beautiful house very close to Sa Rapita. Prices from 390.000€                             

https://nexthomemallorca.com/en/listing/spain/mallorca/es-trenc/villa/62820/

New development with apartment, close to Sa Rapita.  Priser från 219.000€

 https://nexthomemallorca.com/en/listing/spain/mallorca/es-trenc/apartment/62794/

Another very nice and interesting new production we received is in cozy Deia. This is an unique project as there are no other newbuildings in this area, and that the apartments will melt into the cozy village as it is built in the older style. This is an opportunity for you who loves Deia like we do.

Amazing apartments in Deia with good prices from 550.000€

https://nexthomemallorca.com/en/listing/spain/mallorca/deia/apartment/62822/

Last but not least, we have received a new development in beautiful Cala d’Or, known for its white house “a la ibiza style”. This project is only a few meters from the famous Cala d´ Or Marine and its Yatch club. Here is a good mix between ground floors, middle floors and stunning penthouse apartments with magnificent views. 

Lovely apartments a few meters from de Marine in Cala d´Or and the yatch club. Prices are from 214.000€

https://nexthomemallorca.com/en/listing/spain/mallorca/porto-petro/apartment/62828/

Do you have the roads by? Please visit us in the office and we will tell you more about these properties. We are located at Carrer Tous in Maroto 8 – Palma de Mallorca.

/ Next Home Mallorca

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From where does the Mallorca water come?

 

There are many who live in Mallorca. About 900,000 live permanently on the island and about 8 million tourists come here each year (figures from 2015). As a rule of thumb each person consumes about 200 L per day for personal use. In total, this would give a water consumption of about 90 million cubic meters of water per year, mainly in the municipal networks. In addition, much water is used for irrigation during summer when cultivation of vegetables would otherwise have been impossible and for cultivation of oranges and lemons that are completely dependent on irrigation.

Everyone assumes that Mallorca has beautiful weather all year long, that is, little rain. This is not true. On average, Mallorca has about 500 mm of rain per year. As a comparison, Stockholm has about 500 mm, London 650 mm. The information about Mallorca is somewhat uncertain, different sources indicate from 300 mm to 750 mm, but most of them end up more or less close to 500 mm.

What gives the impression that it is raining less in Mallorca is the distribution of precipitation throughout the year: while in London the rainfall is evenly distributed over the year, and in Stockholm most of the rain falls during the holiday months (35% of the annual precipitation in quarter 3, July to September). The summer months of Mallorca are dry while most of the rain falls in the winter; in the third quarter in Mallorca 17% of the annual rain falls, in the fourth quarter 40%. The rain is also unevenly distributed over Majorca’s surface, much more rain falls in the mountains than in low-lying areas. Finally, uneven distribution also applies to the rain intensity: the rain in Mallorca comes as intense showers, grey days with drizzling rain hardly ever happen.

Mallorca has an area of 3640 km2. On this surface, 500 mm rain accounts for 1800 million m3 of water. Despite the enormous amount of water distributed through the municipal networks, 90 million m3corresponds to only 5% of the rainfall. Although much is also used for irrigation and industrial use, we collect less than 20% of the rainwater, the rest evaporates or flows into the sea, partly through streams and rivers and partly underground from the shores.

Tramontana is a rainy area. The plain is considerably drier. That and the temperature differences between the island’s parts determine what farming you have.

The flatland is suited for intensive cultivation of vegetables under plastic and for the cultivation of wine and almonds, which grows well in dry areas.

Soller is located on the slopes below Tramontana’s highest peak, Puig Major. Here on the north side of Tramontana, in the Soller Valley, oranges and lemons that require much water and a colder climate grow. The cold climate is needed for marketing: in a too hot climate, the oranges mature with green color, without the selling orange tone. The taste is just as good!

Water used to flow down the Tramontana slopes into the Soller valley in runlets. The farmers who had their possessions in connection with any of these could take water for irrigation of their property from the stream. When Soller grew, it was not practical to have many small streams of water flowing through the city and the water was led so that all streams ended up in the little river that now flows through the city. To compensate farmers who previously had free access to water, a system of water tubes and channels was constructed which led to the farmers who lost their water. They were then entitled to a given number of minutes of the river’s water per week. This right to the water is registered in the property’s deed and the municipality has officials assigned to allocate the water. On the farms, cisterns were built to store the water until used for irrigation.

There are large amounts of water pumped out through the municipal water pipes. It would not be practical to take it far away. The water is therefore collected as close as possible. This means surface water and groundwater from loose soil layers and water from the bedrock (call it mineral water). The mixture and therefore the quality and taste of the communities’ water are therefore very different in different places on the island.

Many residential areas in Mallorca are not connected to the municipal water. Often, private water pipelines have been built, where a central tank is filled as needed. Therefore, there are so many tanker trucks on Mallorca’s roads marked “drinking water”. They are also used to fill swimming pools as it is not permitted to fill them from the municipal networks.

The largest water consumption comes during the tourist season, in the third quarter. It is also the period with the least rain, that is why it is tourist season. During that time, the consumption is much higher than the inflow. It is therefore necessary to collect water when the supply is good to be used during the tourist season. It is then saved in large magazines. The large municipal water reservoirs form artificial lakes in Tramuntana, filled with both surface water and groundwater. The water levels in the water magazines is regularly reported in the island’s newspapers.

To increase the supply of water, in earlier years water was imported from the mainland. Tankers went up in French or Spanish rivers and pumped in water into the tank. The water was then pumped to the water reservoirs. This has stopped after facilities have been built for desalination of sea water. Desalinated water is mainly used for irrigation of golf courses and agriculture. Sea water is desalinated by a process called reverse osmosis (RO). To separate sea water and desalinated water membranes in which the water, but not the salts are soluble are used. With high pressure (about 60 bar) on the salt water side, you can have desalinated water flowing out on the freshwater side. With this technique it is possible to manufacture water that is sufficiently clean for chemical and medical purposes, rather than distillation. The membranes used to produce tap water and for irrigation are of lower quality, which gives a greater capacity but a lower degree of purification. In any event, the water is completely free from microorganisms and particles, and almost entirely from salt, the substances that are coming through are other substances from the sea water. The desalinated sea water I have tasted did not taste good – it was not salty but tasted rough and bitter.

In forthcoming blogs, I will review how the water is being cleaned and the differences between water from the tap and mineral water.

Sarcyn

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August month has so far included both heat waves with temperatures up to 40 degrees and a rainy days where temperatures have fallen to 25 degrees, a lovely combination. “After the rain it will be sunshine” and that’s how it’s usually here in Mallorca, sunny.

Here at our office it’s full speed with many new lovely customers and nice properties. For example, we have listed a very nice and completely renovated apartment in a quiet part of Santa Catalina, which is also furnished with stylish new furniture.

https://nexthomemallorca.com/en/listing/spain/mallorca/palma-de-mallorca/apartment/62495/

In the popular old town – Palma, we have listed this smaller penthouse, which is in perfect condition. The apartment is recently renovated with high standards of materials and has a large terrace (40m2) with amazing views of Palma. This is a perfect holiday home for both winter and summer time.

https://nexthomemallorca.com/sv/listing/spain/mallorca/palma-casco-antiguo/atico—penthouse/62570/

Looking for something spectacular? We would like to recommend this amazing villa just outskirt of Santa Maria del Camí. It is a wonderful house with a lot of character and great possibilities.

https://nexthomemallorca.com/sv/listing/spain/mallorca/santa-maria-del-cami/villa/62536/

More exciting properties can be found under “properties for sale”. We have a wide mix of new, newly renovated and refurbished objects, apartments or houses.

If you have are in Palma, you are more than welcome to come and say hello and you will find our office in Carrer Tous I Maroto 8. You can also reach us at info@nexthomemallorca.com or by phone +34 871 711 963.

We at NextHome Mallorca wish you a nice summer.

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Our old website has served us well for many years. It has reached high in search engines for relevant searches and received very good assessments from our customers: easy-navigated and informative.

 

Now it has become technologically old fashioned: difficult to read on mobiles and on tablets. We have therefore re-worked it completely. It may not seem so at first sight; the new website contains all the information and much of the design from the old one. But under the surface, it has had a complete re-make not only in adapting to mobiles and tablets but also using a brand-new database, which will provide faster and more secure access to the descriptions of the properties.

The new website allows you to choose between four languages: English, Swedish, German and Dutch. They are the company’s main languages, but we can also handle some other languages: Spanish, of course, but also French, Italian and a few Slavic and Nordic languages. The basis for everything is of course English and some sections and texts we have not translated, the original English text remains in all language versions – we assume that all our customers know English. This is particularly true in the descriptions of individual properties: the turnover of properties is so great that they do not last for a long time in the database, and it is more important that we help our customers than we spend our time translating to the other three languages. The blog will mostly be in English and Swedish.

When we start a “new” website all parts must work smoothly together, it’s absolutely amazing how many small details must work as planned. Therefore, there will be one or another bug, however much we have debugged the site. If you find any errors or bugs or have other suggestions, we are grateful for your viewpoints.

Regarding the blogs, we have plans for new and interesting themes and features, more or less related to Mallorca, purchase of properties in Mallorca, events, nature and culture in Mallorca. We can even allow ourselves to blog about something else that interests or amuses us, completely beyond our actual framework.

So, welcome to the new website and to its blog!

L.