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Both as foreign real estate buyer and as a broker who work predominantly with foreign buyers one could easily get the impression that it is only foreigners who buy real estate in Mallorca / Balearic Islands.

But that is not the case. According to official statistics, foreign buyers accounted for 14% of all purchases in 2013. The largest group, 37% are Germans, followed by the British with 18%. Not so surprising as they are two large nations.

In third place comes Swedes with 5.72% followed closely by French with 5.64%, and Italian with 5.10%.

Areas of Mallorca where foreigners dominate when it comes to new purchases are Tramuntana with Deia and Soller, Pollenca, Port d’Andratx and Arta / Capdepera.

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Mallorcan Midsummer

Summer is the time to celebrate outdoor. This is true in the north of Europe, but perhaps even more around the Mediterranean. Midsummer is the celebration of John the Baptist. It is difficult to connect the humble hermit in the desert with grasshoppers as his primary nutrient with the wild parties celebrated in his honor.

Actually this tradition of wild celebration of the summer solstice has got antecedents long before the Christian era. At parties people dress up as angels and devils, preferably as devils. The origin of the devils is pre-Christian; it’s Pan and his minions coming back in pseudo-Christian figure.

John is celebrated all over Mallorca. Many communities, including Deia, Manacor, Muro and Son Servera, have John as patron saint. There is even a village named San Juan. Whether the village has this relationship with John or not, there will mostly be a wild celebration, preferably on the beach. Participants carry wild outfits and face painting and celebrate with bonfires (those are made to jump through to show heroism). At midnight the participants jump into the sea and start wild water wars. Safety regulations are absent, but often no-one is hurt. The main thing is that everyone is happy and gets a big celebration.

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The magazine “Restaurant” annually compiles a list of the 100 best restaurants in the world. It is considered the finest classification second only to Guide Michelin. This year’s list, which has just arrived, among the top ten has three Spanish restaurants, including the number two, El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona. The best Swedish restaurant is restaurant Fäviken in Järpen which is number 19. In Mallorca there is a total of four restaurants with Michelin stars.

 

Palma Boat Show

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Salón Náutico i Palma
One of the world’s most prestigious boat shows, 31 Salon Nautico, takes place in Palma’s large yacht harbor April 30-May 4 It has taken a break some years, the economic conditions have not been the best for selling superyachts, but now keeps it opens again with very large attendance. All leading suppliers of superyachts are participating. There are not many yacht harbors in the world so large that they can accommodate such an arrangement. The exhibition is open from 11 am till 8 pm. May 2 was named “Sea Day” with extended opening hours until 11 in the evening and extra arrangements. Even those who do not have the money, or perhaps do not focus their marine interest on large motor yachts, find something to admire.

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We welcome our new colleague Victoria Diaz Sjöholm  to our team at Next Home Mallorca.Victoria was born in Sweden, but has spent a lot of time with her grandmother in Mallorca. Victoria speaks Swedish, Spanish and English. She will work as a broker’s assistant and also take care of our “property management” clients.