We have been living in our present Mediterranean home for over seven years now. It is a roomy townhouse which occupies three floors with about 400 sqm of living space. That’s seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, one guest toilet, large reception room with open fireplace (see photo above), large dining room, external covered dining terrace, large inner court yard with 5 metre tall palm tree (see photo below), two large sun terraces, kitchen, two garages. We have wooden parquet floors throughout, oil central heating, water and electricity, satellite television, broadband internet connection, and telephone and fax lines. The downstairs area with the courtyard would make a spacious Tea Salon or a small restaurant, if that was wanted.
Now that our two girls have gone to study at university in the UK the house is somewhat empty and simply, too big. Perhaps it is time for us to move on.
The inland town we are living in is called Felanitx, in the eastern region of Mallorca, part of the Balearic Islands, somewhat south of Barcelona. Ours is a peaceful part of the island, well away from the tourist crowds, but within easy reach of the sandy beaches and coves of the Mediterranean sea. Mallorca has all the infrastructure that one could wish for in the XXIst Century, with a vibrant history of some 8,000 years of civilization. The Spanish Royal family spends their summer vacations on this island and have for the last 30 years. Ourselves, non-aristocratic, have been living on this island for some 20 years now. We would thoroughly recommend it to anybody.
The Palma International airport is Spain’s fourth largest airport with over 20 million passengers per annum. There is also a large commercial harbour mainly for local fishing boats, leisure sailing yachts and cruise liners that bring near to 1 million passengers here for short term visits. On last count there were 18 golf courses on the island, some of them singularly beautiful. The other Balearic islands, like Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera, Cabrera and Dragonera are within easy reach by boat or by plane.
One gets by like many of our friends if you only speak English, or perhaps German. It would be better if like us you would have a basic knowledge of Spanish, or what one calls, Castellano, but really you ought to know that the local language here is Mallorquín, a language that belongs to the Catalán idiom. Our children speak Mallorquín fluently with their friends, but us parents only understand most of what is spoken to us and get the gist when we read it. It is a beautiful language but why not start with conquering the Spanish language hurdle first.
I do not for a minute expect to sell our house through a blog on WordPress but I do not see the harm in publishing the post either. This is a personal blog and the house we are living in is a very personal and important matter to us. Or the next one, that we might move to soon. Yes, we are staying put on the island of Mallorca. We haven’t found a better alternative, and yes, we have looked around.
Thank you for asking.