Enjoy our quick guide to Calvia, one of the many towns in the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca.
Below we feature an expat interview with Volker Schupp of Finest Properties Mallorca who covers the Calvia area.
Prior to the interview, here’s what Volker had to say about Calvia as a whole.
“Calvia itself is a small village with about 2,200 inhabitants. It has an area of 144.97 km² and is located a little off the coastline between Palma and Andratx. However, the administrative area covers the entire coastal region with 54km coast line.
The town of Calvià includes the following places: Badia de Palma, Calvià, as Català – Ses Illetes, Bendinat, Costa d’en Blanes, El Toro, Es Capdellà, Galatzò, Magaluf, Palmanova, Peguera, Portals Nous, Portals Vells, Santa Ponça, Sa Porrassa, Sol de Mallorca and Son Ferrer. The total population is about 50,000 (as of 1 January 2016), compared to 28,700 inhabitants (1996).
The area around Calvià is protected against the north winds by the Tramuntana Mountains and by numerous forests that surround this area and can be used all year round. Thanks to its tourism, the municipality is one of the richest communities in Mallorca. Worth mentioning is the parish church of San Juan in Calvia from the year 1245. In it combine different styles. The last expansion took place in the 19th century.”
Volker, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Calvia compared to other Mallorca towns?
Mallorca has many beautiful places to vacation or to live. The advantage of Calvia, with its many villages in the coastal area, is the proximity to Palma (10 minutes by car).
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
Calvia is open to nationalities.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
The share of foreigners in the municipality of Calvia is around 35 percent. The largest share of foreigners comes from German speaking countries.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
Calvia offers a wide range of leisure activities: any kind of water sports, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, cycling and much more.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
There are several Spanish, German and English medical centers and dental practices. Palma has one of the best equipped hospitals in Spain.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
Santa Ponsa has a nice beach and English pubs and music bars. Paguera has 3 beaches with a promenade and a shopping mall with boutiques, music bars and restaurants (more for Germans). Porto Portals and Port Adriano are two Marinas with top restaurants.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
Calvia has several international schools. https://www.abc-mallorca.com/international-schools-in-mallorca/.
Is crime an issue for expats?
Crime is found all over the world. But there are possibilities to protect themselves and their property. Real estate owners secure their property with alarm systems that are connected with guard services. There are also gated communities with integrated guard services.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
We had price stagnation in Mallorca in the years 2008 to 2014. Since then, the demand has increased slightly. Also the property prices increase in good locations.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
Mallorca is one of the most popular holiday and resident domiciles in Europe. As the space available for building land is limited, the prices of land will continue to rise in the coming years and thus also the property prices. The most common reason why most buyers want to buy a holiday property in Mallorca is to enjoy life. The second reason is to purchase a safe investment. Whether cheap or expensive, everyone has to decide for themselves how much money he wants to spend for his dream. The price of the property depends on supply and demand and location.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
In the southwest of Mallorca, property and land prices are somewhat higher than in other regions of the island. The top locations in the municipality of Calvia are certainly Nova Santa Ponsa, Costa den Blanes, Portals Nous and Bendinat.
How much are the typical property prices in Calvia for apartments, villas etc?
There are no “typical prices” for apartments or villas. Real estate prices depend on the location, size and quality of the property.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Calvia or surrounding area?
Before buying a property, the buyer should look at several properties with a local agent.
Volker, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.
Finest Properties Mallorca
Carretera de Andratx, km 18
E-07183 Costa de la Calma
Tel. +34 971 698 149
Fax: +34 971 698 150
Here is an interesting tourist video on Calvia.
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