Mallorca is a great place to live all year around. Some people may not be so fond of the winter time as the temperature drops and many towns like ours, Port de Pollença, seem to go into hibernation. It is definitely really quiet but I like to think of it as a well deserved rest after a busy summer. Last year and for the first time ever I decided to give snowboarding a chance and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I regret not getting to go more often. It was after my last holiday to Andorra, earlier this year that I started getting jealous of the people who live in the mainland and have the ability to hop in their cars and a few hours later arrive to a ski resort. Although we had a short chance to practice snowsports in Mallorca this is definitely not the best base for weekend snowboarding getaways.
While driving back home from the airport after that holiday, along the road between Alcudia and Port de Pollença, I was greeted with a swarm of kites in the air, it wasn’t something new, we are used to seeing them in the bay all the time, but it struck me as a revelation: here’s this action sport that looks just as fun as snowboarding literally on my doorstep. Nothing seems to stop the people enjoying Kiteboarding, it was mid January, it doesn’t get much colder than this but they still seemed to have a blast in spite of the weather. I automatically remembered of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP, a young company that introduced themselves to our team last year offering their kiteboarding courses and paddle boarding excursions.
This was my instructor and co-founder of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP
Before unpacking my bags I looked for the contact details of Pedro Álvarez (aka Perico), co-founder of Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP who also happens to be a very talented guitarist, and I asked him to sign me up to their waiting list.
Hopefully they’ll be a photo of me like this in a few weeks time. For now, here’s another photo of Perico, the pro
Director of Prestige Villas
It’s not all doom and gloom in the Prestige Villas office, although it never is, but today is a particular highlight – Josep is off to try out kiteboarding with the guys from Mallorca Kitebaording & SUP. Here’s his first glimpse of the waves that await him. More updates and photos to follow!
One of Spain’s biggest tourist locations, Barcelona, was graced with magnificent views on Monday morning. The ‘back bone of Mallorca’ the UNESCO World Heritage sight Serra Tramuntana. This image was taken by the Observatory Fabra Alfons Puertas and such a view can only be seen in certain weather conditions. With good visibility, no clouds and low light in Barcelona were exactly what made this view possible. The stretch of Mediterranean sea that separates Barcelona and Mallorca is 206 kilometres.
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow
And it’s true! Spring is hot on the heels of winter and what we’re ready to welcome it with open arms. Winter 2014/2015 has been harsh this year in Mallorca with battering winds, snow, hail, rain, you name it, we had it. Despite loving the warm smell of a log fire and eating bunyols, there comes a time when the sun has to come out and us too. With it, spring bring flowers, fresh new smells and green all around, the warm temperatures start to take over and the longer days start to draw round.
In anticipation of Spring and to encourage the Mallorca-goers to visit our beautiful island out of peak beach season we have launched our new offers section starting with arrivals on the 21st March. Come and join us in spring and see what it’s all about.
Check out our website for offers: Welcome Spring
Over the past week Mallorca has been suffering a particularly cold snap with snow even reaching some of the lower mountains and completely covering the highest. Check out some of the winter wonderland we’ve been experiencing.
Photo credits: 1. @mas_alexandre (twitter), 2. Esports Kenia, 1. repeated, 3. Jose Luis Forteza, 4. Carlos Solano, 5. Guillem, 6. Jane Leitch, 7. Albert Amb Oli, 8. Miquel Salamanca
Can Hans is certainly a gem in our villa portfolio. Can Hans in Pollença old town really is like stepping back in time to rustic Mallorca. If you didn’t know the history of this villa then have a read at this post and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the story of Can Hans, just like we did…
Like most of the houses in rural Mallorca, Ca’n Hans was named after the family who lived there. But this beautiful farmhouse was occupied by someone special: the famous Austrian painter Jean Egger.
Egger was born Hans Egger in 1897 in Hüttenberg before moving to Vienna in 1916. He studied at the Academy of Art in Munich and attended the painting classes of Carl Johann Becker-Gundahl.
During a sojourn in Italy, it became increasingly obvious that the young Egger had considerable talent. He therefore moved to Paris, which was the European capital of art in the 1920s.
In Paris he changed his name from Hans to Jean and maneuvered his way into the French art and cultural scene, leveraging his friendship with Paul Clemenceau, the brother of the French president.
Egger’s first exhibition was at the Société des Artistes Independants in the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon du Franc. Various exhibitions followed and in 1929 he was awarded with the “Silberne Palme” and received the title “Officier d’Academie”.
He spent that summer in St. Martin am Silberg, where he painted a series of landscapes that were featured in an exhibition at New York’s Denks Gallery.
His career continued to soar in Paris until the 1930s, when he developed a lung disease. On the advice of doctors, he moved to Mallorca and into the house that now bears his name.
Egger was a well-known figure in Pollença as many of the artists who lived on the island in the 1930s visited him at Ca’n Hans. Among the visitors was Joan Miro, who is said to have visited his friend in Pollença on several occasions.
Egger made several changes to the farmhouse, including installing an Austrian-style pillar in the entrada and building a loggia on the roof of the house. The loggia fills the entire third floor of the house and the openings in its beautiful colonnaded external wall affording breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
His health and eyesight failing, Egger continued to paint. Unable to find his brushes, some of his last works were painted with his fingers. His work that has fetched the highest prices on auction are from this period.
Egger died on 16 October 1934 in Klagnenfurt of tuberculosis. The home during the last years of his life still carries his name, houses the pallet he worked from and continues to be alluring to those who love his art.
Can Hans story taken from: https://canhans.wordpress.com/jean-egger/
The surrounding area is especially spectacular as it is set on the peaceful Cami de Ternelles and leads to the private Ternelles Valley. Ternelles Valley is a private nature reserve and home to native black vultures.
If you are interested in finding more information about Can Hans then follow this link: Can Hans
Well, it’s fair to say things are recovering here in Mallorca. From when the recession initially began and the great real estate bubble burst, house prices in Mallorca like everywhere in Spain, plummeted and the market became stagnant. Buyers and investors were affected and influence by:
- Banks not giving mortgages
- Problems with the Euro and Euro zone countries linked to the Sovereign debt
Now, seven years on from the onset of the recession the real estate market in Mallorca is showing positive signs of recovery and we perceive a new-found confidence in the property market developing again. With an increase in the number of sales and a number of good summer holiday seasons, this gives buyers sense of ‘security’ when owning a property in Mallorca.
We found this quote which sums up our thoughts on the current real estate market in Mallorca:
“A funny thing happens in real estate. When it comes back, it comes back up like gangbusters.” – Barbara Corcoran
Maybe Barbara was right, only time will tell…