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Kiteboarding School Chronicles – Part I

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.

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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.

After a few weeks of not so ideal conditions for a learner I got a call from Perico and scheduled my first lesson, I freed-up a bunch of hours from the calendar and the morning after I met up with him to get started.

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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

One of the obvious requirements for kiteboarding is the wind and in the Pollença bay in particular we aren’t short of it. The other side of the coin is that if the water is cold on a winter’s day, the constant breeze does not help you warm up! In all honesty, I have never been much of a beach person and it is very unlikely that I’d get into the sea anytime before July but I was excited, so excited that I went into the water in March without much hesitation (with a wetsuit, obviously).
Before I dipped my first to into the water, we spent about an hour going through all the equipment and all the security protocol. In this sport you are dealing with two great forces of nature: wind and sea, so all the great explanations I received from Perico were actually very helpful. From an early stage I felt confident that I was controlling the kite rather than the kite controlling me – kind off, it was only my first day, I still have a lot left to learn!
The very important thing to understand is the wind windows. Understanding this is critical for managing the power of the kite and the direction of traveling. After this we covered the all important hand signals to communicate with other kiters to maintain order and safety and also to learn the rules and etiquette when kiting.
Getting closer and closer to actually going out onto the water, I was also encouraged to set up the whole rig, starting with inflating the kite, inspecting and untangling the lines and attaching everything to my harness properly.
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Learning my lines, almost ready for the water.
 
Once it was all ready it was time to get into the water, which didn’t actually feel that cold with my two wetsuits on. We actually had a lovely sunny day and it felt great temperature wise. I can’t wait to try this in the summer with less neoprene on!
It is not advised to learn to fly a full size kitesurfing kite on a beach – as this is the most dangerous place to do so. You need to head out into the water at a safe location to learn.
In the water I was taught how to pilot the kite, launch and landing, relaunching it in the water as well as powering and depowering the kite which enables the kite lines to let go of pressure,  decreasing the speed of your kite.
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Up, up and away!
Feeling the force of the wind pulling you can be a bit daunting at first but once you start to understand how the control bar works and how sensitive it is, you start enjoying the experience. It was fun to see the 14m2 kite being steered from one side of the wind window to the other.
It might not be as simple as other action sports and it might take a bit longer to get you on a board but with all the good tips and support I received from Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP, they made it is as easy as it can possibly get. Knowing whats next; body dragging, waterstarting, steering/reaching the board, etc… it makes me really look forward to my next lesson.
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Stay tuned for part II!
Josep Sebastián
Director of Prestige Villas

Let’s try kiteboarding!

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!

More reasons to visit Barcelona

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.

Step back in time to rustic Mallorca

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 

Talk about transformations!

Some of our favourite villas, Casa del Mar and Can Nurt, have undergone a fantastic transformation for the summer 2014 and our clients have loved it. With such great feedback from last year we are sure those of you joining us in summer 2015 are going to be thrilled too. There are still weeks available for 2015 but we have a feeling these villas are going to be getting snapped up pretty fast so don’t wait too long!

Casa del Mar is one of our first rental properties and we’ve seen many happy families holiday here throughout the years, with a dramatic redecoration before this summer or clients were pleasantly surprised by the changes. Many of our clients booking this seafront property in Puerto Pollensa booked before the redecoration and didn’t see the results until they stepped through the door, from looking at the photos I think you’ll agree it was a great transformation. This seafront villa is bright, fresh and spacious not to mention in one of the best areas in town. Puerto Pollensa remains a popular destination for families holidaying in Mallorca and with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10 people you can bring the whole family.

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Like we said, Casa del Mar isn’t the only property that’s seen the end of a paintbrush this year, also having a spruce up was Can Nurt which has undergone significant changes to the outdoor terrace and pool area as well as redecoration in the kitchen, living room and dining area. Can Nurt is in an ideal location out in the countryside of Pollença without being too far from the restaurants and shops if you want to pop in to feel the atmosphere in town.

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We’re looking forward to updating you on what properties we’re adding to our collection and the old faithfuls that get a modern freshen up. Watch this space for more news, if you can’t wait and want to see what’s going on in Mallorca right now then head over to take a look at our webcam of the seafront in Puerto Pollensa.

Our new office is on Carrer Joan XXIII, 24 in Port de Pollença

Our new office on Carrer Joan XXIII, 24 in Port de Pollença

Our humble beginnings date back to the mid 80s in Port de Pollença, or also known by many as Puerto Pollensa. Back then we headed up an office on the backstreet of La Gola, but we won’t bore you with the details. After spending a few years in the old town of Pollença, developing ourselves into the company we are today we are now back in the port but this time on the high street of Carrer Joan XXIII. We are loving our new office and the hustle and bustle of people going by. If you’re in the area then we’d love to hear from you so please do pop in and say hi – even buy a house if you fancy! If you’re too far afield to come visit then follow us on here or keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter to see what we’re getting up to.