Traffic restrictions to access the Formentor Lighthouse in 2018

Starting this summer, cars will not be allowed to access the lighthouse in Formentor. The beach in Formentor and Hotel Formentor will still be accessible by car. The only way to access the tip of Cape Formentor will be by bus from the new bus station in Port de Pollença.

We don’t know yet when this measure will be applied, as it depends on other factors such us preparing the bus line that will supply this service. This shuttle service will be the alternative means of access whereby car drivers would need to park in Port de Pollença. The shuttle service is dependent on the new concessions for Mallorca’s bus network, which aren’t due to come into effect until the start of 2019. However, traffic restrictions are being considered for this summer, and Pollença’s Mayor, Miquel Àngel March suggests that discussions regarding the shuttle service are “at an advanced stage”, implying that it could start as early as this summer. The authorities are wanting to limit access between May and October during a specific time window which is still unknown.

In previous years, the road to Formentor has seen as many as 12.300 cars a day during the peak season.

Other areas of the Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountain Range) will also have limited access. Another example is Sa Calobra, where the limited number of parking spaces will be monitored by parking sensors to allow drivers to know in advance whether they’ll be able to find a spot before congesting the scenic road. There is a limit already to the number of buses that can do this route a day: 35.

Another area suffering from oversaturation is the Port de Valldemossa although the authorities are still studying the matter and assessing if any restrictions will take place as this road is considered one of the most dangerous in the area.

Renting License Requirements

A current trending and a much-debated topic of conversation right now is the regulations surrounding renting licenses in the Balearic Islands. Take note that before now, owners who wished to rent their property to tourists had to have a permit to do so. Apartments did not, however, comply with the guidelines to get a license and therefore were rented unregistered. Villas could apply and obtain a licence, called an ETV, at the local tourism authorities.

Right now, however, there has been a freeze on granting licenses until 1st August 2018, at the latest. Once this moratorium has been lifted, both apartments and villas alike will be able to apply for a permit, providing they comply with the strict stipulations listed below:

– Must be in an approved zone
Just recently the president of the Consell de Mallorca, Miquel Ensenyat, the councillor of Land and Infrastructure, Mercedes Garrido and the councillor of Economic Affairs, Cosme Bonet presented the provisional zoning project for holiday rentals. You can see more about that in our previous blog post by clicking here.

– Cédula de habitabilidad / Certificate of Occupancy
Spanish law requires this document to control H&S conditions in any dwelling. This also dictates the maximum occupancy of the property.

– Age of building
The building needs to be at least five years old.

– Certificado Energético / Energy Certificate
With a scale from A to G. The law requires at least D for buildings finished after 2008 and F for older ones.

– Water meter
Every house or apartment must have an independent water meter as opposed to shared communal meter.

– Building community authorisation
The majority of neighbours in a community must authorise vacation rentals. This is a sticky point, as these associations change, the stance of the neighbours can change over time. If this authorisation was withdrawn, it would void the renting license, and the owner would have to stop marketing the holiday apartment immediately.

– Insurance
A comprehensive holiday rental insurance with third-party liability coverage of at least 300,000€.

– Data collection
All guests need to be dully logged with the Spanish National Police.

– License limit
There is a limit of 3-holiday properties per owner and sorely individuals as opposed to businesses or corporations.

– Length of the license
5 years after which the permit needs to be renewed. There are rumours that this limit will only apply to apartments whereas townhouses and holiday villas will not need to renew their licenses.

– Beds / places
The beds or places of occupancy must be purchased from an island-wide stock shared with the hotels. At the moment there are around 42,000 beds available in this stock. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the price, however, this has not been announced yet.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here.

Holiday Rental Zoning Project in Mallorca

The president of the Consell de Mallorca, Miquel Ensenyat, the councillor of Land and Infrastructure, Mercedes Garrido and the councillor of Economic Affairs, Cosme Bonet have presented today the provisional zoning project for holiday rentals. This proposal is currently under public exposition until the 12th of March.

Licensed holiday villas constitute a significant part of the island economy. According to the records from September 2017, Mallorca has 40,073 beds in registered holiday rental properties. Furthermore, there are 45,149 beds currently under application, and approximately 11,000 are expected to initiate the process soon.

Last year the Govern Balear approved a new renting law affecting the Balearics and a one-year moratorium until the 1st of August for the different Island Councils and the Ajuntament de Palma to determine in which areas holiday rentals will be allowed. We wrote about this law extensively in our blog post, and you can read about it here.

Until this zoning is officially approved, possibly as early as next week, only licensed properties like those available on our website can be advertised.

This authority is planning to initially allow holiday rentals in villas and apartments up to 60 days a year in so-called “saturated” towns, initially limited to Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponça and Peguera.

Other declared saturated towns will be:

  • Alcúdia
  • Randa (Algaida)
  • Ariany
  • Banyalbufar
  • Port des Canonge (Banyalbufar)
  • Orient (Bunyola)
  • Ullaró (Campanet)
  • Deià
  • Llucalcari (Deià)
  • Sa Cala (Deià)
  • S’Empeltada (Deià)
  • Ses Coves (Deià)
  • S’Esglaieta (Esporles)
  • Estellencs
  • Es Carritxó (Felanitx)
  • Fornalutx
  • Marratxinet (Marratxí)
  • Pollença
  • Es Vilà (Pollença)
  • La Font (Pollença)
  • Santanyí
  • Llombards (Santanyí)
  • Ruberts (Sencelles)
  • Ses Salines
  • Sóller
  • Biniaraix (Sóller)
  • L’Horta (Sóller)
  • Valldemossa
  • Es Port (Valldemossa)
  • S’Arxiduc (Valldemossa)
  • Son Ferrandell (Valldemossa)

In inland protected areas no rental licenses will be allowed.

According to Ensenyat “Holiday rentals are not a problem. There are areas where holiday rentals help support the local economy of Mallorca. By this zoning project, we intend to identify where these rentals become a problem to limit them and in which places they contribute to the local economy. We intend to find social as well as ecological balance.

Councillor Garrido explained earlier today that “by this zoning project we are outlining what we want to protect. We do not want to overexploit our water resources or turn our towns into theme parks.

This proposal is also wanting to assist the residents finding affordable housing options. Finally, councillor Bonet has appointed that “holiday rentals, especially when in inland towns, have granted an opportunity to the residents to have access to share a part of the wealth coming from tourism that had never been accessible to them before. Very often we see visitors that decide to repeat and wish to know better the area.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here.

Christmas Traditions in Mallorca

24th December – Nochebuena / Nit de Nadal
Christmas Eve is one of the most celebrated evenings in the Christmas calendar across Mallorca. Traditionally many people will come together for an evening mass at the church and listen to ‘Cant de la Sibil·la’ (The Song of the Sibyl) declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on 2010. This Gregorian chant is a Christmas classic, and it is quite an honour to be chosen to sing it. After the evening mass is over, that’s when the really good bit starts. People like to head home with the family, or to a bar, and indulge in a mug of hot chocolate so thick you need a glass of water to chase it down. This is accompanied by some kind of sweet delights such as ensaïmades as pictured above, or possibly even bunyols or churros.

25th December – Navidad / Nadal
Christmas day has, in more recent times, been the families day of choice to share gifts, although this is a fairly new tradition. Some families prefer to wait until the Three Kings to make sure the children stay well behaved over the holiday period. Gift giving aside, Christmas is a day to be together with the family and enjoy a big hearty lunch which can last pretty much all day. Again there are a few classic dishes which crop up in each household. For example sopa de Nadal – a broth with huge pieces of shall pasta stuffed with mince. The main course is usually a suckling pig in most houses. For dessert, there’s always a plethora of turrons of all kinds as well as another cheeky ensaïmada, coca de patata, wafers or the like. Although there are lights and a festive feel around town, the island doesn’t go mad for Christmas trees, that’s not a tradition here, although you will see that some people have adopted it. Around town, you may see quite a few Santas on ladders hanging from peoples balconies. What most people will be interested in is seeing the nativity display set up in the town council building, Cort, in Palma. The model city of Palma is transformed into a Christmas nativity scene with all the authentic Mallorcan traditions dotted around. Gentleman playing cards around a table, girls folk dancing, chickens and farm animals, orange orchards and of course in the middle are the well-known nativity characters.

31st December – Nochevieja / Cap d’any
There are a few traditions around this time in terms of good luck charms and superstitions but one of the main ones is the twelve grapes. During each chime of the bell it’s a race to eat all twelve grapes, once chime at a time. Each grape represents luck and good fortune during the coming year. It may not seem like much of a challenge but the grapes here are huge and still have the seeds in, so by the sixth one it’s pretty difficult to keep going. This is where you can spot the experienced and locals amongst your group.

5th January – Cabalgata de Reyes / Els Reis d’Orient
If you haven’t shared gifts already on Christmas day then excitement at this point is tantamount, and children across the island are brimming with excitement for the arrival of the three Kings (wise men). Towns all over the island will host a parade whereby the three kings will throw out sweeties and some parents may have dropped off gifts to be handed out to their children by the Kings. It’s a very vibrant and bright parade, but it doesn’t beat the smile on the faces of the little ones as they excitedly arrive home to see what the Kings have delivered to them. It’s tonight that most families share gifts, although some do hold off until lunch tomorrow.

6th January – Epifanía del Señor’ / Dia de Reis
This is generally celebrated with a family lunch although the menu can vary in each household. One thing for sure though, there’ll be a roscón de reyes. A ring-shaped pastry decorated with colourful candied fruit and topped with a cardboard crown. Hidden inside are a bean and a King figurine. The lucky one to get the King gets to put on the crown for the day and the unlucky one to receive a bean must buy next years roscón.

Lluna de la Font, new luxury villa to rent in Pollensa

Just outside of Pollença town is la Font, a small residential area built on the hillside offering the properties that sit there an elevated view of the countryside and landscape of North Mallorca.

Among those houses is Lluna de la Font, a new property that we are featuring for the 2018 season. Located right at the end of a cul de sac, the way the villa was designed means that neighbours do not overlook it and you can enjoy the utmost privacy and tranquillity.

Complementing the high-quality construction is traditional Mallorcan architectural features such as stone walls and beams throughout the interiors. The interior of the house is elegant with a modern feel to it, full of natural light, warmth and beautiful open plan spaces.

The outside has a classic rough stone façade and plenty of terraced areas to sit and relax.That said, the real beauty of this villa lies in the views and many spacious outdoor areas surrounding the house. The main terrace is a suntrap, and with a long 14m saltwater pool it’s easy to cool off in the hot summer sun.

The property is excellent for larger groups and is fully functioning with a very well equipped, tried and tested kitchen. If you’re more of an outdoor chef, there’s a gas BBQ and a BBQ built into the rocks.


The villa has four bright bedrooms and is perfect for 8 guests. Changeovers are on a Friday at this property, and there are plenty of weeks available throughout the season. It’s a great property at any time of year.

To see more photos or to enquire, take a look at our website by clicking here.

Collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer

We’re excited to be working with Cancer Research UK this year in their charity auction run by Stand Up To Cancer.

This year is the ninth ‘Sound & Vision’ event, which is an intimate immersive event held at Abbey Road Studios with this year’s theme being early 80s. Celebrating the birthplace of New Romantic scene and the explosion of club culture. Gary Kemp is the Event Patron and Boy George is the confirmed headline performer.

Sound & Vision was launched by the late Sir George Martin in the year 2006. Since it’s inception, it has raised over £1m for Cancer Research UK.

As part of Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign, Sound & Vision will be recreating the two Soho clubs that were the birthplace of the New Romantic scene – the Blitz and the Wag. Where Spandau Ballet, Boy George and Duran Duran were all regulars and the strict door policy meant only the creme to la creme of the 80’s club scene were granted entry.

Stand Up to Cancer will be running an auction during the event. One of the lots is a 7-night stay at one of our properties in North Mallorca. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to stay in one of a choice of four properties that sleep between 8 and 10 guests.

Other luxury prizes are on offer will be a selection of incredible rock and roll art and photography, luxury prizes and money can’t buy experiences.

New law for holiday rental apartments in Mallorca

In recent years, villas and townhouses have had it easy to obtain renting licenses whereas apartments, on the other hand, have not been allowed to apply for a renting license for the last two decades.

A way round this used to be the “Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos”, sometimes referred to the tenancy act in English as this law does not set a minimum length of a let. Many owners and agencies were legitimately using this law for apartment rentals. As long as those properties were not advertised as being “holiday apartments” and no additional services were being provided i.e. cleaning, assistance phone, etc., and a lease contract was signed, they were within the law.

Recently, the Balearic Parliament has approved a new holiday rentals’ legislation. In addition to regulating the commercialisation of tourist accommodation, a real ceiling has been placed on the number of beds available in the islands. A balanced solution has been sought between the coexistence of residents and tourists and addressing housing needs.

According to the Government, this new ceiling of beds is meant to tackle the unlimited growth of tourist accommodation capacity of the Balearics. Whereas owners of holiday rentals such as villas or townhouses which are already licensed will be unaffected by the new bill, there is now a one-year moratorium on new permits for new holiday rental properties. The local councils and the town hall in Palma will use this period to determine which zones will be allowed to register new holiday rentals’ beds.

There will also be a new restriction to limit the number of properties that one owner can market: no more than three. Additionally, any property that applies for a new license will have to be at least five years old.

The legislation creates new ways for prosecuting illegal supply by establishing a clear definition of the channels through which holiday accommodation is offered, and requires that a tourism license number is displayed on any advertisements. There’s even an email address so you can denounce your neighbours.

Furthermore, any property to be let for under thirty days will be deemed to be a holiday rental and therefore subject to all the relevant provisions in the legislation. This is the Government’s way of closing the tenancy act loophole on short-term rentals that are in fact for holiday purposes.

Any listing without license number will be deemed to be illegal, leaving websites and landlords liable to hefty fines – ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 euros for owners and up to 400,000 euros for agencies and portals. The Ministry of Tourism has set up an email for residents to denounce other owners who rent their apartments.

The legislation makes provision for the holiday rental of a “habitual dwelling” for a maximum of sixty days a year. This applies to both apartments and houses. These dwellings would still be subject to the zoning.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here. If you have any questions about the new law, feel free to contact us, we are here to help.

Goodbye Roaming Charges!

You may have heard the news already that roaming charges within the EU will be abolished, as of today – yippee!

Although some networks are already offering roaming free contracts, that’s not the case for everyone nor the case across all countries so this European law will be welcome news for many.

The new law means that EU phones will be able to call, text and browse within the EU without incurring the hefty charges and it will just be as if you are in your home country.

This law has been a long time in the making, as the EU have been negotiating with the mobile phone networks for ten years to get this agreement. One warning from the mobile phone networks was that this would only push prices higher to take out your phone contract in the first place, regardless of if you intend on going abroad.

Although a statement was released saying:
“The EU has managed to find the right balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive,”

“Operators have had two years to prepare for the end of roaming charges, and we are confident that they will seize the opportunities the new rules bring to the benefit of their customers.”

One word of warning though, if you exceed your contract limit then you will be charged, just like you would at home. So if you’ve not got all you can eat data, then watch how much you use up while abroad as anything beyond your contract could be pricey.

This spells the end of needing to go place to place to find a wifi hotspot. Roam free and roam far!

La Coma – family villa for rent in Pollença, North Mallorca

If you’ve been on our rentals website, I’m sure La Coma would have been one of the listings that stood out. Just a short distance into Pollença old town, the villa is so well located that if you fancy you could easily walk into town for dinner in the evening, or even hire bikes and ride into town whenever you like. Split across two floors; the villa can conveniently accommodate two families travelling together or a large family. 

As you walk in, you’ll find a large covered terrace with views right across the Colonya Valley. Whenever we’ve met with our guests staying here, they always comment on how wonderful it is to see the sky lit up with a blanket of stars and just how many you’re able to observe from this property.

If it’s entertainment for the children you’re thinking about when holidaying in Mallorca, then be rest assured that the children will be plenty entertained here. If it’s outdoor activities they like then there’s ping pong, a large field to play football in or of course the swimming pool. During the hotter hours of the day and for a bit of downtime then there’s always the chance to catch up on the latest things on the Apple TV or DVD collection.

Get to know it, see our virtual tour here:

Virtual Tour La Coma
Have a digital walk through and get to know the place. Click here to go on a virtual tour.


The villa is rented in the peak season months from June – September. If you are looking for a property to sleep ten guests, then we highly recommend giving this one a look.

It’s not just us that raves about it, check out a review from some guests last year:

“Thank you, Prestige Villas, for our relaxing week at La Coma. We knew from the moment we arrived the holiday would be everything you promised. We were greeted with a thoughtful welcome pack and great information booklet that explained all the necessary things about the house, plus useful information about the local area with restaurant recommendations as well as other places to visit in Mallorca. The villa was clean and comfortable. It had obviously been recently decorated and we really liked the relaxed, personal style of the villa. There was all the necessary equipment in the kitchen and it was of the best quality you could have expected from this type of rental property. The exterior of the villa was lovely. There is a lot of outdoor space, with an excellent pool and plenty of shaded areas on the terraces. The villa is in a quiet area and the views are great, excellent for star gazing at night! We had BBQ´s for dinner on most of the nights and decided to use the brick BBQ. Although it was tucked away from the views of the mountains, it was very good. There was also a smaller portable BBQ that could have been moved into a position to enjoy the views. An unexpected bonus for us was to find there was lots of toys for children a kitchen, tent, table and chairs, jigsaws, DVD´s etc. which our three year old loved! The villa was easy to find and very close to Pollenca. Although it would be possible to walk to town, I would not recommend it as the roads are quite narrow. It also only took us about 5 minutes to drive to two decent size supermarkets and 10 minutes to drive to the beach. We loved our holiday here and could not have asked for anything more. I would certainly recommend this villa to families and larger groups. There is lots of space, plenty of parking, and the separate annex by the pool is very private.”

Duplex Maria – apartment for sale in Puerto Pollensa

Duplex apartment located in the residential area of Boquer, just 150 metres from the Pinewalk and the beach of Puerto Pollensa. It is a very quiet and comfortable community either for living during all year round or to spend the holidays, with a fabulous community pool.



The property is facing east; it is very bright and sunny during the middle hours of the day. It is built on two levels: ground floor and first floor and is distributed as follows: on the ground floor, there is the kitchen, a toilet, laundry room and living room/dining area, with access to the terrace and private little garden.







On the top floor, there are the bedrooms and two bathrooms (one is en-suite).



Equipped with aluminium exterior finishings, ceramic tiles, pine woodwork and wardrobes, hot/cold air conditioning.

Build area: 95sqm

Bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 guest WC

Community swimming pool, AC, built-in wardrobes

Price: 278.000 €


See more on our website and enquire.