Nov 22 2019

The Balearic Marine Cluster strengthening the future of the Palma Boat Show

Palma International Boat Show Forum

The Palma International Boat Show will have a forum to strengthen the positioning of the Islands as an international destination for refit & repair

The next edition of the Palma International Boat Show will have a forum to strengthen the positioning of the Balearic Islands as an international destination for refit & repair. The event will be possible thanks to an agreement signed between the IDI, the organiser of the Palma boat show, and the Balearic Marine Cluster.

The agreement, which has a budget of 97,000 euros, will include an international analysis to determine how the infrastructure of the Balearic Islands is viewed and perceived by the major players in the superyacht sector (captains, owners, management companies, etc.) from the point of view of repair, maintenance, berths and operations. The study will provide the basis for the implementation of a strategic plan in the coming years for the sector, taking into account the opinions and expectations of potential clients of the companies on the Islands.

With the information collected, it will also define the discussion topics of the forum to be held in the context of the Palma International Boat Show. The event, which will take place on the day before the opening of the boat show, will promote the Islands as a destination for refit & repair and seek to raise awareness among the international target audience of the industrial companies of the sector and the advantages of the Balearic Islands. The forum will also aim to increase the professional impact of the Palma International Boat Show.

The Balearic Marine Cluster is an organisation consisting of thirty industrial companies linked to nautical tourism and entities that participate in the sector’s training and R&D activities. The cluster’s aims include making the Balearic Islands more visible internationally as a nautical industry centre; promoting the growth and strengthening the competitive position of the sector; increasing turnover, profitability and business community quality; and coordinating the sector’s value chain to increase its efficiency and productivity in the Balearic Islands.

The Balearic Marine Cluster was created as part of the industrial cluster development initiatives of the 2018-2025 Industrial Plan and is promoted by the General Directorate of Industrial Policy, through the IDI. The action is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the 2014-2020 ERDF Balearic Island Operational Programme.

The nautical sector is one of the productive sectors identified in the Industrial Plan as a priority, given its high specialisation, added value, growth and internationalisation potential, and highly industrial nature.

According to the conclusions of the nautical cluster’s strategic development and launch project in 2018, the recreational nautical sector in the Balearic Islands consists of 276 companies, boasts a turnover of 561 million euros, with a cumulative growth of 10.5% over the last four years, and employs 2,676 workers.

Analysis of the sector reveals that 51% of businesses specialise in the field of maintenance and repair of small, medium ­sized and large boats. The rest of the value chain consists of activities associated with nautical tourism: marinas, charters, management and brokerage service agencies, commerce, etc.

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Apr 23 2019

Palma Superyacht Show 2019

2019 Palma Superyacht Show

Over 30,000 visitors rated the products on offer at the Palma International Boat Show as excellent

According to the results from questionaires carried out by the organisers, visitors think that the boat show scored 9.8 out of 10 in terms of the quality of the products exhibited at the 2019 edition of Palma’s Superyacht show.

When asked about their general satisfaction they gave the show a score of 9.2. These figures reflect the efforts of the organising committee to increase the quality of the exhibition. As for the companies taking part, 95% of the exhibitors said they had every intention of taking part in the next edition of the Palma Boat Show.

27th April – 1st May 2019
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Visitor & exhibitor attendance at the 2019 edition

So compared to previous years, number of visitors increased.  Passes provided for boating sector professionals increased to 300 in 2019 . In addition, around 200 journalists registered at the event to cover all the latest news and information presented by the exhibitors and organisers. These members of the press come from all over the world. Many are local, and every year we see more members of the national and international press specialising in the nautical world.

The Palma International Boat Show hosted a total of 270 companies and 600 boats, 300 of which were on the water, for this edition of the fair.

Scale of the event

The fair complex, located in the Moll Vell in Palma, covers a surface area of 81,400m2. The Palma International Boat Show is organised by IDI (Balearic Institute for Business Innovation) in collaboration with the Balearic Yacht Brokers Association (BYBA), who is responsible for the Palma Superyacht Show, the area dedicated to luxury yachts.

For this edition, the fair complex was reorganised so that it could accommodate a higher number of companies and exhibitor products were streamlined to allow new brands and companies a chance to take part and enhance the variety on offer at Palma’s boat show.


In 2018 the Palma International Boat Show’s exhibition space grew tremendously, especially its sea-based exhibition area, thanks to its new design which included remodelling the exhibition areas with the aim of optimising the space available at the Moll Vell even further.

In fact, the 72-metre-long floating bridge which connects Consigna Jetty with Industria Pesquera dock, means that visitors can follow a circular route around the space thereby avoiding any dead areas. Apart from making it easier to visit the entire exhibition, the floating gangway is also another attraction in itself, and offers a different perspective of the Palma International Boat Show and Palma Port.

The next edition of the Palma International Boat Show will take place from the 29th of April to the 3rd of May 2020.

In partnership with MYBA

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Sep 21 2018

Concept Yachts 2017/18

concept yachts


Concept Yachts

Concept yachts designed and released through 2017 and 2018.  We will talk about superyacht Nature, superyacht Home, the Gtt 115 by Porsche, the Custom line 120 by Ferretti and more.

Nature by Sinot Yacht Design

120m Superyacht

Project NATURE features a panorama deck in excess of 900+ sqm. Analogous to the name NATURE also features a fully functional inner garden with climate control. Another hallowed space is the observation lounge in the bow. The yacht has a beam of about 15m.  However, the aft area of the main deck has retractable platforms opening the beach club. That must be the most ultimate beach club area to date.

Description by the studio:

“Nature is all about balance: between technology and nature, natural and artificial light, crafted detail and natural grandeur, the inside and the outside, beauty and functionality, openness and privacy. Nature is above all functional, which enables the owner to enjoy both leisure and business, large parties and privacy, small trips and endless journeys.”

Indoor Living Spaces

Guests can find their sleeping places in eight staterooms and VIP cabins. Or they can enjoy a luxurious Spa deck, gym, and swimming pool. For fun outside the yacht, the tender and toy storage has a number of boats:

Tenders & Jet Ski’s


1  10m Limo tender
1  10m Sport tender
1  Luxury tender
2  Crew tender
8  Wave runners



 over all: 120.00 m
Beam: 15.40 m
Draft: 4.00 m
Material: Steel hull with aluminum superstructure
Classification: LY3
Gross Tonnage: 4,950 GT
Guests: 18
Crew: 50

Research and images from and

HOME by Heesen Yachts

120m Hybrid

Efficiency and Comfort

Home is all about fuel efficiency and comfort. Her lightweight aluminium hull offers superlative performance and efficiency in a luxurious design package. She has a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles while cruising at 12 knots. Significantly, for a displacement yacht of her size her top speed is remarkably 16.3 knots. Additionally, the hybrid propulsion operates near-silent in electric mode. Another innovation is the wide central staircase.  This then leads from the generous swim platform to the main deck aft.  As a result providing a grand entrance when arriving by tender.



Hull type FDHF
Hull material Aluminium
Length 49.80 m.
Beam 9.10 m.
Top speed 16.3 Knts (diesel direct) 9 Knts (diesel electric)
Range at 12 Knts 3,750nm.
Exterior design Omega architects
Guests 12 Guests
Cabins Full-beam stateroom, full-beam VIP-cabin, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins

Research and images from, and

Dynamiq: GTT 115 by Porsche

35m Hybrid – Only 7 to be built



Hull type Round-bilge, fast displacement
Length overall 35.5 meters / 115’
Beam overall 7,1 meters / 23’3’’
Draft 1,45 meters / 4’9’’
Gross tonnage 198 tons
Material Full aluminium, 5083
Max speed 21 knots
Cruising speed (85% rpm) 19 knots
Range 3400 nautical miles @ 10 knots
Fuel consumption 52 liters/h @ 9 knots
550 liters/h @ 19 knots 720 liters/h @ 21 knots
Fuel 24.000 liters / 6.340 US gallons
Fresh water 4.000 liters / 1057 US gallons
Guests 6 in 3 cabins
Guests (option) 8 in 4 cabins
Crew 6 in 3 cabins
Main engines 2x MAN V12-1650, 1213 Kw @ 2300rpm
Propulsion 2x Fortjes 5000 POD drives with contrarotating propellers
Generators 2x 45 Kw and 1x 25 Kw, variable speed Fisher Panda
Bow thruster Electrically driven, CMC Marine, 45 Kw
Stabilisers 4x Humphree electrically driven, zero speed function
Interceptors 4x Humphree
HVAC Heinen & Hopman, 70 Kw
Naval architecture Vripack
Exterior / Interior design Studio F.A. Porsche

Research and images from, and

MESD 100: Superyacht Concept

By Norwegian Yacht Designer Marius Skjolde

Research and images from, and

Panta Rei III from Arcadia Yachts



Length over all: 16.81 m
Length waterline: 15.53 m
Beam: 5.60 m
Draft: 0.90 m
Top Speed: 25 knots
Cruising Speed: 20 knots (97 l per hour)
Economical Speed Speed: 12 knots (43 l per hour)
Fuel Capacity: 1,800 l
Material: Fibreglass (hull), GRP (superstructure) and aluminum (veranda)
Propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 600
Water Capacity: 600 l

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Custom Line 120 by Ferretti Group

38.36 metre yacht

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Sep 18 2018

Mallorcan Property Market

Mallorcan Property Market

2017 / 2018

The property market in Mallorca

Mallorcan property values and the property market in Mallorca is buoyant right now due to its increasing appeal.  So this blog is largely for those curious about buying and selling property in Mallorca and the respective property prices in Mallorca.  So, before we get in to the facts and figures let’s touch briefly on ‘why Mallorca?’. Mallorca is especially well known for its white sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate. Additionally it provides a great balance of quality of life, beautiful scenery and urban lifestyle.  Furthermore, Mallorca offers cultural experiences and a great variety of architectural jewels across the island.  Tour the countryside, especially around the Tramuntana mountain range and you will come across many.  Most of them located in the midst of almond, carob and/or olive groves.  Some of the most expensive locations in Mallorca are in this region.

Although small, Mallorca is an island that has a diverse geology. Therefore, their geographical location on the island influences the architectural styles of properties. For example, in mountainous villages like Soller and Valldemossa, there is an abundance of rocks. As a result you will see the use of solid stone to build houses. While, Santany and Campos; also in the South is an area of sandstone. Consequently, you will tend to see more houses built more out of sandstone.

Property Prices in Mallorca

A gauge for property prices in Mallorca for those buying and selling property in Mallorca.


PALMA & MARRATXI 2,958€/m²
MIGJORN 2,497 €/m²
LLUCMAJOR 2,340€/m²
NORD (NORTH) 2,247 €/m²
Sa Pobla
LLEVANT 2,146 €/m²
Son Servera
Sant Llorenc
Santa Maria
PLA 1,836 €/m²

Growth in Mallorcan property values

For those curious about buying and selling property in Mallorca, growth in property values are important to monitor.

Despite 10 long years of European-wide economic crisis, the property market in Mallorca is recovering.  So, the short-term lets market continues its steady growth.  On one hand this is heavily influenced by high demand from tourists during the summer.  On the other hand investors are buying property to let.

The property market in Mallorca is heavily influenced by the demand from foreign investors. Investment comes mainly from the UK, Germany and Sweden who often don’t need a mortgage. Nevertheless, according to the Spanish Statistical Office September 2017 saw 875 mortgage signatures. This was a decrease of 6.6% following the previous year. However, the value of these mortgages was 162,7 million euros, representing a 41.6% value increase.

Most Expensive Municipalities in Mallorca

A gauge for property prices in Mallorca for those buying and selling property in Mallorca.

Deià 5,227 €/m²
Andratx 4,227 €/m²
Calvià 3,771 €/m²
Fornalutx 3,416 €/m²
Esporlas 3,385 €/m²
Puigpunyent 3,360 €/m²
Pollensa 3,328 €/m²
Valldemossa 3,128 €/m²

Most expensive locations in Mallorca

A gauge for property prices in Mallorca for those buying and selling property in Mallorca.

Port d’Andratx 6,395 €/m²
Bendinat 5,778 €/m²
Costa d’en blanes 5,439 €/m²
Camp de Mar 5,313 €/m²
Deià 5,227 €/m²
Portals Nous 4,885 €/m²
Molinar-Portitxol 4,690 €/m²
Casco antiguo 4,476 €/m²
Santa Catalina-Es Jonquet 4,227 €/m²

Port d’Andratx, Andratx 6,395 €/ m²

Top of the table of most expensive locations is Port d’Andratx.  Basically this is a natural harbour located in South-west part of Mallorca. This port village was formerly an old fishermen’s refuge. Since then it has become one of the most exclusive hotspots in the Mediterranean.  Just like Camp de Mar, this area is popular with Germans buying and selling property in Mallorca.

Bendinat, Calviá. 5,778 €/ m²

Most of all, first-line – sea view properties in this area are hard to find. So, most properties found in this area are separate villas on big plots. It’s important to realise that the whole area near Hotel Bendinat is “old Bendinat”. It’s considered one of the most expensive locations in Mallorca and probably the whole Mediterranean. Bendinat is somewhat secluded but its near Puerto Portals and has nice small beach coves. Finally it also has one of the nicest golf courses on the island.

Costa d’en Blanes, Calviá. 5,439 €/m²

This village is chiefly luxury villas overlooking the bay of Palmanova. Costa d’en Blanes is a luxury urbanisation and close to the exclusive Puerto Portals. Consequently, also having easy access to the lively village of Portals Nous. Another key point is its location is just out of the main Palma-Andratx highway. Properties away from the noisy highway and with good sea views can be expensive.  Therefore Calvia is one of the most expensive locations in Mallorca

Deia 5,227 €/m²

In the Tramuntana region, this is evidently, one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca. The charming stone houses, landscape and its coastline make it very desirable and one of the most expensive locations in Mallorca.

Portixol 4,690 €/m²

Portitxol, Palma de Mallorca.

As an illustration, first-line property prices in this area are between 15,000 – 20,000 €/m².  Evidently, this is one of the first areas in Palma foreign investors found. It was formerly a humble harbour with townhouses mainly used in the summer by locals.  Since then it has become one of the chicest neighbourhoods in Palma.  In addition it is of course on the list of most expensive locations in Mallorca.  However,  In spite of that it has maintained its picturesque and pleasant atmosphere.

Casco Antiguo, Palma de Mallorca 4,476 €/m²

All in all Palma’s old city centre is a very popular area for investors. In recent years, many Swedes have been buying here and in other districts of Palma.  As a result causing property prices to increase sharply.

Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca 4,227 €/m²

Santa Catalina has also been very popular in recent years amongst buyers from Sweden. The market, main sea boulevard, its many small cafes and restaurants make it a hotspot.

Demand and supply for properties in Mallorca

Naturally buying and selling property in Mallorca is all about supply and demand.  This is also the most influential factor on property prices in Mallorca.

Properties in the highest demand are luxury penthouses located in comparatively privileged positions.  For example, first-line properties and properties with unobstructed sea views.  However, in some areas supply can’t meet demand.  Therefore buyers and investors are buying in the second and third line from the sea.

There is also an increased demand for country properties on large plots of land. Country properties can be reformed or new properties accordingly.

New build property market in Mallorca

Many developments that during the crisis years were stagnant are since being reactivated. There are also new development projects in the municipalities of Palma, Calviá and Andratx.  These are evidently the most active areas for buying and selling property in Mallorca

The new build properties market in Mallorca is mainly driven by foreign investment. Most popular are apartments with an average floor space between 100 and 150 m².  Then there are semi-detached houses of 200-250 m² and detached country houses around 500 m².

However, There are not many empty building plots being sold. During crisis years many plots were seized by the bank and are still being retained.

Buying and selling property in Mallorca

It’s important to realise when buying and selling property in Mallorca there are costs on both sides. Many of these costs depend on the property’s municipality and on the agreed contract terms.

In municipalities like Calviá and Andratx properties are more expensive.  In those areas,the costs and taxes for buying and selling property in Mallorca are comparatively high.  Taxes are generally higher due to the appreciation of the property and land.Unless you understand the paperwork for taxes and costs, employ a solicitor or gestoria.

Presently, the costs of transferring a property in Mallorca are markedly the average of Spain.  So, the biggest cost for the buyer is the property transfer tax.  This basically depends on the value of the property:

For the seller normally the biggest costs are the:

  • Capital gains tax
  • The agency commission, which in Mallorca averages 5%

Many of these costs are tax deductible, so ensure you discuss this with a solicitor.

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Aug 09 2018

Reinvestment in Rural Property

Mallorcas Love affair with the sea

reinvestment in rural property

The history behind property valuation in Mallorca

Mallorca villages Mallorca beaches Mallorca Tramuntana mountains…..

The value of inland property took a hit with the tourist invasion it is now being revived.  Mallorca villages Mallorca beaches Mallorca Tramuntana mountains….

Throughout Mallorquin history the sea is seen as no more than a source of food.  The sea has not been an attraction due to it being the gateway to pirates.  Therefore a few small harbours are seen as trading posts through the islands history.  Above all, the historic motto of the island is ‘Llauts Estam sempre darrera sa roca’ .  This roughly translates as “we live behind the cliffs“.

So, traditionally when the father dies, he leaves the farm or estate to the eldest son.  Afterward the younger siblings have to make do with the unprofitable land along the shore.  These priorities have ironically reversed due to Mallorca’s most recent invader, the tourist.

The Tourist Invasion

So, in the 1960’s the island saw tourism grow to giant proportions.  Moreover, in 1966 Mallorca  hit the magic number of one million visitors per annum.  Consequently, a plot of land by the sea meant affluence guaranteed.  The farmhouse home became a relic from the days of famine and disease.  Nonetheless they might use it (if they wanted to) spend their weekends recuperating.  Within a few years Mallorca’s waterfront saw a complete change  Previously, this may appear a lonely coastline, practically devoid of buildings.  However, that became a wall of concrete with beds filling those buildings.  Henceforth, the principle would be:  ‘the nearer the water, the better’.  Due to tourist investment Europe’s poorest municipality was to quickly become the wealthiest.  So, specifically Calvia in the Ponent, helped by Magaluf, Santa Ponca and Peguera.

The invaders wearing Bermuda shorts and sandals brought huge quantities of cash to the island.  Yet, with this influx of capital came a tremendous change in values.  Not only old towns and villages but also the old way of life was devalued.  Plastic and laminated wood replaced baskets woven from palm leaves and pine wood furniture.  In addition, synthetic curtains ousted the hemp ‘roba de llengua’ (Traditional clothing).  Hamburgers and fries were replacing the ‘frit mallorqui, sopes and pa moreno’ .

Mallorca’s Rebirth

Eventually, before the second millennium’s dawn, a new national consciousness Saw its rebirth.    As a result traditional ways and styles thankfully, saw a refreshing revival.  Locals saw thousands of Northern Europeans buying and restoring ‘finca‘ and town houses.  While Mallorquins now realise their commercial value; most of all, they appreciate their cultural value.

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Jun 28 2018

Recycling in Mallorca and the path ahead of us


Global Paradise Pollution

Pollution threatens paradise in the Caribbean. ‘The Beach’ is back in the news due to Pollution in Thailand. So, protecting marine areas and reducing pollution by recycling in Mallorca is critical.

Since the days of being a well kept secret, Mallorca is now becoming a hot spot for people around the globe.  Of course one of the major appeals of Mallorca is its clear blue, warm waters.  These are especially relevant to visitors and residents.  Due to increasing usage of single use plastics and the incorrect disposal of waste  that can harm our environment Mallorca could sadly be on-route to joining the list of polluted paradises.  Yet, we can all help to prevent this happening.  Whether you are a tourist or a resident.

Pollution in Thailand and the Caribbean

First of all, the epidemic is on a global scale, so we only include a small snapshot here.  Yet this snapshot says it all really.  Pollution in Thailand threatens some of its best beaches.  Thailand’s popularity soured after the movie ‘The Beach’ with that fame however came mass tourism. As a result the movie is back in the news but for all the wrong reasons.  Locations that suffer include Phuket, Koh Samui , Maya Beach is now closed to tourists .  Another, most noteworthy destination suffering is the Caribbean .

Preventing the inevitable in Mallorca

Local Government in Mallorca and associations such as ‘Asociacion Ondine‘ and yachting publications like Metstrade. are trying to tackle the problem here before it gets out of hand.  One of the most important factors here is raising awareness of this growing issue.  So we wanted to share this information with you and encourage you to share thoughts with us and our members.

A greener future

Local government is making every effort to create Marine Protected Areas and work with associations on education projects at schools and beach clean-ups.  What we want to do here is help demystify what many of us find a challenge and that is separating your waste.  What can and can’t be recycled and how ?  Spain is considered one of the most environmentally aware and prepared countries in Europe.  So we need to take advantage of the facilities and services provided.  However, it is a fact that information is not always easy to find; particularly for those that don’t speak Catalan or good Spanish.  We have communicated with local government to share some useful information with you.  We know there are still gaps in the information we have, so feel free to share more information here.

So, we start with the coloured bins on the streets in residential areas:

Light containers

  • Recycling 2 tons of plastic, we save 1 ton of oil
  • With 80 soda cans you can make a bike rim
  • With 6 brics you can make a shoe box


Plastic containers Cassette tapes, VHS
Plastic bags CD, DVD and floppy disks
Brics Plastics other than containers
Cans and aerosols Toys
Trays of plastic or white cork Textiles and shoes
Metal covers and sheets Packed containers
Aluminum foil Containers of toxic products
Pots and plastic pots of domestic origin


Any lightweight container with this symbol

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Recycling a glass bottle we save:

  • The energy to charge your mobile phone for a year
  • 1 kg of CO2 contamination
  • The energy of 12 washing clothes


Glass bottles Bulbs and fluorescents
Glass jars Flat glass and mirrors
Other glass containers Ceramics and porcelain



Any glass container with this symbol


Dishes, drinks and bowls


Deposit schedule for containers: from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Give life to your waste, with the organic remains you can make fertilizer for plants


Remains of fruit and vegetables Diapers, cufflinks and tampons
Remains of meat and fish Remains of liquid food and all kinds of oil
Remains of bread and food in general Agranar dust and vacuum cleaner bags
Handkerchiefs and paper towels Ash and cigarette lids
Kitchen paper Remains of gardening
Coffee breaks and infusions Plant residues treated with pesticides
Woods treated
Stool and other animal remains
Fabrics and leather goods


Deposit schedule for containers: from  7pm to 11pm.

The remains of organic matter are transported to the composting plants of the island, where they undergo a process of transformation into fertilizer or compost, a natural fertilizer for agriculture and gardening.


It is only rejection if you can not go to another container

Rejection ends incinerated; what you put in another container, recycled.


Diapers, cufflinks and tampons Glass
Ash and cigarette lids Paper and cardboard
Broken toys Light containers
Agranar dust and vacuum cleaner bags Hazardous waste

You can deposit the organic matter in the waste container in case you do not have an organic container available to you or you do not participate in this collection system.

Deposit schedule for containers: from  7pm to 11pm.

Rejection is the one that can not go to other containers. What is deposited in the gray container leads to the incineration plant with energy recovery from Son Reus.

One liter of cooking oil can contaminate 1,000 liters of water

Leave the used cooking oil, when it is cold, in closed plastic bottles (you can reuse bottles of water, soft drinks, etc.).

You will find pick-up points in neighborhood houses, sports centers, markets, the recycling truck and selective mobile collection platforms in the historic center.


  • Never throw oil in the washing machine or in the toilet.

It will contaminate the water and obstruct the pipes.

  • Do not mix it with motor oil

This service only includes vegetable oil.

The oil that is collected in bottles in the orange container is used for the production of biodiesel in industries outside of Mallorca.

Clothing and footwear

  • If you deposit your clothes and shoes in good condition, other people who need them can use it
  • You will extend the life of your clothes and contribute to the reintegration of people of disadvantaged groups


Clothes and shoes in good condition (in closed plastic bags) Old patches
Handbags, backpacks, belts, etc. Clothes or footwear in bad shape
 Flasks and sheets


The clothes deposited in the containers of Càritas Mallorca and the Deixalles Foundation are collected by these entities that classify, repair and sell it for sale and for social uses.

Other waste



Expired medications, remnants of pharmaceutical products, any medication you no longer need and their packaging are collected at pharmacies.

Do not accumulate medications at home or mix them with other residues.

Bulbs and fluorescents

You will find collecting points in shops of electrical appliances and in some public places (neighborhood houses, markets, offices, etc.). You can also take them to  the green park and the recycling truck.

Some bulbs and some fluorescents contain toxic gases; Do not mix them with other waste or take them to the glass container.


There are collection points in stores, supermarkets, supermarkets, public buildings,  green parks and the recycling truck.

Make sure the batteries and accumulators are properly treated; do not throw them into manure.

Sources of advice

There are gaps in this information and we are not the source of information however, we can offer some reference points and welcome any information you want to share.  So answers require further research and common sense.  Essentially though, if you are unsure it is best to consider it non-recyclable.  Here are some web links which will help you make those decisions:

Finally, here is a pint of contact who can also offer some advice or at least point you in the right direction:

Roland Bahón Menéndez

(Tècnic Ambiental)

Ajuntament de Palma

E-mail: [email protected]

Tlfo.: 971774300  Ext.: 6097

Fax:  971463908

6th Palma superyacht show review 2018
May 08 2018

Review of the 6th Superyacht Show in 2018


27th April – 1st May 2018


6th Palma Superyacht Show Review 2018: Bigger, Better and in a Class on its Own

The general consensus of visitors and exhibitors is that the Palma Superyacht Show has improved in leaps and bounds this year. This edition’s extended show-area, larger amount of bigger yachts and floating bridge were all mentioned as factors in this year’s unequivocal success. Moreover, the Palma Superyacht Show has this year demonstrated its bona fides as an internationally recognized event.


6th Palma Superyacht Review 2018

The Islander’s Managing Editor Simon Relph (long-time supporter and media partner) affirmed: “The Palma Superyacht Show can now stand up against any other boat show, local or international. While visitor numbers and the amount of quality yachts on display have increased gradually over the last years, this year has been a huge step-up, and in many aspects.”

Indeed, the new 72m floating bridge meant getting around the show and seeing the various yachts was a cakewalk for visitors. Furthermore, the show’s varied selection meant that anything from record-breaking racers/ cruisers to superlatively stylish motoryachts could be inspected within a hair’s breadth.

The Refit and Repair area’s relocation was also a contributing factor in the show’s upgrade. Yet although the R&R area stood out prominently it still mainly attracted industry experts and professionals. Hugh Agnew, director of A+T Instruments, manufacturers of custom marine electronics, enthused: “We have loved every moment of the show and our R&R-stand has been absolutely great for us, primarily because of the many captains, engineers and owners visiting. In fact, we have already asked our office to book the same stand for next year!”

Relph is of the same mind: “We’ve made great contacts, received valuable feedback and I’ll be happy to have the stand again next year.”

Doyle Sales Director Phil Maxwell was also pleased with the company’s presence at the show: “We had a great number of clientele attending the stand and have been able to attract potential new clients as well as touch base with existing customers. The show’s been a fantastic way for us to start the Mediterranean season.”

Another high-point, which was also much-commented upon, is the show’s sunny atmosphere. Exhibitors and visitors alike clearly relish the relaxed ambiance and veritable joie de vivre that is characteristic of the Palma Superyacht Show. After all, who wouldn’t prefer to network and do business in an environment which boasts an infectiously laid-back vibe and in picture-perfect surroundings to boot?

Images below: Stuart Pearce – Yachtshot 

Bottom left: Bill Tripp, designer of AQUIJO (which features on the Islander’s cover)


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Apr 30 2018

How traditional Mallorca & rural Mallorca enhance life in Mallorca today


Traditional Mallorca & Rural Mallorca Enhances Life in Mallorca Today.

First of all, the appeal of life in Mallorca is unique unto itself.  Probably one of the most visible is the landscape of rural Mallorca.  Structures, frozen in a yester year and a landscape unpolluted by modernity’s.  The romance you see around you are the footprints left by the ancestors of the island.  Whether living in a traditional Finca, a modern villa or even a townhouse, traditional Mallorca surrounds you.

Almost three quarters of the island is still used for farming however, the islands economy is no longer reliant on that.  This is due to the influx of luxury tourism.  As a result, continued investment in the yachting sector attracts wealthy investors.  Therefore, there is also the attraction to own a piece of paradise.  Consequently, there are renovations of many traditional buildings.  Also, investors carefully blend stunning contemporary villas in to the surrounding landscape.

Only a few decades ago, people’s prosperity or poverty depended on whether:

  • It rained
  • Fishermen returned home safely with his catch
  • Cows bore calves
  • The donkey would last another year working the well. In addition to transporting heavy yokes and baskets with the harvest.
  • Chickens laid eggs
  • Goats had enough milk and the sheep enough wool.

These farm animals still fill the Mallorcan air with their ingredients.  That is from the hot plateaus of the Migjorn to the fertile heart of the Island, the Pla and Raiguer.  Furthermore, that goes right up to the Serra de Llevant and the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana.

Structural Landscaping

While Mallorca is now divided into specific municipalities, the traditional partitions still exist. These divide the land into districts or comarques.  These were probably introduced by the Moors.  Geographical names are identify the Comarques, not political names.   They got their names from the points of the compass and / or direction of the wind, such as:

  • Ponent (“lying down”) for the West
  • Llevant (“rising”) for the East
  • Migjorn (“midi” or “South”) for the South
  • Tramuntana (“over the mountains”) to stand for the cold North wind.

There are also names which denote topographical features such as pla for “plain”.  The only nomenclature which can no slot into one of these categories is that of the land bordering on the Tramuntana and the Pla, the Raiguer

A Network of Stones and Crosses

The Comarques may vary greatly in their natural makeup, yet there are a few man-made features common to them all.  Among these are the thousands of wayside crosses, which stand at the points where the fields, tracks and country roads intersect.  Whether made of wrought iron, chiselled in stone or carved in wood and decorated with pictorial tiles, they have both a geographical function, that of marking our district, field and farm boundaries and a religious one.  That is because they symbolise hope that God will protect and bless the land and invite passers-by to pause a moment in reflection on their selves and the World.

Many of these wayside crosses are not found as solitary shrines punctuating the landscape but are instead flanked by marges, dry stone walls.  Layers of stones expertly arranged without any adhesive substance holding them together lattice the island.  These robust structures turn troublesome, undressed boulders into protective walls which shelter young crops and the harvest from the wind and any hungry trespassers.  The most skilfully built of the marges line terraced fields with made-to-measure stone embankments and fashion domestic walls of a beauty as solid as it is elegant, thanks to the golden hue of the local Mares stone, which is used to decorate both palaces and simple farmhouses.

Solid walls of stone were for centuries the only protection the islanders had from marauding pirates.  They enclosed towns such as Alcudia and Santanyi, formed a ring of 85 watchtowers or talayots which from the 16th Century on began appearing around the island, or deterred would-be assailants at might fortresses, such as in Arta and Capdepera

In Conclusion

Whether living in a Traditional Finca or a Modern Villa

In conclusion, the landscape of the island is still latticed by farmland designed and constructed 700 years ago.  Furthermore, partitions dividing the land up into districts still exist today.  Stones and crosses mark where these intersect and stone walling often flanks them.  These walls use a local skill of using the weights and shapes of individual boulders to bond them together in to a robust structure without the aid of any adhesive.  The golden stone used is the same used for simple farmhouses and for palaces.  Whether living in a Traditional Finca, Villa or a modern Villa this structural landscape sculpted 700 years ago surrounds you.


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Apr 19 2018

Why is Mallorca so Irresistible ?

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Mallorca’s Key Features

Mallorca’s Shoreline

What was it that made Mallorca irresistible to the Phoenicians and Romans, to the Vandals, Moors and Catalans? Perhaps the fact that it is a perfect mini-continent with all kinds of shoreline imaginable. The Northwest boasts giddy cliffs along the Serra de Tramuntana. The East coast boast romantic rocky bays with tiny strips of sand. The Southwest boasts white sandy beaches near Palma in the Southwest. This is the same Along the Bay of Alcudia in the North. Dunes jewel Migjorn, Mallorca’s midi or remote deep South – the ‘garriga’. This is a Mediterranean bush of mastic trees, gorse, Aleppo Pine and all kinds of fragrant herbs. This alternates with arable land which has been farmed for centuries.

Mallorca’s Subtropical Climate

With 300 days of sun per year, Mallorca has a moderately subtropical climate which can produce fine days of 20 C. even in the winter. This name if this phenomenon is ‘petit estivet’ (little Summer). This is name given by inhabitants grateful for a change to the usual 7 C. winter daytime average. If the sun is particularly fierce between June and September, it can drive the mercury up to a sweltering midday average of 32 C.

Mallorca’s Spring

March to May and September to December are Mallorca’s Spring and ‘Primavera des hivern’ (the spring of winter). The first drops of rain to hit the summer-scorched ground in October produce a miraculous transformation from brown to green. As a result, bringing new vitality and a gradual floral crescendo. This climaxes in March when the bare branches of almost seven million almond trees burst into pale pink blossom. The sweet perfume of orange blooms follow and which waft heavily to the ground from the dark evergreen leaves. The fruit from the previous year’s crop still clings to the trees like forgotten Christmas baubles.

Natural Spas in Mallorca

Such splendour is not something nature created in the twinkling of an eye. Mallorca is undisputedly the result of a great moment in the creation of Earth. Yet there are a few elements which are extremely scarce on the island. Water is one of them. Not a single river supplies Mallorca with the elixir of life, only springs not dependent on ground water exist. Font Santa and Font Sa Bassa near Campos bubble; not with drinking water but with sulphurous spa water. This water is hot at 38.7 C. and has healing properties.

Drinking Water

Drinking water in Mallorca falls from the heavens and porous limestone stores it underground in underground wells. In the North of the island, this can be as much as 60 inches per year. This also settles as snow on the highest peaks of the island, such as Puig Major (1,443m.) and Puig de Massanella (1,348m.). Until the invent of refrigerators, there were ‘nevaters’ (men collecting the snow) storing snow in ‘casas de neu’, snow houses. This was sold in summer when most needed. In the dry South however, the yearly average is barely a third of that of the North, so snow is only found in fairy tales”.

Albufera Wetlands and Ses Salinas Natural Salt Farm

Under these conditions, its thus surprising that the island has the of Albufera wetlands. These lie in the Northeast between Alcudia and Can Picafort. The 5,930 acres which have been a nature reserve since 1985 and provide over 200 different types of bird with a permanent or temporary home. While this is a large area it is a third of its original size. This is because from the 17th Century onwards, farmers were draining parts of the Albufera of water in order to create land for cultivation for various purposes. Attempts were made to grow rice on a large scale and a paper factory set up business here.

Ses Salinas

The second wetland is in the far South of the island in a very different kind of biotope. At Ses Salinas the sea floods the land in Spring and sun bakes a crust in Summer. As a result, salt can be extract salt and has been since the days of the Romans.

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Apr 10 2018

Luxury Yacht Charter Holiday around Mallorca and the Balearics

A Yacht Charter Holiday Around Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is surrounded by easily navigable calm and crystal-clear waters.  Because of its yachting history, Mallorca is home to many sporting events and regattas.   So, for example the King’s Cup in August in the Capital City of Palma.  Another popular event is the Princess Sofia trophy at Easter.  Furthermore you have the Rei en Jaume regatta in July and there are many more.  Also, in April Palma becomes the hub of the yachting industry with the Superyacht Show and International Boat Show.


Boutique Shopping and Cafe Culture in the Capital City of Palma and Other Towns and Villages Around the Island

The islands Mediterranean climate, world class ports and beautiful anchorages make planning a charter easy.  The capital city of Palma is the most popular base to charter from.  This is due to its proximity to the airport, large ports and moorings and the beautiful city itself. Palma is a showcase of boutique shopping and cafe culture.  It is also blessed with stunning architecture and a fascinating history of Roman and Moorish architecture.


In addition, there are over 200 miles of stunning and varied coastline around Mallorca.  So, there are 41 marinas, 30 yacht clubs and moorings for 10,000 yachts!

Naturally, as the island is one long coastline there is no shortage of locations to take advantage of the toys on your boat.  For example, beautiful clear water leans itself to diving.  Also, calm waters lend themselves to luxury motor toys, Paddle boarding and inflatables. In addition, there are ports which catch wind for surfing, wind and kite surfing.  There are also tour companies all around the island offering tours of the caves, kayak tours around the coast and much more.  Alternatively, if you would rather just take in some rays, just pick a nice sheltered cove or cala to anchor and put your feet up.  So, any yacht charter around Mallorca will tell a story. So even a day charter will be a day full of memories.

Almost 40 percent of Mallorca is protected countryside.  As a result, the landscapes are raw and beautiful.  Drop anchor and in the warm air you will enjoy the perfume of the pine trees.  There is also plenty of coast line dotted with caves, rocky cliffs and pools.

West Coast & North Mallorca

Sailing around the West Coast is a more adventurous route for keen sailors.  You will be sailing alongside the Tramuntana mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage site.  Along your route you can aim for the busy fishing harbours of Andratx on the South West, to Soller in the North West and Pollensa in the North of the island.  You can sample the markets and cafe culture of all of these beautiful villages.  The Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains in the north are the most impressive.  The highest peaks, with the highest being Puig Major at 1,445m. above sea level.  Also, In and to the northeast near Puerto Pollensa is the Albufera Nature Reserve

A Luxury Yacht Charter Holiday Around Mallorca

There are many coves and ports such as Sóller and Deià to explore on the West Coast.  A luxury yacht charter holiday around Mallorca is the ideal way to cruise in luxury.  Chartering a luxury motor yacht is ideal for entertaining large groups of family and friends.  A luxury motor yacht will offer plenty of outdoor space.  Therefore they are the best to enjoy the sunny Mallorca weather and wonderful sea breeze.  Luxury Motor Yacht Charters are generally started from marinas with deep and wide berths such as in the Capital City of Palma.  If you enjoy sitting back let yourself be spoilt on crewed luxury motoryacht charter.  Enjoy a cocktail while you sunbathe or relax in the jacuzzi.  Then enjoy a Mediterranean meal.

Local Delicacies

Mediterranean cuisine is varied to fit any taste.  There are food markets all over the island.  The Capital City of Palma has many varied food markets.  However, you will find gems and authentic delicacies all around particularly in the rural or coastal villages.  Popular features include the fresh fish and fresh vegetables of the region. Olives and almonds are also typical features of the Mallorcan diet – the island has more than 4 million almond and olive trees! A local delicacy is “sobrasada”, this is a soft spicy pork sausage, which is spreadable.  Because Sobrasada is matured in the humid climate of Mallorca it retains its moisture.  This is unique to Sobrasada and makes it melt in your mouth.  Another delicacy is the well-kept secret of the flagrant and mineral rich Mallorcan Wines. Mallorca has been cultivating wine for generations but due to the cost of production and export you rarely see it on shelves outside of Mallorca.  So, this is the opportunity to sample the sommelier’s recommendation.

Other local delicacies include “Tumbet” (a vegetable stew) “pa amb oli” (a piece of bread rubbed with olive oil and tomato).  For dessert, the local pastry “ensaimada” is a popular treat served with some of the fine dessert wines.  Fruit platters are also popular here with a selection of fresh, sweet, mouth-watering fruit.

Air Transfers

Discretion and comfort is paramount to many wanting luxury charter holidays around Mallorca.  So why not take a transfer to the mainland.  You may also want to visit the Capital City of Palma to enjoy the boutique shopping and cafe culture of the capital city.  Boutique shopping and cafe culture can also be enjoyed in Pollensa on the North side of the island.  The cafe culture is visible throughout the island illustrating the alfresco lifestyle of the island.

In Conclusion

For the dream holiday a luxury yacht charter holiday around Mallorca will give you the ideal opportunity, to take in heart warming views and float away in the warm sea breeze.  luxury yacht charter holiday around Mallorca are an exclusive and unforgettable experience.

South West

On the South West less than an hour from Mallorca is the nature reserve of Cabrera.  This is an uninhabited group of islands with plenty of history.  This is the ideal location for a crewed sailing charter.  Cabrera was used to house French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars. Of 9,000 sent to Cabrera, only 3,600 survived.  Beyond Andratx to the west is the Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve. On your charter learn from experienced crews or enjoy the romance and peace of sailing along small anchorages which larger boats may not be able to access.


Mallorca is blessed with a warm and pleasant climate, making it an excellent charter destination most months of the year. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot and dry summers and autumn/winter rains. Most of the rain falls between September and November. Mostly rain falls in short storms broken up with warm days and blue skies.  Excluding the high mountain areas, the average annual temperature is between 16ºC and 18ºC.  The maximum summer average is around 29-31ºC. Between January and March the minimum average winter night-time temperature is around 5-9ºC. with mostly mild days and blue skies.

The Balearic Islands

If you are here for at least a one or two-week charter you may want to explore even further and take in some more of what the Balearics have to offer by chartering Ibiza, Formentera, 45 miles to the south and / or Menorca, 27 miles to the north-east.  The passages between the Balearic Islands are more exposed so are for more experienced skippers or crewed charters only.

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