If you’re coming to Spain any time between the end of January and the middle of February, you’ll have the chance to witness an amazing natural phenomenon: the flowering of the almond trees in Majorca. At this time of year the island’s Mediterranean landscape is awash with white blossom, making an enchanting picture which heralds the arrival of spring. It would be a sin to leave your camera at home.
“Incredible”, “fantastic”, “fabulous”… These are just some of the expressions of wonder you’ll hear from anyone who’s travelled to Majorca to see the almond trees in flower. The mild winters of the Mediterranean are responsible for this unique natural spectacle which takes place every year in Spain. Between January and February, hundreds of thousands of almond trees in the Balearic Islands burst into flower, transforming fields and mountains into a fairytale landscape. The trees are clothed in myriad tones of white and pink, and for a few days this feast for the eyes becomes one of Majorca’s most popular tourist attractions. Make a note in your diary, because you’re bound to be captivated by the experience.
Although almond trees grow all over the island, there are two areas of particular interest. One is the mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana and the central western area, especially Marratxí, Bunyola, Santa María, Sencelles, Lloseta and Selva. And the other is the districts of Manacor, Sant Llorenç and Son Servera, in the east of Majorca. There are several routes which allow you to enjoy this natural phenomenon either on foot or by bike. Renting a car is another good way of exploring these places.
You’ll also find that almonds are not just a pretty sight. The Majorcan almond is famous for its distinctive characteristics and its sweet taste: try it by itself, toasted, or in one of the typical desserts of Majorcan gastronomy. You’ll even find products made with almonds and almond blossom in shops and at perfume counters. So now you know, if you want, you can take away a lot more than just a beautiful souvenir photo.
MALAGA Airport has been given the title of Spain’s third busiest airport for low cost airlines throughout 2015, handling more than four million budget passengers.
Latest figures form the Institute for Tourism Studies; show us that the low cost airlines transported some 4,127,301 passengers via Malaga last year, (11.7 per cent of the national total) which equates to a 2.7 per cent increase on 2014.
However, if we also include the flights of traditional companies in this equation, (2,028,041) the total figure of passengers using the airport was 6,155.342, which then places Malaga in sixth position nationally, beaten only by: Madrid Barajas, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife Sur.
In 2015, the low cost airlines transported a total of 5,076,959 passengers to a final destination within Andalucia, which shows an increase of 3.4 per cent form 2014, but the surprising fact is that more people were encouraged to use conventional carriers; who saw a huge increase of 11.2 per cent year on year transporting 2,405,333 passengers to the region.
GOOD news for property owners in Mallorca as an upturn is expected in both sales and rentals in 2016.
However, promoters are warning that finding somewhere to live, be it rental or purchase, will worsen for many due to house prices being high on the island and earnings below the average for many.
It seems that new buildings are not being built with this type of buyer or tenant in mind as most of the housing activities in recent months concentrate on foreigners or higher income residents being able to afford the top end properties.
Another problem is the availability of reasonably priced land on which to build. There has been an increase, however, in prices for second-hand and rentals.
Last year there was a significant increase in residential building in 2015, with some €583 million being invested, mainly in the building of chalets for foreigners. There is a lot of interest shown in properties valued at €200,000, but more expensive ones are not within reach of many permanent island residents.
For the younger population in Mallorca, only three in 10 are able to leave their family homes to start their own.
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A Place in the Sun Live is the official exhibition of the hit overseas property TV show and, as well as being the biggest overseas property show in Europe, is the perfect place to help guide you through the buying process and find your ideal property abroad.
We have over 150 exhibitors from all over the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes. There are stands dedicated Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Florida, Turkey, Malta, Egypt, the Caribbean, Cyprus, Greece and more. You’ll also find stands dedicated to legal advice, financial advice, tax and currency as well as free seminars packed with informative presentations.
Visitors also have the opportunity to hear from and meet TV Presenters, Amanda, Jasmine, Jonnie and Laura, and even choose to take part in a screen test for the chance to appear on the next series of A Place in the Sun.
What’s at the show?
- Property agents covering a wide range of countries
- Expert currency, tax and legal advice
- Free seminars and presentations from industry experts
- A chance to hear from and meet the TV stars Amanda, Jasmine, Jonnie and Laura
- A wide range of Spanish agents
- The specialist French Village
- A Place in the Sun Hub
- A chance to take a screen test for the next TV series
- A free copy of A Place in the Sun magazine
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10:00am – 5:00pm – Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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