As well as there being a town called Calvià in Mallorca, it is also the name of the municipality with many of the top resorts in the southwest of the island. According to figures from 2008, the municipality of Calvia had almost 51,000 residents, more than 18,000 of which were foreign. It is the second most populated area after Palma, and also receives the largest number of tourists of all the resorts on the Balearic Islands.
Santa Ponsa was the first resort in Calvia
Up until the mid-20th century the area covered by Calvia was mainly agricultural. The first area to be cultivated and to start attracting tourists was Santa Ponsa. Although the bay has natural beauty and is one of the best-known resorts on the island, many people at that time continued to make a living from the land. Many neighbourhoods appeared in Santa Ponsa, and it has become one of the top places to live in Mallorca.
Illetas provides a mix of old and new
Illetas is a small beach resort located in Calvia just west of Palma. Although the beaches are popular with tourists and locals, Illetas in Calvia has a mixture of old and modern homes in its vicinity. It also has the convenience of being close to Palma for the shops, restaurants and nightlife. If you want to be able to choose daily whether to spend your time in the city or on the beach, Illetas could be the perfect location.
Costa d’en Blanes provides a flexible lifestyle
Costa d’en Blanes in Calvia is well-known for its nearby beaches and international schools. It also has a vibrant residential community. As it is situated on the southwest coast, it is an ideal location to reach Palma and other resorts in Calvia. It is an area where * luxury property* is sought-after, largely because of stunning sea views and proximity to Puerto Portals, which just complement the living in Costa d’en Blanes.
Bendinat is perfect for avoiding tourists (h2)
Bendinat is an exclusive residential area sitting against a backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range. It does not get many mentions in the history books until the renowned French planner and architect, Francois Spoerry developed this modern residential area. The most appealing qualities about this area of Calvia is the proximity to beaches, the elegant golf courses and the easy access the Palma via the motorway.
Puerto Portals is a favourite among the yachting community
Just down the road from Bendinat you will find Portals Nous and the high-class Puerto Portals. This is one of the best-known areas of Calvia and one of the top residential areas with a variety of luxury properties. The port has become a favourite place for jet-setters and the elite, many of whom own property in Puerto Portals as well as yachts in the marina, which is an ideal hub from which to discover Southwest Mallorca.
Magaluf is great for party people
Although Magaluf is known as the party capital of Calvia, and the rest of Mallorca, it is also home to many people in its residential areas. Move away from the nightlife and Magaluf has a lot to offer in terms of the choice of properties, shops and attractions. It is a favourite place with British holidaymakers, but also for expats to make their home. Once the summer season is over, it becomes a haven of peace and quiet by the sea.
Calvia town is the heart of the municipality
Calvia Vila is a historic town found at the heart of the municipality that bears the same name. Away from the coast in the foothills of the mountains, it is within reach of all the popular resorts in Calvia but is mainly a residential area. It is also popular with bikers and hikers as the mountain trails are ideal for both. The centre of Calvia is home to many bars and local restaurants, and you will easily find whichever cuisine you want.
Es Capdellà is perfect for nature lovers
Capdella is situated between Calvia and Andratx, in the mountains. It is an ideal area for nature lovers and the views from the homes in the area are simply amazing. With rustic fincas, modern villas and townhouses, the area is home to an international community which helps keep the village busy all year round. There aren’t many local attractions in this part of Calvia, but you may find traces of Arab or Roman occupation.
Visiting Calvia in the southwest of Mallorca
Most people who visit the very popular resorts of the southwest of Mallorca have probably never heard the name Calvia as they only known the name of the place they are heading for. However, anyone that lives on the island will know it, as it is the municipality that covers a large part of the southwest of the island with luxury villas and affluent residential areas. Contact Balearic Properties to discover property in the area.