Santa Maria, Binissalem and Sineu

The western part of central Mallorca is the focal point of its wine industry. This area is greener than the southern central plain and is also better-known to international home owners.

Notable property buying locations include Santa Maria, Binissalem and Sineu, characterful locations with strong resident communities.

There are some other towns and villages which might also be a consideration to people relocating to Mallorca.

The area has good communications, with journey time from Palma airport being about 20 minutes to Santa Maria and 35 minutes to Sineu. This makes it attractive both to locals, some of whom commute to the capital, and to international buyers looking for a flavour of rural Mallorca.

Santa Maria is a lively market town and center for local agriculture. It has become a popular destination for day-trippers, walkers and cyclists. It has a relaxed, cosmopolitan feel and is home to residents from many other countries as well as locals.

Santa Maria offers a selection of local restaurants and tapas bars as well as more international cuisine. The Sunday market is one of the biggest in Mallorca, with people coming from miles around to stock up or browse and soak up the lazy Sunday morning atmosphere.

Properties and prices

Historically Santa Maria has been a wealthy place and this carries through to some extent today. Proximity to Palma and easy access to other locations makes it popular with international buyers looking for a countryside location.

Properties consist mostly of traditional townhouses and country houses. There are some newer apartment and townhouse developments, but they are in keeping with the rest of the town and none are high rise.

Property prices vary considerably, from small 2-bed apartments at just under €200,000, to townhouses from €300,000. Country houses start at around €650,000 for a property in reasonably good order. Sought-after features are good outside space, swimming pools and open views.

Located to the northeast of Santa Maria is Binissalem, a similarly-sized town well known for being the center of Mallorca’s renowned wine-making industry.

Based on this, Binissalem is a thriving and wealthy agricultural community. It is also a day-trip destination for both holiday makers and locals attracted by the opportunity to sample and buy the local produce in the bodegas.

The surrounding countryside is relatively flat, characterised by its vineyards and the almond orchards which add dramatic colour when they blossom in February.

Properties and prices

Properties in Binissalem are mostly traditional townhouses, with both new and old country houses in the surrounds.

Binissalem is more focussed on local buyers than Santa Maria or some other countryside locations, making it a place for those wanting to live in a largely Mallorcan community.

Property prices vary as the town is home both to farm workers and the wealthy owners of vineyards and bodegas. Prices start around €180,000 for an apartment and €650,000 for a country house, ranging into seven figures for larger and more desirable properties.

Sineu is a particularly attractive market town in the center of the island. It has become increasingly popular with international buyers but remains, to some extent, off the main tourist track.

Sineu is well worth considering for buyers looking at rural locations. It has a distinct character that sets it apart from many other country towns. This comes in part from the depth of history and grandeur of its old-town architecture. It is also the center of a thriving agricultural community and is very well connected by both road and rail to Palma, Inca and Manacor.

Sineu is a cultural and social hub to the surrounding area. The market is one of the best in Mallorca and there are some notable restaurants, local cafes and tapas bars.

Properties and prices

The center of Sineu consists of old townhouses around the impressive church and vibrant town square. There are also newer properties built primarily with the local residents in mind. These are constructed in a style sympathetic to the architecture of the rest of the town.

While not as international as Santa Maria, Sineu has a long-established expat community and is a relaxed, welcoming place.

Being less well known, prices are lower. Apartments start from around €150,000, townhouses €250,000 and country houses €450,000.