Bendinat, Portals, Costa d’En Blanes and Illetes

Bendinat, Portals, Costa d’En Blanes and Illetes are long established, up market locations just to the west of Palma.

They offer a range of types of properties and living environment, with home owners from many countries enjoying a wide range of services and amenities.

Being close to Palma and international schools, Bendinat, Portals Nous and Costa d’En Blanes in particular are popular for permanent residency as well as for holidays.

Consequently there are many high quality restaurants, other entertainments and amenities in the area that are intended primarily for expats.

Puerto Portals is well known as a marina for luxury yachts and Illetas is very much a holiday resort, albeit a small one with a character quite different to the larger beach resorts found further along this coastline.

The area has good access to other places like Cala Major, Puerto de Andratx and Santa Ponsa. Mountain villages such as Puigpunyent and Calvia Town are also within easy reach.

Palma de Mallorca is readily accessible on a day-to-day basis and the airport is also within easy reach.

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Bendinat is a long-established residential location, close to good beaches and with a wide range of recreational facilities. It is well known for golf, with several courses including Real Golf de Bendinat. Many other sports and pastimes are also well catered for.

The area has attracted well-off locals and a mix of other nationalities for many years. There are long-established and newer restaurants reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the place.

Properties and prices

The most exclusive property locations are Old Bendinat and Bendinat Hill, where villas can be found within walking distance of the shops and restaurants. Aside from proximity to the center, sea views are one of the most sought-after features. Detached villas of any quality start around €1.4m and can be considerably more depending on size, quality and exact location.

Bendinat is also home to some of the best quality apartment and townhouse developments in Mallorca. Prices of 2-bed apartments and small townhouses start around €350,000, with better quality properties ranging up from €500,000.

Puerto Portals is one of the most exclusive harbours in Mallorca and home to many impressive luxury yachts. Restaurants and shops in the area reflect this with designer labels being much in evidence.

There are a few older apartment developments here which are sought-after by boat owners and their captains. Portals Nous however is a more residential area and a favourite haunt of many well-heeled British. In addition to a varied choice of restaurants and bars, Portals Nous offers a comprehensive range of shops and other amenities serving the local resident community.

Properties and prices

The price of properties in Portals Nous and Puerto Portals are at the higher-end and buyers should count on similar prices to Bendinat (see above).

Costa d’En Blanes is located on a rise above Portals Nous. Like Bendinat, it is a long-established residential location made up mostly of villas, many of which have sea views. Residents are a mixture of locals and expats with some villas used as holiday homes and others as permanent residences.

Properties and prices

Prices are relatively lower than in Bendinat or Portals Nous, making this a good location for someone wanting to be in this area in a property that offers more space and a more open aspect than these other locations might offer. Sea views are one of the most sought-after features.

Detached villas can be bought from around €1m although at this price level are likely to need refurbishment. Road noise from the coastal road can be an issue depending on exact location and orientation so this is something to pay attention to. The higher quality and best located range from €1.6.

Illetas has the distinctive character of an old established, up-market seaside resort. It has a good beach, good restaurants and plenty of bars.

The town is mostly older apartments and hotels. It is bordered by Bendinat and Portals, so has not grown much over the years and remains a small and personable place that many return to regularly for their holidays.

There are a number of famous hotels in Illetas as well as the Anchorage Club, one of the first and most exclusive community developments in Mallorca.

Properties and prices

Two bed apartments in Illetas start from around €270,000. For the more desirable front-line developments prices increase to €550,000 ranging to upward of €1m.