Villas in Cala d'Or Majorca Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

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Cala d'Or is the smartest of the resorts on the east coast of Majorca. Its prices are higher than in the resorts of the Palma Bay area and consequently it attracts a wealthier stratum of tourists. If you are not forced by circumstance to pursue the cheapest holiday then the lure of independent living, without tour reps and shuttle buses, might lead you to rent or even buy one of the Cala d'Or villas.

Following the style established in the 1930s by architect Pep Costa Ferrer, many Cala d'Or villas are Ibizan style: low slung and whitewashed. And while property prices in Spain are generally lower than in the UK, Cala d'Or is one of those places where wealthy foreigners keep values high.

Renting

Rental prices soar during the peak months and some properties are more than three times as expensive in July as in October. A three star, three bedroom property within walking distance of the centre of Cala d'Or could erupt from under 700 euros per week to over 2,200.

Most properties are hired out by the week with a Saturday change over. If you want to do something different you will have to hunt around but you may find it impossible during the summer season.

If you like the idea of renting a privately owned Cala d'Or villa, then Villa Select (www.villaselect.comwww.villaselect.com) has 12 for rent in the area, and Espana Breaks (www.espanabreaks.comwww.espanabreaks.com) also has a decent array.

For something more rustic you could try Villa Parade (www.villaparade.co.ukwww.villaparade.co.uk), which has some fincas Majorca's old stone farmhouses on its books. Or you could contact Majorca Farmhouse Holidays (www.mfh.co.ukwww.mfh.co.uk) and Simply Travel www.simplytravel.comwww.simplytravel.com. However, most of the operators dealing with Cala d'Or villas have properties in town, not outside.

Buying

If you want to buy, Calador Properties (www.caladorproperties.comwww.caladorproperties.com) specialises in Cala d'Or villas and has a selection from around the 200,000 euro mark, but you probably won't get more than two bedrooms for that price. It also sells plots of land should you wish to build your own property.