The island of light
Why are you looking for a property in Mallorca? You want to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle and good food. Lots of light and warmth - that's important.
And so we look into the question of why light is so special on Mallorca and definitely plays an important role. More than you might think. It is not for nothing that the most important church building in Palma de Mallorca is also called the "Cathedral of Light" and Hollywood producers as well as artists (including Miró) and photographers feel enchanted by the special light.
Sea grass, galleries and inspirations
Mallorca is the total work of art which presents itself as a real photo backdrop. Mountains merge with the deep blue sea, along with a sea of flowers of hyacinths, hibiscus & co, palm trees and sand-coloured mountain villages. Incidentally, Mallorca owes the special blue of the sea to the large neptune grass meadows, Posidonia oceanica. They are a protected species and grow particularly well around the Balearic Islands at a depth of 40 metres, when the water is clear enough for them to photosynthesise. The Neptune grass meadows filter the water and keep it clean. That's why we have such an incredibly blue, clean sea in Mallorca.
In addition, even in winter it is still about 1 hour longer than in Central Europe and the sun shines 300 days a year. Countless galleries and exhibitions tell of the artists' inspiration by the incredible light in bright, summer-light paintings. There is no place for gloomy sadness on the island of light.
Mass of Light in the Cathedral of Light
Every year on 2 February and 11 November, a fascinating play of light can be seen in the cathedral: around 8 o'clock, a "light eight" is created. The rising sun projects a second rosette exactly under the rosette of the entrance portal.
Not for nothing does the cathedral have the nickname "Cathedral of Light". It is a miracle of colour and light that happens twice a year in Palma Cathedral. Then the morning sun falls at just the right angle through the large rose window on the east front of the cathedral, so that its 1236 pieces of coloured glass can be seen exactly on the opposite wall as in the original.
On the two key days, the cathedral opens as early as around eight in the morning. The spectacle begins at this time. Around 8.30 a.m., the light falls in such a way that the two rosettes, the real one and the projected one, form a colourful figure of eight.
The eastern main rosette, with its diameter of almost eleven metres, is considered the largest in the world. The coloured glass pieces are artfully composed into geometric patterns and floral ornaments. The rosette was created under Bishop Galiani in the 14th century.
Film productions on Mallorca
Mallorca is one big film set. Hollywood stars like Michael Douglas, who even owns a property on Mallorca, Pierce Brosnan and Demi Moore make their debut on the island. No wonder the island is home to the biggest production companies. In the blink of an eye, picturesque Sóller is transformed into the City of London or the salt flats of Ses Salines into an alpine snow landscape.
Our tip: Take a trip to Sa Calobra. Sinbad's Seventh Voyage and Cloud Atlas have already been filmed here. The literary adaptation Cloud Atlas from 2012 came up trumps with a top-class cast: It starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.
The cosy bay of Cala Deia is also often used for film scenes. Take a snorkelling tour around the crystal-clear water here and then fortify yourself in the rustic restaurant - more like a straw hut - directly above the sea. Just like Jean Reno did a few years ago during a filming...
Are you one of those sun-seekers looking for a property on Mallorca to escape the grim weather at home?
We fully understand. And are glad to help you find a light-flooded villa, a flat with a huge sun terrace or a house with a garden.