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Unlike many residents of the other two major Balearic hubs – Majorca and Ibiza – the people of Minorca can consider themselves lucky. This has nothing to do with natural beauty: Minorca and its sister islands share many geographical features, including the stunning array of natural landscapes, a logic-defying number of beaches and great climate conditions almost all year round.
What makes Minorcans lucky has more to do with the ‘hidden gem’ status that the island was able to maintain through the past decades. For example, Minorca didn’t suffer from urban overdevelopment, a blight that has been affecting certain spots of Majorca for years. Another distinctive feature is the quietness: unlike the hard-clubbing Ibiza, Minorca remains a peaceful place, where local tradition not only survived but also found places to actually thrive.
As a result of what happened in Ibiza and Majorca, the local authorities made significant efforts to keep the island as pristine as possible, creating several nature reserves and limiting urban development to sustainable levels. Measures like these, combined with Minorca’s low population density, turned the place into a land of opportunity for residents with a certain profile. While major hotel developers and clubbing kings might feel at odds with Minorca’s regulations, investors looking for peace, tranquility and natural beauty will be delighted.
Son Parc and the northern bays
Son Parc lies 23 kilometers north of Mahon, the island’s capital city, past the Albufera des Grau natural park. The urbanization acts as a perfect example of what Minorca wants to achieve in terms of urban development: a low-density area that adapts to its surrounding environment instead of changing it. The good news is that Son Parc’s prospective residents will find an exceptionally beautiful environment, defined by a series of green hills overlooking a large stripe of sandy beach with turquoise-coloured waters.
Son Parc is a beautiful natural retreat, with the addition of having the only 9-hole golf course in the island. The golf club also features a few tennis courts, a restaurant and a bar. Other amenities found in Son Parc are exclusively of natural origin: beaches, hiking trails, neighbouring bays and the national parks. For the occasional city getaway, Mahon will act as the main reference point.
Prospective residents that think of Son Parc as an attractive investment will also be interested to know that property prices are not only lower than other locations within the Balearic islands, but also incredibly low for a Mediterranean seaside spot. Small apartments can be purchased for less than EUR 100,000, and 4-bedroom villas can be acquired for as little as EUR 250,000. This prices, along with the low chances of getting behemoth-hotel developments as future neighbours shine a promising light over Son Parc. The goal is to attract new residents that share a love for nature and open spaces, and to avoid investors driven by construction booms.
In short: if your idea of paradise includes white-sand beaches, crystal-clear shallow waters, beautiful landscapes and a golf course, you’ll find at ease in Son Parc, and Son Parc will welcome you with open arms.