Mallorca The Best Place to Live in The World.
12 Jan 2020

Palma de Mallorca has been chosen as “the best place to live in the world” by the newspaper ‘The Times’ in London, which this Sunday publishes its list of the 50 favorite cities on the planet. Palma prevails in the final stretch to rivals such as Toronto (the best destination for urbanites), Auckland (the best maritime city), Hoi An in Vietnam (the prow of gastronomy) and Berlin (the best big city with a tight budget ). The list has been prepared by the team of travel journalists from The Times, using data and statistics on the quality of life, the climate, the environment and the ease of “assimilation” of British citizens. “The capital of the Balearic Islands has a picturesque old part, with beaches that can be reached on foot and with an exceptional climate,” concludes ‘The Times’ in its annual supplement. The magazine also highlights Palma’s connection with British culture and easy accessibility, “which makes it our favorite destination.” The magazine also extols the rich gastronomic culture and infrastructure of the city, as well as its status as “gateway to the beautiful, sophisticated and charming Mallorca.” ‘The Times’ nevertheless ignores the impact of mass tourism on the island, where several initiatives to explore more sustainable alternatives have emerged in the last decade.

Panoramic view of Porte de Soller, Palma Mallorca, Spain

We live in an increasingly globalized world with the digital economy, so that the possible places to live all year, for several months or on weekends are increasingly at hand,” writes the director of the Home supplement of ‘ The Times’, who does not hesitate to recommend Mallorca for a vacation or to move permanently. The United States, with 10 cities among the 50 chosen, takes the palm, followed by France (with five), Spain, Italy and Australia (with four each). Within the United Kingdom, the best place is Newnham, near Cambridge.

Mallorca is one of the Balearic Islands of Spain in the Mediterranean.It is known for beach resorts, protected coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish ruins. The capital, Palma, has nightlife, the Moorish royal palace of La Almudaina and the 12th century Santa Maria Cathedral. Among the stone villas include Pollensa, with its art galleries and music festival, and Fornalutx on the hillside, surrounded by orange plantations.

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