Ten reasons why you should live/study in Mallorca

After resolving any confusion regarding where I studied, the next question was always ‘Why Palma?’

The obvious answer is, because it is an island in the Mediterranean, but here are my top ten reasons to study in Palma de Mallroca*:

Parc de Llevant, Mallorca, Spain

Parc de Llevant

1. It is an island in the Mediterranean which means that you get to enjoy the beaches off-season, when the water is warm and the beaches are empty (relatively speaking).

From left to right: My mom, myself, my 'sister', my 'cousin'

From left to right:
My mom, myself, my ‘sister’, my ‘cousin’

2. You have the opportunity to live with an amazing host family (or at least I did). In addition, if you are there for a full year, you have the option to spend your second semester living in an apartment with other students.

All of the Americanos studying on the island my first semester.

All of the Americanos studying on the island my first semester.

3. The program is small and intensive which means you speak less English and make more local and international friends.

Small overlook, big views.

Small overlook, big views.

4. Small program means big adventures, especially to places big groups just can’t get to.

Hiking the GR221

Hiking the GR221

5. Mallorca is more than just beaches, but also offers amazing hiking during the cool winters.

stopping for a bocadillo bread in Spain's only round castle

stopping for a bocadillo bread in Spain’s only round castle

6. The Balearic Islands gave us Mayonnaise and aioli (garlic mayo), which the French adapted and made famous. These little islands eat it like it is their job and it makes every bocadillo (sandwich) a whole lot better.

 

A silent carnival dancing in the moonlight. (Only ~100 plane ticket from Palma)

A silent carnival dancing in the moonlight. (Only ~100 euro plane ticket from Palma)

7. Palma has the third largest airport in Spain by volume, which means you can get everywhere and anywhere for a reasonable price.

You can even check out the largest rose class window in the world.

You can even check out the largest rose class window in the world.

8. The city is small enough to walk everywhere, but big enough to get the right amount of lost.

Ladies night out, always a good time!

Ladies night out, always a good time!

9. Some of the best clubs and parties in the world are within walking distance of where you live.

feria de foc, inca, mallorca, spain

10. Nowhere else can you find it all in one place! This island will steal your heart and make memories happen.

*I studied with CIEE, Palma de Mallorca. Here are ten reasons why that program is awesome, per a student living in Spain.

Other Great Places to Learn About Mallorca

  • The first blog I ever followed religiously was Mallorcan Photo Blog Daily. I was sad when I learned that MPBD was canceled, but there is still a wealth of information from years of daily posts.
  • There is good news however, he has a new, non daily, blog called Mallorca Observed. It is as good as the original and well worth the reading.
  • If you want to learn more about the happenings of CIEE on the island check out their blog or Facebook page.
  • For more stories on the island and its inhabitants check out Mallorcan Stories.

Now it’s your turn to share:

What have you loved about living in another country? Have you ever been to Mallorca or Palma? What did you love? Which of these top ten do you want to know more about?

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