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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Palma de Mallorca?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Palma de Mallorca, they said:

"Before retiring in Palma de Mallorca, expats should know that they will need a visa if they are not EU citizens. They should also be aware that the cost of living can be high, especially in the more touristy areas. The official language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Healthcare in Spain is of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance. The climate in Palma de Mallorca is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. Expats should also be aware that Spain has a double taxation agreement with many countries, so they may not have to pay tax in their home country on income earned in Spain. The property market in Palma de Mallorca is competitive, with high demand for properties in the city center and near the beach. Spain has a slower pace of life compared to many other countries, and this is reflected in the opening hours of shops and businesses. Finally, expats should know that the culture in Spain is very social, with a strong emphasis on family and community," commented one expat who made the move to Palma de Mallorca.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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