Calvia town is the administrative centre for the southwestern region of Mallorca. The region is said to be the richest municipality in Spain. It hit the jackpot when tourists discovered the nearby beaches, and developments like Magaluf and Palma Nova were built.
The town was founded in 1249 with 80 inhabitants, it had a population of 3000 in 1960 before the tourist boom, and rose to 11,560 by 1980. A world away from the coastal developments, here life continues as before the tourist boom. Calvia town remains a truly pretty place, with ochre-coloured houses, a handful of shops and bars, and chickens scrambling between the olive trees. The town is dominated by the church of Sant Joan Baptista, built in the late 19th century around a 13th-century original. Nearby, a fountain and a ceramic mural tell its history. While in many ways, Calvia is still a modest Mallorcan village, the sparkling new town hall and sports stadium do hint at the area’s success. Still, it's hard to believe you are only a few kilometres away from the bustling resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova.
While most expats live in the coastal areas of the region, those seeking a more authentic Mallorcan experience choose Calvia town. With such a high number of foreigners having settled in the region, the town hall runs regular Spanish language lessons which are free for residents.
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