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Top celebrities to spot in Mallorca in 2018

Who can you expect to see in and around Mallorca this year?

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Ana Hernández | Mallorca Editor | Published: 10 Apr 2018


Top celebrities to spot in Mallorca in 2018

Mallorca has long been popular with the world's rich and famous, from Chopin and George Sand spending winter 1838-1839 in Valldemossa to the current A-listers from film, TV and fashion.

Crime novelist Agatha Christie was an early visitor – during the 1930s, she stayed up in Port de Pollença and wrote 'Problems at Pollensa Bay' from Hotel Illa d'Or. Just up the coast, Hotel Formentor was the place to be from the 1930s to the 1950s and can boast the names of Winston Churchill, Sir Peter Ustinov, Grace Kelly, Charles Chaplin and Edward Windsor amongst its former guests. Today, Pollença is more likely to see cyclist Bradley Wiggins or politician David Cameron in its pretty cafes as they enjoy holidays in the sun.

Peter Stringfellow is a regular visitor to Puerto Portals and the south-west of the island. In fact, Puerto Portals is a hot spot for celebs in Mallorca, with a number of soap stars and TV presenters choosing to holiday here. Claire Sweeney, Steve McFadden, Anthea Turner and Richard Keyes all have either boats or homes here.

The most exclusive place for the rich and famous is probably Deià, on the west coast of Mallorca. This pretty town has been popular with artists since the 1950s and the exclusive La Residencia Hotel is a perennial favourite for many. From the late Princess Diana to Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Goldie Hawn, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Noel Gallagher, Kate Moss, Sting, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, the list is endless as is the list of top celebrity spotting places on the island.

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones


The Hollywood power couple head to their peaceful estate of S'Estaca, on the coast between Valldemossa and Deià, every time their tight schedules allow it. The 19th-century Mallorcan mansion was bought by Douglas together with his first wife, Diandra Lucker, in 1989. After their divorce, they decided to share the house six months each: Michael from February to July and Diandra from August to January. They tried to sell the property in 2013 for €50 million but, so far, there has been no luck and you might still spot them walking on the island's beaches or aboard their yacht.

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King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia of Spain


Mallorca has been the official holiday destination for the Spanish royal family ever since the current king was five years old. They enjoy two properties on the island: Almudaina Palace in Palma, next to the cathedral, and Marivent Palace in Cala Major, where they spend their summer break (its gardens are opening to visitors after Easter). Felipe is an experienced yachtsman and he usually participates in the Copa del Rey Regatta. His daughters are also taking up the family tradition of sailing, so you might see them at one of the Mallorcan bays practising their skills.

Also see: Castles in Mallorca, Majorca

Claudia Schiffer


Germans love Mallorca and celebrities are no exception. Supermodel Claudia Schiffer owns a 400,000 m2 luxury mansion on a paparazzi-protected promontory in Camp de Mar, where she returns every year to celebrate her August birthday. She's usually accompanied by her husband, X-Men director Matthew Vaughn, and children Cosima, Caspar and Clementine. So keep your eyes peeled for the blonde beauty. Although rumour has it, she has put her holiday residence on the market.

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Richard Branson


British magnate Richard Branson used to spend his holidays at his luxury hotel in DeiàLa Residencia, until the council stopped his plans to expand the property in 2002. He then hastily sold the estate but, in 2016, he bought the wonderful rural finca of Son Bunyola, near Banyalbufar, to create an eco-resort for his Virgin Limited Edition brand, which he might visit this summer. This luxurious retreat boasts two villas with breathtaking sea views, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S'Aguila. Anyway, there's no doubt about Virgin's founder love for Mallorca. His son Sam even named his own daughter Eva-Deia in honour of the island's picturesque mountain town.

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Rafa Nadal


Spain's most international tennis player was born in Manacor, Mallorca's second city, where his parents still live. Nadal often returns home to relax with girlfriend Xisca and train at the local tennis club. He's recently opened an international tennis academy and state-of-the-art sports centre in his hometown where future tennis stars can train, and his foundation is sponsoring programmes in Mallorca for children at risk of social exclusion. In the summer, look out for his silhouette sailing around the island.

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Also see: Chartering Yachts in Mallorca, Majorca

Annie Lennox


The former Eurythmics singer owns a house in the beautiful western town of Sóller where she spends a big chunk of her year. Lennox has managed to blend in with the locals quite seamlessly, so you'll have to be especially alert to catch sight of her shopping with her husband around Palma.

Also see: Towns & Villages in Mallorca, Majorca

James Blunt


Not only did James Blunt celebrate his wedding in Mallorca in 2014 but he's also a frequent visitor to the island. The English singer-songwriter's aristocratic in-laws own a house in Campanet, Finca Massana, where he goes to relax with his wife Sofia Wellesley, granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington. For their special day, they relied on local businesses: the bride wore a gown by Mallorcan designer Rosa Esteva and Palma event planners (M)oments organised the celebration. You can follow in their footsteps and have a sunny Mallorcan wedding.

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Also see: Weddings in Mallorca, Majorca

Joseph Fiennes


Shakespeare in Love's heartthrob owns not one but two properties in Mallorca. He reportedly spends all year on the island between his houses in Pollença and Palma with wife Dolores Diéguez and has even actively participated in the local community by supporting the independent Renoir Cinema in Palma, now CineCiutat. Who wouldn't want to spot Ralph Fiennes' youngest brother sunbathing on a Mallorcan beach?

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Pierce Brosnan


Pierce Brosnan's Mallorcan haven lies in a secluded spot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, where he's frequently seen spending some quality time with his family. But work has also brought former James Bond to Mallorca; in 2012 he filmed 'A Long Way Down' in Camp de Mar with Toni Collette, Sam Neill and Aaron Paul.

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Mads Mikkelsen


The Danish actor reportedly owns a luxury flat in Palma's trendiest neighbourhood, Santa Catalina. The hip district is where locals go out for dinner as its streets are lined with contemporary restaurants serving food from all over the world. Mikkelsen has also been spotted exploring Mallorca's coastline and inland villages, including trips to Consell Market, Santa Ponça, Porto Cristo and Andratx.

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Also see: Where to Eat in Mallorca, Majorca

More inspiration...

We'll be keeping our eyes open for more news on who's in Mallorca this summer. Check out our News & Features section to keep up to date. In the meantime, why not imitate the jet-setters and book your holiday in Mallorca this summer? Maybe you'll get to rub shoulders with some of them.

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Also see: Famous Residents in Mallorca, Majorca