The former fishing villages Portixol and Molinar, like many neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Palma, have experienced a bit of a renaissance in recent years. They have transformed from quiet fishing villages into some of the trendiest areas in the south-west of Mallorca. Their main attractions include a long stretch of beach, a beautiful promenade and a boho vibe. That’s before we even get started on the great selection of restaurants, bars and hotels servicing the area!
Portixol, being closer to Palma, has moved up the ranks from being "up-and-coming" to cool in its own right. Head straight for the seafront, where former fishermen's cottages have been converted into state-of-the-art homes selling for millions of euros. Along this same promenade, there are some wonderful contemporary bars, cafes and restaurants which bring in people from far and wide. Conveniently located just a couple of kilometres away from Palma’s cathedral, Portixol is away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. However, it is easy to walk or cycle to the capital's old town via the dedicated traffic-free promenade which affords fantastic views of the sea.
Moving further east toward the airport, the area diffuses into Molinar. Portixol and Molinar meet each other and there is no sign to say where one ends and the other starts. Nevertheless, there is a slight difference between the two. Molinar has now been flagged as the “up-and-coming” area and it is reaping the rewards of its recent revamp, as we see property prices rise and new restaurants creeping in.
There is not really a town centre in Portixol or Molinar as their main attraction is the seafront. However, you will find a supermarket, the odd shop and a few cafes along Carrer Llucmajor, which runs a few roads back, parallel to the shoreline. The motorway behind these areas and one-way system implemented in the villages and along the seafront have kept motorised traffic to a minimum. In fact, most people tend to cycle, skate or run along the promenade where a number of cafes and bars offer an ideal place for those who prefer to take it easy.
In recent years, affluent expats have flocked to the area, particularly British, Swedish and German who have bought up some of the hottest property on the coastline. Even so, its full-time residents are still very much traditional Mallorcan. There is a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere here, which attracts many who just come and soak up the stunning coastline scenery and admire the traditional buildings that have been tastefully refurbished. The area appeals to all ages, you will spot twenty-somethings all the way through to the retired strolling along the promenade enjoying the scenery or sitting in the seafront restaurants dining al fresco style.