THE number of legal holiday homes in Mallorca located outside the municipality of Palma has increased significantly in recent years.
Currently there are more than 54,900 legal holiday homes on the island which are generally marketed through well-known internet websites.
Pollensa is the leading area for this type of housing with 8,666 places being offered in 1,502 villas and chalets. This equates to one in every 10 inhabitants in Pollensa offering a holiday home to tourists. Although the numbers are high, Pollensa has reported stagnant growth in recent years.
The municipality of Santanyi is in second position with 5,040 places being offered in 808 properties followed by Alcudia with 3,891 places and 617 properties.
Regional government tourism advisor Antoni Sanso noted that the increase which has been seen in some areas over the past three years is the result of a regulatory change from 2012.