This article appeared in: ‘THE SUNDAY TIMES BEST PLACES TO LIVE PART 4 – WORLD’

The accolade comes in part four of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday March 22. The annual supplements combine data and statistics with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 50 locations to live outside the UK.

Palma de Mallorca is the gateway to an island with an enviable lifestyle that attracts both resident and tourist alike
Mallorca is an island with an enviable lifestyle that attracts both resident and tourist alike

In the supplement, the capital city of the largest Balearic Island is praised for its “picturesque old town, beaches within walking distance, and a great climate”, the fact that it is easy for Brits to assimilate, as well as its proximity to the airport, which makes it “an increasingly popular UK/Spain commuter destination.” Palma is also “perfectly placed” as a “gateway to beautiful, sophisticated, charming Mallorca”.


The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in The World is the final of a four part series in partnership with Zoopla. Parts one to three focused on rural idylls, the coolest city locations, and the most attractive towns and suburbs.

The Best Places to Live in The World supplement also reveals four runners-up, (the rest of the link is not ranked):

  • Best for boaties: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Best on a budget: Berlin, Germany
  • Best for foodies: Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Best for city slickers: Toronto, Canada

The locations selected range from the coolest neighbourhoods on the planet and the sunniest retirement destinations, to places near the most beautiful beaches and countryside, and areas which offer the best of family life as well as the buzziest cities to kick-start a career.

America is the country with most entries on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in The World, accounting for ten of the top 50. France comes second with five places, while, Australia, Italy and Spain each have four entries, and Brazil, Canada, China and South Africa boast two places.

Many people seek a home abroad for investment, vacations or retirement
Many people seek a home abroad for investment, vacation or retirement purposes

Commenting on the supplement, Home Editor Helen Davies said: “We live in an increasingly globalised world with a burgeoning digital economy, so the choice of where to live – be it permanently, at the weekends or for months at a time – has just increased. Visa schemes and recent currency fluctuations have, in some cases, made the move overseas even easier. So whether you are considering a move abroad, or your next holiday, this guide is the best place to start.”

The first three parts of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live saw Chagford in Devon crowned the best place to live in the countryside, Moseley in Birmingham named as the winner of the urban category, and Bradford on Avon chosen as the best of the towns and suburbs. The overall Best Place to Live in Britain was revealed last weekend as Newnham in Cambridge.

Readers can discover their own best place to live with a digital quiz at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/bestplaces2015

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