Andratx is a municipality with only 7.600 inhabitants. It is a mountain village with a wealth of natural landscapes. Located just 4 km from the sea in the southwest part of the island of Mallorca, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is the cultural and administrative centre of the area and an essential place for those who want to get to know and explore the Sierra de Tramunatana.
On the coast of Andratx you will find small coves and beaches of fine sand as well as rocky beaches. The coastal tourist resorts of Port d’Andratx and Camp de Mar stand out. The mountain area offers everything from breathtaking scenery to rugged and spectacular coastlines. Several villages stand out, such as S’Arracó and Es Capdellà, which still conserve their rural and traditional charm.
Andratx is an ideal place if you are looking for the tranquillity and beauty of Mallorca.
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How to get to Andratx
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There are several ways to get to Andratx, but the one we recommend, given the location and orography of this area, is to arrive in your own vehicle or a hire car. Although there are convenient public transport connections, this area is quite far from major sites, and therefore the pace of transport can be slower than usual.
If you have your hotel in Palma de Mallorca and you want to drive to Andratx, you should know that the distance that separates you is almost 30km. To get there you have to take the Ma-1 motorway and at Camp de Mar ou will have to turn right and take the Ma-1 regional road.
You will start alternating between national and regional roads until you reach Andratx: the Sierra de Tramuntana begins to come into view.
Getting to Andratx by public transport
To get to Andratx by bus you must take line 122 at the Intermodal Station in Palma, in Parque de las Estaciones, and at Santa Ponsa you must change to line 122, which will finally take you to your destination.
You can find information on how to get around Mallorca using the public transport network in these two posts:
🚌 Public transport in Mallorca: bus, metro and train in Mallorca: lines, timetables and fares.
🚕 Taxi service in Mallorca: taxi ranks, taxi companies’ telephone numbers and fares.
If you prefer to go by taxi to Andratx the price can be more or less expensive depending on which part of the island you come from. If you are traveling by plane, from Palma Airport to Andratx, the journey will cost you between 53-61€. However, we always recommend that you check the final price with the driver or the taxi company when you call to order a taxi, to avoid unwanted surprises.
Private transfer to Andratx
🚐 Are you sure you want to go to Andratx fast, to be chauffeured and without complications? Then we recommend that you consider booking a private transfer service. Enter the place where you want them to pick you up and the dates in the search engine. You will get the cost of the service instantly.
Getting to Andratx by bicycle
Mallorca is a paradise for cyclists. On the island we have dozens of cycling routes and many facilities and businesses, such as on-line bicycle rental companies, for all those who come to cycle in Mallorca.
Cycling to Andratx from Palma de Mallorca is a real pleasure. You will enjoy tremendous views along the route, as you will be skirting the southern coastline, alternating sea views with inland areas and at times demanding uphill and downhill stretches. It will be an exciting 4-hour ride to Andratx and back to Palma.
If your idea is to reach Andratx by bike from the villages of the Sierra de Tramuntana such as Valldemossa, Sóller or Deià, you should know that you are about to start a challenge, as you will alternate ascents and descents, a real “leg-breaker”, although the beautiful landscapes you will enjoy while cycling make up for it.
If you are fit enough, I recommend cycling to Andratx from Valldemossa. It will be a nice experience that you will take away with you.
Are you a cycling lover and have you traveled to the island with the idea of getting to know it on two wheels?
🚴 Then we recommend you to download this free map with the best cycle touring routes in Mallorca, classified by different levels of difficulty.
If the end of the route is far from your hotel and you want to continue cycling the next day close to where you finished, you can consult the list of hotels for cyclists in Mallorca, where they will pamper you and your bike while you rest.
Travel insurance to travel to Mallorca
Accidents sometimes happen and whenever we recommend a sport that may involve some danger, and cycling is one of them, as your safety does not depend only on yourself, we always recommend that you take the utmost precaution when doing them and insure your activities. We recommend that you read our post on why you need to take out a travel insurance in Mallorca.
Personally, I can assure you from my own experience that I am very happy to have taken out insurance on risky trips, such as when I have done cycling tours or when I have done mountain trekking. Having a travel insurance was a relief from time to time.
In addition, if you take out the IATI insurance from Yo soy Mallorca you will benefit from an instant 5% discount. You have no excuse!
What to see and what to do in Andratx and its surroundings
The town of Andratx is the main urban centre of the municipality. Strategically located 5 km from the sea, its inhabitants sought protection from pirate attacks, which were frequent during a certain period in Mallorca’s history. This led to the construction of up to 10 watchtowers along the coast of Andratx.
Andratx is a village with a special charm, where you cannot miss its narrow cobbled streets, with its stone houses, such as those in the Pantaleu neighbourhood, where the Mills of Sa Plantea are located.
The Church of Santa María in Andratx, fortified in the 17th century and erected as a parish church since 1248, is a place of great cultural wealth where the Quadre des Moros painting stands out, which represents the Turkish landing on the 2nd of August 1548, among other works.
You should also visit the Castle of Son Mas, which has been the seat of the Town Hall since 1998, the Curia building, the Tower of So Na Gaia and the mills of Sa Gaieta.
Not to be missed, 3 kilometres outside Andratx, is the Contemporary Art Centre in Sa Coma-Andratx (CCA). It is a 4000 m² building perfectly integrated into the natural environment. You will be able to enjoy contemporary art, workshops and exhibitions.
Wednesday is one of the best days to visit Andratx, as the town market is held on this day. On this day the streets come alive and fill with stalls where you can buy Mallorcan products and enjoy a pleasant stroll.
Andratx is a quiet and picturesque place, ideal for relaxing and enjoying its peaceful atmosphere, especially if you come in summer, far from the hustle and bustle of nearby places such as Santa Ponsa and Palmanova.
Port d’Andratx is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural, sports and fishing harbours on the island, with around 500 moorings for yachts and luxury boats moored along its marina.
Port d’Andratx has a population of 3.300 inhabitants and has become one of the most important and exclusive tourist places in Mallorca.
There are impressive coves around Andratx such as Cala Llamp, Cala Moragues and Cala Egos.
Port d’Andratx is a cosmopolitan and lively place, where it is easy to meet people from all over the world, with shopping streets where you can buy clothes and handicrafts. It has a very interesting offer of restaurants and bars overlooking the sea, as well as a lively nightlife. One of the restaurants we recommend to eat a good arròs de notari right on the water’s edge is Ca’n Pep. Amazing!
Fancy sailing a boat in the Port d’Andratx area?
⛵ This area is spectacular for it! We recommend that if you have the opportunity to rent a boat with or without a captain, whether it is the typical Mallorcan llauts, sailing boats, motorboats, or even a catamaran, you should do so and enjoy sailing the waters of the southwest. If you are experienced, you can even rent a boat without a licence and cruise the coast at your leisure.
S’Arracó is a hospitable and pleasant place of only 1,000 inhabitants, and includes a significant number of artists who chose to stay in this small village as inspiration for their work. The meeting point for the local residents are the only 3 bars that exist here: Can Nou, Can Viguet and Can Prima.
The urban nucleus began to be cemented from some possessions, such as the 18th century San Joan and, of course, around the Chapel of Santo Cristo, built by Antoni Ferrandell Verí, considered the founder of the village.
In S’Arracó you can still see low traditional houses with a garden or orchard at the back. You can also find modernist style houses, built with the money that emigrants living in France sent to their families, as was also the case in the town of Sóller. Most of them are on the main street called, obviously, Carrer França.
S’Arracó has an unbeatable location; it is in the middle of nature and is the departure point for many excursions, one of the most popular being the ascent to the Monastery of La Trapa.
S’Arracó is a beautiful and captivating village, so we would understand if you ended up succumbing to its mermaid songs and looking for a hotel in S’Arracó to spend the night.
Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar is a small tourist village with a beautiful beach of fine sand and crystalline waters, surrounded by mountains and a small island, which can be reached by a famous wooden bridge. The famous Illeta Camp de Mar Restaurant is located on this small island.
If you are looking for an activity or something to do in Camp de Mar, apart from having a quiet and relaxing time, you can visit the Tower of Cap Andritxol, a watchtower used in the past to keep pirates and corsairs at bay. Another activity in the surroundings of Camp de Mar that you can do is to play golf on the 18-hole golf course in Andratx.
Camp de Mar has a wide range of accommodation, so if you liked the area, you could rethink your initial accommodation plan and stay in a hotel in Camp de Mar.
Sant Elm is an old fishing village that has been transformed, especially in summer, into a very touristy but quiet and relaxed place.
In the past it was known as La Palomera, and it was where the troops of Jaume I anchored before disembarking in Santa Ponça in 1229.
The beach of Sant Elm, also known as San Telmo, is a beach with crystal clear turquoise waters, like most beaches and coves in Mallorca. While you enjoy a day at the beach, you will have the island of Pantaleu just in front of you, Mitjana, on the right, and finally, the islet of La Dragonera.
We recommend the Restaurant Es Molí Sant Elm where you can savour appetising starters, ceviches, pasta, fish and meats, while enjoying views of the sea.
On the beach you will be able to relax and unwind with the beach umbrella and sun lounger service, and if you are looking for activity, you can try different water activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, sailing or simply swimming.
At the end of the day you will find yourself in one of the best places on the island to contemplate one of the most beautiful sunsets in Mallorca. You will be able to watch the sun “hide” behind the island of La Dragonera or in the sea, depending on the time of year you visit Sant Elm, while you have a cocktail in the restaurant Es Raor. Quite a show!
The opening of almost all bars, restaurants and services are subject to seasonality, so if you don’t go in summer and want to go, check their status beforehand.
Cala de Egos
This beach is a hidden pearl in the eastern part of Mallorca. As it is a cove that is difficult to access, it is not very crowded in summer. From the Sailing Club of Port d’Andratx, where you will have to leave your car, it is a 42′ walk to the beach. If you have a nice day, you’ll be in for a nice surprise when you get to the beach. It must have been well worth the walk.
Do you want to see Cala d’Egos and part of the coast of Andratx from another perspective on a 3-hour kayak route? Enjoy group sports activities in Mallorca. When you arrive at Cala de Egos you will stop for 15-20 minutes to enjoy this marvellous place.
Sa Dragonera Natural Park
In the area of Sant Elm you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views, especially towards the islet of La Dragonera with the walking route to La Trapa.
The Parc de Sa Dragonera was declared a protected area in 1995, finally, after much litigation by ecologists who fought to prevent the creation of a marina. It is an area of great environmental value, and it would have been a great loss if this initiative had not come to fruition.
It has a surface area of 400 hectares and is 1 km long and is one of the most special areas for hiking in Mallorca, as it has a great variety of flora and fauna endemic to the area and different from the rest of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
The opening hours of the Natural Park of Sa Dragonera are from 10am to 5pm from 1st April to 30th September and from 10am to 3pm the rest of the year. You will have to get a permit for groups of 10 or more people and in the park you will find different routes of 30′, 1h 30′ and 2h 30′:
- Itinerary of Na Miranda. Circular route and the shortest of all of 1.2 kms that can be done in only 30′.
- Route to the Tramuntana Lighthouse. This 1.7 km route, also short, will take you no more than 60′ to complete.
- Route from Far Vell to the summit of Na Propia. This lighthouse is the highest point on the island of La Dragonera, 352 metres high. It is 3.8 km away from the pier, and will take you about 3 hours round trip.
- Itinerary to the Lighthouse des Llebeig. This is the longest route you can do on the island of La Dragonera. You will walk it from end to end and it will take you more than 3 hours round trip.
To get to Sa Dragonera, you will be able to do so in your own boat, with a charter boat (remember that you will have to apply for a permit), by one of the ferries that are available in summer, or with this excursion that we propose, designed for groups of 9 people and available from May and throughout the summer:
Boat trip in the surroundings of Andratx
Enjoy a fantastic boat trip around the Malgrats Islands and the surroundings of Andratx, exploring the impressive and rich coastline of the southeast of Mallorca with a seabed that you can see from the glass-floored boat.
You can choose whether to leave from Playa Torà or Playa de Santa Ponsa. The activity takes place with a guide who speaks English, Spanish, French and German.
This tour includes:
- Glass-bottom boat trip to see the seabed
- Includes an English, Spanish, French and German speaking guide.
- Snorkelling equipment
- Buffet lunch
This is an excellent opportunity to make a trip on an excursion not to be missed during your stay in Mallorca!
Wines in Andratx
Andratx has several wine cellars where you can taste local wines of excellent quality.
Hotels in Andratx
Finding accommodation in Andratx will not be very difficult as there is a wide variety. In Andratx you will mostly find villas and country estates, as the area of Sierra de Tramuntana, and this zone in particular, is a protected area and does not allow large constructions. We have compiled a list of some of the accommodation we think you should check out:
- Finca Cabrita: with a rating of 10 on Booking, is a simply spectacular place. Finca Cabrita is set in a large outdoor area with a beautiful swimming pool and offers views of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
- Alma Luxury Villa: as its name suggests, it is a villa with a seasonal infinity pool where you will have direct views of the island of La Dragonera. You won’t see a better sunset on the island than from here. It has a score of 9.7.
- Holiday Home Can Tiona: if you like nature, this is the place for you. It is a beautiful country house decorated both inside and out in the traditional style. Rest and tranquillity go hand in hand in this haven of peace. It has a rating of 9.5.
- Just experience Mallorca: this accommodation is located just a few steps from the beach of Sant Elm. You will have the privilege of being on the beach without leaving home. Decorated in Ibizan style and full of good taste, you will feel right at home. It has a score of 9.2.
If, on the other hand, your idea is to stay near the sea, then we advise you to look for a hotel in Port d’Andratx to rest. Our recommendations are the following:
- Steigenberger Hotel and Resort Camp de Mar: here we talk about luxury. It is a holiday resort located between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It offers free use of the golf course. It features a spa centre, indoor pool and gym. With a 5-star category, there are few adjectives left to describe the goodness of this hotel. We always recommend this resort as one of the best spa hotels in Mallorca.
- Bahía Suites Camp de Mar: this beautiful hotel complex has a privileged location. You will enjoy a comfortable swimming pool just a few metres from the sea with sun and a wonderful environment. It is located next to the golf course of Andratx. It has a 4-star category ⭐ and an average rating of 9.5.
- Hotel Cala Fornells: Hotel Cala Fornells is located in Cala Fornells itself. It has bright rooms with sea views, a magnificent outdoor swimming pool and a gym so you can keep exercising, if you want to, even on your holidays. It also has a sauna and hydromassage. It has a 4-star status ⭐ and an average rating of 8.9.
- Hostal Catalina Vera: another option a bit further away from the sea, only 200 metres away, is this pretty country-style hotel with rooms with balcony or terrace. Very well located for cycling and hiking routes such as Pas Vermell and Sa Dragonera. It has 2 stars ⭐ and is a very affordable option in the area.
Do you want to know the rest of the hotels in Andratx and Port d’Andratx? If you already know the dates you are traveling, all you have to do is enter them in the search engine below. Choose from all-inclusive hotels, aparthotels, romantic hotels, luxury hotels, villas and all other available accommodation.Booking.com
And this is the end of our long, but complete, article on Andratx. We have not forgotten anything so that you can get to know everything that this marvellous corner of Mallorca has to offer. Have we convinced you to come to Andratx on holiday? Let us know in the comments!