PORT D’ANDRATX HOLIDAY & DESTINATION GUIDE
Things to do in Port d’Andratx
PLAY GOLF AT THE BEAUTIFUL GOLF D’ANDRATX COURSE
Golfers love coming to Andratx, and there is an obvious reason for that; the Golf d’Andratx course. Golf d’Andratx is by far one of the most beautiful golf courses on the island situated in stunning settings with the Tramuntana rising in the background. The 18-hole course is full of fun and difficult challenges that will make it interesting to play no matter what your handicap is.
INDULGE IN A TASTEFUL ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE AT THE LIEDTKE MUSEUM
The Liedtke Museum offers a wide selection of wonderful activities to indulge in, such as Art Dinner, Sunday brunch with live music, various seminars, and, of course the many wonderful collections of art works. The museum is situated in a unique villa on the rocky peninsula separating Port d’Andratx from Cala Marmassen and Cala Llamp.
ENJOY A UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE AT THE CCA ANDRATX
One of Mallorca’a biggest and most renown exhibition spaces in the subject of contemporary art, is the CCA Andratx (Centre of Contemporary Art). The art museum is situated in an impressive old finca in beautiful natural settings near the old town of Andratx. As well as the many changing exhibitions, CCA also offer a wide selection of activities and event to indulge in.
ENJOY A REFRESHMENT AT THE ROMANTIC MARINA
Port d’Andratx is known as one of the most exclusive and lavish areas of Mallorca, a place that possess both natural beauty and some of the most expensive properties in Spain. Celebrities such as Brat Pitt, Claudia Schiffer and Kim Schumacher have all purchased property in Port d’Andratx along with many other prominent figures. Enjoy a nice lunch at one of the many bars and restaurants along the marina and roam the small shopping streets for designer clothes and jewelry. If you’re more into culture or walking, go see the church of Carmen or the medieval watchtower of Sant Carles.
ENJOY A DAY AT THE BEACH
There are a few beaches to choose from in Port d’Andratx, some of them all natural and virgin with crystal clear water. If you are looking for more space or simply more beach, head over to the area of Camp de Mar, also a part of Andratx, where you will find three wonderful beaches.
VISIT THE TRADITIONAL MARKETPLACE
Every Wednesday morning, the weekly market is held in the old town of Andratx. There are hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of local goods and delicacies and you get a chance to sample some typical Mallorcan produce and absorb this traditional part of the culture. This is also a great opportunity to discover the old town of Andratx and the many imposing estates.
Points of Interest
ESGLÉSIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN
The church of Carmen was built with donations and hands from the growing congregation of fishermen when Port d’Andratx started to to take form as a village. The church is a beautiful visit and, there are many processions starting here during the tradition celebrations in town.
WATCHTOWER OF SANT CARLES
The old watchtower of Sant Carles is overlooking the entire bay where Port d’Andratx is located in. It was built back in the 1500’s as a guard against pirates and other hostile intruders.
SON MAS / TOWN HALL OF ANDRATX
The fortified estate of Son Mas is one of the most emblematic building of Andratx. The property was built by a nobleman and later, the walls were enhanced and the massive tower added. Today, Son Mas is home to the town hall of Andratx and a public exhibition space where you can always find contemporary artworks on display.
ESGLÉSIA DE SANTA MARIA DE ANDRATX
Just like many other churches in Mallorca, the Santa maria church in Andratx is a beautiful sight, with its massive dimensions and fortified exterior that witness of rough times in the coastal area.
Beaches in Port d’Andratx
Even though there are several beaches in the area of Port d’Andratx, it is very far from a typical beach destination. Some of the beaches can be difficult to reach, and most of them are not found close to the town itself. Common to all beaches in Port d’Andratx is that they are all rather small and does not feature many amenities if any at all. Below you will find info about each of the beaches in Port d’Andratx and directions to get to them.
If the beaches of Port d’Andratx are too occupied or simply does not fall in your taste, you can head to the neighboring area of Camp de Mar where you will find three wonderful beaches to enjoy, one of them an all natural beach.
The beach of Platja Brismar is hardly a beach, but more a small sandy area next to the harbor of Port d’Andratx. Platja Brismar is flanked by the promenade with bars and the Hotel Brismar.
Cala Marmassen is not a real beach, but a cove that people still use for snorkeling and swimming. It is a bit difficult to reach due to the steep rocky slopes. There is no sand, gravel or pebbles, just big rocks. This is a place is for you who want to relax in beautiful natural surroundings and tranquility, and love seeking for hidden gems. The crystal clear water makes Cala Marmassen perfect for snorkeling.
Events & Happenings
Festes de Sant Antoni
If you are truly looking to experience Mallorcan culture and traditions, the celebration of Sant Anoti is priceless. It is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in the culture of the Mallorcan people, it dates back to the Middle Ages after the Catalan conquest of the island. On Saturday the 16th of January, you can experience dancing demons, fireworks and bonfires in the streets of Andratx’ old town, while on Sunday the 17th the blessings happens.
Where: Old town
When: 16th and 17th of January
Before Lent, between “Fat Thursday” and “Ash Wednesday”, the feast of Carnival or “Carnestoltes” takes place in the old town and in the village of s’Arracó, which ends with the “Entierro de la Sardina” (Burial of the Sardine”) .
In keeping with tradition, the different towns of the region parade on the street, the typical“Ruas”. The children parade, “Ruetas”, are organized by the schools and walk the streets in the morning.
Where: Old town, s’Arracó
When: Between “Fat Thursday” and “Ash Wednesday”
Fira d’Andratx (Andratx Fair)
The Andratx fair is one of the most important and traditional happenings in the municipality, something both locals and tourists look forward to. The fair has been held since the middle of the 1980’s, a collaborative between the town hall and various associations to get the best and most appealing program lined up every year. Come indulge in a series of cultural and gastronomical activities, as well as a big market of Mallorcan products.
Where: Old town
When: First weekend of April
At the end of April it is once again time to dress up and set a festive mood in Andratx, this time it is the April fair which celebrates the springtime.
Where: Old town
When: Last weekend of April
Patron saint of Andratx, Sant Pere (Saint Peter), is celebrated during the last half of June. The official date is June 29th, but it is tradition to begin the festivities already two weeks before. During these two weeks, you can indulge in an extensive program of fun and cultural activities all over the town. Some of the highlights include open-air dinners, concerts and games.
Where: Old town
When: Last half of June
Sant Joan night market
The night market in Camp de Mar is a rather new initiative, but a great one. Come enjoy a wide array of local products in various categories and indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of merchants and tourists haggling.
Where: Camp de Mar
When: June 23rd
Mare de Deú del Carme
The annual procession of Carmen is a major event in Port d’Andratx, and of high cultural importance. Beside from the procession, some of the other highlights of this celebration include a horse show, folk dances, open-air dinners and concerts.
Where: Port d’Andratx
When: Middle of July
Nit del Art d’Arracó
If you have interest in art, you will surely enjoy the annual art night fair in the charming village of s’Arracó. The art night is held in late July where you can find thousands of artworks exhibited in the streets.
When: Late July
Festes de Sant Elm
During the first two weeks of August, the charming fishing village of Sant Elm celebrates its patron saint, Catalina Tomàs. You can look forward to a large number of fun and cultural events and activities held all over the village. One of the main events during this festival, is the reenactment of a battle between Moors and Christians held at the beach.
Where: Sant Elm
When: Beginning of August
Festa de Ses Madones
Come enjoy one of the most tradition-bound events in Andratx, when the annual Festa de Ses Madones is held. The events of this day are based on the legend of the brave ladies of Andratx, who by the mediation of the Virgin Mary defended the town again Ottoman intruders on August 2nd, 1578. The highlight of the day, is the picking up of each of these ladies on a donkey, and then bring them to the Plaça del Pou, where a flower offering is held accompanied by the music of La Balanguera. Following the flower offering, the group goes to the Santa Maria church for a mass, before finally going to the main square of the town where they perform the traditional dance ‘Balle de ses Madones’ .
Where: Old town
When: 2nd of August
Festes de Sa Coma i Son Curt
The small hamlets of Sa Coma and Son Curt, both celebrate the summer with a town festival in the middle of August. Open-air community dinners, exhibitions, markets, shows and contests are all part of an extensive program spanning over an entire week.
Where: Sa Coma, Son Curt
When: Second week of August
Festes de s’Arracó
From the last week of August and well in to the month of September, the village of s’Arracó celebrates Saint Augustine. You can look forward to more than two weeks of fun and cultural activities and events such as games, contests, exhibitions, concerts, tastings etc.
When: Late August – beginning of September
Campeonata P.R.E Sol de Tramuntana
In late September it is time for the great horse contest and exhibition held in Camp de Mar. The contest is limited to Spanish breeds only, a great opportunity to learn about these majestic animals.
Where: Camp de Mar
When: Late September
In October, the merchants associations of Andratx put together a big sales fair where all shops participate with huge discounts on their products. This fair is very popular amongst locals and tourists who come from all nearby areas to get a good bargain on shoes, clothes, jewellery etc.
Where: Old town
Mercat de les Flors
The annual flower market held in the main square of Andratx is a scenic and beautiful experience. Hundreds of Mediterranean species are on display, which really illuminates the town.
Where: Old town
When: Last days of October
Mercat de Nadal (Christmas market)
Throughout the month of December, Andratx celebrates Christmas with a great market in Plaza España. The atmosphere is enchanting, the town is decorated in beautiful colors and lights, a sweet smell of Christmas pastries fills the air and everyone is in a jolly mood.
Where: Old town
The Tramuntana region
Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.
When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.
The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.
The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.
Andratx & Port d’Andratx
Andratx is a destination ideal for adults and romantic couples looking for a holiday base with a good selection of dining options, a feeling of luxury and/or authenticity, as well as a lot of activity offers like golf, cycling, walking, tennis and maritime activities. Andratx is located about half an hour from Palma airport by car and is the largest of the municipalities of the Tramuntana region. It includes the old medieval village itself, the flamboyant marina of Port d’Andratx, the small village of s’Arracco, Sant Elm and Camp de Mar.
Banyalbufar is a picturesque and iconic area of the Tramuntana mountains located directly on the slopes facing the azure coastline. Banyalbufar is a great choice of holiday destination if you are looking for a tranquil and charming area with full of serenity and peace. Banyalbufar is an adult friendly destination, only families with infants should choose this area, as there are no child-friendly facilities or activities to go for. The village itself looks just like it did when it was built back during the Middle Ages, with cobblestone streets and rustic building facades, which makes it incredibly authentic to be in.Here are a handful of great restaurants serving traditional Mallorcan and Spanish dishes made from local produce. Staying in Banyalbufar requires a car, it takes more than an hour to get here from Palma because of the narrow curvy mountain roads.
Bunyola is cosy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends travelling without children.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Cala Sant Vicenc is found in a picturesque corner in the north-western part of Tramuntana, in the municipality of Pollenca. Cala Sant Vicenc is a more quiet holiday destination, mainly suited for romantic couples and friends looking for a holiday base that features both beaches, wild nature and cultural offers. If you are looking for a destination and hotel directly by the sea, Cala Sant Vicenc is an obvious choice as most of the hotels here are placed by the beach front.
Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar is a rather small holiday destination located in a beautiful enclosed cove at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains in the south-west. Camp de Mar offers a nice selection of hotels in all classes, as well as holiday apartments perfect if you are looking for a bit more space or privacy. The area has two beaches, one sandy and one rocky, both with low shallow water and completely protected from winds by the rocks enclosing the cove. Camp de Mar is a great choice of destination if you want both beach and nature, and at the same time great access to other activities such as golfing, sightseeing and restaurants.
Deià is perhaps one of the most romantic holiday destinations in all of Mallorca! It is no wonder that most honeymoons and weddings held on the island is held in Deià, the place has a natural beauty that can leave poets without words. Deià is found in a scenic valley opening to the azure coastline at the feet of Tramuntana’s west coast. From all over the area you can enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains and sea, two of the most beautiful features of Mallorca. Deià is home to some iconic places such as the Son Marroig estate, Robert Graves’ house, the hilltop church and cemetery and the many famous artists who has found inspiration here.
Esporles is famous for several things in Mallorca; the Granja finca, the Maristell monastery and the annual sweets & pastry festival. Esporles is an amazing area for cycling and walking in the Tramuntana, the infrastructure and walking paths are numerous up here, thus it is fairly easy to gain access to the valley. Accommodation in Esporles mainly consist of finca hotels and agroturismos, a unique way of escaping the mass tourism and enjoy some RnR in authentic and scenic surroundings.
Estellencs is another picturesque area on the western coastline of Tramuntana. Estellencs is popular amongst walkers, the area enjoys a privileged location on the shoreline, with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature and passes some magical viewpoints. Estellencs is one the most authentic destinations in the Tramuntana region with only a few accommodation options to choose from, a perfect place if you are looking for peace and quiet.
Formentor is the perfect holiday base on Mallorca if you are looking for exclusivity, scenic nature and direct access to the most popular sports activities of Mallorca, namely beaching, cycling and walking. Formentor has only one hotel, the 5-star luxury resort “Formentor a Royal Hideaway” situated in the hills just behind the natural beach in the wide bay. Formentor is an obvious choice of holiday destination in the Tramuntana region if what you are looking for is exclusiveness and relaxation.
Awarded 3rd most beautiful village in all of Spain, Fornalutx is sure to seduce you with its natural charm and innocence set in the most fertile valley of orange and lemon trees. Fornalutx exemplifies the typical architecture of the Tramuntana mountains that has made the villages up here so unique and preserve-worthy. Fornalutx offers a handful of charming finca hotels situated on the green slopes with stunning views over the valley, made for relaxation and romance. The great infrastructure makes it easy to get around in the local area exploring other wonderful places such as Sóller and Deià. There are numerous walking paths in the area leading you about in the mountains to find the most breathtaking viewpoints and scenic Mediterranean flora.
Magaluf is perhaps mostly (in)famous for its crazy nightlife with all the bars and clubs in the town attracting thousands of young people each year. But Magaluf also has an adult side to it represented by a handful of adults only hotels, lavish beach bars and probably the best beach of south-west Mallorca. Yes, Magaluf is definitely not just a place for youngsters coming here to party all day and night, and you you like loud and vibrant this might just be a perfect destination for you. The area is nicely close to the freeway allowing you to easily go on adventures or catch the bus to Palma for some shopping or sightseeing. Magaluf is also a great place for families travelling with children. The area has a huge water park, go-karts, crazy golf and an amusement park.
Palmanova is a great beach destination with three wide sandy beaches. Palmanova is an area in constant change, most hotels are either new or completely renovated meaning this is a popular destination.
Peguera is a lively and versatile beach resort at the feet of the mountains, allowing for many activity offers. Peguera offers a vibrant town life full of restaurants, bars and shopping options. Accommodation offers includes adults only hotels and apartments with stunning views over the sea. Peguera is an area with something for everyone, although adults are the main audience, moreover, Germans have really taken a liking to this specific area. Choose Peguera as your travel destination on Mallorca for the beaches, the many restaurants and bars and the fantastic location with access to both roads and natural areas.
Pollença old town, is an excellent choice of holiday base, if you appreciate good food, local culture and direct access to the mountains. Pollença has a lot of restaurants, bars and small cafeterias, located around in the narrow streets. All of these with an inspiring menu card, especially those located around the centre of the town. Sitting in one of the restaurants on a warm spring day, eating tapas and doing some people watching on the main square, is like therapy to me. There’s a good collection of restaurants on the Plaça Major, where the church is. This is naturally where most tourists go for meals or snacks, but if you are here for more than a short break, do try to browse the streets of Pollença, I promise you that you will find something attractive!
Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca, especially amongst Brits. Port de Pollença has become famous for its lovely seafront promenade known as “The Pine Walk”, a beautiful place to walk and cycle under the many pine trees. The beach front is full of bars and restaurants which makes a lively scene every day, creating a jolly and vibrant atmosphere. Port de Pollença is beautifully nestled between the two peninsulas of Formentor and Alcanada protecting it from heavy winds but allows are cooling sea breezes.
Port de Sóller
Port de Sóller is located in a protected and picturesque cove on the west coast of the Tramuntana mountains. This old trading port has it all; charm, heart and soul, thus, a location that makes it worth visiting all year round. Port de Sóller has a lot to offer to a broad audience, however, it is mainly adults travelling without children or teens that will get full yield for their money here. The town has a wide selection of great restaurants and bars serving international and Spanish dishes made from high quality local produce, also, hotels and accommodation options are slightly more expensive in the particular area. Port de Sóller has two small beaches next to the old harbour, but in general not a beaching destination. You will want to consider Port de Sóller as your holiday destination if you are looking for natural charm, many activity offers and great food.
Portals Nous, also known as Porto Portals, represents the most lavish side of Mallorca, and often times referred to as “Little Monaco”. This is a place to be seen, a place feel what real luxury is. The area is found at the foothills of Tramuntana in the municipality of Calviá bordering Palmanova and Bendinat. There is a lot of 5-star luxury hotels, among these the Portals Hills boutique and the Iberostar Grand Portals. Portals Nous is an excellent destination if you fancy this kind of holiday, and if you want to stay close to the vibrant life of Palma which is but a short drive from here.
Puigpunyent is found in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana mountains, yet less than 30 minutes from Palma by car. Puigpunyent is known as a bicycler’s paradise, namely because the professional team Sky stays here every year during training season. Puigpunyent is a great place to find peace and serenity, a place to relax and re-charge your inner batteries. Puigpunyent is also home to one of Mallorcas most interesting animal and nature reserves.
Sant Elm is a small but very charming holiday destination located at the most south-western corner of Mallorca. Sant Elm is an old fishing village, but unlike many other of its kind, Sant Elm still partly relies on fishing as a source of income which makes it a more authentic destination to visit.
Santa Ponça is a young and still growing holiday destination at the feet of Tramuntana in the south-west of Mallorca. Santa Ponça has a stunning main beach area awarded with the Blue Flag trademark for its cleanness, plus, there are two smaller beaches for you to enjoy a more private scene.
Sóller is the capital of “The Orange Valley” in the Tramuntana mountains, the most fertile area and famous for its production of oranges and lemons that grow all year round Sóller is a perfect destination for adults looking for quality and authenticity, thus a big palette of things to do in the local area. Beside oranges and scenic nature, Sóller is also known for its many cultural offers and stunning architectural examples only found a few places in Spain.
Valldemossa is known as one of the most charming and picturesque villages in the Tramuntana. Visiting Valldemossa at least once is a must when travelling to Mallorca, the area has so many stories to tell. Among these, the story of Chopin and George Sand’s winter in Mallorca, the story of the beautiful royal palace and the story of the birth of Mallorca’s patron saint. Valldemossa is located in a green valley deep in the mountains and you can look forward to accommodation in rustic fincas and on agroturismos, authenticity and charm guaranteed.