Sant Elm, Mallorca, Destination Guide

Sant Elm is a charming little coastal town on Mallorca’s beautiful evergreen west coast.

Sant Elm typically attracts guests who appreciate activity in nature but do not want to do without sea, beach and a quiet base during the holidays.

BANYALBUFAR WEATHER

Things to do

Things to do in the local area of Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar may not be the biggest municipality or holiday destination in Mallorca, but it certainly has its charm and attraction forces. If not staying here for your entire holiday, you can still easily spend a half day in the area.

sa dragonera island and nature park with much balearic wildlife

VISIT THE DRAGONERA ISLAND

The island of Dragonera, situated across the strait from the coast of Sant Elm, makes for a beautiful and scenic day or half-day excursion where you truly get to meet and feel the Balearic wildlife. Dragonera is a protected nature reserve with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature to breathtaking viewpoints. Dragonera is also home to the Balearic lizards. You may have seen products with images of these lizards in supermarkets or souvenir shops, well, now you can actually meet them. The trip from Sant Elm to Dragonera takes about 20 minutes.

Dragonera island and nature reserve

scuba diving off the coast in sant elm mallorca

GO SCUBA DIVING

Have you ever wondered what lives underneath the surface of the water, or have you already been acquainted with the world of diving? In any case, a scube diving trip from Sant Elm and Dragonera will show you the most colorful and fascinating undersea world. Discover mysterious caves, beautiful reefs, Mediterranean marine vegetation and a wide range of fish and shellfish. Scuba diving or snorkeling are two of the most popular things to do in the coastal areas of Mallorca, you are guaranteed a memorable time.

kayak trip to the dragonera island from sant elm mallorca

ENJOY A BREATHTAKING GUIDED KAYAK TRIP

Leave from the coast of Sant Elm and head towards the picturesque cove of Cala en Tió. You guide will take you to some of the most impressive spots on the southwest coast of Mallorca, the real hidden gems that are otherwise accessible. Sail along the steep cliffs, into mysterious caves and to hidden coves where you can swim in the crystal clear waters.

Have a look at the guided kayak trip

ruins of the la trapa monastery in andratx mallorca with views over the sea and the dragonera island with mountains in the background
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JOIN A HIKING EXCURSION TO THE RUINS AND VIEWPOINT OF LA TRAPA

The property of the former monastery of La Trapa is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the areas of Andratx and Sant Elm. The lands offer not only the fascinating ruins of the old monastery buildings, but also breathtaking views over the coast and of the Dragonera island. This is a unique chance to go on a guided excursion from Sant Elm to La Trapa, where you will enjoy the most beautiful and scenic spots in the area while learning about these places.

Learn more about the hiking excursion to La Trapa

andratx mallorca holiday destination guide

VISIT THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF ANDRATX

The old town of Andratx is like an open-air museum of medieval villages, featuring fortified buildings, impressive mansions and rustic exterior. One of the most impressive constructions is the town hall building, a former mansion built as a fortress. Here, you can enjoy a free and open contemporary art exhibition of changing artists. Also, go see the massive fortified parish church of Santa Maria in the town center. Every Wednesday morning, the weekly local market opens in Andratx, an obvious opportunity to go and visit this charming and historical town.

art exhibitions at the cca andratx in mallorca

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 Comtemporary 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.

boat cruise around the coast of sant elm mallorca

GO FOR A CRUISE AROUND THE COASTLINE

Discover the many hidden coves and lagoons found along the rocky coastline of the dramatic Tramuntana range with a catamaran cruise. The catamaran archors at the pier by the beach of Sant Elm from where it departs several times a day. On the cruise, you’ll enjoy the fresh sea breezes, the picturesque surroundings and have an opportunity to go for swims in the coves of crystal clear water.

wine glasses on a table by the marina in the harbor of port andratx mallorca with water and sunset in the background

HAVE A REFRESHMENT AT THE LAVISH MARINA OF PORT D’ANDRATX

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.

Where to stay

What are the best places to stay in Sant Elm?

hotel on the beach of sant elm mallorca with seaviews over the bay

Universal Aquamarin & Aquavilla ***

Situated directly next to the beautiful bay of Sant Elm, centrally in the charming old fishing village, you will find one of the best accommodations in the area, the Universal Aquamarin & Aquavilla. Inside, the hotel offers spacious rooms with balconies with sea views, modern facilities and a varied breakfast buffet.

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Pictures from Sant Elm

Practical Info

Emergencies

Emergency: 112
National police: 091
Local police: 092
Guarda civil: 062
Fire: 080
Maritime emergencies: 900 202 202

Find an open pharmacy anywhere in Mallorca

To find an open pharmacy, or opening hours of a certain pharmacy, simply follow the link below to search for a pharmacy.

When on the page, select ‘Mallorca’ from the list and then select the town you need a pharmacy in from the drop down list.

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Taxi fares

Destination Approximate price
Airport 50 €
Palma center 40 €
Port de Pollença 100 €
Alcúdia 90 €
Valldemossa 50 €
Inca 65 €
Sineu 70 €

Public bus connections to/from Sant Elm

Line 100 – Sant Elm – Palma Timetables and stops for 100 here

  • Sant Elm
  • s’Arracó
  • Andratx
  • Palma
Beaches

Beaches in Sant Elm

hotel on the beach of sant elm mallorca with seaviews over the bay

You can look forward to a nice clean blue flag beach in Sant Elm, with low clear water and a soft sandy and gravel underlay. The beach in Sant Elm, is the largest beach in the municipality of Andratx, and even though it is not that big, it is the biggest you will find in the local area. The beach is located very close to the rest of the village, and there is a parking lot close by.

Length 130 m
Width 30 m
Blue flag Yes
Showers No
Toilets Yes
Lifeguard Yes
Parking No
Wheelchair access Yes
Sun lounger rental No
Restaurant/cafeteria No
Location

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

Read about Andratx

Read about Port d’Andratx

Cala Sant Vicenç

Read about Cala Sant Vicenc

Port de Pollença

Read about Port de Pollenca

Port de Sóller

Read about Port de Soller

Santa Ponça

Read about Santa Ponca