Andratx combines tourist resorts like Camp de Mar or Sant Elm with emblematic scenery of the Serra de Tramuntana, like Sa Dragonera.
In spite of the growth it has been subject to over recent decades, the village of Andratx conserves its original districts, dotted with whitewashed houses that huddle around the 18th-century church of Santa Maria. The town hall occupies the houses and tower of Son Mas, a visit to which is recommended to see an elegant, well-preserved possessió (rural estate), with an inner courtyard, staircase and gallery. Every Wednesday the town holds its weekly market.
The municipality looks towards the sea with the natural port where Port d’Andratx grew up, a fishing village that has now become a luxury tourist destination and second home to many Germans. In the evening, it is well worthwhile strolling down the long seafront promenade to admire the sunset and enjoy the atmosphere exuded by bars and terraces, where you can enjoy an excellent pizza or a superb lobster casserole.
The attractions of the coast
Camp de Mar and Sant Elm are the main tourist centres on the Andratx coastline, with hotels located next to gently-sloping, sandy beached bathed by calm waters, ideal for families with children. Camp de Mar has three beaches: Cala Blanca, the most pristine one with a shoreline of stones and gravel, Camp de Mar, a long stretch of sand with all kinds of services and a wooden bridge leading to an islet with a restaurant, and Es Racó de Camp de Mar, which is also a sandy beach. Sant Elm was a fishing village that over time, turned into a tourist resort with a family-friendly atmosphere, with beaches affording views of the island of Sa Dragonera, such as Sa Platja Gran, the largest and busiest one, and Sa Platja Petita, with a seabed of fine sand. On a hilltop one can see the castle of Sant Elm, with its 14th-century tower.
Sa Dragonera Natural Park
This island shaped like a sleeping dragon seems to guard the coast of Andratx. It is a valuable natural space inhabited solely by seabirds and lizards. In summer, boatloads of tourists leave from Sant Elm heading towards Sa Dragonera, on a brief crossing that allows one to disembark in the park and walk along one of the signposted trails or swim in the port. It is important to wear sports footwear and take water along.