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Andratx, an ocean of experiences!

November 2017 | Места | Mallorca

Nature, culture and gastronomy coincide in this municipality in the Serra de Tramuntana, overlooking the sea with heavenly beaches.
Andratx, an ocean of experiences!
Andratx, an ocean of experiences!

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.

S’Arracó is a mountain village steeped in charm, made up of stone houses characteristic of the villages inland. Some of them have modernist touches, built by emigrants who made their fortune in France. The church of Sant Crist, from the early 18th century, stands out with its important Baroque altarpieces. A good place for trying Mallorcan cuisine.