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Andratx is a municipality on the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.
It is the capital of the eponymous municipality which includes the villages of Andratx, Sant Elm, Sant Andreu de Llavaneras, Port d’Andratx and Camp de Mar.
Sant Elm is a small village located on a rocky outcrop on the coast with a great beach.
The municipality covers an area of 168.7 square kilometres and has a population of 25,608 (as of 2010).
The Andratx valley extends from the municipality of Andratx in the south to the municipality of Pollença in the north.
Andratx port is one of the main sailing ports on the west coast of Majorca.
Andratx is a quiet resort frequented by independent tourists, as well as exclusive holidaymakers.
In the area, there are few exclusive hotels, which are mostly on the pricey side.
The best way to enjoy the area is by renting a private villa or apartment, most of them come with gorgeous sea views and pools.
The municipality has approximately 8,000 people living in it over winter and probably double or even triple during the peak season summer months.
Numerous famous people live in this area with the likes of Tom Cruise, Claudia Schiffer, and Michael Schumacher known to have residential holiday homes in the area.
In the area, you’ll be able to visit the Town of Andratx and also the Port of Andratx with both its traditional fishing port and its 300 moorings sport port.
La Dragonera has been a National Park since 1995 and can only be accessed from the sea, via private boats or organised small trips.
La Trapa is a “rehabilitation” mountain area protected by the Bird Society of the Balearic Islands which was unfortunately engulfed by fire in 1994.
Andratx is the main town of the municipality approximately 5 KM inland.
The main buildings in the town are the Church of Santa Maria which has the appearance of an 18th century Fortress-Temple and the Old Son Mas Castle of the 19th century which since 1991 is Andratx’s town hall.
Attached to the castle is the 15th Century Sagrament Tower.
Around the upper area of the town, there are cobbled streets, with twisted and narrow paths, designed for protection from pirates which could be spotted from the Sagrament Tower.
Some parts of the towns wall fortresses can still be spotted around the town.
Ten minutes from the main town of Andratx, you’ll find the Port of Andratx which started as a traditional fishing harbour and is now mostly a tourist and sport harbour for over 300 sailing boats and yacht moorings.
The Port is surrounded on both sides by mountain ranges.
Some would say the port has been slightly overbuilt with residential villas and apartments, even though the population triples in summer.
The views are still brilliant and you’ll enjoy one of Majorcan’s best coastlines from here.
Beaches in Port Andratx
Next to the main pier of the port, you’ll find a small beach called Ses Bassetes.
However, we find the small beaches and rocky outcrops next to the Club de Vela known as Cala Fonoll much more fun and quiet.
In the east of Port of Andratx, in Cape Sa Mola you can also find Cala Marmassen which is a great beach for snorkelling after a short walk.
As well as these easily reached beaches, there are other areas in the municipality which can be reached by car or boat to enjoy the best holiday of your life.
Culture and Art in Andratx
North of Andratx in the village of Sa Coma, you’ll find the CCA “Centre of Contemporary Art” in Mallorca.
The centre founded in 2011 by the Asbaek family is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of contemporary art, and it is open to both national and international artists.
There are 4 areas for solo exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, video art, etc. as well as area exhibiting art pieces that are currently for sale.
The CCA Andratx also offers an ‘artist in residence program for periods of 3 to 6 weeks.
The studios are located on the ground floor facilitating the development of ideas and projects.
The centre is open from Tuesday to Saturday in winter and also Sundays in the summer.
Entrance is only €5 and you’ll be able to enjoy a guided tour, free WIFI, a beautiful location for art creations and exhibitions.
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Mark Kaye is a travel writer and content creator living in Majorca, Spain. Originally from the UK, Mark moved to the island and quickly fell in love with Majorcan culture, food, and scenic landscapes. When he’s not busy writing detailed guides about Majorca’s top tourist attractions and hidden local gems, you can find him out exploring coastal trails or wandering the streets of Palma’s Old Town in search of his next great restaurant discovery.