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Andratx, Mallorca

Traditional rural town in the south-west of Mallorca

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Andratx, Mallorca

Like many towns around the coast, Andratx was built several kilometres inland from its port (Port d'Andratx) in a bid to deter pirate raids. 

The town of Andratx is located in a valley on the southwestern tip of the Tramuntana mountains. Surrounded by orange groves and almond trees, which leave a 'snowfall' of blossom each February, Andratx is a sleepy town that only really gets animated on Wednesdays, when the streets are taken over by market stalls selling vegetables, cheeses and fish. This is the best time to visit; when you have finished your shopping, climb to the top of the town to see the 13th-century church of Santa Maria.

History & Culture in Andratx

It is likely that the name 'Andratx' has Latin roots, where 'antra' translates into caves - the caves at Son Bosc and Son Fortuny are a couple of examples that were used by humans in prehistoric times. Talayotic cultures (1300-1000 BC) are evident at Son Fortuny (Biniorella Talayot) and Es Castell in s'Arraco. The Romans arrived in 123 BC but there are no significant remains on this part of the island. The Muslim rule from the 10th century brought irrigation techniques.

After the Catalan conquest in 1229, the area was ruled by feudal lords. Pirate raids in the 15th century saw some attempts to build a defensive wall around Andratx, but this was never finished, probably because Andratx is situated several kilometres away from the coast and up a hill - not exactly a pirate's dream we imagine!

The 16th and 17th centuries were blighted by poor harvests, leading to hunger and poverty and an exodus to the city. It was not until the 18th century that a recovery took hold when Sa Coma and s'Arraco were established. The implementation of a centralised state administration promoted agriculture & fishing to provide for the growing population.

The town of Andratx expanded further in the 19th century when industries such as soap manufacture and timber processing plants. This was not to last, however, and by the end of the century, large numbers of the population migrated to the Americas and France. The next major boom was not until the 1960's when tourism began to establish itself. Major construction created residential areas in Port d'Andratx, Camp de Mar and Sant Elm, and tourism remains the main economic force in the area today.

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Sights & Attractions in Andratx

Andratx is home to the impressive CCA - Andratx Art Centre, one of the largest centres in the Balearics dedicated to the creation and exhibition of contemporary art. To the general public, it offers a unique cultural experience, whereas the studio program is open to national and international artists.

The church of Santa Maria was founded in the 13th century, but the current building dates back to the 18th century. There are also a handful of modernist palaces in Andratx, including the town hall.

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Beaches in Andratx

There are several beaches near Andratx, mainly located around the neighbouring coastal areas of Sant Elm, Port d'Andratx and Camp de Mar. The closest ones, in Camp de Mar, are only within a 5-minute drive or a 15-minute bus ride away.

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Events in Andratx

Andratx hosts a lively market on Wednesday mornings where you'll find a wide selection of local produce, handicrafts, clothes, pottery and flowers; there is also a spring agricultural fair held at the beginning of April. The town's patron saint, Saint Peter, is celebrated on the 29th of June.

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Things to Do in Andratx

Andratx is set in beautiful countryside in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, and only a few kilometres from the coast. It is an ideal base for cyclists and hikers with many walking trails and challenging cycle routes. There is a golf course close by and a sailing centre at Port d'Andratx. The Natural Park of Sa Dragonera island is situated around 10 km away, in front of the beach town of Sant Elm.

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Dining in Andratx

Restaurants in Andratx serve mainly Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood.

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Hotels in Andratx

The town of Andratx offers a few select small hotels, while the neighbouring areas of Port d'Andratx and Camp de Mar have more upmarket accommodation options, as well as some holiday resorts.

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