Sant Elm has the largest sand beach in the south west corner of Mallorca, beyond Andratx.
The beach is 130 metres long by 30 metres deep and is divided into two areas. The more popular and thankfully larger beach has soft white sand, popular for sun worshippers in the summer months when there are parasols and sun loungers and pedaloes for hire. For the keen swimmers there is the little island of Es Pantaleu to swim out to and explore, bring your snorkels along too. There are usually lots of yachts in the bay in the summer, day-trippers to the area coming for a swim in the crystalline sea.
If you walk around the corner to the left of the beach, you’ll walk over the sunbathing platform for the hotel and through to another little cove that is equally as nice. If walking is your thing then head to the other end of Sant Elm, walking right past the beach and at the end of the promenade you can catch a ferry across to Sa Dragonera. This island looks like a dragon rising up out of the sea majestically, it is a nature reserve that is cross crossed with walking paths and it is uninhabited, except for its indigenous lizards.
The beach is well serviced with toilets and access for the disabled, and is supervised by life guards. It's very child friendly, with shallow waters gently easing in depth and an adventure playground on the sand. Across the road from the beach, and further into the village you'll find a number of good quality restaurants (specialising in fish) with sea views. Car parking is available in two car parks - the one closest to the beach is a pay car-park, or you can park further away for free.
Sant Elm town isn’t very big and you can easily walk from one side of the village to the other in 10-15 minutes, ambling along the high street with its shops, bars and restaurants. Some bars have a trendy, bohemian feel, while the shops offer lots of crafty bits, artisanal products and more.
If you are looking to stay away from the large scale tourist resorts, but craving a holiday vibe then Sant Elm is the perfect place to stay and offers a handful of hotels, apart-hotels and villas in the town and the surrounding area.
Water Safety & Clarity
The sea is wonderfully clear and blue, and is fairly shallow, making it good for small children to play in. The beach is manned by a lifeguard from 10 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon from May until October displaying warning flags if necessary and offering assistance.
The larger beach area here has soft white sand.
The clear waters are good for snorkelers, and calm for paddle boarders. There are pedaloes for hire in the summer months.