Andratx

October 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Andratx has ancient origins and was known as Andrachium by the Romans. It lies in a valley of olive and almond groves, at the foot of the Puig de Galatzo(1,028 m/3,400 ft). The local architecture is typical of the inland settlements that used to defend the island against raids by pirates. Old ochre-colour houses with colourful shutters blend well with the narrow cobblestone streets. The main historic sight is the fortified church of Santa Marac, towering over the town. It was built in the 13th century and remodelled in the early 18th century. The main tourist attraction, however, is the local market, which is held on Wednesday mornings.

Andratx Camp de Mar in Mallorca

Andratx Camp de Mar in Mallorca

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Some 5 km (3 miles) southwest of Andratx is Port d’Andratx. The sheltered bay provides a mooring ground for upmarket yachts. As recently as the 1960s, this was just a small fishing village, which later transformed itself into a swanky resort with luxurious residences built within the woodland setting on the slopes of the La Mola cape, and affording beautiful views of the harbour. The coastal boulevard offers the best place for viewing the magnificent sunsets.

About 5 km (3 miles) east of Port d’Andratx, in Camp de Mar, is a vast beach and lovely bathing spot with large hotels situated close to the sea. Neighbouring Peguera has many inexpensive hotels. Its pleasant and safe beach is particularly favoured by families with small children and by older visitors. Cap Andritxol, between Peguera and Camp de Mar, is a small peninsula with an observation tower at its tip dating back to 1580. It is an excellent destination for walks and offers hikers the chance to see some rare animals and many species of native flora. Cala Fornells, a short way from Peguera, is a small, picturesque village and beautiful cove. Surrounded by pine trees, it has great views of the bay. It is also a good place for swimming.

A particularly scenic road runs northwards, from Andratx to Estellencs. The Mirador de Ricardo Roca viewpoint and Es Grau restaurant provide good stopping points for a rest en route. The delightful hillside village of S’Arraco lies 3 km (2 miles) west of Andratx, on the road leading to Sant Elm. The local church has a marble statue of Nostra Senyora de Sa Trapa, brought to the Trappist monastery near Sant Elm in the 18th century.

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