During the 13th Century, Andratx was an important part of Mallorcan culture, boasting such eminent figures as the Bishop of Barcelona and King Jaime I as part-time residents. The original town of Andratx was built inland from the port so that it could serve as a defensive buffer against pirate attacks, and evidence of this can still be seen today in the almost fortress-like church of Santa Maria.
Despite remaining a little off the beaten track compared to some of Mallorca’s more famous resorts, Andratx has attained a reputation as something of a celebrity hot spot. In the 1930s, the wife of Rudolf Valentino lived in the area and today stars including Claudia Schiffer, Tom Cruise and Michael Schumacher all own property in the area.
Andratx is around 32km west of the capital Palma and the Son Sant Joan International Airport. A number of budget airlines fly to Palma from the UK.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive to the town of Andratx from the airport, with numerous transfer companies offering reliable and regular services. From Andratx town centre to the more popular port area (Port d'Andratx), it is a 5 minute drive.
If you’re coming to Mallorca from another part of Spain, there are daily ferries to Palma from the ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia, Ibiza, Ciutadella and Mahon.
Andratx enjoys the same beautiful weather as Mallorca’s other resorts. In a nutshell, it is a delightful place to visit any time of year thanks to its wonderfully mild climate.
The only pitfall in summertime is that the island can get very crowded and if you’re planning on going on excursions from Andratx, this may be a consideration. However, Andratx remains relatively quiet even during the peak months and if you are intending to stay put in the resort, then you are likely to remain unaffected.
The lack of a beach in Andratx is offset by the fact that you can reach one just 3 miles down the coast at the nearby resort of Camp de Mar. There are also other ways to keep yourself entertained here, though it is true that many visitors will use Andratx as a base from which to explore other parts of Mallorca.
The newly built Centro Cultural at Andratx is one of Europe's biggest private buildings for contemporary art. The Centre holds 3 major exhibitions per year of both established and emerging young artists, as well as a large gallery, restaurant, bookshop and artists´ studios.
Shopping in Puerto Andratx is fairly limited in terms of variety, but you will be able to find all you need in terms of amenities for a short holiday stay. Every Wednesday, the local street market is held in the centre of Andratx, offering a good selection of locally produced fruit and veg, as well as some interesting craft work. Bring your best haggling skills.
If you are looking to get out and explore the rest of the island, a short boat trip from Andratx is the Dragonera Natural Park and the Dragonera Island, a 6km long rock that is named after its resemblance to a dragon's back rising from the water. In 1987 this area was designated a natural conservation area, meaning it is protected from commercial development. There is a small museum and evidence of a Roman settlement at the Cova de sa Font. Regular boat trips leave from the marina at Puerto d'Andratx.
A short drive out of Port d'Andratx lies one of the best golf courses in Mallorca, Golf de Andratx. Located in a delightful valley near the exclusive Camp de Mar (also home to the closest beach to Andratx, as mentioned above), the course has stunning views across the bay and is many people's number one choice for a round of golf on the island.