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Things to do - places to go

 

Restaurante Sa Societat, Andratx, Mallorca

Restaurant in the 'up' road in Andratx, Mallorca. A lovely garden. Mallorcain owners and menu. Great Mussels and Tapas. Closed Monday evening. Booking advisable.

Pizzeria La Plaza, Andraxt , Mallorca

Restaurant in Andratx, Majorca

Contact Number: (+34) 971 23 56 13 Pizzeria La Plaza is a fantastic Italian restaurant in Andratx which offers a wonderfully varied menu, with dishes ranging from pizzas and pastas, to meat and fish cuisines. The portion sizes are good value for money and the atmosphere is pleasant, with attentive staff. The location is also wonderful as it boasts the feeling of eating on an old square, due to the option of seating at tables on the outside pavement. Closed Monday evening. Booking advisable.

Ride Mallorca

Bicycle Rental

Contact Number: (+34) 871 71 53 82 Just a 15 minute drive from Port Andratx and Andratx Town, Ride Mallorca provides the opportunity to rent a bicycle for a given duration of time in order to take advantage of the many cycle tracks with breathtaking views in the surrounding area. The company offers a range of bicycles, from mountain to road to fitness and so on, to suit your requirements and all bicycles hired come with a pump, spare inner tube, helmet and lock. Please note that if you are thinking of hiring a bicycle, make your reservation in advance to avoid disappointment

Andratx Market, Mallorca

Wednesda Market in Andratx Town Square and adjacent roads

Andratx town market offers an extensive selection of stalls through which to browse every Wednesday morning from 8am to 1pm. Here you will find a wide selection of fantastic local produce including fruit and vegetables, cheeses, bread and meat.  In addition to food produce, the market also offers an extensive selection of other Mallorcan products such as handmade decorative crafts, clothes and flowers, perfect for keepsakes or gifts.

Scuba Activa

Diving in Sant Elm

Contact Number: (+34) 971 239 102Located in Sant Elm, approximately a 15 minute drive from Port Andratx and Andratx Town, the Scuba Activa diving school offers many opportunities to dive in the clear waters surrounding the island of Dragonera. All diving abilities, beginner to master, are catered for, with amazing courses designed to suit the requirements of all divers. Daily introductory dives are offered by the team working at Scuba Activa, along with weekly night dives. Snorkelling and sightseeing opportunities to Dragonera Island are also offered and for those brave enough, an opportunity to dive with sharks and other sea life in the largest tank in Europe may also be possible. Please note some dive courses offered by the diving school may require booking before your visit and for certain courses there may be particular age requirements that need to be met

Golf de Andratx, Mallorca

Golf Course in Andratx, Camp De Mar, Mallorca

Contact Number: (+34) 971 236 280
Golf de Andratx really is a dream course with 18 holes to tackle throughout your visit. Suitable for all levels of ability, the course is truly challenging no matter whether you’re a beginner or pro golfer and with beautiful scenery to admire as you progress, it would be a shame not to visit the Halfway House for a cool drink and Mallorcan tapas before proceeding to complete the course. However, if the full course is not for you, Golf de Andratx offers courses to best suit your requirements and provides the opportunity to use both the indoor and outdoor driving range for those who wish to practice their golfing technique. If you’re an avid golfer or just want to play for the first time, this is not to be missed!

Monport Hotel & Spa, Puerto Andrtax, Mallorca

Spas in Port Andratx, Majorca

Contact Number: (+34) 971 238 623 Open to non-guests of the hotel, Mon Port Hotel’s Blue Sensations Spa offers numerous treatments to aid with relaxation, health and beauty. These treatments range from massages to facials, depilation to manicures and pedicures. Included in the fee to use the spa, guests are entitled to use of all the facilities, some of which include an indoor swimming pool with an additional hot-tub/ jacuzzi. So for anyone who wishes to relax and be pampered, Mon Port Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to visit.

Hotel Villa Italia, Puerto Andratx, Mallorca

Spas in Port Andratx, Majorca

Contact Number: +34 971 674 011Hotel Villa Italia offers services to non-guests of the hotel and with an extensive range of treatments, it is tailored in order to meet the requirements of all guests. Some of the services on offer include manicures/pedicures, full body and sports massages and facial/body treatments. In addition to your chosen treatment, the hotel offers use of its many facilities, such as the indoor hydro-massage pool, sauna and steam room, all of which look out onto the beautiful surroundings of Port Andratx.

Sant Elm Beach

Beach in Sant Elm

Sant Elm beach is a 20 minute drive from Port Andratx and is actually divided into two separate areas. The larger section of the beach proves to be more popular with its soft white sand and clear, blue sea. This section of the beach is ideal for families with young children as the water is fairly shallow and there is a small playground situated at the back of the beach. Sun loungers, parasols and pedalos are all accessible for hire on the beach and lifeguard supervision is available during the summer months. Facilities on the beach are also easily accessible for the disabled.

Camp De Mar Beach, Mallorca

Beach in Camp De Mar, Majorca

Camp de Mar is a lovely sheltered beach, approximately 10 minutes from Port Andratx and Andratx Town ideal for a relaxing family holiday, or as a base for golfing / hiking holidays in Mallorca. 
It has fine, golden sand and calm, shallow waters, the beach is ideal and safe for families. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire and are perfect for anyone who wants to relax and take in the wonderful views of the sea. However, if sunbathing doesn't appeal to you, there are plenty of rocky coves to discover and explore nearby, and additionally pedalos can be rented for adventures on the open water. Boat trips to the island of Sa Dragonera during the summer months are also offered and can be found on the departure bridge, which is home to the beach restaurant La Illeta. Lifeguards are on duty if needed and the beach has easily accessible facilities with ramps for the disabled. However, it is important to note that during the summer holiday months Camp de Mar beach is liable to be busy with fellow visitors.

Cala Llamp Bay, Puerto Andratx, Mallorca

Cala Llamp Bay in Port Andratx, Mallorca

Just a short five minute drive you will find Cala Llamp Bay is a must visit for those who enjoy relaxing in a calm and picturesque environment.
The bay is known for having one of the most spectacular views in all of Majorca and can be seen in all of its beauty and entirety from the sea, for those of you who wish to visit by boat. Although not completely suitable for sun bathing due to the lack of sand, Cala Llamp  Bay has lovely clear waters for those interested in taking a swim or exploring the rock pools that inhabit the area. However, if you do wish to soak up the sun, Gran Folies Beach Club offers sun loungers and parasols, for use throughout the day, providing you are willing to pay access fees. Access to the beach club is recommended however, as facilities needed throughout your visit to the bay can be found here.
 

Gran Folies Beach Club

Beach Club in Cala Llamp Bay

Located at Cala Llamp Bay

Contact number: (+34) 971 67 10 94

Gran Folies Beach Club sits among the rocks at Cala Llamp Bay where you can experience spectacular views out to sea in a private and peaceful atmosphere. With its different areas designed to suit your every need, whether you fancy taking a dip in the swimming pool that overlooks the clear, blue sea or trying some of the freshly poured cocktails at the bar, Gran Folies Beach Club is the perfect place to spend the day.

 

In the PLAZA OF THE PORT there are many restaurants - all good with their specialities, There's every thing you can imagine from sushi, fresh fish, Argentiinain beef, traditional Mallorcian food, indian, chinese, pizza, pasta many other fine dishes. Personal favourites are MIRAMAR (fine dining - fish and beef), CAN PEP (paella) Coppola (take away pizza, chicken and chips, salads and a fabulous Boeff Bourginon) & MIDG MIDG (pizza and salalds)

On the hill opposite the Port is Tramuntana and along the road to Andratx is Oliu - both delicious!

There are DIVING SCHOOLS,  BOAT RENTALS AND SAILING SCHOOl in the Port.

If you drive over to S’ARRACO village (on your way to SANT ELM there are three restaurants, one is called LOS BOJEMIOS which is situated near the church, they have live music, sometimes on a Tuesday.  It is a charming small restaurant, with good tapas, and steaks.  It has an Argentinian twist.  Across the road there is a well know bar CAN VIGUET which is a typical Mallorquin bar.  The other restaurant is called CAN PRIM, which is located on the back street.  It is a small restaurant and bar where all the locals go, very good pizza and other dishes.  The fun part of Can Prima is that you can sit on the street and have supper.  Magical, rather rustic with a charm.  Patrick is the owner and his team are charming.

After S’Arraco drive over the hill to SANT ELM where you will find various bays and a sandy beach with plenty of shops and restaurants and bars to choose from.  There is a shady parking area.  XALOC is a charming Mallorquin restaurant, next door there are two bars one is French Stefan’s, lovely people running both bars, and both are lovely to sit and have a sun downer in the evening and see the sun sets from there.  Along the front there are many restaurants and bars.  At the end of the walk way there is a restaurant called LA CARACOLA which has a perfect location looking out to sea.  It is a Mallorquin fish restaurant, also very near to that restaurant you have another two, VISTA MAR is one of them, which is one of my favourits but it is not cheap.  Very mallorquin, with some special dishes too, never forgetting their home made almond cake.

SANT ELM is very French it has a great influence from France. Theres a great ice cream shop in the main street.

Take a day trip from SANT ELM to the island of Dragonera famous for its lizards (take water, a snack and swim suits)

Times correct March 2016 - but please check at the ferry.

PORT OF ANDRATX to SAN TELMO water taxi runs in the summer.

CAMP DE MAR  has a lovely beach with a walkway to an island restaurant providing very good food at reasonable prices.  There are a few funky bars and restaurants off the beach.  There is also a GOLF CLUB, ANDRATX GOLF.  It takes five minutes by car or bus from Andratx to get to Camp de Mar.  Take the road to Palma and it is the first turn off once out of Andratx.

PAGUERA  is past Camp de Mar towards Palma.  It is the first real touristic resort, with a German influence - there are various lovely beaches, bars and restaurants.

WALKS  There are a lot of lovely trails to walk around these hills and mountains, as there are all over the island.  There are guides who can be contacted to show you places you could ever imagine and views to die for.

A little further afield

Castel D’Alaro  Outside the village of Alaro a ‘mountain goat’ road leads up but the journey is worth it. The restaurant is authentic, very rustic indeed but the food is delicious. You may need to book. The shoulder of lamb is recommended. To build up an appetite you can take a hike up to the old castle which will take a couple of hours or more (it's a hike – not really a stroll)

San Salvador - This huge cross sits on one Pinnacle of the hill of San Salvador near Felanitx, Mallorca. Apart from the spectacular views from the top -510M - the winding road leading up to it is a great experience.

There is a little 'open' train, The Orange Train, that goes from Palma to Soller. It's a pretty ride an you can spend the day in Soller returning later.

More info

Timetable

Vineyards - visits and wine tasting.

http://www.abc-mallorca.com/wine/

http://www.winesofmallorca.org/wineries/

 

Malorca is so diverse and one could spend a lifetime exploring - here's a few suggestions!

 

1.     ES TRENC ….. is a very well know beach near COLONIA SAN JORDI.   On the turn off from the main road from Campos to Sant Jordi you will see a mountain of salt, this is the FLOR DE SAL Mallorcan’s famous sea salt.  There you can stop and have a coffee and buy the different flavoured salts.  Drive down the lane which meanders through the salt flats and in the end you will come to 2 different parking places.  On the right is PARKING for the restaurant which is amongst the sand dunes, (if you have lunch there you get your parking money back).  The beach is spectacular with Caribbean coloured waters.  Across the water you will be able to see the ISLAND OF CABRERRA, on a clear day, one of Mallorca’s islands.

2.     PORTO CRISTO  there are the CAVES OF DRACH well worth visiting.

3.     ARTA …. Is a charming village with a monastery which overlooks the village.

4.     COLLONIA DE SANT PERE … Mallorca going back in time, lovely restaurants on the sea front, a typical sea side village which is still unspoilt.  It is situated in the bay of ALCUDIA.

5.     MAL PAS …. In the middle of ALCUDIA there are signs to go to MAL PAS, it is well worth going along to the end of the road, where there is a lovely chapel, restaurant and bar and the most spectacular views looking over the bay of Pollensa to Formentor.  There are a few little bays to swim at, on the way up to the end of the road.  Mallorca many years ago.

6.     ALCUDIA … has the historic roman remains in the town

7.     PORT OF POLLENSA …. Drive from Alcudia to Port Pollenca, along the coastal road and you will come across lovely beaches which are fairly wild, normally there is wind and waves there.  It is a very pretty drive and slowly it will bring you into the Port.  Park, and walk along the front until you get to the ILIA D’OR HOTEL, the walk way is shaded by large pine trees with little beaches, the path is lined with lovely old Spanish family houses, as this was one of the favourite places for the well to do Mallorcan people to come and spend their summers from Palma.

In the middle of the Port you will find a sign post to FORMENTOR.  At the end of the road you will find the Formentor lighthouse which has a spectacular view, you have come to the end of Mallorca, with a shear drop.  Along the road there are view points to take in the breath-taking views.  Half way to the lighthouse there is a famous hotel, HOTEL FORMENTOR with a lovely beach looking over to MAL PAS.

8. CALA SAN VICENTE is a small bay on the North coast with a few hotels and a sandy beach.  The drive to the bay is lovely.  This is on the way up to POLLENSA old town. Or half way down from Pollensa to Puerto Pollensa.

9. POLLENSA OLD TOWN.  Is a very pretty town with narrow streets, and is well worth seeing.

10.INCA is a working town where the leather industry is still going strong.  The workmanship and small factories are amazing.  The town is interesting with many CELLAR Restaurants which are full of character with the wine barrels still in place, the Mallorcan cooking is exquisite as most of the ingredients come from the fields near by or their owners farms.  Suckling pig is a famous dish as well as roasted shoulder of lamb.  CAN A’MELL is one of the oldest Cellars of INCA.

11.LLUC drive up from INCA to LLUC, you will pass through some lovely country side, and villages.  Going up into the mountains, the views become amazing and the vegetation changes, this is now going into the TRAMONTANA mountain range, a protected National Park.  On the north coast.  LLUC is a monastery where one can stay.  From there one can drive along the north coast back to Andratx, which is a drive to take your breath away. 

12.SA CALOBRA is a famous bay on the north coast, the road down is narrow and very twisty, so be prepared, but it is well worth the drive down where there is a natural fresh water pool nuzzled between the natural rock wall, many concerts are held there for the wonderful natural formation of the rock to vibrate the music.

13.CALA TUENT.  Is next door to Sa Calobra which is a lovely little pebbled beach with a very good restaurant on the left hand side, their terrace wall falls into the sea.

14.FORNALUTX / SOLLER  Fornalutx is a small village on the way down to Soller from Lluc, It is known as the prettiest village of Mallorca very well looked after snuggled into the top of the valley of Soller.  SOLLER is a working town, nestled at the bottom of the Tramontana mountains which are impressive.  It is the citrus grove of Mallorca, with lovely old houses and a traditional train which goes to PALMA.  It is great fun to leave the car in PALMA and take the train to SOLLER and then take the tram down to the PORT of SOLLER, with it’s restaurants and beach.  This is the North coast.  The tram meanders down to the Port .

15.PORT OF SOLLER  Is a fishing village, there used to be a large Naval base there guarding the North Coast. There are lots of bars and restaurants along the front with its beach along the bay.

16.TAKE THE ROAD FROM SOLLER TO DEIA

17.DEIA.  Is an arty village very well looked after and very desirable, with the uniform stone houses and its magical atmosphere.  The restaurants and bars have a special touch, with a couple of wonderful hotels who also respect and look after the architecture and the magic of the place.  Deia also has it’s own small beach, with a small restaurant which is very traditional, on the sea nearly!

18.VALLDEMOSSA. Is an interesting town with the Basilica to view.  The houses are lovely, the temperature is always a few degrees cooler in the summer, there are small rural hotels tucked away, the buildings are beautiful, and has been a popular place for the Palmesanos to come to in the summer.  If Deia is arty. Valldemossa is arty and musical.  VALLDEMOSSA has a small port, well that is what they call it, the road down is twisty, but there are a few fishing boats down there.  The main road to Palma from Valdemossa is good.  Leaving the Tramontana mountains and getting down to the plain of Palma.  Or one can continue along the NORTH COAST and eventually arriving to ANDRATX, passing through some lovely villages also with their little beaches.  BAÑYABUFAR and ESTALLENCS.

19.PORT DE CONONGE (before Banyabufar and Estallencs) a narrow road going down to a small village on the coast, there are some typical good restaurants, and a couple of pebbled beaches situated on the north coast.  This is the summer resort for the town of Esporles, which is situated inland.  This place is very rural and not sophisticated at all.

20.ESPORLES / LA GRANJA.

Espoles is a typical Mallorcan village with some typical lovely restaurants.  Above the village on the road towards Banyalbufar you will find LA GRANJA it is a typical rich Farm house which has been transformed into a charming place to visit to be shown the typical Mallorcan dress, wine, and one can try different produce from the island, and see the traditional dance, the tour is well worth going on as it is a magical place with plenty of water, water falls, gardens and atmosphere.  It is touristic but it is the one time when one goes with the flow and enjoys a lovely morning or afternoon.

Driving back to ANDRATX  from Esporles, there is a lovely trip, drive up to La Granja, and take the signs to Puigpuñent, this is a mountain inland route to drive through the hills back to Andratx, first town you come to is Puigpuñent, then on to Galilea where you have to stop and have a tapa in the little restaurant by the church, the views from there are magnificent, you are at the highest point to be able to see Palma all the way to Santa Ponsa and Paguera.  After leaving Galilea you will wind down into Es Capdella, and from there you can either take the road to Paguera and come back to Andratx on the Palma / Andratx road, or you can take the Andratx sign and come over the mountains into Andratx from the back.  There you will pass Santa Catalina winery.  The views coming over the mountain and down into Andratx on that road are also stunning.

21.   PALMA CITY.         Palma is one of the most beautiful cities of Spain, with the loveliest bay, full of all types of yachts and ships.  There are many different areas to visit, the CATHEDRAL, The MOORISH area, the JEWISH area, Museums and art galleries.  The shops are international, there are many lovely restaurants and bars typical or international.  Just walking around the small streets and enjoying a door open which shows the inner courtyard of a Palace, the hidden gems away from the tourist areas.  With it’s amazing architecture and lovely churches it is breath taking to take some time to enjoy this lovely city.

22.  MANACOR     Manacor is a small city, which has grown with the production of furniture and of course the well known pearl factories.  It is also the Town Hall for some of the Calas de Mallorca which are a series of Ports and bays on the Serra de Llevant which are popular touristic resorts, many of the ports are fishing ports with lots of character and charm, or bays which have beaches or are pure resorts.  CALAS DE MALLORCA, CALA BONA, CALA MILLOR, PORTO CRISTO, PORTO COLON, CALA d’OR, CALLA FIGUERA, PORT VERD AND CALA RATJADA.  Porto Cristo you have the caves to visit.  Porto Colon is an interesting bay, Cala Figueras is lovely, Cala d’Or is very fashionable.

This is just a guideline to let you know some of the lovely places on the island which visitors may well not find.  I only wish you all to have the best holiday possible seeing the marvellous sites and enjoying the Island’s exquisite hidden corners, and cuisine.