Andratx is an ancient Mallorcan town nestled in the valleys of the Tramuntana Mountain range and is home to one of Mallorca’s most interesting modern art galleries. Its quaint, narrow streets and rustic heritage make it a truly authentic place to visit – with a warm welcome for international visitors.
The stunning location of Andratx on the south-west tip of Mallorca has inspired artists and writers and attracted a number of famous residents. It consists of a tightly packed town-centre of rambling streets with reminders of the past on every corner. The sprawling outlying farmlands include a combination of luxury homes and working farms which grow a feast of fresh local products. Andratx is also an ideal base to explore some of Mallorca’s most beautiful south west locations.
Many new visitors are confused because of the nearby port with the same name which is on the coast. Andratx Town is not the same place and is set further inland.
Read our guide to find the best that Andratx has to offer.
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History and Culture
Andratx town was established before the invasion of the Romans in the 2nd century BC who called it Andrachium. Coins, pottery and other artefacts have been found which date to this period.
Andratx was built inland due to frequent attacks from Barbary Pirates which eventually led to the construction of 14 watch towers in the 16th century – 12 of which still remain. Until the 20th century influx of overseas residents, Andratx was largely a quiet rural community – it now has a lively international mix of residents. It is very traditional and mainly offers a good range of basic local amenities, but luxury shopping and cuisine are close at hand.
The area is well-known for production of local crops such as oranges, almonds, olives and grapes.
Andratx was made famous in the series of amusing books written by Peter Kerr, whose family used to own an orange farm in the countryside outside Andratx. British TV presenter Selina Scott also wrote her book A Long Walk in the High Hills based on her experiences of the area and John Noakes, of the BBC children’s magazine programme Blue Peter, lives here.
Major attractions in Andratx
If you feel like a little art and culture why not visit nearby CCA Andratx cultural centre? This is a superb location to see some of the island’s best contemporary art, with several exhibition spaces, a good café, tasteful gift shop and impressive grounds behind the building itself.
The largest and certainly one of the best contemporary art gallerys on Mallorca. A visit to CCA in Andratx is a ‘must’ for all cultural lovers visiting Mallorca. […] CCA Cultural Centre Andratx
History buffs might also enjoy the nearby churches of Santa Maria de Andratx, Church of s’Arracó, the Castell de Son Mas (now the City Hall) or the ruins of a former Trappist monastery La Trappa.
The nature surrounding Andratx is breath-taking; many visitors come to this part of Mallorca just to enjoy the mountains, valleys, forest and coastal scenery.
Shopping – Andratx is great for fresh produce and local basics. If you prefer a more luxury shopping experience the nearby Port Andratx plays host to a wide range of fashion, art and gift shops.
Things to do in Andratx
A lively local market takes place on Wednesday mornings. On Sunday mornings there is a fun and informal wine tasting event in Bodegas Santa Catarina and if you are looking for something more romantic and relaxing we recommend the picnic in the vineyard – a very special experience.
The famous nature resort of the Island of Dragonera is nearby and there are regular boat trips from many of the surrounding towns. There is also a challenging golf course nearby https://www.abc-mallorca.com/golf-andratx/, popular with the island’s glitterati.
If you feel like a day at the beach Cap de Mar is one of Mallorca’s most highly rated beaches. Also Andratx is very popular with hikers and bikers.
A favourite of golfing celebrities, it s a beautiful course in Mallorca’s southwest, with the longest hole in Spain. It has an excellent Golf Academy, wonde […] Golf de Andratx
Restaurants in Andratx
Andratx has a plethora of dining options from high-end cuisine to small homely restaurants. The gastronomic offering in Andratx has greatly improved due to the international community of tourists and residents that frequent this part of the island. Neighbouring Port Andratx offers stunning views over the mountains and marina and is home to another host of restaurants. Nearby, in es Capdella, there is the well-known Michelin-star Zaranda restaurant – the only restaurant on the island with two Michelin-stars.
Feel at home in one of Andratx’s relaxed, family-friendly restaurants; on the menu you’ll find tasty tapas and honest Mediterranean cuisine. […] Andratx Restaurants
With two Michelin stars, Zaranda offers a memorable gastronomic experience, based on a choice of tasting menus by Fernando P Arellano. […] An award-winning dinner at Restaurant Zaranda
Hotels in Andratx
If you are seek accommodation close to Andratx town we would recommend Castell Son Claret – a beautiful five star small luxury hotel offering peace and tranquillity in the picturesque countryside of Es Capdellá located very close to Andratx. The hotel is also home to Michelin star restaurant Zaranda run by innovative chef Fernando Pérez Arellano.
Hotel Castel Son Claret in Es Capdellá close to the town of Andratx is a secluded 5 star luxury hotel offering a Michelin star restaurant, spa and lots more… […] Hotel Castell Son Claret
Events in Andratx
Most events in Andratx are cultural or religious, notably the Easter parade in Andratx Town and a festival at the Trappist Monastery in late August and Early September which includes a procession and dancing.
The contemporary art gallery CCA and the bodegas Santa Catarina hold special calendar events. It is worth checking the dates at the links on this page before you arrive. There are also events at nearby Port Andratx worth considering.
Living in Andratx
Although quite international, Andratx offers an authentic Mallorcan experience for those who choose to live there. Unlike many other south west towns in Mallorca, Andratx is not a resort – so while you can shop, eat out and get directions quite easily , do expect to need your phrasebook from time to time – Catalan as well as Spanish! Andratx is not a place for lively singles, but is great for families looking to integrate into the local community or for nature lovers.
Property in Andratx town is more affordable than many locations in south-west Mallorca, but there are some important factors to take into consideration. Central town properties will provide good value in terms of euros per square metre, but few have views or parking and many are in need of modernisation. You can pick up something that needs work from as little as 200,000 euros, but the typical price range is 350,000-700,000 euros.
Homes on the outskirts which have sea and mountain views are still well-priced for the island, but you are likely to pay a premium for properties in the best condition, the usual range for a detached house is from 500,000 to 15 million euros.
Andratx is also a popular choice for those who wish to buy a quiet, rural property which can range from rustic ruins to purpose-built designer villas. It is important to be certain of the area you choose as there are many small areas surrounding Andratx and each has a very different character. The small village of S’Arraco is more up-market, St Elm is a small coastal resort which specialises in seafood and Camp de Mar is slick and upscale – all are priced differently.
It is also important to be very cautious when buying in the area to ensure that your dream home is legal as there have been some problems with planning corruption in the distant past. A good lawyer should be able to resolve this for you. One of the great things about living in Andratx if you are a permanent resident is that is an all-year-round location.
Surrounding Areas Close to Andratx
If you are staying in Andratx it is well worth reading up on the surrounding areas as there is much to see and do within a 30-minute drive. Most notable is Port Andratx, a lively working fishing port with designer shopping and gourmet restaurants. Es Capdellá is a stunning mountain village near to the larger town of Calvia and Camp de Mar is a beach resort with golf and many luxury, sport and relaxation facilities.
A holiday resort town with a lovely white sandy beach lined with hotels, shops & restaurants. Ideal for a relaxed family holiday & a central location to explore the southwest of Mallorca. […] Camp de Mar
The small fishing port village of Sant Elmo has a lot to offer with its backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains and Sa Dragonera close-by. […] San Telmo
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Mallorca this beautiful village with a backdrop of mountains and forests, is within easy reach of major towns making it a particularly attractive place to live. […] S’Arraco