As parts of our review of the best places to live in Mallorca we feature Port d’Andratx, an exclusive corner of the island offering cosmopolitan lifestyle in what has remained a picturesque fishing village.
One advantage of living on Mallorca is the numerous ports and marinas that link the land to the crystal clear waters. Port d’Andratx, on Mallorca’s southwest coast is one location that, over the past 25 years, has welcomed a cosmopolitan invasion of locals and visitors, all of whom enjoy the smart boats, cool bars, boutique shopping and beautiful vistas of the harbour. Local real estate executive Heinrich von Goetz is busy selling properties to an international crowd of buyers and knows that the local environment simply sells itself. “It’s by far the nicest village in Mallorca. There’s the natural harbour, fantastic restaurants, a good selection of shops, excellent marina and nice people – a good mixture of locals and international people all living in the same village.”
During the mid 80’s the port was the place to go, thanks to a certain Ms. Claudia Schiffer who was at the height of her supermodel stardom and could often be spotted at Tim’s Bar or eating dinner at Miramar (a favourite of King Juan Carlos). The steep hillsides that have always protected the port were yet to be developed but people were already buying property in the area, realising the potential of the surroundings.
Today the panoramas have changed, villas and apartments sit proudly on the hillsides and the sailing club has been joined by an excellent marina. The quayside offers a wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants – most of which have several tables set close to the water. Tim’s Bar is still serving the beer chilled and if you like ice cream try Gelateria Capri. Those in the know come to the port during the summer months, spoiling themselves with a cocktail before dinner while enjoying the sunsets. Those who choose to stay longer certainly enjoy life at the water’s edge.
A Villa or a penthouse in Port d’Andratx
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More Places on Mallorca
The Balearic Island of Mallorca has a wealth of interesting towns and villages, plus the stylish capital Palma. Explore them all here!