About San Telmo
If you are lucky enough to find yourself settling down for a sunset drink on the water’s edge at San Telmo, you may feel like you are sitting on the edge of the world.
This tiny fishing port, which is also a low key resort on the furthest tip of southwest Mallorca, has something very special in its ambience which is difficult to define. Known variously as Sant Elm, Sant Elmo and San Telmo this charming village is named after the patron saint of sailors, with good reason.
San Telmo remains a working fishing port to this day and is also popular spot for yachting day-trippers.
Find out more about what makes San Telmo so special with our abcMallorca guide.
History and Culture of San Telmo
San Telmo was one of the points used by invaders to access the island of Mallorca and was used as a rallying point by King Jaume’s fleet in the 13th century during the reconquest of Mallorca from the Saracens.
It has also fallen prey to bandits and pirates, particularly when the island of Dragonera was occupied by the terrifying pirate ‘Red Beard’ also known as ‘Barbarossa’.
Today the only invaders are the modest numbers of tourists who use San Telmo as a base for exploring this beautiful part of the island, or the flurry of visitors during the summer months.
Shopping San Telmo
San Telmo is not a large town but has some good basic amenities, so you can shop for essentials. The nearby towns of Andratx and Port Andratx have extensive shopping facilities and there is a weekly market on Wednesday in Andratx Town.
Major Attractions in San Telmo
The major attractions of San Telmo have been provided by nature itself. Although there are many coastal resorts in Mallorca, San Telmo is peculiarly blessed by the natural protection afforded by the mountains, the small islets called Pantaleu and sa Mitjana plus close proximity to the nature and marine reserve of Sa Dragonera – also known as Dragonera Island.
This happy situation allows extensive views over the open sea and Tramuntana mountains and protection from the elements.
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The quality of light in San Telmo is extraordinary, it provides and an almost tropical feel to the clear blue waters and distant horizon.
There are two beaches: a larger sandy beach called ‘San Gran’ and a smaller pebble beach called ‘Sa Petita’ both have good facilities for a very civilised day-long stay on the beach and have blue flag status.
Mallorca’s wonderful beaches have been yet again recognised with the blue flag awards. The island now has 31 blue flag beaches – including 3 new awards. […] Mallorca’s Blue Flag Beaches
San Telmo has a wide variety of nature walks to explore and is the monastery nature park of ‘Sa Trapa’ is very close by.
Things to do in San Telmo
This gentle, simple village allows you to simply sit and watch the world go by as fisherman set their lines, pots and lanterns to attract local lobster, squid and fresh fish.
Although quite buzzy with day trippers during peak season, San Telmo is a popular base for hikers and nature lovers during the cooler months.
Walking and hiking are popular in this area not just because of the stunning coastal scenery, but because of the natural flora and fauna. As well as lush, green forests you will find many varieties of wild orchid and a number of lighthouses and towers which are popular markers for walkers including: the Torre Del Cala Basset which was built by the Moorish pirates and the Cap de Lleibeix lighthouse.
The quality of the water and rocky inlets and islands here make San Telmo a popular place to swim, snorkel and scuba. If you like boats you will find much to admire, from the little wooden fishing boats to elegant up-scale yachts, this is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts.
A boat trip to the nature park of Dragonera Island is a must for anyone interested in wildlife. You will need a special licence for a private boat, but excursions travel regularly from San Telmo, Port Andratx and other nearby coastal resorts. The island can be explored on foot only where you will see a wide variety of birds, sea-life and the infamous lizards which now run freely all over the island. You can also join dive trips to Dragonera which sits in a marine reserve.
Restaurants in San Telmo
Some locals grumble about the value and quality offered by some of the restaurants in San Telmo, but it is a great place to enjoy seafood with spectacular views and a casual atmosphere. One of the specialties widely offered here is sea-bass baked in a cocoon of rock salt – which is great fun to watch served. If you don’t find a restaurant to your liking in heart of San Telmo, you won’t have to travel far to find a wide selection of top-notch country restaurants plus endless choices in nearby Port Andratx.
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One of the best restaurants in Port d’Andratx, offering a fusion of Italian and Asian cuisine with Austrian hospitality. Well worth a visit! […] Dinner at Trespais Restaurant
This modern restaurant, offers excellent views across the harbour and the town, serves Mediterranean cuisine at good value. The lobster paella has to be one of the best on Mallorca. […] Club de Vela Restaurant in Port d’Andratx
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Hotels in San Telmo
There are a few hotels in San Telmo, including budget accommodation for back-packers, hikers and divers. Within a 10 minute drive from Sant Elm you can choose from a very wide range of hotels to suit your taste and budget including the five star Castell Son Claret in es Capdellà and the beautiful clifftop hotel Villa Italia in Port Andratx.
Close to Andratx town this five star, luxury hotel offers a Michelin star restaurant and excellent spa facilities in the countryside. Book now! […] Castell Son Claret Hotel
This seaview boutique hotel in the centre of the picturesque town of Port Andratx offers amazing views, a wonderful restaurant and spa facilities. Reserve now! […] Hotel Villa Italia Port Andratx
Events in San Telmo
The main events in San Telmo revolve around religious festivals and are celebrated in a low-key way by local residents. There are plenty of local festivals and events going on throughout the year in St Telmo and the neighbouring villages.
Living in San Telmo
San Telmo is vaguely suitable for year-round living, but is very quiet in mid-winter. There is a mixed international community, but many owners here use their properties exclusively as holiday homes and rentals.
Most of the properties for sale in Sant Elmo are sea-view apartments. This is quite a small village so large numbers of properties are not usually available. Prices range from around 300,000 to 750,000 euros, with most costing around 500,000 euros for an apartment.
Villas are in very short supply but expect to pay from 600,000 euros for a town house and more than a million euros for a well-maintained detached home – if you can find one.
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Andratx is the closes town to St Telmo and the Port Andratx is not to be missed which is also a fishing port with more than a touch of luxury.
Peguera is a fun beach resort which caters mainly for German tourists.
Calvià is an ancient walled town for a slice of authentic Mallorca.
Camp de Mar is an up-market beach frequented by the glitterati and S’Arraco is a charming rural village only a stone’s throw away.
We hope you have enjoyed our guide to San Elmo – please take a look at our other comprehensive area guides and discover the best of what Mallorca has to offer you!
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