Set in a beautiful valley among mountains and forests, S’Arraco is small village in the southwest corner of Mallorca popular with international residents who are looking for a quiet place to live with good access to nearby towns and resorts. It consists mainly of traditional, stone properties and retains the rustic charm of old Mallorca.
Close to Andratx town and the Tramuntana mountain foothills – despite its sleepy appearance, S’Arraco has a rebellious history.
There is not much to do in the village itself but it provides an excellent starting point for many things to see and do in this part of the island. The village is mainly residential but there is a small church which dates from 1742.
We hope that you enjoy this abc-Mallorca guide to best that S’Arraco has to offer.
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History and Culture of S’Arraco
S’Arraco comes from the Arabic word ar.racon which means ‘the corner’. The village was once part of a larger area stretching from the small beach resort of St Elm to the monastery of ‘Sa Trapa’ and included the island of sa Dragonera.
Warring Mallorcan families called ‘Arraconers’ added to the bloody history of the area which includes a bid for independence from the Andratx region and a hidden base for bandits.
There were also attacks from pirates based on the island of Dragonera including the infamous Red Beard also known as Barbarossa.
S’Arraco also has a strong French influence as many Arraconers left the area for France and later returned. Today S’Arraco is home to a quiet, international community in search of rural tranquility.
Shopping in S’Arraco
S’Arraco is not a place for shopping but the nearby towns of Andratx and Port Andratx have a wide variety of shops and boutiques. There are a few restaurants, a bank and a general store in the village. The closest market takes place in Andratx every Wednesday.
Major attractions in S’Arraco
The nearest major attraction is the island of Sa Dragonera which is now a protected nature and marine reserve. There are regular boat trips from nearby Port Andratx and St Elm. Also close by is the Trappist monastery of ‘Sa Trapa’ which is a popular refuge for hikers.
Things to do around S’Aracco
There are many things to do in the surrounding areas which are particularly popular for hiking, biking and scuba. The Tramuntana mountain range and Galatzo Reserve nature park are also within striking distance.
Many up-market beach and golf resorts are also within easy travelling distance from S’Aracco including Camp de Mar and The Andratx Golf Club. If you enjoy contemporary art the CCA Andratx gallery is located in the town of Andratx.
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Restaurants in S’Arraco
There are a small number of local restaurants, some of which have a good reputation, but you do not have to travel far to access some of the best gastronomy in southwest Mallorca. If you are a regular visitor to Mallorca you might like to check out our latest guide to the hottest new restaurants on the island.
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Hotels in S’Arraco
Most accommodation in S’Arraco is self- catering but there are also a number of highly regarded hotels within a 10-minute drive including the five star Castell Son Claret in es Capdellà and the beautiful clifftop hotel Villa Italia in Port Andratx.
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Events in S’Arraco
There are lots of local festivals and events going on throughout the year in S’Arraco and the neighbouring villages. Music and celebrations take place during an annual village festival in August.
Living in S’Arraco
There is a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere in S’Arraco which enjoys a tight knit, international community and attracts a number of artists.
Property here is usually available on a very limited basis and prices are relatively high. You should expect to pay from around 400,000 euros for a village house with larger rustic villas available for up to 1 million euros. There are some holiday home owners but many residents live here all-year-round.
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The largest nearby town is Andratx which is certainly worth a visit as it provides a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of local people going about their business.
Camp de Mar (once home to Claudia Schiffer) and Paguera are beach resorts with golf and many luxury, sport and relaxation facilities. Visit the small resort town of Sant Elm with amazing sea views and local seafood restaurants.
The nearby upscale resort and working fishing harbour of Port Andratx has much to offer and the picturesque mountain village of es Capdella is within easy traveling distance.
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