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Andratx and Port d'Andratx is situated on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Andratx is on the south-west of Majorca.
Andratx sits surrounded by almond, olive and orange groves and has the Galatos peak rising up above it - beautiful. The town is about 3km away from the coast in order to discourage attacks by pirates. The Port of Andratx is, obviously, on the coast and this has now become an exclusive holiday resort visited by the rich and famous.
Andratx has fortified towers to repel the pirates and the castle of Son Mas was built at the same time and this now contains paintings by Durer and Tintoretto. The Son Mas castle is now the Town Hall.
The upper part of the village with its cobbled streets and church of Santa Maria is particularly charming and from here you have views of the Port of Andrax.
Andratx has a good Contemporary Art Gallery, the CCA Cultural Centre. As well as good contemporary art exhibits it is home to a cafe and a gift shop.
Market day is Wednesday and this is a particularly good time to visit Andratx. The market is held by the Son Mas castle.
The Port of Andratx, called Puerto Andratx in Spanish, started life as a simple fishing village and has become one of Majorca's most chic resorts. Its hills are dotted with beautiful villas often owned by wealthy foreigners and including Claudia Schiffer, Tom Cruise, Selena Scott and John Noakes . Even back in the 13th century this was a popular place and both King Jamie I and the Bishop of Barcelona had a house here.
Andratx Port has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops and has an attractive marina as well as its port. The main road along the seafront is busy but behind it are quiet, pedestrianised streets.
Unfortunately Port Andratx only has a tiny beach of its own though there is a good beach at the resort of Camp de Mar just 3km along the coast.
Places to visit nearby
Take a boat trip to the Island of Dragonera nature resort.
Not far away is Palma de Mallorca, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and absolutely not to be missed whilst you are on the island. Valldemossa is a beautiful mountain town whose monastery is the second most popular attraction in Majorca after Palma de Mallorca.
Deia is a stunning village and indeed is said to be one of the most beautiful villages of Spain.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.