Sant Elm – pretty as a picture!
The picturesque and tranquil resort of Sant Elm is situated right in the south west corner of Mallorca just a short distance away from Port Andratx. You won’t find any high rise developments here, just a relaxing place to chill and enjoy the sandy cove-like beach and the town’s pretty harbour.
In essence, Sant Elm is a laid-back friendly place where you can sit and watch the world go by in relative peace. The town still retains its small fishing village appeal.
The backdrop to Sant Elm is rather lovely too. Pine-clad hills and dipping valleys give way to the foothills of Majorca’s spectacular Tramuntana mountain range.
A paradise for nature lovers
Just a short boat journey away from Sant Elm’s pretty little harbour is the uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera, one of Mallorca’s magnificent nature reserves. The boat docks in the tiny cove of Cala Llado on the island’s east shore and everything to be seen here is walkable.
In the north of the island is the spectacular Cap de Tramuntana, or you can climb up the rather more challenging trail to Puig de na Popia if you have three to four hours to spare.
Sa Dragonera itself is only 4km long and 700m wide; the path which runs the length of island providing an ideal place for nature lovers to observe undisturbed wildlife.
Bird watchers also enjoy visiting here as the steep sea cliffs act as a natural ornithological habitat. Expect to see ospreys, shags, gulls and other seabirds whilst taking in the amazing views.
A little history
The charming town of Sant Elm (also known as San Telmo) owes its name to the patron saint of sailors – hardly surprising when you consider its nautical heritage.
On the 7th of September 1229, a fleet of ships led by the Catalan King Jaume I anchored in the waters between Sant Elm and Sa Dragonera in preparation for landing at Santa Ponsa. Thus began the Christian reconquest of Mallorca after centuries of Moorish rule.
The Sant Elm area also held a major attraction in times gone by for invading pirates – including the infamous Barbarossa who occupied the island of Sa Dragonera.
Apart from the obvious appeal of the wildlife on Sa Dragonera, Sant Elm boasts two excellent beaches. The main sandy beach is Sa Gran, whilst Sa Petita is a smaller pebble-strewn beach.
As you can imagine with its history as a traditional fishing village, you’ll find some excellent seafood restaurants in Sant Elm, some specialising in locally caught fish. Cafes and restaurants abound along the town’s main street, a good place to eat being Restaurante de Na Caragola by the harbour which boasts a long dining terrace facing the sea.
If you enjoy a game of golf, Sant Elm is a good place to be, as just a short drive away is the 18-hole championship course at Andratx Golf Club. It has a reputation as being one of the most challenging golf courses in the whole of Mallorca.
A hike to La Trapa
The Sant Elm area holds a major attraction for hikers wanting to see the ‘real Mallorca’. One of the more popular routes to be enjoyed is the hour-long hike to La Trapa, a small monastery built by Trappist monks.
Starting from the north side of the town, the route follows the shoreline before leading to a steep, narrow path that passes through the Camí de Can Tomeuí. From here you can enjoy absolutely stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean coastline.
The attractive hiking routes on offer make Sant Elm a popular destination in the winter months too.
Around Sant Elm
Although Sant Elm is located on the extreme southwest of the Island, Mallorca’s relatively compact size means the town is never far away from some of the area’s more desirable locations.
A visit to the charming nearby hillside hamlet of S’Arraco is a must, as is a trip to nearby “Andratx“https://www.mallorca-property.co.uk/locations/andratx town and the luxurious Port d’Andratx. Nearby Peguera is a fun beach resort worth checking out, and delightful Calvia is an old walled town where you can discover authentic Mallorca. If you want to witness a little of the ‘high life’, Camp de Mar provides an upscale beach resort frequently frequented by celebs.
How to get to Sant Elm
A daily bus service connects Sant Elm with nearby Andratx and Port Andratx. From here there is a direct bus service to Palma. There is also a ferry service to Port Andratx which runs 7 days a week April to October, and on weekdays during February and March.
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