History meets art - Andratx and Port d'Andratx
The Balearic island of Mallorca has a lot to offer its visitors. These include, among other things, the outstanding beautiful nature and numerous architectural highlights. But also picturesque villages attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Andratx and Port dAndratx belong to the most beautiful places in the west of the island. Find out more about the two towns now.
The history of Andratx
The history of the municipality of Andratx, which today includes S'Arraco and Sant Elm, in addition to the main town of the same name and Port Andratx at the port, dates back to the second century. It was then that the town was founded. Its first economic prosperity came a little later. At that time the Romans conquered the region. Numerous excavation finds such as pottery, coins and tools from this period still bear witness to this today. The name of the village was first mentioned in a document in 1236. The region was significantly influenced by numerous attacks by North African pirates. In the 16th century these made the construction of numerous fortified towers unavoidable. Twelve of the original 14 towers are still preserved today. From up there, one has an excellent view over large parts of western Mallorca.
The history of Port dAndratx begins much later. First houses were built at the already existing harbour only in the middle of the 20th century. This circumstance is in direct connection with the mass tourism that started at this time. Today, the harbour town is a favourite destination for tourists from all over the world and is inhabited by a mixture of celebrities, hoteliers and working fishermen.
The sights of Andratx
Those who spend their holidays in the west of the biggest Balearic island and are a little interested in art should not miss a visit of the "CCA Centro Cultural Andratx". This is probably the best private gallery for modern and contemporary art on the island. Opened in 2001, it brings together works from all over the world on an exhibition area of 4,000 square metres. Four alternating exhibitions take place annually in the "CCA Espai" room. Here you can see sculptures, paintings and sculptures by artists who live in the Balearic Islands. Once in the "Centro Cultural", one should not miss a walk through the idyllic area. All around the palace-like building, art and natural beauty meet proverbially. In addition, you should make a detour to the church of Santa Maria during your Andratx holiday. This is as impressive as today's town hall Castell Son Mas or "La Trappa", the former Trappist monastery.
This is what you can see in Port Andratx
Port dAndratx is especially inviting for tourists because of its beautiful location. Finally, it is bordered on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other by the Tramuntana mountain range. In addition, a walk along the lovingly designed promenade is worthwhile. Those who have once made a side trip to the sophisticated harbour place should not miss to relax some moments at the fine sandy beach and to leave the everyday life behind.
What else should one do when visiting Andratx?
Of course, there is a lot more to discover and to do during a holiday in the island municipality in the west of Mallorca. Golfers get their money's worth in the nearby Camp de Mar, for example. Water sports enthusiasts have the opportunity to kite or ride one or the other wave. The region is also very popular with mountain bikers and hikers. One of the most idyllic routes leads from Port Andratx via Sant Elm to the already mentioned former monastery "La Trappa". You will get through picturesque valleys as well as over numerous mountains, which offer breathtaking views. Get to know the beauty of the island's west during your next holiday on Mallorca.