Sant Elm, Mallorca | Visit Andratx

Sant Elm

Sant Elm, originally a picturesque fishing village, has transformed its character into a peaceful and welcoming tourist enclave. This coastal corner is now made up of holiday homes and residences, offering a variety of restaurants, bars and a small shopping area.

Historically known as “La Palomera“, this locality was the anchoring place for the troops of King James I before landing in Santa Ponça in 1229. For much of the 20th century, Sant Elm’s economy was centred on fishing and fish salting. Today, with a population of approximately 500 inhabitants, tourism is its main source of livelihood.

Sant Elm has a rich historical heritage. Of particular note are the old seamen’s hospital, known as the “Torre de Sant Elm“, which evokes the presence of King Jaume II, and the monastery of “La Trapa“, founded by a community of monks in 1810. The area also has the defence towers of “Cala en Basset” and “Llebeig” on the island of “Dragonera“, vestiges of the fortifications erected to protect against pirate and corsair attacks.

The beaches of Sant Elm, such as “Sa Gran” and “Sa Petita“, with fine sand, and the pebble beaches, such as “Cala es Conills” and “Cala en Basset”, offer excellent opportunities to relax in the sun and take a dip.

Sant Elm has an optimal selection of accommodation and restaurants. Both midday and evening are ideal times to savour the delights of its cuisine in various restaurants offering magnificent views of the sea and the island “Dragonera“.

The natural spaces, walking routes, historical heritage and beautiful beaches, together with the possibility of practising water sports, are some of the attractions that Sant Elm offers its visitors. It is an ideal destination for family tourism and to enjoy nature, with the advantage of having two places of great interest: the “Parque Natural de la isla Dragonera” and the “Reserva Natural de la Trapa“.