Nestled into the mountains on the south-west of the island, Port Andratx doubles as both a quaint little fishing harbour and a trendy spot of laid-back luxury - a character-defining dichotomy which is echoed not only through its multitude of bars and restaurants, but also its beautiful landscape, which sees Mallorca’s sprawling Sierra de Tramuntana meet the rolling blue waters of the Mediterranean ocean.
The Port earned its fame as the celebrity place to be in the mid 1980's. King Juan Carlos dined in style at the Miramar Restaurant, and the likes of supermodel Claudia Schiffer, then at the height of her career, could often be spotted at Tim's Bar. In August, you may even still have a good chance to see her strolling down to the ice-cream parlour, as she made it a tradition to celebrate her birthdays in her 400,000 sqm luxury mansion in nearby Camp de Mar
Actors Peter Ustinov and Jean Seberg, the writer Frederick Forsyth and Abba singer Frida Lyngstad are all counted amongst the rich and famous living at least part-time on the Port's La Mola peninsula.
In more recent times, the charismatic seaside resort has become home to a multinational mix of holiday-home owners, mostly from Germany and the UK. Celebrities, media and fashion people mix in with the few remaining locals, enjoying the bohemian lifestyle in one of the most beautiful spots on the Island.
AM Tip for peace & quiet: With the end of the summer, the wave of tourists and holiday-home owners ebbs off and things calm down. Some say, it's in the cool season they love the Port best.
Art & Culture
In a building designed as a brain sculpture, the German artist Dieter W. Liedtke opened a 600 square metre exposition space for his own art in 1994, showing paintings, sculptures, furniture, sketches and photographs. After being closed for many years, the Museum Liedtke was reopened after extensive renovation in 2015.
AM Tip for art lovers: While you are in the area, why not drive up to the little village of Andratx and see the CCA - the largest centre of contemporary art not only in Mallorca, but in the whole of Europe: 4,000 square metres of expositional space in a monumental minimalist building featuring many elements of traditional architecture. The Centre of Contemporary Art was founded in 2001 by Jacob and Patricia Asbaek with the objective to offer a unique cultural experience to their visitors and collectors, and to provide free studio space for national and international artists.
To read more about art and culture in the Andratx area click here
Fun & Sports
The port provides many opportunities for fun and sports.
The Balear Divers DivingCenter is an excellent choice for beginners and advanced divers alike to explore some of the diverse marine life inhabiting this enchanting stretch of coast. are sure to provide an experience like no other.
Avda. Gabriel Roca 42, Port andratx, Located right next to Club de Vella
The Club de Vela, the Port’s sailing club, offers sporting activities such as sailing and equipment rentals. Opened in 1968, it recently saw its 50th anniversary. Happy birthday, Club de Vela!
Contact: 971 67 17 21
Home décor, art galleries, fashion boutiques, little flower, candle and gift shops, local crafts … What a great place for window shopping Port Andratx is! Affordable, though? Hmm. Most of the goods on offer do come with a hefty price tag. So, you this is what we recommend:
AM tip:. By all means, do enjoy the luxury feel of a stroll through the Port, but unless there’s something you must have it – it might be by far the more affordable choice to go to Palma and do your actual shopping there …
In addition to the numerous activities offered throughout the entire season, those lucky enough to find themselves in Port Andratx during mid-July will soon be immersed in what is arguably the Ports most festive month; las fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen, the Patron Saint of the Sea.
These traditional fiestas have withstood the test of time and are held every year around the same date. From the 11th through to the 15th of July, much of the Port takes part in this revered celebration.
Food & Drink
Taking a stroll along the seaside you’ll find no shortage of bars and restaurants, providing you with the perfect opportunity to stop by the sea to cool off with a cold beverage at Tim’s Bar, or indulge in some of the freshly-caught fish being served up in one of the numerous family-owned restaurants with decades of legacy. Neighbouring beach clubs promise an evening of pampered luxury, and those looking for a more quiet way to spend a day by the sea will not be disappointed by the numerous little coves – so-called calitas - which inhabit the coast. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places, many of which we hope will also become yours.
From Boat to Bag #
Roughly at about 5 pm each day, the fishing boats can be seen arriving in the Port after a long day out at sea. Often, you could buy the local catch of the day at la Llonja del Peix, the port’s local and pricey fish market. Fear not though, as there is a more affordable option; as of recent, the local fishermen were granted permission to sell their seafood directly off the boats. One thing’s for sure: You can't get any fresher than that!
For the Early (and not quite as early) Risers
Capuccino's Puerto de Andratx - You may, like many, want to start off your morning being served in Capuccino's, one of Mallorca’s most respected brand of premium cafés. Attentive staff, home-grown passion and delicious cuisine - all defining characteristics of the Port - are present in this charming seafront café.
Contact: 971 67 22 14
Bar Central - A more affordable but equally elegant alternative to Capuccino's, Bar Central is another great choice to stop off for Breakfast, Lunch, or their slightly more posh cousin Brunch. Bar Central offers a simple but delicious menu consisting of all the things you might hope to find in a little Spanish seaside bar: various sandwiches, salads, tapas and more. You´ll find it literally next to Capuccinos.
Contact: 629 546 124
AM tip for the winter season: In winter, the Port's Sea promenade - Avenida de Mateo Bosch - is on the shady side for the better part of the morning. To stay on the sunny side for your breakfast, walk over to the Club de Vela on the other side of the bay. In their café & restaurant, they serve a decent breakfast and good coffee, too. And other than you might think at affordable prices, too. You might even want to come back for lunch …
For a relaxed afternoon
There is no better time to experience the hustle & bustle of maritime life than mid-day in the Port. As the smell of freshly grilled fish and family-sized portions of Paella fills the air, the calls of industrious fishermen over the rhythmic crashing of waves mingle with the vibrant hum of happy holidaymakers to really bring this little Port to life.
Beach Club Gran Folies - Situated near Port Andratx, towards Cala Llamp, Beach Club Gran Folies is one of the islands oldest beach clubs and boasts a 5* restaurant, multiple saltwater swimming pools and is split into numerous zones, all of them with services ranging from VIP treatment by the sea, to poolside sunbed service. A snack bar as well as a little chiringuito serves drinks and tapas, and neighboring calitas provide a more solitary retreat.
Contact: 971 67 10 94
For a Relaxed Drink & Get Together in the Evening
Tim’s Bar - A great shady spot to grab some seaside drinks, Tim’s bar, founded in the nineteen seventies has been getting the port’s friendly locals drunk for over 30 years and has become a landmark synonymous with port nights. Aside from a wide selection of cocktails, their kitchen serves up delicious dishes all day round.
Mitj & Mitj - A much smaller alternative to Tim´s Bar, but equally vibrant; the parties at the Port´s legendary Mitj & Mitj often spill out onto the street, and carry on into the early hours of the morning. Their pa amb oli are worth a try. Open until 4am.
Contact: 971 67 27 20
And if you feel like a full meal
Coppola is the Port´s best known Pizzeria, and for a reason. Delicious pizzas are served up at competitive prices all day round.
Open until 11pm.
Check out their menu on their website
Contact: 971 23 85 81
Osteria da Sandro is a fantastic Italian restaurant you can take the entire family to. Their menu or their prices won't disappoint.
Contact: 971 67 10 38.
Marisquería Galicia, just opposite the Osteria da Sandro, offers a daily lunch menu (menu del día) which is probably the best value for money you find in the Port: traditional Spanish fish cuisine, excellent food, no frills. If you don't like watching the telly while eating, either eat outside on the terrace or … well, just look the other way.
Contact: 971 67 27 05
Por Gene Harley
22 mayo, 2022