Sant Elm, or San Telmo in Spanish, is located at the most southerly point of the Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca’s west coast, overlooking the island of Sa Dragonera. This small picturesque port, with a population of roughly 400, combines fishing and tourism with spectacular sea views and a Blue Flag sand beach. Ferries operate from its small harbour to Port Andraxt and Sa Dragonera National Park.
With many excellent restaurants, this is an amazing place to dine, surrounded on one side by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean and on the other by lush countryside bordered with a magnificent mountainous backdrop. The area appeals to the discerning tourist having only a very limited number of hotels thus ensuring a quiet and relaxing stay.
Historically the region was subject to frequent pirate attacks so in 1279 King Jaume II erected a tower so as to be able to warn the local coastal towns of the arrival of their enemies. In 1585 another tower, the Cala Basset, was built as a further observation point from which to view attackers.
Sant Elm is a popular base for hikers from which to explore not just the magnificent mountains which form the backbone of Mallorca, but also to visit Sa Dragonera and its lighthouse at Cap de Lleibeitx in the south of the small island.
On the mainland there is a good walk through the pines at Sa Trapa which is now a Natural Park, popular with both hikers and birdwatchers. Here you can also visit the abandoned monastery with a round trip taking approximately 3 hours.
Andraxt is the closest large town and a number 100 bus takes 30 minutes from Sant Elm to here, with onward connections to the capital, Palma.
Sant Elm is a stunning port village and a wonderful place to stay or perhaps just combine with a visit up the coast further to the north and maybe even a trip to the iconic Deia in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range.