Drive Majorca – Day 4, Port Andratx, Andratx And Sant Elm
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the 4th dose of Majorcan driving routes on the blog this week. Seatbelts on…
DAY 4 – Port Andratx, Andratx & Sant Elm
Having clocked up some serious mileage over the previous couple of days, my next jaunt constituted a mere 20-minute drive. I headed west from Palma along the PM1 and the C719 towards Andratx. I resisted the lure of the express tunnel and instead opted for the scenic route along the pine-fringed C719A that sweeps up and over the resort of Camp de Mar. The road popped me out by the chic, yacht-filled marina that is Port Andratx, where I stopped for a coffee.
Key back in the ignition, I drove 5 minutes up the road to Andratx town proper. It was market day – Wednesday – and so lots of the streets had been closed off to make way for countless trestle tables and stalls. Talk about an all-out assault on the senses. You could buy anything and everything, from sardines through to saucepans through to slippers. Ever the foodie, I made off with an ensaimada – a curly-swirly Majorcan pastry dusted with icing sugar.
From Andratx I then took the PM103 down to Sant Elm. This little-known spot boasts a dinky sandy beach and is backed by a handful of restaurants that do a mean line in paella. Throw in a gelateria or 2 and you’ve got all the ingredients needed for a lazy afternoon in the sun.
My return journey was pretty much what I’d done in the morning but obviously in reverse – only this time I skipped the scenic route and took advantage of the tunnels along the C719 which shaved a good 15 minutes off my journey time back to Palma.