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Making the journey west from Palma into Puerto Andratx is for the most part very straightforward, as the main Ma-1 coast road
will take you all the way into the centre of the resort.
A more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
All things considered the transfer should usually take between 45 to 50 minutes, but can and often does vary, depending upon the time of day and the volume of traffic on the Palma motorways.
Realistically there are only two options available for this journey.
The first, and possibly most convenient being the door to door service offered by any of the numerous taxis waiting outside of the airport arrivals hall, who would typically charge around 50€ for the journey, and the second option would be to pre-arrange for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous agencies based at the airport.
The resort is however a popular destination with the European rich and famous including the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Tom Cruise or Michael Schumacher, all of whom own property in the area. If further evidence of this prosperity was ever needed, you need only look at the large number of magnificent yachts moored in the marina, adjacent to the more modest boats owned by the local fishermen.
Puerto Andratx is certainly no stranger to the rich and famous. Over the years the town has also had a reputation for attracting celebrities of the era, one of which being the wife of Rudolf Valentino who lived in the area during the 1930's.
Once you have settled into your chosen accommodation, you will quickly discover that Puerto Andratx does not have its own beach, although for most visitors here this isn’t really a problem as a day on the beach wouldn’t really hold much appeal.
However, for those visitors who do wish to feel sand between their toes, the sandy beach at nearby Camp de Mar, some 3km to the east of Puerto Andratx, offers a fair variety of water sports facilities and equipment for hire including sun lounges and parasols.
Certainly worth a visit is the nearby residential town of Andratx, which was originally built some 5km inland from the port to act as a defence against pirate attacks. Evidence of this can still be seen today around the upper part of the town with its narrow cobbled streets and the almost fortress-like church of Santa Maria.
The view back over the old town over towards Puerto Andratx makes the uphill walk well worthwhile, and if you remember to bring your camera along, you should get some very good photographs. During the 13th Century, Andratx was also an important centre of the Majorcan culture with the Bishop of Barcelona and King Jaime I both having homes here.
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