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As already mentioned as part of our general introduction to Sant Elm, one of the most recognisable attractions in the area is the Dragonera Natural Park and the Dragonera Island, which is really a 6km long rock that is named because of its likeness to a dragon's back rising out of the water. In 1987 this area of the island was designated a natural conservation area, and has since then enjoyed the protection of the Majorca Council from commercial development. Regular boat trips leave from Sant Elm to make the short trip out to Dragonera Island, where there is a small museum and evidence of a Roman settlement at the Cova de sa Font. Although at its nearest point the island is only 700 metres from the mainland, separated by the ‘Es Freu' channel, private visits to the island are allowed but only with an official permit from the local council offices.
The newly built Centro Cultural at nearby Andratx is one of Europe's biggest private buildings for contemporary art.
The Centre includes a 1,500m2 "Kunsthalle" which holds 3 major exhibitions per year of both established and emerging
young artists in contemporary art, as well as a large gallery, restaurant, bookshop and a number of artists´ studios.
In the near future it is also planned that additional facilities will be added, including a ceramics and lithographic workshops.
Contact details are:
Centro Cultural Andratx
Telephone: +34 971 137 770
Fax: +34 971 137 691
Web site: www.ccandratx.com
The range and number of shops in Sant Elm is also somewhat limited, although in all fairness there should certainly be enough to satisfy the everyday holiday needs whilst you are away. In addition, every Wednesday, with the exception of public holidays and fiesta days, the local street market is held in the centre of nearby Andratx. There's usually a good selection of locally produced fruit, vegetables and crafts on offer, but you'll need to haggle to secure the best bargains.
The market place in Andratx is also the site of the annual "Fira Agricola y Ramadera" or Agricultural and Animal Fair, which takes place on the first Sunday of May each year, although for most visitors this is still a little early in the season.
The other more popular annual events in the area also form part of the islands fiesta calendar. The first event takes place around the 29th of June with the fiesta of San Pedro, and is then quickly followed a couple of weeks later on the 16th of July with the fiesta of Our Lady of Carmen, which also features a colourful boat procession around the marina.
The south west of the Mallorca has no less than 6 championship standard golf courses including the impressive
Golf de Andratx
course which, despite its name, is actually closer to Camp de Mar than it is to Andratx.
A local organisation based in nearby Magaluf called "Mallorca Golf Connection",
are the official TUI Thomson golf booking agency, can organise tee-off times,
transport to and from the courses and discounted green fees.
Contact details are:
Mallorca Golf Connection
Avenida Solivera 5
Telephone: +34 971 221 973
Fax: +34 971 221 974
Web site: www.mallorcagolfholidays.com
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