Calla Llamp, Puerto de Andratx

The Southwest region of Mallorca is a captivating blend of stunning landscapes, rich history, and lively towns that attract visitors and full-time residents seeking convenience, relaxation and exploration. This part of the island is renowned for its popular beach towns, and a history that unfolds through its ancient architecture and cultural heritage.

Mallorca's southwest region boasts a diverse and breathtaking landscape, characterised by rugged cliffs, golden beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The Tramuntana mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop to the region, offering hiking enthusiasts spectacular trails and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline is dotted with hidden coves and secluded beaches, creating a paradise for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts alike.

The history of the southwest region is deeply intertwined with Mallorca's rich past. Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish influences have left their mark on the island, evident in the historical sites and architecture scattered throughout. The town of Calvia, for instance, has a history dating back to the Bronze Age, and its cobblestone streets and ancient churches showcase the passage of time.

One of the highlights of the southwest region is Port de Andratx, a charming fishing village that has transformed into a sophisticated resort. The harbour is lined with luxury yachts, and the waterfront promenade is adorned with boutiques, cafes, and seafood restaurants. Visitors can stroll through the narrow streets, explore art galleries, or simply enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance.

Andratx is also seen as being part of the “Serra de Tramuntana South”. It is a quiet, residential village and home to the CCA, a contemporary art centre and residency. The tranquil town of Sant Elm on the tip of the southwest coast livens up in the summer as one of the region’s most popular beaches.

Puerto Adriano
Sunrise at Playa de Palmanova

Santa Ponsa is another popular resort town in the southwest, known for its family-friendly atmosphere and large sandy beach. The town offers a mix of recreational activities, from golf courses to water parks, making it an ideal destination for both family fun and outdoor activities.

Port Adriano, designed by the renowned architect Philippe Starck, is more than just a marina, fusing contemporary architecture with luxury lifestyle. The marina can accommodate a range of vessels and is a preferred summer destination for yacht owners passing through Mallorca.It is also home to year-round events and entertainment.

Calvia, the namesake of the region, is a historic town with a vibrant cultural scene. Its mediaeval streets lead to the Church of San Juan Bautista, a Gothic masterpiece dating back to the 13th century. The town square, surrounded by cafes and shops, is a lively hub where locals and tourists gather.

Palmanova, situated along the coast, is famous for its three pristine beaches and modern amenities. The resort town provides a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, with water sports, beach clubs, and a lively nightlife scene.

Genova sits upwards into the hillsides surrounding Palma, a leafy-green area with old homes and modern apartments, there are several international schools located in or nearby this community. It’s more of a suburban feel rather than city, which makes it a desirable location. Moving further west along the coast, other areas to consider include: Cas Catala, Bendinant and Portals Nous, chic, small communities with beautiful beaches and downtown areas with shops and restaurants. Portals Nous includes Puerto Portals – a luxury marina that also features many events throughout the year – from holiday markets to regattas to classic cars. While close to Palma and considered suburbs of the city in many ways, these communities are part of Calvia.

This Southwest region is also where many of Mallorca’s International Schools are located, adding to its popular appeal for residents of the island.

The Southwest region of Mallorca is a captivating destination that seamlessly combines natural beauty, historical charm, and modern luxury. Whether exploring ancient towns, relaxing on pristine beaches, or indulging in upscale amenities, visitors are sure to be enchanted by the allure of this Mediterranean paradise.