Laid back fishing port
Sant Elm (also known as San Telmo in Spanish) is a laid back fishing port on the south western edge of the island that has managed to keep mass tourism away due to its relative remoteness.
This tiny charming village is situated in a magical location with the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to the rear and the uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera to the front and is a favourite place for locals to watch and admire the glorious sunset.
A local feel
A popular route to Sant Elm is the narrow, twisting Ma1030 road from S’Arracó; which will take you through pine forests into the resort and its spectacular views.
San Telmo was named after the patron saint of sailors and it remains a working fishing port to this day. Very popular with hikers, cyclists and yachting day-trippers, the village has largely remained true to its roots and still has a local feel to it.
Blue flag beaches
Many day trippers visit Sant Elm to catch the boat over to the uninhabited Sa Dragonera for the day and many just spend the day on the beach or enjoying one of the quality seafood restaurants that can be found on the coastline.
The sandy beach known as San Gran and a smaller pebble beach Sa Petita are the local beaches, both with blue flag status and both with good facilities. Sant Elm is a popular place to swim, snorkel and scuba due to its rocky inlets and islands plus the great water quality.
Sant Elm was used as a rallying point during the reconquest of Mallorca from the Saracens in the 13th century, it has also seen more than its fair share of pirate activity especially when the island of Sa Dragonera was occupied by the infamous Red Beard (Barbarossa). Along the coastline, you will find two ancient watchtowers built to protect the town from pirate attacks.