Santanyi is a handsome inland town in south east Mallorca. Both serene and historic, it is located between Parc Natural de Mondragó and Ses Salines and the honey-coloured architecture, fine choice of bars, boutique shops, art galleries & restaurants are a massive draw to tourists.
Particularly favoured by German tourists, this pretty, rural, authentically Mallorcan town is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings.
With a slow pace of life, quaint cobbled streets and majestic church, Santanyi has a special quality. Sit down on one of the many terraces on the main square (Plaça Major) in front of the church and watch the world go by. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday and are great times to visit, as locals come out in full force to purchase local produce.
You’re spoiled for choice with laid back eateries and bars and a favourite pastime is to linger over cold drinks and tapas late into the evening.
Santanyi has an all-year round German community and it is very popular with the creative types who have made the town their home. As you would expect, the town has many boutiques, trendy shops, galleries & workshops which can be found by exploring the towns numerous nooks and crannies.
Santanyi has an interesting history and part of that is directly linked to the presence of pirates, hence the fortified wall and Porta Murdada ( a doorway to access the town) in an effort to defend against pillage.
The town has an extensive coastline and beautiful coves and you can still see part of the past associated with pirates in several of them such as ruins of defensive towers. The local beach is Cala Santanyí; which isn’t so local, it is located about 10 kilometres from the town. The 130-metre long beach is made up of fine, white sand and the waters are ideal for families and snorkelling.