From Calvià to Andratx
The municipalities of Calvià and Andratx in southwest Mallorca are two of Europe's most cosmopolitan and popular vacation destinations and home to citizens from more than 100 countries. Here, in the coastal town of Santa Ponsa, King Jaume I of Aragon and his Christian troops landed in 1229 to conquer the Moors who had dominated the island for over 300 years. Every September the event is commemorated with festivities and colorful battles on the beach.
Summer is the prime tourist season in the area's coastal resort towns but for the sports and outdoor enthusiast a visit during the off season is just as tempting. Hikers and cyclists can enjoy kilometers of paths and trails, play rugby on new world class installations, join the cricket club, play golf on four 18-hole golf courses or sign your kids up for a tennis, sailing or horseback riding class.
If you prefer the slow life, try the medieval villages of Andratx, Calvià and Capdellá. Stay in a rural hotel and take a step back in time but if the mood strikes, you're just minutes from high-class restaurants in the exclusive ports of Andratx, Puerto Portals or the new megayacht port, Port Adriano.