Andratx is the epitome of the authentic Mallorca, a sleepy, pretty town located 42.5 km by road from the island’s main airport near Palma. Sitting in a valley on the south-western edge of the Tramuntana Mountains, Andratx is surrounded by almond trees and orange groves.
Like many towns in Mallorca just inland from the coast, Andratx came about when residents of what is today Port d’Andratx moved inland to escape raids by Barbary Pirates. Today Andratx looks more or less the same as it did in the 16th century. On Wednesdays (market day) the town comes to life as vendors take over the town’s quaint streets selling vegetables, cheeses and fish.
Nearby Port d’Andratx is considered to be one of Mallorca’s classiest holiday destinations. Popular with the yachting fraternity and celebrities, whose Tuscan-style villas can be seen adorning the hillsides.
Taxi ranks at Palma de Mallorca Airport are located outside the arrivals hall. After picking up your luggage, take exit gate C in the middle of the hall and you will see the taxis outside. All taxis in Mallorca are white with the traditional illuminated taxi sign on the roof.
Disregard anyone approaching you offering a taxi service and only use the official licenced Mallorca taxis. If you have a complaint about being overcharged, be sure to ask the driver for a receipt. Most taxis accept either cash or credit/debit card as forms of payment. Rates vary by time of day, weekends / holidays and the number of passengers and amounts of luggage. Also, note that taxis are only allowed to carry four passengers and that babies also count as a passenger.
Many people and especially in the United States are used to hopping off their flights and ordering an UBER on their smartphones. Unfortunately, UBER is banned on Mallorca so you will not be able to use your app anywhere on the island.
When selecting a private transfer firm look for one that has a reputation for punctuality and reliability. TripAdvisor has real customer reviews and ranks Solhop as the number one private hire company in Mallorca. With them, there is no need to pay for your car when you make the booking online as the drivers accept cash, plus you can cancel or amend your travel plans at any time.
For more information on this topic, please also see our page on Palma Airport Transfers.
With Palma de Mallorca (PMI) being the third busiest airport in Spain you have plenty of choices when it comes to hiring a car. All the big-name companies have offices at the airport. Several lesser known local hire car firms have off-site lots and provide a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions of your rental agreement closely so as not to be surprised when you receive the final bill. Also, fuel policies varies from one company to the other even though most operate on a full to full basis. This means that you are given a car with a full tank of fuel and expected to return the car the same way.
Don’t make the mistake of filling up the tank before you leave your holiday resort as the car will not be full when you arrive at the airport. There are plenty of petrol stations near the airport where you can fill up before dropping off the car.
For more information on the topic, please also see our car hire page.
Andratx is around a 40-minute drive from Palma airport. When you leave the airport, follow the directions for Palma along the Ma-19, then take the Ma-20 ring road around the city until you see the Ma-1 exit towards Palma Nova / Andratx. This route will take you all the way to Andratx.
Being a little off the beaten track, getting to Andratx by bus requires a little effort. Seeing as there is no direct bus between the airport and Andratx you must first take the number 1 bus to Mallorca’s main bus station at the Plaça Espanya. From there you need to catch the 100 or 102 TIB bus to Andratx.
For more information on bus routes in Mallorca, please follow this link.