About San Telmo
Known as Sant Elm, Sant Elmo and by locals as San Telmo, this charming village is located in the south western part of Mallorca, named after the patron saint of sailors and navigators, today SanTelmo retains its nautical heritage as a small fishing port for local boats and a popular anchoring spot for cruising yachts to linger and enjoy the aqua marine waters.
History and Culture of San Telmo
San Telmo was a rallying point by King Jaume’s fleet in the 13th century during the reconquest of Mallorca from the Saracens , the Fleet anchored in these waters off Sant Elm and the King set up camp on the small island of Pantaleu.
The island of Dragonera just a short boat ride from Sant Elm village has an interesting history of bandits and pirates, one particular terrifying pirate ‘Red Beard’ also known as ‘Barbarossa’, is said to have occupied the island.
Dragonera was issued 'National Park' status in 1995 for its outstanding beauty and wildlife, the only invaders today are the modest numbers of tourists who use San Telmo as a base for exploring this pitchuresque part of the Balearic Islands.
Shopping San Telmo
San Telmo is not a large town but has good basic amenities, there are three small supermarkets, several restaurants, wine bars, coffee and tapas bars as well as a Pharmacy, wine & delicatessen and a cash point, so you can shop here for all the essentials. The nearby towns of Andratx and Port Andratx have extensive shopping facilities and there is a weekly market on Wednesday in Andratx Town.