Welcome to Santanyí, one of the best towns in southeast Mallorca. A charming spot that has all of the Balearic charm one could hope for, it’s close to everything on the eastern side.
Santanyí is one of my favorite Mallorcan towns, so much so, that we lived just on the outskirts in a neighboring town for six weeks last year. This part of Mallorca is special — slow living, village life, and close to all of the best calas and beaches.
While we lived in the small neighboring village of Ses Salines (10 minutes from Santanyí), Santanyí was the large town that we would go to on a regular basis. We became frequent visitors to the weekly markets and found our favorite restaurants and shops.
Why Visit Santanyí
What makes Santanyí extra special is that the city itself is mostly pedestrian. You park on the outside and walk into the center where several criss-crossing alleys lead to the center.
It’s one of the most visited towns in Mallorca, and for good reason. It has a lot on offer in the town and is one of the bigger “villages” similar to Pollenca in size. Most small towns in Mallorca like Valldemossa and Deiá just have a handful of restaurants and accommodations.
The other part that is wonderful about Santanyí and why we chose this part of Mallorca as a home for nearly 2 months, is the location. You’re within a 15-20 minute drive to some of the most iconic best beaches of Mallorca.
You can really explore this part of the island efficiently from Santanyí, which is why I always recommend it as the best hub for the eastern side. The only downside is that in some peak months, the traffic and crowds are unavoidable. But those are manageable with early starts to the day and some strategic timing.
Below, I’m sharing my Santanyí guide and local knowledge after living in the area. Find where to stay, where to eat, and the best beaches close to Santanyí.
Short on Time? Here Are My Top Picks for the Best Hotels in Santanyí:
- Can Ferrereta, for the best adults-only hotel
- S’Hotelet de Santanyi, for the best overall hotel
- Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat, for the best countryside hotel
The Ultimate Travel Guide to Santanyí, Mallorca
What to Know Before You Visit Santanyí
Getting to Santanyí
Getting to Santanyí, Mallorca is relatively easy, as the town is well-connected to the rest of the island. The nearest major airport is Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), which is approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Santanyí. From the airport, you can take a taxi or rent a car to reach Santanyí.
The Most Convenient Way is By Rental Car
Getting around Mallorca really does require a rental car. It’s what will allow you to access beaches, small villages and towns, and surrounding areas. I would recommend flying into Palma de Mallorca, grabbing your rental car there, and road-tripping.
The eastern part of Mallorca is very easy to drive in with flat roads and clear signage (unlike the western side). Your biggest challenge will always be parking, so plan on a smaller car.
You do need to reserve a car in advance, I use Discover Cars to get the cheapest rates for my car rentals in Europe.
Getting Around Santanyí
Getting around Santanyí is quite convenient, as it’s a relatively compact town. Most of the attractions and amenities are within walking distance of the town center, making strolling through its charming streets a pleasant way to explore.
Additionally, renting a bicycle or a scooter is a popular option for covering a bit more ground and reaching nearby beaches and natural sites. You’ll see people biking around often, but be prepared for hot days in the sun.
The Best Time to Visit Santanyí
The best time to visit Santanyí, Mallorca, is during the spring (April to June) and early autumn (September to October). During these months, the weather is pleasantly warm, and the tourist crowds are thinner compared to the peak summer season.
This allows you to enjoy the town’s attractions, beaches, and outdoor activities comfortably. Summer (July and August) is the busiest and hottest time, so if you prefer a quieter and more temperate experience, it’s advisable to plan your visit during the shoulder seasons.
Where to Stay in Santanyí
There are a few perks to booking a hotel in town, which allows you to park the car once and then walk in everywhere. Depending on what kind of experience you want, you could also look into the countryside for smaller boutique hotels and vacation rentals. I’ve grouped the hotels by in-town and countryside to make it easier to narrow in on the experience that’s best for you. Lastly, if you’re planning on exploring more of the island, be sure to check out my guide to the best luxury hotels in Mallorca which highlights amazing properties across the island.
Travel Tip: I lived in Ses Salines, where I personally enjoyed the smaller village feel and being in the countryside. This is also a great base as there are two fantastic restaurants in town as well.
Can Ferrereta (Adults-Only)
Can Ferrereta is a luxurious boutique hotel located in the charming town of Santanyí, Mallorca. This elegant and intimate hotel offers a tranquil retreat for adult guests, combining modern amenities with a historic atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for a romantic getaway or a peaceful escape. Book the best rates here.
S’Hotelet de Santanyi is a charming boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Santanyí, Mallorca. With its welcoming atmosphere, stylish design, and personalized service, this boutique hotel provides a cozy and relaxing haven for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the local culture and enjoy the town’s attractions, making it a great choice for a memorable stay in Santanyí. Book the best rates here.
Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat is a wellness and holistic retreat center located near Santanyí, Mallorca. This serene and rejuvenating retreat offers guests a holistic experience, including yoga, meditation, healthy cuisine, and spa treatments. It’s an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation, personal growth, and well-being in a tranquil and natural setting on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Book the best rates here.
Other Hotels Nearby
Villa Station by Cassai (Ses Salines)
Villa Station by Cassai is a stylish and contemporary villa accommodation in Ses Salines, Mallorca. This boutique villa offers modern amenities, sleek design, and a private pool. This place is done by the Cassai Group, they have a restaurant in town! Book the best rates here.
Finca Hotel Rural Es Turó (Santanyí Countryside)
Finca Hotel Rural Es Turó is a charming rural hotel located in the countryside near Santanyí, Mallorca. Set in a peaceful and picturesque environment, this Finca-style hotel provides guests with a tranquil retreat, comfortable accommodations, and a taste of authentic Mallorcan rural life. Book the best rates here.
Sa Carrotja (Adults Only, Ses Salines)
Sa Carrotja is a boutique hotel in Ses Salines, Mallorca, exclusively designed for adult guests. This adults-only retreat offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for couples or individuals seeking a peaceful getaway. Book the best rates here.
Bookmarked Vacation Rentals in the Area
Terraced House in Santanyí (2br / 2ba)
Design Terraced House in Santanyí (3br / 2ba)
Luxury Townhouse in Santanyí (3b / 2ba with Pool)
The Best Things to Do in Santanyí
Go to the Saturday or Wednesday Market
One of the biggest draws to Santanyí is the weekly market, also known as Mercat Setmanal Santanyí. It’s a big deal on the island — people come in from everywhere for this. The Saturday one is particularly busy. The streets are full of vendors selling various produce, goods, and more.
I personally prefer the smaller Wednesday market as it has fewer crowds and vendors. If you do plan to go, the early bird gets the worm, so arrive early. Go for a stroll in the center of the town and then stop at any of the cafes for a coffee to watch the crowds go by.
Spend the Day at The Beach
With a prime location to the best beaches of Mallorca, you can easily visit any of these near Santanyí on an afternoon trip. You’ll definitely need a car or some kind of transport.
Cala Llombards was our go-to even though the parking can be tricky come late morning and afternoon. It’s an easy entrance into the beach, super kid-friendly as well, and is sandy. You’ll need to bring your own shade, so remember this or try to find a spot against the rocks.
Cala Santanyí is another family-friendly Cala. There is ample parking here to access. I don’t think the water at the shoreline is the best, but if you go out around the rocks, it does get clearer. Several restaurants are here too, so there are some amenities.
Playa de S’Amarador / Parc Natural de Mondrago
This is my favorite beach in eastern Mallorca, the water is unbeatable at Playa de S’Amarador. Set inside Parc Natural de Mondrago, this large cove beach has small waves. It’s my go-to for a full day at the beach. There’s a snack shack with drinks and chairs/umbrellas for rent.
Cala s’Almunia is one of the best rocky calas, it’s a wonderful spot for a very early morning dip as it gets very crowded.
Stroll the Old Town and Shop Local
The old town of Santanyí is a thing to do in itself. There are so many lovely roads and alleyways, full of shops and local designers. Some of my favorite stores from my time include Mimar Lifestyle (home goods), Valle Trufa (gourmet grocery), Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc (artisanal local salt), Es Taller Mallorca, Artesania (glass shop), and Sa Floristeria (floral store.)
Visit Cala Figuera
One of our favorite port towns is just outside of Santanyí, called Cala Figuera. It’s a great afternoon excursion. Head out to the cala, stroll around the picturesque shipping village, and then stop for an apero at one of the restaurants with a view. We always stop at Bon Bar for a drink!
If you’re looking to get out on the water, Cala Figuera is also where most boats go out. If you’re interested in getting out on the water, consider booking this scenic boat tour or this popular scenic 2-hour cruise out of Cala Figuera.
Where to Eat in Santanyí
I don’t get emotional when I talk about most places, but this one does it for me. It’s in the village of Ses Salines where we lived, and one of the top 3 restaurants in all of Mallorca. Most drive right by it, only to see the fish sign and not realize it’s an amazing restaurant. You have to book in advance, lunch is more popular than dinner.
I ate here probably a dozen times when we lived there as we loved it so much. It’s a purely seafood restaurant that has been open for generations in Mallorca. Some dishes to try are the fried artichoke, fish cooked in salt, the squid prepared tableside, and their rice dishes. I would fly to Mallorca just to eat here.
This is such a gem just on the outskirts of Santanyí. Known for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine and warm atmosphere, it’s a must-visit in my opinion. With a menu featuring fresh local ingredients and traditional Mallorcan dishes, Es Cantonet is perfect for a long dinner out.
One of the newer restaurants in town, Retroway has a fusion-Asian-inspired menu. It’s a great break from traditional Mallorca cuisine if you need it.
Another new spot in town, GRÁ, is an Irish Gastropub but done very Mallorcan! The kick is that it is entirely vegan, so a great healthy spot for a plant-based dining experience.
For the most elevated dinner in town, Laudat is the place to get a reservation. The ambiance and food are amazing, arguably the most popular spot in town.
A good spot for a drink is in the center of Santanyí. You’ll see many people eating food here, I’ve tried it twice now, and have been disappointed. So it’s in my opinion a spot for a drink and a light appetizer.
A good low-key spot for Mallorcan food — no thrills kind of place.
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