Santanyi old town is full of stone houses built from the local honey-coloured sandstone. The same sandstone was used in the building of the cathedral in Palma and Castell Bellver.
One of the old town gates, Sa Porta, in Plao Port is a reminder of medieval times when the town was an important fortress defending southeastern Mallorca, and surrounded by several walls. Towering over the town is the vast church of Sant Andreu.
The interior of this 18thcentury church features a huge Rococo organ brought here from a Dominican monastery in Palma.
North of town, on top of the Puig Gros hill stands a 16th-century chapel with a beautiful picture of the Madonna. The Santuari de Consolacio is accessed via stone steps, which have been climbed for centuries by footsore and weary pilgrims.
Some 5 km (3 miles) east of Santanyí is Cala Figuera, with an unspoilt fishing harbour situated in a bay that resembles a fjord. The adjacent and equally picturesque Cala Santanyo bay is situated at the end of a rocky canyon with steep banks, overgrown with trees. Here, rising from the sea, is the Es Pontas rock.
Six kilometres (4 miles) east is the Botanicactus, a garden which has nearly 400 species of cacti.