Arta Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View narrow streets are very interesting and well worth wandering round as is the main street which is pedestrianised and home to many of the town's shops, cafes, bars and restaurants

The town of Arta is not too touristy and offers lots of historical attractions with the main one being the Santuari de Sant Salvador which is a chapel situated on top of the hill and offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area. The narrow streets are very interesting and well worth wandering round as is the main street which is pedestrianised and home to many of the town's shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Arta can become quite busy on a Tuesday when the weekly market takes places. There are also many festivals that take place throughout the year that are well worth seeing.

Insider's View

 by Anna Nicholas

Majorca Insider one of the jewels of the North East of the island

For culture vultures, a ten minute walk up steep stone steps to the hilltop fortress and chapel of Santuari de Sant Salvador is a must

The picturesque and historic hill town of Arta from the word ‘Yartan’ meaning garden in Ancient Arabic is, for me, one of the jewels of the North East of the island. It's an affluent little town with señorial mansions and narrow, winding streets and leafy squares. Although inland, there are some wild and beautiful sandy beaches backed by pines and sweeping dunes only a short drive away, such as Cala Torta and S'Arenal de Sa Canova. The town itself is a shoppers' paradise with a wonderful array of gift emporiums along the main drags such as on the pedestrianised Calle Ciutat. Every Tuesday there is a craft market which sells all manner of baskets, panama hats, trinkets and clothes and there's usually folk music and dancing displays. A favourite shop of mine is DOMUS Art on Calle Ciutat which sells wooden crafted products and rather unusual gifts.

The town is full of fantastic cafés and restaurants such as Café Parisien, a stunning townhouse with a shady courtyard which serves up great soups and imaginative salads and Ca Nostra Tapas Bar & Grill, for excellent Majorcan fare. The most stylish joint has to be La Calatrava Restaurant which feels more like a club, housed in the old school building and boasting an elegant tiled inner courtyard with fountain, and a library and pool room. It also has Wi-Fi.

For culture vultures a highlight is the fifteen minute walk up the 180 steep stone steps flanked by cypresses from the parish church to the hilltop ancient fortress and pilgrim's church of Santuari de Sant Salvador. The views across the Central Plain are spectacular, even though the walk might leave you a little breathless. A charming café at the top is a good place to stop for a refreshing drink or robust coffee! This was once a popular route for pilgrimages and eons before the Moorish fort was a major landmark before it was destroyed by Catalan soldiers of the Conquista. In Arta's Plaça d'Espanya, next to the town hall, is situated the small regional museum which displays various Roman artefacts such as coins, seals and drinking vessels as well as historic Majorcan items of interest.

A short walk from the town is the prehistoric Talayot village of Ses Paisses which has an impressive entry portal made of three huge stone boulders. The ruins set around carob and olive groves aren't in the best shape but still an interesting reminder of the island 's history. Near to Colònia de Sant Pere is another Talayotic village, known as Canova de Morrell which is well worth a visit. Out of town hikers can head for Ermita de Betlem, 10 kilometres northwest of Artà, to enjoy spectacular panoramic coastal views across the Badía d'Alcúdia. It's a tough 5 hour round trip from the town so not for the faint hearted, especially in the sun. A much beloved local restaurant on the route is Finca Es Serral, offering delicious fare such as almond soup and its famous calorific buttery pudding, greixonera dulce.
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