The traditional town of Artá sits in the middle of a large valley at the foot of a small mountain in the northeast of Mallorca. The town rigorously clings to its heritage, making few concessions for tourism. The parish church, Transfiguracio del Senyor, dominates the largely pedestrianised centre and skyline of Artá.
Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this popular town.
History & Culture
Artá is overlooked by the fortified Santuari de Sant Salvador, which is a major attraction for visitors to corner of the island. It takes a very pleasant long stroll up the tree-lined walkway, which with 180 steps, can be a challenge in itself. The sanctuary and its walls were originally constructed in the 14th century, but were rebuilt in the 19th century. The church features some fabulous artwork, and the sanctuary’s courtyard provides the perfect place to sit and soak up the views.
Perhaps a lesser-known fact about Artá is that it was one of the last places in Europe to suffer an outbreak of the bubonic plague. The nearby beautiful fishing village of Colonia de Sant Pere was established by survivors who moved out of Artá to avoid becoming infected.
Historically the area around Artá is well-known for its production of pottery and for basket weaving. Archeological digs have unearthed woven fibers that suggest these traditional skills are amongst the oldest crafts on the island.
Major Attractions in Artá
Artá’s biggest attractions relate to the cultural heritage of the area. The most popular is undoubtedly the Sanctuary de Sant Salvador and the fortified battlements that surround it.
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Things to do in Artá
A walk around the battlements of the Islamic fort of Almudaina d’Artá gives wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. There are beaches within a short hike of town, and many who brave the walk say it’s just as beautiful as the beach itself. You are also within easy reach of the many attractions the northeast of the island has to offer, such as the Coves del Drac.
Artá has its own regional museum. It’s located next to the town hall in the Plaça d’Espanya and is well worth a visit. The Teatre d’Artá has been open since 2001, and has seating for around 460 people. Check local information to see what shows are upcoming.
Artá is the home of two markets. There is a general market in the Plaça del Conqueridor, and a handicraft market in the grounds of the villa Na Batlessa. Both take place on a Tuesday morning.
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Restaurants in Artá
There is an abundance of restaurants to choose from in Artá. A small but popular choice is Na Creu. Hidden away in the heart of the old town, this modern restaurant offers a delicious range of Mediterranean cuisine. They also have some interesting artwork, which is also for sale.
For those with a hankering for something a little more laid back, there is Sa Gripia. The dining room is a renovated stable with a lovely courtyard. They take great pride in their dishes; only using locally sourced fresh products. The quaint feel and relaxing atmosphere mean it’s often busy, so booking is recommended.
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Hotels in Artá
Artá benefits from several boutique hotels. One of the most highly rated of them is the Jardi d’Artá. The recently renovated hotel has loads of charm, and a simple but comfortable elegance. The attentive Georges and his team enhance your stay.
Perhaps the best-known hotel in Artá is the Sant Salvador. Its traditional architecture and original decoration all help add to the already relaxing ambiance. Their inner courtyard provides the perfect place to sit when enjoying cuisine from their extensive menu.
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Events in Artá
On the 16th and 17th of January the locals celebrate the festival of Sant Antoni. The festivities are very lively, with music and dancers in costume. This isn’t to be confused with the celebration of Sant Antoni de Padua on the 13th June, which features children performing traditional dances.
The first Sunday of September plays hosts to Artá’s autumnal fair. While predominantly an agricultural fair and market, there are plenty of activities for children and adults alike.
The first week of August is when the locals celebrate their patron saint, Sant Salvador.
This devilishly good night out is fun and free – a centuries-old tradition combining bonfires and dancing demons, and happening all over Mallorca.
Living in Artá
The town of Artá is made up of winding streets and narrow alleys, which are lined by stone townhouses. Many of the properties have been lovingly renovated, and most properties in the centre of Artá feature green shutters. Prices in the centre of town vary depending on the state of renovation, but expect to pay close to €1 million for a fully renovated townhouse close to the centre.
The surrounding countryside is littered with luxury villas. For a large modern high class property expect to pay around €3 or €4 million.
Its location in the North of the island doesn’t make it the most convenient for international schools, with the nearest being about a 50 minute drive away.
Good road access and location means Artá is a great place to branch out from and explore the less commercialized east coast of Mallorca.
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Surrounding areas of Artá
Artá has no immediate neighbours, but there are many resorts and ports just a short drive away.
Cala Ratjada and Cala Bona offer a more tourist orientated experience, whereas the associated fishing village of Colonia de Sant Pere offers a more relaxing and traditional escape.
Although Artá has no shortage of amenities, the nearest big town of Manacor can provide anything else you could need in your day-to-day life.
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