discover all local places of interest, activities and charm of artà in this local travel guide

Artà local guide

Accommodation offers in Artà

Artà has very many accommodation options for you to choose from, it is only a question of what you think will be the most charming or interesting to try. Common to all options, is that in Artà, charm is included of the package. There shall however, sound a clear recommendation to look for a finca (manor house) around Artà. Here you’ll luxurious facilities in rustic and charming settings, where you can become one with the local. Another great bet on accommodation in Artà, is the so-called petit-hotels, which is located in the narrow streets of the city.

Sights and things to do in Artà

cuevas de arta caves of arta
cuevas de artà

World famous author Julius Verne visited these amazing stalactite caves and found here the inspiration that led to his most reknown works, The Journey to the Center of the Earth. Now it’s your turn to come and explore these massive and very impressive caves full of mystery and stories.

Visit the talayotic village of Ses Paises in Arta Mallorca
Ses païses

If you are looking to learn about the life on the island during prehistoric times, a visit to the Ses Païses talayotic village is a must here in Ártà. These excavations will teach and show you about early days community structure and architecture. This is a great sight for all ages.

Here’s a list of things to do in Artà

One of the first things you’ll notice in Artà, is the thick fortress wall with its nine towers, that surrounds the pilgrimage church Santuari de Sant Salvador, on the top of the hill. Several impressive statues and religious monuments are located here, including the statue of the Virgin Mary carved in wood. Walk past the parish church and beyond, along the more than 180 steps calvary stone staircase to reach the Santuari de Sant Salvador, from where you will enjoy the panorama view of Artà and the surrounding area, along with the very beautiful garden that belongs to the church.

Are you interested in history, head down to the center of the town, to Placa d’Espanya and visit the town hall, which also houses the town’s ethnological museum. Here you will be told the story of Artà. There are also a number of relics from the Roman and Moorish domination of Mallorca. Contraindications many other historical museums on the island, this gives you a good idea of what Mallorca has been for the peasants, nobles and how times have changed island.

In 1921, the railway that connected Palma with Manacor, Son Servera and Artà, was established. It was later closed again, but the old station building still stands in Artà, and it’s currently on the blueprint to put the railroad back in operation.

Speaking of sights, we can’t avoid mentioning the stalactite caves, Cuevas d’Artà, on the coast about Canyamel. Colored lights casts beautiful shades around the stone walls and stalactites, that form figures, believed to have religious significance. Jules Verne was among the first in recent times to visit the caves, and it is commonly believed that it was right here he got the inspiration for his world famous “Journey to the center of the earth.”

Activities, tours and excursions in Ártà

About 8 Km to the north of the city itself, you will find the beautiful nature reserve, Parc Natural de la Península. You will want to hike or bike through the open and unspoilt landscapes, which for comparison, points to the Scottish highlands. Up here, you can inhale the fresh mountain air, while experiencing first hand, how Mallorca’s peasant and indigenous communities lived several hundred years back in time.

The nature reserve is, of course, one big playground for active vacationers, who will benefit from the enormous area up here.
The sights that awaits you up here, are simply unforgettable and unparalleled.

Besides from hiking and cycling, golf is another of the popular activities around Artà. Within the 15 minutes of driving, you can reach 3 different golf clubs, with challenging and fun courts to enjoy.

eating out in Ártà

The restaurants in Artà, serves a fine blend of classic Spanish dishes and Mallorcan upgrades. Artà, however, is more than tapas and dishes with fish and shellfish. As a city with a long history, particularly within enologi, the culinary art here includes a wine list that goes hand-in-hand with the local dishes – a golden opportunity to taste the delicious local wines.

Local market

Every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, Artà opens up the streets for the weekly market to be held. It takes place centrally, on the city’s main square. At the market, you can let your senses be seduced, by a colorful and aromatic variety of fresh fruits, meat, fish, flowers and sweet almonds and figs. This is an ideal opportunity to taste some of the typical Mallorcan local delicacies, e.g. the famous sobrassada-sausages.

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Artà is situated in the northeastern part of the island, about 60 km from the capital city of Palma de Mallorca.

Artà is a small, cozy and quiet village, but contains much history, culture and many attractions in this genre.

Artà borders other popular and more well-known tourist areas, such as Capdepera, Cala Ratjada and Son Servera, all popular among especially golfers.

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the municipality of Ártà

Ártà occupies the largest area of the north-eastern part of Mallorca. The municipality includes, besides from the town itself, also destinations such as Betlem and Colonia de Sant Pere, both mainly areas accommodating locals and people owning a house or flat in Mallorca but does live here permenantly. The municipality is also home to the beautiful nature park, Serra de Llevant, a popular place for walking and birdwatching.

Other wonderful destinations in the Llevant region

Llevant region location and info

The Llevant region

Llevant has its name from the Serra de Llevant mountain range that dominates the norther landscapes of the region. Llevant is an exciting region to travel in; you get wonderful beaches, impressive mountains, scenic nature, interesting heritage and a wonderful combination of authenticity and modern tourism.
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cala bona

Cala Bona is one of the smaller holiday destinations in the Llevant region of Mallorca, nevertheless a very popular one. It is located in the municipality of Son Servera and offers a great and versatile holiday base for couples and children families. Cala Bona is particular reknown for its ambient old harbour area with a great selection of restaurants and bars. Cala Bona things to do

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cala millor

Cala Millor borders Cala Bona on the Mallorcan east coast. Cala Millor is the biggest of all the beach holiday destinations in the Llevant region and on this side of the island. Cala Millor has everything to complete a great summer holiday with a wide array of nice hotels, a wide sandy beach and plenty of bars, restaurants and things to do. Cala Millor things to do

cala ratjada

Cala Ratjada occupied the neart-eastern tip of Mallorca and offers 3 great beaches, a vibrant city life and a wide array of activities and things to do. The resort is build around an old fishing harbour, which is scene for most of the restaurants and bars in the town. Cala Ratjada offers holidays for both couples, friends and childrens families, a versatile destination for all types of holidaymakers. Cala Ratjada things to do

all-inclusive hotel cales de mallorca travel guide
cales de mallorca

Cales de Mallorca is an all new holiday destination in Mallorca, seeking to accommodate families and couples looking for an all-purpose holiday base.Cales de Mallorca has two great beaches, a bunch a fun activities to engage in and a nice selection of great hotels offering stunning views over the coastline. Cales de Mallorca things to do

accommodation and local guide to Canyamel Mallorca

Canyamel is a rather small and exclusive holiday destination that primarily attracts adults and couples. Canyamel offers some of the most luxurious hotels on the island, a fine sandy beach and some of the most popular golf courses. The town itself does not offers much life, but the hotels in Canyamel has everything you need for a perfect romantic getaway. Canyamel things to do

capdepera local guide to sights activities

Capdepera is a cozy medival village located on top of a hill overlooking the entire northeast coast. Capdepera offers only a few accommodation options which makes it a more exclusive destination for adults and couples seeking a quiet child-free holiday base with great access to many activities and things to do. Capdepera things to do

font de sa cala

Font de sa Cala is a small holiday destination located close to Canyamel. Font de sa Cala offers a small but very nice beach, which is the reason for this small area to start accommodating tourists. There are just a few hotels here, all new and full of modern amenities in just a short walk from the beach. Couples and families with small children looking for relaxation will find Font de sa Cala very attractive. Font de sa Cala things to do

finca holiday in Manacor Mallorca

Manacor is not often thought of as a holiday destination, but the fact is that it is very popular among people looking for an authentic escape to the countryside. Especially holidaymakers looking for sports activities such as cycling and tennis will find Manacor an interesting option for a holiday base. The town of Manacor offers a wide array of places of interest and many great cellers to find some traditional mallorcan dishes at. Manacor things to do

porto cristo resort area local guide
porto cristo

Porto Cristo was one of the first developed tourist destinations on Mallorca’s east coast. The area is perhaps best known for its amazing tourist attractions such as the Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas del Hams, but Porto Cristo also offers a nice beach and a lively harbour area full of bars and restaurants. Porto Cristo is mainly an adult friendly destination attracting couples seeking romance and solitude with easy access to the many activity offers of the area. Porto Cristo things to do

accommodation offers illot mallorca travel guide

Like Cala Bona, s’Illot is one of the smaller beach holiday destinations on the east coast of Mallorca. The area has a lot of returning holidaymakers which witnesses of a destination with a lot to offer. Especially families with small children will enjoy the wonderful sandy beach with plenty of space to play and relax. S’Illot things to do

hotels local travel guide sa coma mallorca
sa coma

Sa Coma is a very popular summer holiday destination on the east coast of Mallorca. Sa Coma offers a large range of hotels with fantastic views over the beach and sea from the balconies. Sa Coma is a great choice of destination if you are looking for an all-round resort on the east coast to accommodation family and friends. Sa Coma is a relatively new holiday resort, with modern facilities, international restaurants and superb new hotels to choose from. Sa Coma things to do

sant lorenc mallorca local tour guide
sant llorenc des cardassar

Sant Llorenc des Cardassar is a rural area and a great choice of holiday base if you are looking to escape the mass tourism on the island and enjoy some RnR in quiet authentic surroundings. Sant Llorenc is an obvious option if you are keen on trying the finca holiday experience in Mallorca, but not entirely ready to let go of the beaches and bars. Sant Llorenc finca holiday

son servera mallorca local tour guide
son servera

Son Servera is a great adult-friendly destination located in the northern part og the Llevant region. Son Servera mainly attracts active holidaymakers looking for an exclusive base with great access to lots of activity offers such as golf, tennis and open roads. Son Servera has a cozy little village and some interesting sights to explore. Son Servera golfing holiday