Visit the hilltop sanctuary of Sant Salvador and enjoy a piece of local history along with amazing panoramic views of the area
No less than 7 watchtowers, are incorporated in this metre-thick wall that encloses the sanctuary of Sant Salvador.
This fortress and church, was built back during Moorish times on Mallorca, and expanded after the Catalan reconquest of the island. At this time, the town of Artà, was called Almundaina, and the entire area was known as ‘Yartar’.
Inside the fortified area there is the house of the “Donat” (the person responsible for the Sanctuary) and two cisterns.
In the chapel, you find a figure of the Virgin Mary that was moved to the sanctuary from the church of Bellpuig (Catalonia) in the XV century. This polychrome wood carving was restored in 1952.
The 180 stone steps that lead up to the Sanctuary begin at the Parish Church of Transfiguration. The visit to Sant Salvador is free and offers extraordinary views over the town and the municipality of Artà.
Artà is the cultural capital of the east side of Mallorca, the town and surrounding area is like an open-air museum exhibiting the most emblematic building constructions on this side of the island. Artà is a great choice of holiday base if luxury and romance is to be combined. The accommodation and holiday offers in Artà are plenty and indeed versatile, because you can choose from fincas, flats, villas, hotels and agroturismos, you can even choose if you want an urban holiday base or a rural countryside oasis. The local area of Artà is full of treasures and cultural heritage, exhibiting the long and interesting history, such as the fortified church of Sant Salvador, the talayotic village of Ses Païsses and the many impressive manors documenting the wealth of the area. Artà is also the gate to the Llevant mounntain park where amazing and scenic wildlife and vegetation awaits you, along with breathtaking viewpoints and historical constructions. If you have not yet visited Artà, now is the time.
Things to do and see in Artà