If you are planning a holiday in Arta, Mallorca, the following information may help by giving you an overview on the resort.
Arta is derived from the Arabic word jertan “garden”, and has been occupied for at least 3,000 years as is evidenced by the remains of a Bronze Age site at Ses Paisses just outside Arta. Today, Arta is a prosperous little town near the coast, which gets particularly lively each Tuesday on market day.
From the parish church, an avenue of cypress trees leads to Arta’s hilltop fortress and Santauri de Sant Salvador. The view down over the rooftops is one of the sights of Mallorca. On the site of a Moorish fortress, the original sanctuary walls and chapel were rebuilt in the 19th century. Walk around the battlements , rest in the courtyard, then look into the sanctuary church with its vivid paintings of two Mallorcan heroes – Jaume the conqueror and Ramon Llull. There is also a painting of the patron saint of Arta and of animals – Sant Antoni. Each January the saint is commemorated with a masked procession and a blessing of pets. Artas big festival held in June – Sant Antoni de Juny – dates back to 1581 and features dancers with cardboard horses strapped to their hips.
The coastline north of Arta contains some of Mallorca’s wildest and most beautiful beaches – including the cove of Cala Torta.
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