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The Complete Artà Travel Guide

If you want to embrace slow and mindful travel, come to Artà. Artà is a small, residential pueblo in the northeast of the island that has largely escaped tourist development. It’s a traditional and historic town that has the distinction of being the first in the Balearics to be certified a Cittaslow municipality, meaning that it has a high quality of life, a slow pace of life, and preserves traditions and the things that make it unique. 

Artà is a quaint town nestled in a valley under the Serres de Llevant and is the perfect place to experience authentic rural Mallorcan life. You can find plenty of local goods, fine dining and local restaurants, luxurious boutique hotels, history, stunning views, and more with all the conveniences of a bigger city a short drive away in Manacor.

How to Get to Artà

Artà is located on the far northeast point of Mallorca in the Llevant region, past Manacor and near Cala Ratjada. It takes about an hour by car from Palma and about an hour and forty minutes by bus.

Driving

Artà is a long drive in island time but a very easy one. Follow Ma-15 for about 50 minutes. Then follow Ma-12 until you reach Artà.

TIB Bus

While the bus might not be the most time-efficient option, it is still a very good one. You’ll need to take two buses to get to Artà from Palma.

First, take the 401 TIB bus to Cala Millor from Palma. They leave every hour. Then sit back and enjoy the ride for 50 minutes. If you’re lucky, you might spot hot air balloons out the window.

You’ll exit at the first Manacor stop, Molí Hospital 2. Cross the street, past the windmill in the middle of the road, and turn right past the TIB stop heading back to Palma. Walk for about a minute and then turn left onto another street and then you’ll see the stop for buses going to Artà.

Take TIB bus 411 to Cala Rajada. You’ll ride the bus for about 20 minutes and get off at the third stop, Artà 2. Be sure to look out the windows on the way and don’t miss the almond and olive trees and grazing sheep, all in a green valley surrounded by mountains.

Where to Stay in Artà

Best Overall: Jardi d’Artà Boutique Hotel

This oasis of gardens, pools, and tranquility is hidden away in the winding stone streets of historic Artà in a charming Mallorcan house from the 19th century near the Sant Salvator church. It contains nine charming and cozy rooms and two suites. Unwind after a day of exploring in their tranquil Arab garden or let the day melt away in their steam sauna.

Best Finca: Son Cardaix

Unplug and disconnect in a gorgeous 15th-century finca surrounded by approximately 200 acres of farmland, olive groves, almond trees, and fruit orchards in the Llevant countryside. There is a restaurant on-site offering local dishes as well as a pool and jacuzzi. They have nine rooms that integrate comfort with historic details and antique furnishings. This estate is just outside Artà, a short three-mile drive away.

Best Value: Yartan Boutique Hotel

Yartan is a gorgeous boutique hotel right in the heart of Artà. However, the most impressive thing is the value you get. With a full-service spa, amazing amenities, and a world-class breakfast and wine cellar, it’s surprisingly affordable.

Where to Eat in Artà

Best Fine Dining: Restaurante Jardi d’Arta

jardi d'arta restaurant

Look no further than Restaurante Jardi d’Artà for a fine dining experience in the heart of Artà’s old town. The small menu puts an innovative twist on Mediterranean dishes, sourcing local products. It’s located in a boutique hotel with terrace views of the town and the iconic Sant Salvador church.

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Best Authentic Mallorcan Food: Ca’n Jaume

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Eat like a local and check out Ca’n Jaume. This bar/restaurant offers a reasonably-priced menú del día and a variety of homemade Mallorcan dishes. It’s a more casual spot that is popular with the locals. It’s good, local home-cooking tucked away on a quiet street.

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Things to Do in Artà

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Go to the Market

Artà’s weekly market is held on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm in the center of town, in Plaça del Conqueridor and the surrounding area. It’s known to be one of the more charming markets on the island and is a great way to experience local gastronomy and artisanal goods.

See the Sights

Santuari de Sant Salvador
Friedrich Haag2014 03 14 266 San Salvador MallorcaCC BY-SA 4.0
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Casa Museu de sa Rondaia de Pere Pujol

Go for an Adventure

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ermita de betlem
Olaf Tausch, Ermita de BetlemCC BY-SA 3.0
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Go to the Beach

cala ratjada

Fires i Festes

San Antoni – January 16-17th

Sant Antoni de Padua – June 13th

Sant Salvador – Beginning of August

Fira d’Artà – Beginning of September

Nadal – End of December/Beginning of January

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