Introduction

Artà is on the north-eastern area of the island, in the so-called Levant County, 68 kilometres from Palma and 20 kilometres from Manacor. A surface of 140 square kilometres, where we can find a large diversity of landscapes such as mountains, beaches and cultivated lands. Beside the town of Artà, we find other urban centres such as Colònia de Sant Pere, Montferrutx, Betlem or S'Estanyol, all of them on the shore of Alcudia bay.

Climate

Artà, as Mallorca in general, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with soft and humid winters and temperatures that range between 13ºC to 15ºC, although minimums can fall to less than 7ºC. Summers are hot and dry, with average temperatures ranging between 30ºC and 32ºC, although during August sporadic storms are usual. The island has a mild climate with no extreme temperatures because the sea acts as a thermal regulator. Winter snowfalls are rare but can occur intensely on the highest points of the Serra de Tramuntana.

Landscapes

Arta's 25 kilometres long coast line has not been urbanized and preserves its natural state. Some outstanding places that are worth a visit are the beach, the dune of Sa Canova, the coastal plain of Colònia de Sant Pere and the high cliffs of Cap de Ferrutx, a refuge for some of the rare species of the island's flora and fauna like the native peony Paeonia Cambessedesii, the fishing eagle or the peregrine falcon. Finally, the visitor can't miss a series of small coves with sand beaches that go from s'Arenalet d'Albarca to Cala Torta.

Artà is built in the middle of a large valley. Its landscape still preserves isolated extensions of oak groves, but it is mostly characterized by small plots closed with dry wall where we find almond, fig and carob trees. The mountain is dominated by olive trees, although their cultivation is nowadays abandoned. Furthermore, the curious visitor will see how the construction of marges (Mallorcan dry stone walls) permitted their cultivation in this steep area. The natural vegetation features large extensions of reed with the silhouette of palms drawing the unique personality of this area. We also find Mediterranean garrigue vegetation with a large number of shrubs, wild olive trees and some pine forests. This mountainous landscape is completed with the Mallorcan estates known as possessions, an unquestionable symbol of the importance of farming activities.

Economy

Artà's economy, as the rest of the island, suffered an spectacular change from the 60s onwards. From a mainly agricultural economy it passed to another where the service sector predominates, being tourism its driving force. Artà follows this dynamic: a small percentage of people work in the primary sector, which are less than the 3% of active population; a significant part is dedicated to the second, specially the building sector; and a large majority work in the service sector. Over the past years, the sleepy centre of the town has seen how the restaurant industry has increased rapidly its volume of work, specially during the summer period. Nevertheless, the influence of rural hotels, agrotourism and activities like hill walking have permitted tourism deseasonalisation, turning into a more ecological and sustainable tourist model.

Transport

You can arrive to Artà by car through Manacor road or Puerto de Alcudia road. You can also use public transport. The bus (L411) leaves you directly in town. Another option is to get the train that arrives to Manacor and then the bus to Artà (L431). The railway Manacor-Artà is presently under construction.

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Venue information

  • Cala Tonó

    S'Estanyol (Colònia de Sant Pere). Arena gruixada. No vigilada

    Longitud: 130 m; Amplada mitjana: 20 m; Ocupació baixa; Platja semiurbana; Aigües tranquil·les

      39º44'01.50" / 3º15'46.00"

    • Arenal de sa Canova

      Colònia de Sant Pere. Playa de arena. No vigilada

      Longitud: 1600 m; Anchura media: 15 m; Ocupación baja; Playa aislada; Condiciones de baño: aguas tranquilas

        39º43'46.00" / 3º14'57.00"

      • Cala Mitjana

        Artà. Arena gruixada. Platja no vigilada

        Longitud: 100 m; Amplada mitjana: 50 m; Ocupació baixa; aïllada; Onatge fort

          39º45'08.00" / 3º24'50.00"

        • Cala Estreta

          Artà. Sandstone pebbles . Unguarded beach

          Length: 30 meters; Avarage width: 7 meters; Degree of occupancy: low; Type of beach: isolated; Swimming conditions: calm waters

            39º45'15.30" / 3º24'41.80"

            • Colònia de Sant Pere

            • Arenalet de na Clara

              Colònia de Sant Pere. Arena fina. No vigilada. Difícil acceso

              Longitud: 100 metros; Anchura media: 10 m; Ocupación baja; Playa aislada; Oleaje fuerte

                39º45'28.00" / 3º19'32.00"

              • Fontsalada

                Artà. Platja d'arena. No vigilada

                Longitud: 40 m; Anchura media: 30 m; Ocupación baja; Playa aislada; Oleaje fuerte.

                  39º45'49.00" / 3º23'04.70"

                • Arenalet d’Albarca

                  Parc Natural de Llevant. Platja d'arena. No vigilada

                  Longitud: 130 metres; Amplada mitjana: 40 metres; Ocupació baixa Platja aïllada; Onatge moderat

                    39º45'56.00" / 3º22'46.50"

                  • Sa Platgeta

                    Colònia de Sant Pere. Arena fina. Vigilada de juny a setembre. Family friendly

                    Accés discapacitats; Longitud: 70 metres; Amplada mitjana: 20 metres; Ocupació mitjana; Platja urbana; Onatge moderat

                      39º44'19.80" / 3º16'37.40"

                    • Cala Torta

                      Artà. Arena gruesa. Vigilada de junio a septiembre

                      Artà. Sand beach. Length: 150 meters; Avarage width: 100 meters; Degree of occupancy: high Type of beach: isolated; Swimming conditions: calm water

                        39º45'02.00" / 3º25'05.00"

                      • Es Matzoc

                        Artà. Canto rodado. No se aconseja el baño

                        Longitud: 80 m; Anchura media: 100 m; Ocupación muy baja; Playa aislada; Condiciones de baño: oleaje fuerte

                          39º45'33.30" / 3º24'15.70"

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