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.


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.


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.


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.


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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