10 Things to Do in Arta That You Shouldn't Miss

March 31, 2018 Sheron Bogner

Discover the best top things to do in Arta, Spain including Ermita de Betlem, Cala Torta, San Salvador, Wallfahrtskirche Sant Salvador, Via Verde Manacor-Arta, Parque Natural de la Peninsula de Llevant, Iglesia Parroquial de la Transfiguracion del Senor, Poblado talaiotico de Ses Paisses, Cala Mitjana, Puig de sa Tudosa.
Restaurants in Arta

1. Ermita de Betlem

Massis d'Arta, Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
42%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Ermita de Betlem

Reviewed By Marshall S - Ladysmith, Canada

We hiked up from the coast at Betlem to this small hermitage in the Mountains. The 50-minute hike is moderately challenging along a rocky path through picturesque countryside (wear decent walking shoes). The Hermitage has clearly seen more active days since its founding in the late 1700s-early 1800s, but still well worth the visit, either by walking in, cycling, or driving up a winding road. It is fascinating to reflect on the attempts at self-sufficiency in this inspiring natural setting high above the ocean, surrounded by craggy outcrops of stone. Be sure to visit the tranquil and beautiful grove - grotto - shrine a 5-minutes walk from the monastery proper.

2. Cala Torta

Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Cala Torta

Reviewed By SammieJ0 - Manchester

A beautiful beach setting with a huge stretch of white sand, but possibly not worth the effort to get there. Long bumpy road down, followed by a bit of a walk to the sea on a blistering hot day felt like walking through a dessert. The entrance to the sea is full of thick seaweed, apart from a tiny area on the right hand side. Once past the seaweed the sea is turquoise & beautifully clear. Beach bar conveniently located on the beach and ample parking, keep driving, there is a lower car park.

3. San Salvador

Carrer del Castellet, Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

San Salvador

Reviewed By Rory M - Santa Eulalia

Worth an expedition just to see the view from the top - the whole of the island is laid out below and on a good day you can see to the Mainland and Ibiza.
Wiggly drive up made hazardous by hordes of cyclists struggling on the ascent and - more precariously - hurtling down seemingly out of control.
There is a small hotel on the summit which looks ok for a drink on the Terrace and a restaurant within the old monastery itself - not much a view from the dining room, which was packed on a Sunday. Food was robust Spanish cuisine - not fine dining but perfectly acceptable.

4. Wallfahrtskirche Sant Salvador

Santuari, Arta, Majorca, Spain +34 971 83 60 20
Excellent
34%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Wallfahrtskirche Sant Salvador

Reviewed By DeePurr - Basildon, United Kingdom

One of the higher points of the holiday to Majorca was visiting the rural town of Arta and seeing the churches and fortress, boasting fantastic views. It was great to learn about the history of Arta and also spend time looking around the town. A quaint but wonderful municipality, with narrow streets and panoramic views. Plenty of fantastic places to eat and the locals are always friendly. Visit if you can during festival time when the town really comes alive :)

5. Via Verde Manacor-Arta

Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Via Verde Manacor-Arta

Reviewed By EnricoNovelli - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Via Verde Manacor-Arta' was recently opened and is a bike trail built along the path of an old railway. The trailhead in Arta' is located at the original railway station building on the Ma-15 route, now reconverted into art store, bike rental. Bike rentals cost Euros 12-15/day. The road runs through the countryside and close to the town of San Servera offers beautiful views of the sea. At this point there is also a connection to the bike path that takes to the beach town of Cala Millor. Here it connects to another bike trail that runs along the coast. We rode all the way to Porto Cristo along the coast. Alternatively, it is possible to continue on the Via Verde to reach Manacor for a total 29 km ride. Both Manacor and Arta' are great little medieval towns. The route has modest elevations throughout and trees have been planted for shade on both sides, but are still young and small at present. Definitely a great bike ride for the whole family.

6. Parque Natural de la Peninsula de Llevant

Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
87%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Parque Natural de la Peninsula de Llevant

Reviewed By Peter S - North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

If you are a keen walker, then this area is fantastic. There are so many walks, from 20 minute scrambles up to a prehistoric site, to all-day circular challenges. The coastal walks are sublime (although I imagine they would not be as enjoyable in high-season when the sunbathers crowd the beaches). Some of the walks are covered in the usual walking guides (Rother etc.), but others are only shown in the leaflets you can get from tourist information and the actual information centre inside the park. The area is very popular with local mountain bikers - and I can see why - the routes are amazing.

7. Iglesia Parroquial de la Transfiguracion del Senor

Carrer Sant Salvador, s/n, 07570 Arta, Majorca, Spain +34 971 83 60 20
Excellent
28%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Iglesia Parroquial de la Transfiguracion del Senor

Reviewed By Tuurtje75 - Holland

It a long way up many many stairs but the result the view on Arta an Mallorca is spendid. Just walk around and enjoy. For info it seems from the other side you can drive way up by car...

8. Poblado talaiotico de Ses Paisses

Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
38%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Poblado talaiotico de Ses Paisses

Reviewed By Tuurtje75 - Holland

in Arta we obsered signs for these ruines and decided to visited the location.
It was the talayotic village of Ses Paisses which is one of the largest and best preserved prehistoric settlements in Mallorca.
The oldest structures are 850 year BC the rest around 600 year BC
The entrance port is a great piece of ancient building for the rest a lot of the ruines requires imagination how it must have been looked thousend of years ago.
Can't remember entrance price must have been a few euros.

9. Cala Mitjana

Disseminat Sexta Volta 321 07669, Illes Balears, 07669 Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Cala Mitjana

Reviewed By girlshavinfun - Dublin, Ireland

Great waves - lovely to watch. Great for surfers. Bit of an undertow but lifeguards on duty. €15 to rent sunbeds and umbrella set. Beach restaurant with nice view. Apartments on western side do not really infringe on the lovely beach - they are not too high.

10. Puig de sa Tudosa

Arta, Majorca, Spain
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Puig de sa Tudosa

Reviewed By Ingo S - Karlsruhe, Germany

The interior of the Reserva Natural de Cap de Ferrutx at the northern end of the Eastern part of the island of Mallorca, also at the northern end of the Serra de Llevant, is only accessible on foot and on bicycle; motor vehicle access is not allowed past the visitor information center at s'Alqueria Vella de Baix at the southern end of the reserve, just north of the junction with Mallorca road number 3333 from Arta.
The reserve has six major peaks that are more than 400 m high. The easiest way to access the summit of one of them is a bicycle ride to Puig the sa Tudossa (441 m), which is the fourth highest and located near the center of the park. The distance from Arta via the road Ma-3333 and the Cami des Presos is about 11 km one way mounting 350 m. The road is not steep: The main rise is from the information center (240 m) to the Campament des Soldats (365 m, 2 km with an average of 6 %), the final rise is from the Pas des Porcs (320 m) to the summit (441 m, 1,5 km with an average of 8%), both on a one-lane paved road without motor traffic. Between the two rises, you descend slightly on a formerly paved road that is now eroded to a gravel road of low to medium quality (370 to 320 m, 2 km with an average of 2.5%), which means that coming on a mountain bike is better than on a road bike because these 2 km might put some strain on your tires, even though all the rest of the trip is paved.
The Cami des Presos has a very sad history. From 1936 to 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, the fascist Franco regime detained 900 republican soldiers at the Campament des Soldats and forced them to build this road, which was originally intended to be continued for three more km to the Talaia Moreia (434 m) at the very northern end of the mountain range, just one km south of Cap de Ferrutx, for military purposes.
Today, the road allows us to more easily admire the austere beauty of the the mountain landscape of the northern Serra de Llevant. It can also be used as a starting point for climbing other peaks (only recommended for experienced mountain hikers):
1. Talaia Freda, 546 m, about 60 min from the Campament des Soldats, the last path on a Tirany (poorly defined, steep footpath, may be difficult to find, can only be hiked very slowly and may include easy scrambling)
2. Puig des Porassar, 491 m, about 30 min from the Campament des Soldats on a hiking trail, the easiest of these peaks
3. Puig de sa Creu, 486 m, about 1 h 15 min from the information center, the last part on a Tirany.
I'm not giving estimates for Puig des Corb (439 m) because it's completely pathless and for Talaia Moreia (434 m) because it may require a huge detour redescending almost to sea level or alternatively a long stretch of pathless hiking.

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