The name ‘Arta’ derives from the Arabic word ‘jertan’ or garden, and is a prosperous town in the north east of Mallorca.
The Tuesday market is well worth attending, and the town is also home to a hilltop fortress. The view down over the rooftops is one of the most stunning sights in Mallorca.
The original sanctuary walls were rebuilt in the 19th century. Take your time to walk around the battlements and explore the peaceful courtyards.
Arta’s main festival, Sant Antoni de Juny, dates back to 1581 and features traditional music and dance. Festivities to celebrate the patron saint of Arta take place during the first week of August. Arta’s autumn fair is held on the second Sunday of September.
Arta has a small museum, housed inside Sa Nostra bank, which has archaeological discoveries from Greek and Roman periods.
To the north of Arta in the Llevent Natural Park, is the Ermita de Betlem, founded by monks in 1805.