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As you would expect Arta and the surrounding area, doesn't as yet feature in any of the major tour operators brochures,
and since public transport from the Son Sant Joan airport just isn't really a practical option, anyone considering a holiday
here must make provision to either collect a hire car from the airport, or make the transfer into the town by one of the many
taxis that will be waiting outside the arrivals hall.
For those visitors who do prefer to make the short journey by car, in preference to a taxi transfer, once you have adjusted to driving "on the wrong" side of the road, the main Ma-15 road will take you almost all of the way from the airport to the town, and on a good day an experienced driver should be able to complete the journey in around 60 minutes, however, as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, this may increase the driving time substantially.
Although there has been a community here since ancient times, the reason for its name still remains unknown. The actual town of Arta is built in the middle of a large wide valley at the foot of a small mountain and is a very traditional town. It is Majorca for the Majorcans, with few concessions being made to the small number of tourists who decide to stay for their holidays.
The little town is dominated by the walled grounds of the magnificent Sanctuary of Sant Salvador. The Sanctuary was originally built in the 14th Century and is a major attraction for visitors to the north-east of Majorca. The building dates back to the 14th Century and is the home to a small effigy of the seated Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus in her lap, which is believed to be one of the oldest figures in Majorca still used for worship.
The walled grounds that surround the Sanctuary were added during the 16th Century to defend against the frequent attacks from marauding pirates, although much of what you can see today is the result of restoration work carried out during the late 1960s. With 180 steps to reach the Sanctuary, a visit is not advised for those with mobility problems, but if you do make it then the views from the top are well worth the climb.
The town of Arta is infamous as being the location of a devastating outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1820 - one of the last recorded in European history. The outbreak claimed over 1,200 victims and many of the surviving residents moved out of the town and established a nearby coastal village, known today as Colonia de Sant Pere. This beautiful little fishing village is also well worth a visit – even with the arrival of tourists in the summer months, it still remains one of the few unspoilt, uncrowded and undeveloped villages on Majorcan coast.
Another place of interest is the Betlem Hermitage, about 10km from the centre of Arta. Originally founded in 1805, the hermitage is still home to a small number of hermits today, who make a living from farming and donations from tourists.
From 1921 until the late 1970s the east coast of Majorca actually had its own railway line, which ran from Manacor all the way up to Arta, passing through the local towns of Sant Llorenc and Son Carrio. Although the grand station of ‘Pou Vell’ still remains in the centre of Sant Llorenc, there are sadly no plans to reinstate this line, which for a relatively small investment would undoubtedly prove to be both a major tourist attraction and amenity for the area.
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