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The municipality of Artà, which is situated in the north east of Mallorca, occupies most of the island´s eastern tip, covering an area of 140 km2 and running along 25 km of coast. The area is mountainous, with the highest peak rising to 562m, and it forms part of the Llevant Natural Park.

Artà is one of the few areas of Mallorca which has long sandy beaches which are not built up; this is due to the residents´ awareness of the importance of protecting the region. It goes without saying that these natural areas, where the sea always plays an important role, are the great attraction of both Artà and the island of Mallorca as a whole.

At the upper part of the old-town of Artà are vast ancestral homes; these either belonged to local landowning gentry or were built by returning emigrants who had made their fortune in South America. There are also more basic houses, which were built in accordance with the traditional architectural style of the island and which give the streets in the town an air of times gone by. Many visitors come here, and there are some small hotels and a good range of cafés and restaurants, mainly located in the pedestrian zone as you approach the town from Palma de Mallorca, along the streets of Carrer Ciutat and Carrer Antoni Blanes; also in this zone is Na Batlessa - an old ancestral home which has been turned into a cultural centre, with a stock of pieces documenting the work of the painter Miquel Barceló. On the same property stands the modern building of the municipal theatre.

Sant Salvador is a walled area with a sanctuary within it; it was known in times of Moorish rule on Mallorca, and thus predates the Catalan conquest of the island. It is located at the top of a hill and is Artà´s most emblematic building. The wall, which encloses an area of 4,000m2, is one metre thick and has two towers. The sanctuary dates back to the 13th century and contains a sculpture of the Mother of God sat with the baby Jesus; the sculpture is Romanesque - probably from the 12th century - and was brought from Catalonia. The current sanctuary building was constructed in the 19th century, as the previous building was demolished after being used as a hospital during the plague which hit the county in the summer of 1820. It takes the form of a Latin cross and falls within the neoclassical style, with the pictures on the dome being of particular note.

The parish church jumps into view as you reach Artà; it is below the hill of Sant Salvador and there is a 180-step stairway which leads up to the walled sanctuary from here. Work was started on the church in 1573 on top of the site of an older church and the building was finally completed in 1818. It has a rectangular form and a single nave, with chapels between the buttresses and the cross-vaulted roof. Its architectural style has many Gothic elements, despite being from the Baroque period, which is the style that has dictated the interior altarpieces.

On the street of Carrer de la Creu we find the Franciscan convent of Sant Antoni de Pàdua, which was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. The church has a single nave and a barrel-vaulted ceiling, with 5 chapels along each side. Next to the church there is a cloister formed by galleries of semi-circular arches.

The Talayotic settlement of Ses Païsses, which is located just under a kilometre from Artà in a holm-oak wood on a small hill and which is thought to have been home to around 324 people, represents one of the most important remains of pre-historic life on Mallorca. It has been estimated that the settlement´s wall was built between 1000 and 800 BC. It is well signposted and can be accessed from a street running off the street which leads to Capdepera.

Interesting visits in the Artà municipal area.

Rewiews of Artà

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Traveller name: Jaume Gili (June 2012)
Mallorca no fue conquistada por catalanes
El testamento de Jaime I el Conquistador Rey de Aragón dividió su reino. Jaime III de Mallorca y Pedro de Aragón; el 25 de mayo de 1343 con el desembarco en la Porrasa Pedro declaró la unión perpetua del reino de Mallorca al de Aragón, Valencia y al Condado de Barcelona. La conquista de Mallorca nunca fué de los catalanes, estos pertenecían a un condado y formaban parte de las tropas aragonesas
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Traveller name: Emilia Barceló (October 2011)
Visité Artá
Luego de conseguir la partida de Bautismo de mi abuelo Cristóbal Barceló, visitamos Mallorca junto con mi hermano, para conocer ARTÄ, tuvimos la gentileza de una señorita que viaja en el tren con nosotros y su padre nos llevó desde Manacor, visitamos la Iglesia Parroquial, Nos embragó la emoción al ver la piedra bautismal, pensando que nuestro abuelo que siempre añoró ese lugar fue bautisado ahí, Muy agradecida con la Srta que nos llevó, con el Sr que estaba en el museo de la Iglesia y con el Sr Llorent que anteriormente se había comunicado.
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Traveller name: EMILIA BARCELO (September 2010)
Necesito la dirección de email de la Parroquia de Artá, para conseguir la partida de bautismo de mi abuelo paterno.
Cristóbal Barceló,
Nacido en Artá el 26 de enero de 1886
hijo de Bartolome Barceló
y María Mestre
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Traveller name: Delicia Nora Andino de Sarasúa (January 2010)
busqueda de abuelos
Mi nombre es : Delicia Nora Andino Riutort de Sarasúa, mi abuelo materno; cuyo nombre fue GABRIEL RIUTORT , nació en Mallorca – Pueblo de Arta – en el año 1898 , ingreso a la Argentina en al año 1902 – Hijo de Juan e Isabel – se radicó en la Provincia de San Juan, luego falleció.-
Quisiera saber si existen parientes del mismo, o donde puedo tramitar su Partida de Nacimiento. Es mi intención relacionarme con ellos por este medio y al mismo tiempo poder tramitar mi Ciudadanía Española, una vez conseguida la partida citada.-
Desde ya agradecida por la atención que se preste a mi pedido.- Saludos desde Argentina.-
Delicia Nora Andino Riutort de Sarasúa

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