Nestled in the north-east of Mallorca is a charming town called Artà. Its labyrinth of narrow lanes, laid back cafes, fine restaurants and stylish boutiques make it the perfect place to head to for a little day-trip not too far from the beach.
Artà seems to have been preserved from the buzzing resort culture that has grown on the island in recent years. The architecture of the town is typically Mallorcan and there is a very low-key atmosphere in the sense that people are really taking their time to wander around and lingering at the terrace of cafes. Oh and bonus! You won’t see “Full English Breakfast” advertised at the front of every restaurant!
Another great thing is that you can start off your day early, as Artà is the first place on the island to receive the morning light! So put on your favourite summer sandals and go explore! Grab a cafe con leche and an ensaïmada from a local cafe and go for a stroll of the town’s beautiful warm-coloured streets, stopping to admire bright flowers cascading over the houses’ facades or to discover lovely galleries and shops. Work out an appetite by climbing the many steps towards the Sanctuary de Sant Salvador, which is located at the top of a hill that oversees the whole town. You won’t regret it, the view is so picturesque! On your way down, pick a restaurant to go and enjoy a long lazy meal to recharge your batteries. Don’t forget to stop by one of the ice cream places on Career d’Antoni Blanes for desert. Then towards the end of the afternoon, make your way towards one of the nearby beaches to make the most of the last few hours of sunshine. Cala Ratjada’s Platja de Cala Agulla is a great option. Plus, you can then go to one of the Cala Ratjada’s wonderful restaurants for a dinner by the sea and drinks. How dreamy does this sound?
Colonia Sant Jordi beaches, Mallorca