Artà – About beauty at second sight

Mallorquissimo insider tip

» The more we speed up everything, the less time we have. Because we lose the skill, to take our time. «

– Paul Schibler

I have learned to not trust on first sights. Otherwise, I would have probably ran away from Magdeburg, my current place of residence, when I first visited it. And most likely I would have only gone by Artà, a small town in the east of Majorca, but would have never taken a closer look at it. Because even though these two towns do not have much in common in other respects: They both have a town entrance that doesn’t look very inviting.

But if you take the risk and enter the old town behind the first houses, you’ll discover the lovely parts. And you’ll find places that you don’t want to miss. Artà is definitely worth a visit, when you’re at Majorca, firstly because of its pedestrian area. The area is colorful and vivid and what impresses me the most are the many lifestyle-stores with accessories and decoration-articles. The stores have those little things which one doesn’t really need and which just exist to look pretty. But they are also the things which I can never get enough from and I could spend hours looking at them.

One of the shops you shouldn’t miss is DomusArt. You’ll find so much lifestyle-inspiration here. For example lamps for which tree trunks are used or dinnerware whereof every piece looks different. “BE HAPPY” is written in big letters made out of wood on a table in front of the entrance. And really, with all those shining colors and lovely details you’ll start to smile almost automatically.

The actual highlight of Artà though is none of the stores but the church Sant Salvador with its appending fortress. I have to admit, the church is no insider-tip at Majorca; it’s rather a pretty popular tourist destination. But it’s none of those destinations which are unnecessarily hyped, where one is stuck in a big crowd of visitors and where people just go to quickly take a selfie. Although, to “quickly” go there is not really possible anyway. At first you have to climb up quite a lot of stairs and especially when it’s 30 degrees outside, that might take some time.

While going up to the church, one needs to stop several times. Or more accurately said: One should. Because while walking, you can’t really realize how the town is getting smaller and smaller while the view is getting better and better. The view from the square around the fort is the perfection of what you have seen so far while going up there. At one side, there is Artà, somewhat like a little ocean of red roofs. And on the other side, there is only nature, green fields and all the way at the end the real ocean.  

And as we are already talking about the sea: It’s easily possible to make a detour to the coast. One gets there within twenty minutes and once you’re there, you can chose between three bays. From my first stop – the Cala Torta, one can walk to the other two small beaches and then decide which one is the best.

Let’s go back tw» The more we speed up everything, the less time we have. Because we lose the skill, to take our time. «

– Paul Schibler

I have learned to not trust on first sights. Otherwise, I would have probably ran away from Magdeburg, my current place of residence, when I first visited it. And most likely I would have only gone by Artà, a small town in the east of Majorca, but would have never taken a closer look at it. Because even though these two towns do not have much in common in other respects: They both have a town entrance that doesn’t look very inviting.

But if you take the risk and enter the old town behind the first houses, you’ll discover the lovely parts. And you’ll find places that you don’t want to miss. Artà is definitely worth a visit, when you’re at Majorca, firstly because of its pedestrian area. The area is colorful and vivid and what impresses me the most are the many lifestyle-stores with accessories and decoration-articles. The stores have those little things which one doesn’t really need and which just exist to look pretty. But they are also the things which I can never get enough from and I could spend hours looking at them.

One of the shops you shouldn’t miss is DomusArt. You’ll find so much lifestyle-inspiration here. For example lamps for which tree trunks are used or dinnerware whereof every piece looks different. “BE HAPPY” is written in big letters made out of wood on a table in front of the entrance. And really, with all those shining colors and lovely details you’ll start to smile almost automatically.

The actual highlight of Artà though is none of the stores but the church Sant Salvador with its appending fortress. I have to admit, the church is no insider-tip at Majorca; it’s rather a pretty popular tourist destination. But it’s none of those destinations which are unnecessarily hyped, where one is stuck in a big crowd of visitors and where people just go to quickly take a selfie. Although, to “quickly” go there is not really possible anyway. At first you have to climb up quite a lot of stairs and especially when it’s 30 degrees outside, that might take some time.

While going up to the church, one needs to stop several times. Or more accurately said: One should. Because while walking, you can’t really realize how the town is getting smaller and smaller while the view is getting better and better. The view from the square around the fort is the perfection of what you have seen so far while going up there. At one side, there is Artà, somewhat like a little ocean of red roofs. And on the other side, there is only nature, green fields and all the way at the end the real ocean.  

And as we are already talking about the sea: It’s easily possible to make a detour to the coast. One gets there within twenty minutes and once you’re there, you can chose between three bays. From my first stop – the Cala Torta, one can walk to the other two small beaches and then decide which one is the best.

Let’s go back two paragraphs. There, I wrote about stopping, about holding on for a while. And really, that doesn’t only apply for climbing up stairs. When was the last time, we consciously took our time instead of always going faster and faster? I don’t know. But let’s face it the way it is: The best things in life go by way too fast anyway. So wouldn’t it be better to take it slow and enjoy every single second? Therefore: In the future, let’s take our time and gaze at the world. Let’s take our time and make some memories, we’ll keep a lifetime.o paragraphs. There, I wrote about stopping, about holding on for a while. And really, that doesn’t only apply for climbing up stairs. When was the last time, we consciously took our time instead of always going faster and faster? I don’t know. But let’s face it the way it is: The best things in life go by way too fast anyway. So wouldn’t it be better to take it slow and enjoy every single second? Therefore: In the future, let’s take our time and gaze at the world. Let’s take our time and make some memories, we’ll keep a lifetime.