The name Artà has been mentioned as early as 1232 and is derived from the Arabic name “gertan” (garden). The town’s landmark is its pilgrimage church, Santuari de Sant Salvador (14th Century). Offering you a clear view of this impressive building is the charming city hotel Jardí d’Artà which just oozes Majorcan charm. It’s the perfect place for you to spend a few days! Near Artà you can find delightful unspoilt beaches: Cala Torta and Cala Mesquida as well as the Llevant Nature Reserve where, especially between October and April, wonderful excursions await you. Other buildings of an historic and cultural importance are the medieval fortress of Capdepera (13th Century), the Talaiot settlement of Ses Paisses (850-123 BC) and the Talaiot of Sa Canova (1000-800 BC).
9:30 am: your day begins with a leisurely breakfast in the romantic garden of the Boutique Hotel which has been lovingly renovated with a lot of attention to detail by local decorator Vanessa García Sampedro (vanity design). To work off your breakfast, I recommend you climb the 180 cypress lined steps to the Santuari. From the area surrounding the impressive defensive wall, you will have a fantastic view of the lovely countryside and sea. On your way, back enjoy a stroll through the picturesque alleyways and the pedestrian area with its beautiful shops and small restaurants.
12:00 pm: in the middle of the pedestrian area, you will find domusART, a paradise for anybody who is looking for unusual home accessories and creative souvenirs. Here you can browse to your heart’s content and allow Maria Gwosdz’ unique domusART magic to enchant you.
1:30 pm: the trendy restaurant and bar “Total” offers delicious lunch menus and light snacks. For those who prefer a Mediterranean meal you should try the restaurant at the Jardí d’Artà, a real delight for the palate.
3:30 pm: on to Manacor. Unicorn Interiors is a must for anyone who would like a little inspiration from Jaime Riera’s perfectly coordinated home designs. He provides a creative mix of colours, fabrics, antiques and African sculptures combined with modern and Mediterranean accessories that will make your home look wonderful!
5:30 pm: a detour to nearby La Reserva Rotana Golf & Wine Resort with 200 hectares and its own 9 hole golf course – one of the largest private estates on the island and always worth a visit. Here you can relax and unwind. Enjoy a sundowner on the terrace with its stunning views over their own vineyards, fields of corn and sheep.
7:00 pm: now you’re spoilt for choice: you either stay at this privileged place and indulge in Kim Toro’s Mediterranean cuisine at La Reserva Rotana with its excellent Rotana wines, or you continue your journey to Sant Llorenç des Cardassar where Felix Trappe will spoil you with a sensational 5 course menu at Es Pati, His wife, Sarah, who is an experienced sommelier will compliment your delightful meal with an excellent choice of wines.
The best thing would be to stay longer at the Jardí d´Artà and try them both!