Santuari Sant Salvador II
Once you're at the top of the summit after all those steps, take it easy now... The views from the top mean you can see pretty far across the island in all directions. The centrepiece of the fortess is a small church. Inside this you've got some very very old rather random exhibitions in a few musty side rooms, including a scale reproduction of the site.
The main altar, which you can walk across, is flanked by a glass case containing a rather unusual figurine of the Virgin Mary with Jesus in her lap. The Guide Book is rather disparaging about this, but I rather liked it!!
The church really isn't the most interesting, I much preferred the Parish Church just below.
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Santuari Sant Salvador
From the parish church, 180 steps take you up to the Santuari Sant Salvador, the highest point in Arta, with great views across the town and the surrounding landscape. This fortress dates back to the Moorish days of the 10th to 13th century and used to serve as a sanctuary from the threats of pirates who occasionally ransacked Mallorcan towns and villages.
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Esglesia Paroquial de la Transfigaracio del Senyor
The Parish Church of the Transfiguration lies just before the the steps to the Santueri de Sant Salvador. This place is huge and boxy from the outside, with vaulted gaps up on the roof. A side door leads to a smalll museum with an entry fee of 1.30 euros. You enter the church from the museum at the level of the mezzanine balcony above the main hall of the church.
The interior of this place is really quite beautiful. As you walk around the sides of the church, past one side chapel after another, 14 in all, it can be difficult to see right into the edges. Take a look up at the high ceiling and maybe take a few moments just to sit and take a little time out before trekking back outside and further up the the summit to the Santueri.
Museum open Monday to Saturday 10-2 and 3 to 6.
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Ermita de Betlem
Fortunately it's a bit off the beaten path to go there. The road to get there is very narrow and there are not so many places where two cars can pass each other easily, and you should be a bit used to drive serpentines too. Once on top of the pass you will get a nice view over the bay of Alcudia, but don't expect a parking there.....When we have been there there was a photo session and the few places to park your car where filled, so I just shot a few pics and we left again.........
Ah..not to forget...at the end of this road you will find a little ermitage. To get more views over the bay of Alcudia you have to walk for a while.....we didn't make it cause my boyfriend was too stressed by getting here, that he wanted to leave this road as soon as possible.............. :)))
Transfiguracio del Senyor
For those of you that are interested in churches while travelling. This church lies on the stairway that is leading up to the fortress. It's still higher that the rest of the town as you can see on this pic.
Fortress Santuari de San Salvador
This fortress is the eyecatcher of Arta. You should make your way up there to enjoy the view over the town and the nearby coast. For those of you who are lazy you can drive all way up and park your car in front of the fort. Otherwise you can take the steep but shady stairway leading up..........
Ses Paisses Talayot Culture
The tourist guide says that these old stones are the best kept remaining of one of the first settlements on the island. A little way is showing you around and you get some information at the entrance. Scientists think that this Talayot culture dates back to the 12th century B.C.
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