The Jewell in Transfiguracio located just down the hill but is well worth a look around as it houses some paintings and artworks of local and religious importance, inside the church you’ll also find a small religious museum as well as displays of local interest and a scale model reproduction of the layout of the Santuaride Sant Salvador and the Transfiguracio church below.
You don’t need to have a religious interest in the site to enjoy a visit to the Santuari, most people climb the 180 steps from the town below to admire the view, visitors can look down upon the pale terracotta houses and winding streets of Arta and look out over acres of farm land and rolling hills all the way to the coast and the sea off the eastern coast of Mallorca.
The 180 steps leading up to the Santuari are not too arduous being individually shallow and well shaded. Upon reaching the walls you will find pleasant shady courtyards with benches arranged in scenic spots, perfect if you need to get your breath back. Plenty of people choose to picnic upon those benches and children seem happy to amuse themselves clambering along the battlements and watch towers. You’ll also find a café/restaurant located within the Santuari grounds with a cosy interior and several tables on an outside terrace. They serve drinks, icecreams and snacks as well as a limited tapas menu, it’s a good spot to take a refreshment break or have a light lunch.
The Santuari is easy to find as it stands tall above the rest of the town, it’s also well signposted through the town for pedestrians and drivers alike. You can access the Santuari by road and there is parking at the top although it may become crowded in peak summer. The walkways around the battlements have also been made wheelchair friendly, stone slopes have been put in where there were only steps before although do take care along the walls as some of the pathways get a little narrow and precarious.
The Santuari is open to visitors 8am - 8pm in summer and 8am – 6pm in the winter months.
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