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Arenal de sa Canova
Artà
Type of beach sand
Arenal de sa Canova

Sa Canova or Arenal de sa Canova, a very long beach, is situated at 13 kilometres from Can Picafort, between Punta de sa Barraca (Artà) and Torrent de na Borges (Santa Margalida).
In 1991 this area was declared Àrea Natural d'Especial Interès by the Parlament de les Illes Balears, because of the large number of archeologic rests and the diversity in flora and fauna, with the wetland of the mouth of Torrent de na Borges, where the biggest part of animals and birds of the Balearic archipelago live.

This beautiful virgin beach has fine-grained sand, with shells, and some rocks here and there. The slope is very gentle, and there is some vegetation fixing the system of dunes at the rear (pine wood, scrubland, thistle, rosmarine or marine iris). This ecological richness of the landscape is only interrupted by some small abandoned houses and some channels which can be found between the dunes.

The coast has sand and rocks, very low and it is not very deep, so that the navigators are recommended non to approach the coast to avoid running aground. The nearest port facilities are located at Club Nàutic Serra Nova, at 1,6 nautical miles.

The accessibility by car is not easy. The driver must keep an eye on the signs and when driving on the forest road that leads to a free parking area. once you have parked your private car you will reach this quiet beach after a five minutes walk. These characteristics explain that the beach is not crowded and nudism is allowed.

Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the municipal tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Artà
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Municipality information Artà

The municipality of Artà is situated at the north-eastern end of Majorca and it has one of the minor densities of population (43 inhabitants per square kilometre).

The name might be given by the Arab word Yartan, which was the name of this area during the Islamic period. The Christian king Jaume I who conquered Majorca (1229) called it Almudaina d'Artano, and it was named town in 1230 with the arrival of the premonstratense monks.

The landscape is formed by a wide central valley, surrounded by the mountains and a coastal area with system of dunes and some rocky areas. It has the highest hills of Serres de Llevant (sa Talaia Freda, 562 metres, and Puig d'en Ferrutx, 519 metres) and the Torrent de na Borges, in the mouth of which you can find Estany del Bisbe, which is two kilometres long.

There are endemic plants in danger of extinction of the Balearic archipelago, like holm oaks, bushes, pine woods and scrubland in this municipality. And some protected species like the black vulture, the fishing eagle or the kite fly over this place.

The tourism and the construction replaced the agricultural activity and the industry in the seventies of the 20th century. This municipality has the Teatre d'Artà (with a capacity for 460 people) since 2001, one of the best infrastructures of Majorca.

Its cultural variety includes Talaiot de ses Païses, Monestir de Bellpuig, Església de Sant Salvador, Església parroquial, Ermita de Betlem, edificio señorial de na Batlessa, where the painter Miquel Barceló has his graphic works.
The municipality has 14 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    1500 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    40 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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