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Cales de Betlem
Artà
Type of beach sand
Cales de Betlem

Betlem or Cales de Betlem is situated at five kilometres from Colònia de Sant Pere. The name comes from the Ermita with the same name, built in the 19th century at 322 metres above the sea level four the Congregación de los Ermitaños de San Pablo y San Antonio.

This coastal area between na Clara and Caló des Corb Marí is integrated by small quiet coves that shape this piece of majorcan coast, with stony substract, and small boats anchored on a rocky ground with good depth, although they are not recommended for navigation and anchoring because of the continuous presence of rocky areas. The nearest port facilities are located at Club Nàutic Colònia de Sant Pere, at 2,4 nautical miles.

The name of this coast next to the village with the same name reminds us that the marine area was inhabited by the monk seal –vellmarí in Catalan-. Es Vellmarins Alts and es Vellmarins Baixos are two underwater caves where these marine animals used to live. Some of the seals were captured in this piece of coast which goes from Capdepera until Artà.
The accessibility by car requires a driver who keeps an eye on the signs to reach easily Betlem. The adjacent area is next to a residential village of ground-floor houses, where you can park for free and do the last part on foot.

These characteristics explain that the beach of Cales de Betlem is not very crowded by local visitors.

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
General information on the island:
Tourist Information - Mallorca
Important Notice: This beach is located in a Marine Reserve Area. There are some restrictions on different activities including fishing, anchoring, sailing and diving.
Further informationon:
Reservas Marinas aguas exteriores
Reservas Marinas aguas interiores
Reserva Marina Llevant de Mallorca

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: 
    50 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    10 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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