Derived from the Arabic
word jertan ('garden'), Arta has been occupied for at least 3,000 years, as evidenced by the remains of a Bronze Age site at Ses Paisses just outside this prosperous little town near the South East coast. From the parish church of
Transfiguracio del Senyor, an avenue of cypress trees leads to Arta's crowning glory, its hilltop fortress and its 13th century cathedral - Sanitary de Sant Salvador. The view over the rooftops, a jumble of tiles in every shade of
brown, is one of the typical sights of Mallorca.