Villa in Betlem, Nr. Arta, Mallorca - Coastal Walks in an Unspoiled Location.
- English, Spanish
I'm British and have spent my holidays in Spain for the last 20 years. I met my husband there and we have a daughter. We try to go to Mallorca as much as possible, often in the spring and autumn.
Owner purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Owner chose Betlem
I lived and taught in Mallorca for a year and absolutely love the island. I still have good friends here and it was they who introduced us to the charms of Betlem and Colonia San Pere, far from the crowded resorts. We love coming here. As you get closer to Betlem the rural scenery is more and more beautiful - olive, almond and fig trees abound - and then I see the mountains rising up against the blue sky and I know we'll see the sea in a few more minutes. Our daughter can't wait to get into the pool or play in the waves at Colonia San Pere even in November and March! When I wake up the first morning and see the mountains and sea, I know I've got away from it all.
What makes this Villa unique
The house is a joy to be in. We love having a good coffee and fresh orange juice for breakfast out on the terrace. If we want a day at home we can go for gentle strolls along the coast or more energetic hikes into the hills or just lie by the pool with a good book. A stroll down for lunch or an ice-cream on the terrace at a local restaurant is a treat for our daughter and game of tennis in the late afternoon with dinner and a beer on the terrace is a nice way to finish the day. We love exploring too and go on various day trips to local beaches, our favourite being Playa de Muro. Artá is always a pleasure to amble around and have a meal there. There are lots of things to do and see all within an easy day trip including Palma.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Everything you could need :)
Lovely little property in a beautiful quiet village with a great coastline. Well positioned, well catered for and in good upkeep. Walks on the coast line are lovely, the shop just up the road is well stocked and the pool fantastically large (albeit a little chilly on cooler days!)
Magical mix of mountains and undeveloped coastline with easy access to more developed beaches
Something for everyone - incredibly picturesque setting with several great coves within walking distance, perfect for sunbathing and swimming/snorkelling. Only 10-20min drive for more developed beaches. Also easy access from end of village into coastal and mountain walks. Shared pool is great for kids and adults and has great views of the local mountains. Tennis court a bonus. Villa is very spacious with open plan downstairs and 2 bedrooms with balconies and air conditioning upstairs. Its a 55-60min easy drive from palma. Hope to return in the future.
Excellent, spacious and family friendly property.
Thoroughly enjoyed our time in the villa and in Betlem. The property was ideal for our family of five and we enjoyed the small private garden and the diverse nationalities and friendly local atmosphere of the pool. Although there was a small drive from Betlem to the main road, the benefit of this was the sleepy charm and tranquil nature of the village away from the crowds. The location was ideal to explore the north and eastern coastlines.
Loved it !
Having just returned from a wonderful relaxing week in this lovely house in Betlem we were compelled to write our review whilst still very fresh in our minds.
Having had a hectic start to the year we were looking for a restful retreat to get away from it all. This is exactly what we found at Lisa and Lamberto’s house in Betlem. From the minute we opened up the door to look out at the wonderful mountain and sea views we knew we had found it. So quiet you could hear goats on the mountainside and the sea in the distance. The house had everything we needed and the pool was fabulous. We stocked up at the supermarket in Colonia sant Pere which had a good selection of bread,meats, fruit and vegetables (and wine). In the mornings we could pop along to the small supermarket in Betlem for bread and essentials. We ate out a few times in the two local restaurants and can recommend both. We also enjoyed all the kitchen facilities as we cooked a lot, everything we needed was supplied. A trip to Cala Mesquida and Arta and coastal walks were as much as we could manage. We begrudgingly thoroughly recommend this house and the area and would love to retur
Lovely house, the view to the mountains and the sea is breathtaking.
The house is baby friendly which was perfect for our needs.
Nice area, quite, really close to the sea. We enjoyed late dinners on the porch also late swimming sessions in the pool after going out.
The weather was great, only one day was cloudy but this did not stop from using the pool, which was not crowded at any time.
Relaxing quiet location
The village of Betlem was quite remote made up of residential and holiday villas but offered two good restaurants/bars and a very small shop for food essentials and daily bread. The coast was rocky and the sea only accessible safely in a few places, not ideal for children or anyone with limited mobility although a pool on site was not crowded, possibly because it was quite cold in September . You definitely need a car to explore the area and find more accessible beaches as well as stock up on food and drink. Coastal walks were beautiful.
The sea is 3 minutes' walk away. The coastline here is wild rocky 'calas' or coves and there are several pretty coastal walks. A good family beach is 3km (5 mins) away at the pretty fishing village of Colonia Sant Pere. Within 25 minutes' drive there are good beaches and seaside resorts along the Bay of Alcudia especially the huge Playa del Muro. Lovely Cala Mesquida with its turquoise sea is 20 mins. Cala Rajada is a seaside resort with cafes and restaurants by the old port and seafront.
Palma airport - Sant Jordi - is less than an hour's drive approximately 60 kms. Car hire is recommended. You can also bring your car across on the ferry from Valencia or Barcelona.
Xoroi car hire offer a good deal.
Colonia San Pere - 5 mins.
Artá 15 mins.
Alcudia 25 mins.
Palma 55 mins.
There is a little corner shop Sa Botiga open during the summer season. There is a Spar in Colonia San Pere by the yachting marina, open on Sunday mornings. Eroski in the high street in Artá. Mercadona in Alcudia and Carrefour near the airport. You can also buy milk at the airport shop.
Weather: From April to October you can have wonderful weather and even in February and November you might be in just a t shirt. February is famous for the beautiful almond blossoms all over the island that give an appearance of snowflakes.
Visit Colonia San Pere (about a mile away) where you can have lunch or a drink at one of several restaurants along the seafront while you watch the children play on the beach. We often have breakfast here of pan amb oli (bread with olive oil, tomato and ham or cheese). The village of Artá is 15 minutes drive and you can stroll around the town or visit the hermitage on the hill. You can also relax in the many cafes and restaurants or enjoy looking at the pretty shops. Alcudia makes a pleasant trip with it's narrow streets in the old town. Capdepera is worth a visit to see the castle on the hill. Pollenca is also interesting and you can have something to eat or drink in the main square. It has a bustling market on Sundays. Day trips from Betlem take in much of the island. The famous Drach caves are an easy day trip and inland there are small towns and monasteries to see. Manacor has the church and old square which make a nice stop for coffee or lunch. Palma is highly recommended. It is a beautiful city with its striking cathedral, Arab baths, old town, seafront good shopping and multitiude of restaurants. Not far from the airport is the Aquarium - we had a great family outing there. There is fabulous mountain walking in Mallorca too - especially good in Spring and Autumn.