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Colonia de San Pedro

History

 

Colonia de San Pedro is the second population center of Artà. It was established on the coast, in a geographical area with a strong personality, is well characterized by the cliffs of the artanense mountains, delimiting a narrow strip of land washed by the mediterranean waters of the bay of Alcudia, between the torrent of Na Borges and Cape Ferrutx.

On this coast, besides the people of Colonia where concentrates the majority of the population (abaut 250 habitants), the are also two residential locations: Estanyol and Betlem. Together, during the summer, offering a capacity to accommodate no more than 2,500 people, which shows that it is still one of the less saturated places on the coast of Mallorca. There are few tourist accommodations and all are small, as most holiday visitors live in houses, owned or rented. These features makes Colonia de San Pedro a place very different from the typical crowded tourist areas and visitors are able to enjoy a very peaceful and quiet time even in midsummer.

Colonia de San Pedro

The Village

The origin of the village of Colonia de San Pedro is in the Agricultural and Rural Settlements Law of 1868, enacted to encourage the cultivation of new land in a time when population growth threatens to exceed production subsistence. The brothers Homar, natural from Alaró and owners of The Devesa, founded Colonia de San Pedro in 1880 taking advantage of the benefits of this law. Throughout the years 1881 and 1883 and during the nineties, many people applied as residents, attracted by the tax benefits involved. Some came from the same Artà and other from Felanitx, Llubí, Sant Llorenç, Capdepera, Santanyi, Lloseta and Manacor. In 1883 was already settled as an area of 270 hectares, 53 houses and 66 families registered, of which 41 were living permanently in Colonia. From this time growth fell considerably until the late 60s, with the tourist boom. The resident population fell between 1940 and 1970 and went from 248 to 172 people. In 1950 there were 68 gruped buildings and 28 scattered. In 1960 there were 75 clustered building and 41 scattered.

Colonia today

The village of Colonia de San Pedro today is a core of about 500 residential buildings, houses the majority of a single plant or two with a fixed population of 250 habitants, which increases significantly on weekends and especially during the summer months. A pedestrian walkway, shaded by tamarisk trees and from which you can access the beach borders the hole sea frontside of the village. Passeig del Mar reformed in 1999, has a length of about one kilometer, and there are benches to sit and several bars and restaurants with terraces. The beach within the village, is located on the creek of Ca les Llisses. It is an artificial beach, about 100 meters long and 25 meters wide, sheltered from the tramontana wind by pitfall.

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Colonia de San Pedro
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