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Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc
Sundial of the monastery
Lluc's environmentally-friendly solar-powered sewage treatment plant.

The Santuari de Lluc is a monastery and pilgrimage site located in the municipality of Escorca in north-west Majorca. It is located in a basin on a height of 525 meters and is surrounded by a number of high mountains such as the Puig de Massanella. The monastery was founded in the 13th century after a Moorish shepherd found a statue of the Virgin Mary on the future location of the monastery.

Lluc is considered to be the most important pilgrimage site on Majorca. It is also known for its boy's choir which has gained international fame and has regular concerts. A boarding school and numerous touristic facilities are part of Lluc. Today former monks' cells are leased as spare rooms. As it is located centrally in the Serra de Tramuntana it is often used as a starting point for walking-tours.

Round the back of the monastery buildings is an interesting botanical garden trail with a small exposition on preserving the environment of the Majorcan mountain region.

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Coordinates: 39°49′23″N 2°53′02″E / 39.823°N 2.884°E / 39.823; 2.884


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

The place of pilgrimage Lluc is one of the main attractions in the Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca.

Get in

By Car

18km from Pollença, ca.15km from Inca and 20km from Sóller. Winding and narrow roads from all directions.

By Bus

Buses run from Pollença and sa Calobra. Probably also from Sóller and Inca.

Understand

The heart of the old place of pilgrimage is the church, surrounded by a big hotel complex. Beside that, there are some restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. The residential school for choirboys is not accessible for the public.

Located at about 700m above sea level, Lluc is a very central starting point for many hikes in the Serra de Tramuntana.

Buy

Do you like souvenirs?

Eat

There are several restaurants with moderate prices.

  • The free campground at the beginning of the dead end road that leads to the place of pilgrimage is probably the biggest one in the whole Serra. It is well maintained and offers toilets, cold showers and barbecue facilities. The rangers bring fire wood regularly.
  • The Hotel has nice old rooms in a noble atmosphere for about 30 Euros the double room. Single rooms have almost the same price.

Get out

You can do many walks from Lluc. Here are some of them:

  • Around the Puig Roig and Puig Caragoler (7h)
  • Puig Tomir (1103m, 3h)
  • Puig Massanella (1367m, 4h)
  • Torente de Pareis, a steep canon that you can descent down to the sea.
  • Hike to Pollença.
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