Formentor Lighthouse – Cap Gros Lighthouse – Stage 2
Stage 2: Pollença – Lluc
Starting in the municipality of Pollença, we will cover its historic center before going deep into the Serra de Tramuntana, whose landscape is unique in Mallorca as it contains both sea and mountains. We will come to the Santuari de Lluc, a pilgrimage site for many Mallorcans since time immemorial.
We will begin this stretch of the route in the municipality of Pollença, situated in the north of Mallorca, whose streets contain a lot of historic tradition ranging from the Muslim period to the Christian Reconquista between 1229 and 1232. Among the historic center’s lovely streets, we will find unique buildings that will grab our attention, such as the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Chapel of Calvari, Pont Roma (Roman bridge), and the Joan March Gardens.
We will continue and go deep into the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique location as it brings together the greatest altitudes in the area, as well as unique ecosystems. Throughout the many kilometers of the mountain range, interesting architectural elements can be found, from prehistoric sanctuaries and Arab farmsteads to old “possessions”. These great rural estates, which can be seen dotted throughout the island, are magnificent examples of traditional Mallorcan architecture.
The Serra de Tramuntana occupies around a third of the surface area of Mallorca. It extends in a diagonal line from the southeast to the northeast—from Andratx to Cap de Formentor—, running parallel to the northern coast of the island.
We will come across some of the most spectacular and picturesque villages on the island, such as Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Banyalbufar, Esporles, Estellencs, Fornalutx, and Pollença.
And we will come to the Santuari de Lluc, a pilgrimage site since time immemorial. Its very name (“lucus” means “holy forest”) shows that. Near the sanctuary, burial caves from the Talaiotic Period can be found.
The Lluc Museum has a significant collection of archeology, costumes, ceramics, textiles, traditional furniture, jewelry, painting, and sculpture. A highly recommended place to visit is the Botanic Gardens, which contains native and endemic plants adapted to the rocky land and extreme temperatures.
Pollença is a municipality located on the north part of Mallorca. It is bounded by the municipalities of Alcúdia, Sa Pobla, Campanet and Escorca, as well as by the sea to the...LEARN MORE
The Calvari oratory rises up atop a hill that can be reached either in car or on foot, climbing a staircase with 365 steps. Its façade is Baroque and dates from 1795,...LEARN MORE
The Dominicans started construction on this convent in 1558. The church has a basilica-shaped layout with side chapels and a choir at the base. It has two side chapels, each decorated with...LEARN MORE
This is the oldest bridge still used to cross the Sant Jordi stream, today known as the Pont Romà or Roman Bridge. It has been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument. It might be...LEARN MORE
The Lluc sanctuary has been a pilgrimage site since time immemorial. Its very name (lucus means holy forest) is proof of this. Near the sanctuary there are funerary caves dating from the...LEARN MORE
The Serra de Tramuntana takes up about a third of Mallorca’s surface area. It stretches along a southwest-northeast diagonal, from Andratx as far as Cape Formentor, running parallel to the island’s northern...LEARN MORE
Unmistakable due to its size and its calm, majestic way of flying. The black vulture (Aegypius monachus) is the largest bird of prey in Europe. Completely black (a deep shade in the...LEARN MORE
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