16. Lluc


The area around the monastery of Lluc offers many hiking opportunities.

More than 50,000 pilgrims visit Santuari de Lluc annually. Ever since the Middle Ages, this monastery has been Mallorca's most important pilgrimage site thanks to "La Moreneta de Lluc" - The Black Madonna, Mallorca's patron saint. The madonna, standing 61 cm high and made of marble, is positioned  in a niche in the church.

If you visit Lluc, you should definitely be sure to pay a visit to the monastery.

The boy's choir of the monastery sings in the church every day. Do not miss this.

Do not miss the botanical garden, Jardí Botànic de Lluc or Cami dels Mosteri ("Hill of the rosarys").

The botanical garden is located to the right of the monastery and takes about a quarter to pass.

Camí dels Mosteri leads up to the cross which can be seen from the monastery area. Wide stairs lead up to the cross from the left side of the main building. The view of Lluc and the surrounding mountains is impressive from here. The road up to the top passes five large monuments depicting the Catholic Rosary Mystery through three motifs on each stone.

For those who want to go hiking in the area or just enjoy the surroundings, there is possibility to spend the night at the monastery. Read more at www.lluc.net.

We chose to take the short walk Sa Cometa des Morts taking about 1.5 hours. Map and directions were given free of charge at the information center at the parking lot next to the monastery.

The trip started at the football field to the right of the monastery, through a small wooden bridge and further on up the forested mountain side.The Rock formations here are very unusual and distinct. The bedrock consists of karst (a kind of limestone) eroded into many strange shapes in a forest where oak trees usually dominate the landscape. The stone formation Es Camell is an example.

You pass this formation after a few minutes of walk. To see the formation itself, you have to make a detour from the trail for a few minutes, but it is absolutely worth it. If you continue another 30 meters, you will reach a beautiful platform with views of the mountains and the wooded valley sides around Lluc.

Continue on the well-signposted path until you reach the prehistoric cave from 400 years before Christ, Cometa des Morts. It is possible to enter the cave, but you must have a flashlight.

The trail then continues up to Ma-10, which you follow for about 5 minutes before taking off down towards Lluc.

On the way down we pass more of the strange and impressive rock formations. In places they look like petrified waterfalls.