What is it?
This route goes along one of the most typical Majorcan routes – the climb to Lluc from Caimari. It runs through unique landscape, between evergreen oaks and terraces, with a very interesting ethnological heritage that belongs to an era that is ever more distant. At the end, we arrive at the Lluc sanctuary, a place of pilgrimage in Majorca since time immemorial.
Unrestricted and free-of-charge.
Location and contact:
Plaça dels Peregrins, 9. 07315 Lluc (Escorca)
Tourist information: +34 971 51 70 05
Lluc shrine: +34 971 87 15 25
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
From the sa Creu bus stop, we take the road going upwards (towards Lluc) for about 650 metres. When we get to a tight bend to the right we can see the Ses Rotes de Caimari look-out point which is the start of our walk through a landscape dominated by terraces of olive groves on small plots (rotes) that cover the lower part of the N'Escuder and Sa Creu mountains. The path goes into the Sierra de Tramuntana and runs next to the Ses Mosqueres gulley, after that it crosses the main road and climbs the Costa Llarga steps.
Several metres after the Son Canta houses the old road to Lluc goes straight on, but we turn off onto a path to the left that runs parallel with the main road and means we do not have to go onto it.
In no time we get to the Sa Coveta Negra recreation area and, going underneath the main road, we find ourselves in the valley of the same name which is common ground.
We ignore the branch in the path to our left and continue on a forest path surrounded by pines until, after going by a small hill, we find ourselves on the old road to Lluc once again, which we take to our left-hand side.
This stretch, called Sa Llengonissa, is cobbled and takes us to La Bretxa Vella, a magnificent look-out point over the Sierra and the Majorcan plain. Following this path we go past the Es Guix houses, which have, unfortunately, been replaced by a modern building, and arrive at the Coll de Sa Batalla and the main road to Lluc.
After going past Es Guix bridge and the petrol station, we are in the Es Guix development and we continue to the end of the road that goes off to our right. The Son Amer public estate begins here and the mountain path leads us to the houses and retreat with no problem. In the garden behind the houses we can see the cobbled path that, descending, leads to Lluc. A little afterwards we cross a forest track and, afterwards, we pass by the Lluc windmill to the left.
When we get to the main road we cross over, as there is a footpath on the other side that we can walk along. After about 100 metres we reach the final point on the route – the Lluc sanctuary.
Lluc, located at an altitude of 400 metres in the middle of the Sierra de Tramuntana, is considered to be a place of worship, a religious, civic and cultural symbol of Majorcan society and the main centre for pilgrimage in the whole island.
Since ancient times, Lluc has been a space dedicated to religious worship. The main proof of this fact is the prehistoric site of La Cometa del Morts (4th Century BC) which is near to the sanctuary. Roman settlers consecrated the evergreen oak forest to the cult of a god and called the place Lucus, a Latin word meaning "sacred wood". This proves the magic, mystical nature of what can be considered to be the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
It appears that the origin of the current Lluc sanctuary can be found in the 18th Century chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Lluc, who the Majorcans are very devoted to. She is the patron saint of Majorca and many legends have been woven around her figure. In the 14th Century the first accommodation was built to lodge the large number of pilgrims going to Lluc to venerate her image.
Later, in the 16th Century, the Escolania de Lluc (the Blauets) was founded. Its choir is one of the main attractions of the sanctuary. The Cant de la Sibil•la which is sung during midnight mass on Christmas Eve is a highlight.
Over the last few years the sanctuary has adapted to the times and has set up areas for hospitality, culture and leisure, such as the Lluc Museum, the Botanic Garden and recreation areas, etc, in addition to the hostel which currently has 129 cells.
The S'Amitger cross and recreation area
The cross is on the small round that gives access to the Lluc sanctuary. It is Gothic in style and is one of the oldest still existing in Majorca. It was built between 1399 and 1400 by the sculptor, Llorenç Casquell, and the painter, Pere Merçol. The base, column and capital are all octagonal. On the latter, there are four coats of arms: the King's, the University of Majorca's and the military officer Gregorio Sallantre's, which appears twice.
On the medallion crowning the cross there are representations, on one side, of the Annunciation, and on the other, the Virgin surrounded by the apostles and a child, who is Christ.
Gastronomy and business
It is said that in Lluc you can eat the best kid goat from the mountains and drink "S'aigo més fina" (the finest water) in Majorca. There are choices to suit all tastes and budgets – from eating a baguette or having a barbecue or rice in the Ca S'Amitger recreation area or in the space known as Acolliment del Centenari, to eating the set menu or a la carte in any of the restaurants.
The shops in Lluc are very simple and typical of any sanctuary – a souvenir shop and a bakery where you can shop for going camping and on walks.