Santuari de Lluc

Escorca, Spain

The Santuari de Lluc is a monastery and pilgrimage site located in a basin on a height of 525 metres and is surrounded by a number of high mountains. The sanctuary was founded in the 13th century after a Moorish shepherd found a statue of the Virgin Mary on the site where the monastery was later erected.

Lluc is considered to be the most important pilgrimage site on Majorca. It is also known for its boys' choir, Els Blauets (a name derived from the blue cassocks worn by the boys), which was founded in 1531; the choir holds regular concerts and has gained international fame. A boarding school and numerous tourist-orientated facilities are to be found in the town. Today, the cells of former monks are leased to visitors.

As it is located centrally in the Serra de Tramuntana the monastery is often used as a starting point for walking-tours. Each year, on the first weekend in August, there is a night walk from Palma to the sanctuary. The walk commences at 23:00 hours, leaving from the capital's Plaça Güell.

Behind the monastery buildings is a botanical garden trail, containing a small exposition on preserving the environment of the Majorcan mountain region.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Laelia Milleri Photography (3 months ago)
Good location in the mountains away from the tourist traps. Driving is s bit tricky at night, but absolutely worth the effort. Apartments are basic and there's no air con but the fans help. Many trails and attractions around. The place has uniq_ue atmosphere, lo_vely park and large pool. It never felt crowded even with the tour buses coming during the day. Huge selection of food for breakfast and big restaurant right beside.
maaike pypekamp (5 months ago)
Great place for hiking outings. Food is good (though the menu rarely changes) and the monastery is beautiful.
The deccymax (6 months ago)
A magical place to stay. When all the day trippers have left the tranquility is amazing. Rooms are basic but clean breakfast and dinner options are very descent and served in a lovely dining room. Possibly our favorite stay of the holiday
Josef Ottersen (8 months ago)
Unique place among the mountains! Had a restful stay where I could combine sun, pool, hiking and trips to the coast with a beautiful basilica open all day. Life giving for body and soul;) Will definetly come back, but not pre-pay for dinner as that is better enjoyed elsewhere.
Ottilie Faull (10 months ago)
This place is so untouched or ruined by tourists, it’s very quiet and good location if you have a car to drive to Pollença for dinner (amazing scenic route too). The rooms were basic and the included breakfast was best I’ve ever had - huge buffet! The young man at reception was so kind and helpful, he really made sure we were comfortable
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