Sanctuary de Sant Salvador

Felanitx, Spain

Sanctuary de Sant Salvador, an old hermitage, 509m above sea level at the highest point of the Serra de Llevant was the senior house of Mallorca's monastic order and the last to lose its monks in 1992.

The walls were built in the 14th century to protect the town from pirates or invaders. There are walkways and a simple cafeteria along the walls, and a neoclassical church, which was built in 1832.

It is still a popular place of pilgrimage, flanked by two enormous landmarks - to one side a 14m stone cross, to the other a 35m column topped by a statue of Christ holding out his right hand in blessing. The views from the terrace take in Cabrera, Cap de Formentor and several other hilltop sanctuaries dotted across the plain. From the statue of Christ you look out towards the Castell de Santueri, a 14th century rock castle built into the cliffs on the site of a ruined Arab fortress. 

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Category: Religious sites in Spain

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anton dorfmann (9 months ago)
Nice hike and view. If you start early you can find a peaceful place.
David Forster (10 months ago)
Absolutely worth a visit if you're in the area. It's a steep and twisty drive up this mountain and not for the faint of heart, but the views from the top are incredible! Walk over to the large monument to Jesus Christ and you'll earn a much needed reprieve from the scorching heat of the summer months thanks to a constant cooling breeze at the top
Danni Glasig (11 months ago)
You have great views from up here, even you have the feeling to be so far inland you can see the coast. Nice Chapel, not overloaded You are able to drive all the way up to the top, or park at the bottom of the hill and use one of the hiking trails, with little stops of the holy statues or pictures.
The Good Things (13 months ago)
If you have the nerves, go up, once you started you cannot turn back. The ride was, the narrow serpentine were terrifying ?. But if you're used to something like that, you're fine. Lots of bikes coming down, going up., buses and f*ing SUVs. The view is fantastic!
Charlotte Thun (14 months ago)
A winding road up to the top with fantastic views along the way. Very popular with cyclists and a route if you fancy a hike. At the top you’ll get the best views of the island. There’s also a cafe and toilets. Very interesting place, worth a trip.
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