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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Jan Kovačič (2 years ago)
Fantastic panorama of almost the whole Majorca. Great for taking photos and just enjoy the view especially the sunset.
Alan Aindow (2 years ago)
Stunning views, in kow places have to provide for tourists, and tge old religious site was wonderful and full of history, but a little too much touristy took away from the atmosphere a little. Still well worth seeing.
Andrew Wills (2 years ago)
Lovely views, a little out of the way, popular with cyclists (5km climb to get there) as well as day trippers. There's a restaurant at the top - didn't try it so can't comment - as well as a café serving the usual savouries and sweets, drinks etc. And the sanctuary has a collection of Rainbow Jersies from the (long dead) local cycling hero which are worth seeing.
Pavel Kadleček (2 years ago)
The place is beautiful. But it is also a great place to rob tourists. Unfortunately, they robbed my son here. Be careful, Mallorca is full of thieves waiting for their opportunity!
Richard Cardet (2 years ago)
510 meters over Sea level. The views are spectacular! One road up and the same road down. Lots of bicycle climbers 6% incline and really worth the effort!
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