Walking Mallorca (Majorca)

GR221 Stage 6: Pollensa to Lluc (or vice versa!)

Area:
North East
Kilometres:
17
Walking Time:
5 hours
Approx. ascent/descent:
ascent 600m
Start Walk:
Pollensa (see Google map ref. below)
End Walk:
Lluc Monastery
Let’s Walk !

Challenging

This nice linear route forms the last stage of the GR221 or Dry Stone Route (if done in reverse to our description!). Lluc Monastery is a tranquil oasis high in the Tramuntana mountains, and has been the destination of pilgrimages for hundreds of years. For this walk, we approach the Monastery from Pollensa, and much of the route is along stone paths in holm oak forest with lovely views towards the bay of Pollensa, and then later into the valley with the monastery at its base.

The first part is an easy stroll along country lanes and tracks, and thereafter it is a fairly steady climb. Much of the walk is on wide, well-defined tracks, and narrow dirt paths in the shade of holm oak woods. There are plenty of opportunities to dip into Mallorca's rural history with examples of ruined charcoal burners’ huts, ovens and silos and also an old lime kiln. Occasional glimpses through the woods give spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Eventually we descend into a valley and reach the Son Amer Refuge. From here we get a lovely view of the LLuc buildings and we continue our descent through the woods to the monastery.

The monastery is rather overrun with tourists during the day, so arriving late is ideal to avoid the tour buses! It's possible to stay overnight and if we get there before 5pm, we can even hear the choir boys' afternoon practice session. The boys´ choir of Lluc (known as the “Blauets” or “Blue Boys” due to the colour of their cassocks) is one of the oldest of its type in Europe, having originated in 1531.

Highlights

Lluc Monastery (after the tour buses have left!)...

This walk is scheduled for:

GR221 Lluc to Pollensa
05-03-2012 Pollensa (see Google map ref. below)
GR221 Lluc to Pollensa
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