Drive Majorca – Day 3, Lluc And Pollensa
Hiring a car in Majorca? Then you’ll want to take a look at our driving itineraries – today’s instalment ticks off Lluc Monastery and Pollensa’s Via Crucis, and will have you back in Palma for dinner…
DAY 3 – Lluc & Pollensa
Having perhaps bitten off a bit more than I could chew on my second outing, I decided to take things down a gear on my next adventure. This time, just two ports of call were on the agenda – Lluc and Pollenca. From Palma I motored along the PM27 highway to Inca. From here I broke off and headed north along the PM213, flanking the towns of Selva and Caimari en route. Swerving mountain roads then followed for about half an hour until I reached the sanctuary of Lluc.
Known as the spiritual heart of Majorca, Lluc Monastery has been a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. The main pull? A tiny statue of the Virgin Mary called ‘La Moreneta’ which is said to be blessed with miraculous powers. The highlight for me, though, was Els Porxets – a 16th-century wing where pilgrims used to rest up. It’s hardly changed since it was built.
Back in the car, I then drove eastwards along the C710 to the town of Pollensa. As luck would have it I parked up just next to the very thing I wanted to investigate here – namely the Pont Roma, or Roman Bridge. Still in use today, this little stone structure spans a river and I couldn’t get over what good nick it was in.
Stairway to heaven
I then searched out the pride of Pollensa, the beautiful Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross. This immense flight of steps (there are 365 in all – trust me, I counted!) leads to a little chapel. It goes without saying that the view from the top is amazing and definitely worth the legwork. From Pollensa, I then headed home along the PM220 before connecting onto the C713 and the PM303. This time I was back in Palma in time for sundowners.