Around 10,000 people will be taking the long and winding road to Lluc Monastery
Around 10,000 people will be taking the long and winding road to Lluc Monastery this weekend in the 34th annual pilgrimage to the sanctuary from 45 small towns and villages in Mallorca. It's an act
of faith, and hard work too, to walk the route o'er hill and dale to the monastery as thousands and thousands of pilgrims have done since its origins in the 13th century.
These days the pilgrimage is well organised and participants have to have adequate clothing and walking gear, a torch and a fully charged mobile phone. A far cry from the days when penitents would
walk barefoot or perform unusual acts along the way seeking forgiveness.
The start of the overnight walk occurs at different times from the different villages so that everyone arrives together to enjoy hot chocolate provided by the monastery and thankfully board coaches
Lluc itself is not only one of Mallorca's most sacred places, but in one of its most beautiful settings, in the north of the Tramuntana Mountains and with spectacular scenery all around. It's a
world of difference to the tabloid image of the island as a sun and sand holiday destination and believe it or not, the monastery also provides "http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/santuari-de-lluc.en-gb.html?aid=319293&lang=en" target="_blank">hotel accommodation!
Popular with walkers, hikers, cyclists and lovers of nature because of the scenery and trails nearby, it provides peace and tranquillity 24/7, a world away from the brash resorts of the south. Also
ideally suited to excursionists and day trippers it has acres of parking – you don't have to walk barefoot – and in its bars and restaurants some excellent typical food from Mallorca and reputedly
the best roast lamb on the island!
With cafes, a bakery selling typical products, a famous choir and plenty of activities in the grounds, it's a lovely place to visit, particularly in mid-winter when it can be covered in snow!