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Lluc Monastery and its museum and beautiful mountain location is one of Majorca's key sights. It has been an important pilgrim site for more than 800 years. The object of the pilgrimage is a small statue of the Virgin found by an Arab boy recently converted to Christianity. The statue, called La Morenta or the dark Madonna, was housed in the local church but kept returning to the spot where it was found and so a chapel was built there to house it.
Lluc and its monastery sit in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and is a delightful location. The monastery was originally built in the 13th century but destroyed and rebulit several times. At one time it could only be reached by foot but now you can drive right up to it.
The monastery has a beautiful inner courtyard and a botanical garden as well as a museum contains religious art.
It is possible to stay the night in the monastery in simple rooms, former monk's cells, and benefit from the restful atmosphere.
Lluc Monastery has a famous choir called the Blavets. It is more than 500 years old - one of the oldest in the world. The choir sing twice every day adding wonderfully to the experience of visiting the monastery. The choir was founded in 1531 and is called Los Blauets because of the blue cassocks the choir boys wear. Be sure not to miss the choir singing when you visit, it really is a highlight.
There are a number of walks around Lluc allowing you to benefit from the beautiful scenery on this part of Mallorca and the village of Lluc is also attractive.
Places to visit nearby
Lluc is a popular walking centre and the tourist information office can give you details of walks in the area.
There is a nighttime walk from Palma de Mallorca to Lluc monastery every year during the first weekend of August.
Nearby Pollenca is one of the most popular towns on Mallorca and it also has a very beautiful port - though this lies a few kilometers away from the town itself.
Soller with its attractive square and narrow winding streets is another favourite with visitors to the island.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.