Travel adventures - Mallorca - Part 2

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Taste and travel @delishtreatsJuly 2018 · 8 min read

Do you prefer to lie down on the beach or do you like to explore the location during your holidays? I'm definitely in the second group. I can't spend more than an hour lying on the beach without thinking that I should go somewhere and see something new. I've tried to read a book on the beach too but there was still this thought in the back of my mind.

Well, to be honest it was up to 37 degrees Celsius every day in Mallorca so staying on the beach would be the best option 😊 but we want to explore more than just the beaches and I'd like you to join us on our trip today.

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The Santuari de Lluc

Today I will take you to The Santuari de Lluc. This is a monastery that is located in the north - west part of Mallorca, in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. It is also a popular pilgrimage place and the most important religious site in Mallorca.

The complex consists of a church, a museum, the hill of the Rosarys, a botanical garden, an archive, a recreation zone, a campsite and L'acolliment. The site is much bigger than I expected. We also must have been lucky as there was almost nobody. Actually maybe it wasn't luck but the fact that we went there during lunchtime 😊

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Do you know why it was built?

The legend says that a shepherd boy named Lluc discovered a small dark statue of the Virgin in the mountains which he took to the church of Sant Pere in Escorca. The statue however disappeared. Lluc found the statue again and returned it to the priest in Escorca but it disappeared again and was found back at the original place. After a few more attempts the priest concluded that the statue wanted to remain where it was originally found. The first chapel of the sanctuary was built on this spot in 1260. The dark statue can be found in the chapel behind the high altar so don't forget to have a look.

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A Memorial to bishop Pere-Joan Campins, a promoter of the sanctuary, is located in front of the church.

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The church was finished in 1691. Its interior is covered in gold. The high altar was created by Jaume Blanquer with the statue of the Virgin in her central niche. The baroque decoration was finished in 20th century under the guidance of Antoni Gaudi.

You can enter the church on the left side of the building.

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It's so dark in the church that your eyes will need to adjust for a second before you will be able to see the beautiful decoration. It's a rather small church but it's the most important religious building on the island.

We were lucky to attend the celebration that was held in a small chapel on the left side of the church. There were just a few locals joining too. We had no idea what was being said but the atmosphere was very spiritual. And to be honest it was also very relaxing to have a few moments inside as it was so hot outside.

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The museum is on the site from 1954. You can enter it on the right side of the building. It's quite small but big enough for such a small island. It has 8 rooms - Archaeology, Treasury of the virgin, Majorcan room, Sacred imagery, Ceramic collection, Coll Bardolet, Art gallery and textiles.

The collections are showing the history of Mallorca, its traditions and also the artwork related to the island. My favorite part was the Art gallery with its collection of paintings from more than 100 artists that were either born in Mallorca or moved to the island at some point of their lives.

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There are some beautiful views from the museum windows too.

It took us around one hour to see all the rooms in the museum. After that we went to the botanical garden. It hasn't rained in Mallorca for so long that you can see dry canals and river beds very often.

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The island is still very green even though it hasn't rained for long time.

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We could also see the other side of the church from the botanical garden.

The garden was first laid out in 1956 when it was reserved for the use of the religious community and was made up of indigenous plants.

It was redesigned and expanded mainly because the amount of visitors and pilgrims was getting higher each year. The work took place between 1993 and 2001.

Currently there are examples of around 200 plants from the Balearic islands, and wherever possible, wild plants are shown in a natural setting. There is also an area dedicated to aromatic and medicinal plants from Mallorca and a display of the most ancient varieties of fruit trees from the island, especially those found in the great estates of the mountains.

The setting of the garden is beautiful. You will feel like in the forest and climb the hill up and down. At the end of the garden there is a big swimming pool so don't forget your swimming suit.

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The Serra de Tramuntana mountains

Instead of swimming we went for a hike in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

In 2011, the mountain range was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the cultural landscape category. We knew we had to go there as soon as we learned about this.

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The mountain range is stunning! It's amazing how the trees are growing 'out of the rocks'.

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You can't get the real perspective from this photo but the rocks were really big. I climbed a little bit up to get a better view but gave up after a few meters as the rocks were too big and the holes between them too deep. I was not sure if my insurance would cover the helicopter to rescue me so I decided it's better to walk back 😊 Safety first!

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I liked this spot as we could see various types of grass and trees. The mountain in the back just adds to the charm of the view.

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There are so many hiking trails in the mountains. We didn't see anybody hiking but I can imagine it's because of the temperature. We also didn't stay long as it was very tiring. We might come back to Mallorca in the autumn to do more hiking.

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These mountains are so different to the ones in Switzerland. The landscape here is extraordinary.

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On the way back to the hotel we spotted a vineyard and wanted to buy a few bottles of local wine for our family. The shop was unfortunately closed but we still got to enjoy the surroundings.

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The vineyard is behind this fence.

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I would love to have such a small vineyard in this area, grow my own grapes and make the best wine ever! I would of course consume the most of it myself 😊

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The plants were so green! We wanted to see more but we were getting hungry so it was time to go back.

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I had hard time on the way back not to become car sick. The roads here are so narrow and so curvy! Lucky me we didn't have lunch 😊

Happy that we survived the trip with no sickness accident (if you know what I mean) we treated ourselves to some delicious cocktails. I had Sangria and my husband a gin cocktail with cucumber and black pepper.

Even though it's so hot we are enjoying our time here and we really love the island. It's much better than what we have expected and we are so happy that we are able to spend a few days here.

I hope you have enjoyed our adventure in Mallorca.

There are more to come so stay tuned! 😊

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All pictures are taken by my Nikon D3200 AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II (except of the ones indicated in the article).

Thank you for reading!

Cheers,
Martina


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I’m in the second group too, for sure! :D

The architecture and the nature of island are both truly magnificent, judging by the photos. You took such great pictures!

And now I’m thirsty for a cocktail myself! LOL


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Thank you for stopping by! You should visit the island. It's so diverse, you will love it!

Cheers! 🥂


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Those trees growing amongst the rocks are really odd, but nice odd.
How is it that's there's no one else around? Or are you very good at avoiding people in your photos?


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Thank you for stopping by :) I also find it odd but kind of fascinating odd :) Well, there are photos when I do my best to avoid people appearing there. I can even wait for a couple of minutes to get the best shot. BUT this is not the case in this post. There was really almost nobody. I think it's because of the temperature. Most of the people would spend time in the sea :)


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What a fun journey through Mallorca with you. I am definitely in the 2nd group, I explore. The only vacation that is relaxing is the visit to my family in Oregon. All others are getting out and exploring and seeing as much as I can.


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Thank you for stopping by Sara! :) Exactly, I need to see and learn everything about the place :) Even when I'm back home I travel a lot to show the country to my husband :)


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One of the things I love about traveling is the things I learn about it before I go too. The lead up for me is almost (not quite, but almost) as much fun. I learn so much. Then when I get there I know what to explore.


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excellent to have you back and what a beautiful place... and you gave it your usual wonderful perspective that shows us true beauty!


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Thank you my dear friend! It's always so nice to hear from you! :)


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@delishtreats of course, you have such awesome post Martina... Always happy to see the world through your eyes!


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Always happy when you like it :)


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@delishtreats that's easy because honestly you do a wonderful job... I think many would love to see your posts and travel Europe with you :D


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What a beautiful place to explore! Both inside and out. :) I definitely have travel envy again. You paint a brilliant picture of all of your travels.


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Thank you Katie! I try to make my posts interesting and I'm glad that you appreciate it! ❤


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I love how you always find the perfect mix of art, architecture, history, and beautiful scenery. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.


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Thank you for your kind words! I'm happy that you noticed what I'm trying to achieve in my posts! 😉


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Lovely to see the beautiful mountains of Mallorca. Pretty high temps for a hike so power to you both for going through with it. It's hard to stay put in the shade with all the amazing locations you could go and see!


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It was too hot! We will go there when the temperature is better :) I love hiking but we couldn't do as much as we wanted to.

Thank you for reading my friend!


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aahh.. if I happened to be in a vacation to a place like this.. I definitely would never lying on the beach all day (My skin is tanning enough.. hahaha) and will walk with you to explore any places and spend more times in the vine yards.. (never seen one for a lifetime lol) and this time, no camera forbidden into the church.. that's beautiful as you said.

anyway.. though I love all the photos above why am I thinking that the sangria and the gin cocktails is the stunning one? so glad that you really ejoy the vacation and stay healthy with the adventures. Thank you @delishtreats.


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Hahaha, my skin is on the other hand completely white! But I've never been as brown as I'm now :D I would love you to join me on exploring!

The Sangria and the Gin cocktail were definitely the best! We were so looking forward to a cocktail! All day :D so I can understand why you find it the stunning one :)

Thank you my dear for another sweet comment of yours!


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you are very welcome, but you're still in Mallorca?


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No, no my dear. We came back last Sunday :( Unfortunately! My hubby had to work..


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aahh.. you made me a bit confused with the walk with me and part 3... hahahaha.
now I can see that, you're doing your homework..anyway Martina, whenever you go for adveture like this, do you have time to talk with the dwellers? I mean the local people.


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I think there will be 2 more posts about Mallorca :) Not sure yet. Well, it's not possible for me to travel and post at the same time as it takes me a lot of time to put a post together :) I'm sorry for the confusion my dear :)

Sure, I do! Whenever there is an opportunity. It is a bit challenging in Spain because of the language but e.g. in Barcelona a local girl sat next to me during the lunch and we started chatting. We ended up exchanging phone numbers and we're still in touch :)


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It’s a fabulous part 2. I do like to lay on a beach and nod off with a glass of sangria and the sound of the waves but only after exhausting myself exploring all day 😆 Exploring is like reading a great book and not being able to put it down until you have finished the last page and seen everywhere! I love the undercover phone photo from inside the art gallery thanks for that one in particular as it was obviously not allowed😉Fabulous paintings by the look from that one sneak peek. The mountains are surprisingly green - maybe Mallorca shares commonalities with Ibiza which has underground rivers that run under the Mediterranean from the Pyrenees welling up in various places on the island. That vineyard was so particularly green I wonder if they are adding extra magnesium in the waterline. What a shame you didn’t get to sample their wine on this day... but did you swing back there on another occasion we shall see.
I love how rocky the terrain is too, it’s a very attractive combination of rock and woodland overall. All this and you haven’t even brought up the topic of food yet!! Haha We obviously have a lot more to come still and I am loving every moment! Thanks for trekking through the intense heat to bring us this feast of phenomenal photos, I can imagine how the church must have been a cool retreat for a few minutes, they are always chilling ☺️
So what could be in store for us in Part 3? I await with baited breath😍.Great work Martina 🤗❤️🦋🌴🌈💛


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You wrote almost more in the comment than I wrote in the post :D You're the star!

You are right with lying on the beach but unfortunately we only had one week of holidays as my husband had to come back to work so there was not much time to do it :) And we were staying nearby Inca so it took us at least 30 minutes to get to the beach by car.

Oh yes, the paintings were beautiful. Actually my husband took that photo as I didn't dare :D the same in the church.

I need to look into the thing with water. I was also surprised that it was so green at the end of July. We went to Sardinia a few years back and it was very different. We didn't go back to the vineyard afterwards. We had a lot of local wine in the hotel and our family will have to wait for their share once we're back in Mallorca :)

The nature is fantastic! It really makes you want to go hiking.

There will be a separate post at the end about food :) Yes! There is still a few posts to come! I'm sure you'll like the part 3 too! I'll try to post it tomorrow :)

Thank you for your amazing comment Sallybeth!! You really are the best supporter I could wish for!


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@delishtreats
I am a traveling freak.
Love anything related to traveling


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Me too! Traveling is life!


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