The Monastery Route
The cultural tour of shrines, chapels and oratories of Mallorca can offer an interesting value to your visit to Mallorca. Another cultural point of view and alternative. Many of our sanctuaries and shrines began to be built in the thirteenth century, after the conquest of Mallorca by the Catalan troops.
Over eight centuries have undergone reforms, coinciding with periods of economic boom.
Each of the chapels, monasteries and shrines have an interest in itself, but if you want to visit all of you a planning of the attractions on the coast of Tramuntana, in the area of ??Palma de Mallorca, in the north and northeast and in Migjorn. You can make the visit on foot, horseback, bicycle or car, although some places are not accessible to conventional vehicles.
The route can take whatever you want. Here we propose a list of the main attractions.
Sanctuaries of interest:
Oratorio de Virgen de Portals
Siglo XIX. Replaced the cave Portals Vells, place of worship for years the image of the Virgin of Portals.
Capilla de la Piedra Sagrada
Siglo XX. Its main attraction is that it keeps the stone that served as the altar for the Catalan troops landed in Mallorca recently held a mass.
Monastery of San Bernat de la Real
13th century. In Muslim times it was a governor’s garden. About 1266, after the conquest, the monks of the Cisterts installed their monastery here, dependent on the monastery of Poblet in Catalonia, until 1560. Ramon Llull made stays in the Royal from where he wrote some of his works. Nowadays, it houses the Balearic Library, with an important bibliographical background. Every day on August 19 a large pilgrimage takes place from the Plaça de Cort in Palma to the monastery. The smell of the albarca permeates the whole enclosure.