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Walk Exploring Pollenca, Puig Maria & the Calvary Steps

Enjoy one of Mallorca's loveliest towns

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The name Pollença comes from the Roman settlement of 'Pollentia, the excavated remains of which lie several kilometers away, at the modern municipality of Alcudia. It was founded in by the Catalans in the 13th century some 6km from the coast in an effort to avoid pirate attacks.

Most of the houses in Pollença were built in the 17th and 18th century and many streets are very narrow and compact reminiscent of the medieval era. The central square, called Plaça Major has numerous outdoor cafes and is dominated by the large 13th century Church Esglesia de Nostra Senyora dels Angels (Our Lady of the Angels).


On the main road from Palma to Pollença at kilometer 52, you will see a sign pointing to the Puig de Maria. Here we start the climb up to the Sanctuary, which takes about an hour and a half. The church is located on an isolated hill overlooking the bays of Pollença and Alcudia. Lunch can be had in a Sanctuary's Hostelry.

Upon the return to Pollença you can cross through the town by following the signs posted from the Plaza Major or Main square to the Calvary steps. You will arrive at the row of stone steps bordered by cypresses which lead up to Calvary chapel, overlooking the town of Pollença. There are 365 steps in all, equal to the number of days in the year.


Map of the surrounding area