History: Monastery Lluc was built in 1250. Unfortunately, for the first few centuries of excistence monastery was destroyed several times. In the 17th and 18th century it was renovated and made bigger. Prior to the introduction of mass tourism on Mallorca, Lluc was a place of prayer and silence, which could only be reached by narrow and steep footpaths. Today several thousand tourists each day in summer visit the monastery. The parking area is about as big as the monastery itself. Not only foreigners visits Lluc, but also many Mallorcans: Monastery Lluc is the centre of catholic Mallorca.
Information: The most important building is the central monastery
church with the world famous madonna figure "La Moreneta". You should also
go to see the garden and the inner yard of Monestir de Lluc. When you
walk up the hill on the footpath behind the monastery (10 min) you will find
a great view over valleys and Lluc Monastery. There is no entrance fee for
the monastery. You only have to pay for the museum (3 in 2008) of Lluc,
which is in a side wing of the main building. Most things in the museum have
nothing to do with Lluc or religion; it is a general museum about Mallorca.
In different rooms you find ceramics, pictures, cloth, furniture,
handicrafts and archaeological findings of Mallorca. In my opinion, The Lluc
Museum is only interesting for museum freaks and art fans. The different
topics of the museum are random and most signposts are only in Spanish and
Island of Crete (Greece): Tours Samaria Gorge (Hiking Day
Trip from tourist cities on Crete)
Outside there is an information office for the Tramuntana Mountains, the best hiking area of Mallorca. The staff speak good English and are very helpful. Inside the office is an interesting exhibition about endangered animals on Mallorca, especially the rare Cinereous Vulture.
Around the monastery there are some restaurants, souvenir shops and
even a pharmacy. The best and cheapest place to go for a coffee or a small
lunch is the Cafe de Placa next to the monastery. You can get cold water
bottles cheaply in the main souvenir shops. The restaurants around the
parking areas are a little bit expensive but not bad.