The small hill that overlooks the town of Pollença is commonly known as Puig de Maria. Its formal name is ‘Santuary de la Mare de Déu del Puig’ as on top of the hill you will find a 14th century chapel and monastery. The top is only reachable by foot, so be prepared for some workout when visiting the monastery. It is a pleasant 40-50 minute walk through shady oak trees which allow you small glimpses of the scenic views over stunning countryside. So do not forget to stop from time to time in order to intake this beautiful panorama vistas.
There is a road that leads partly up the hill. However, best is, to park the car at the foot of the hill, as the will be no parking facilities later. A 2.2 kilometer long road winds up the 330 meter high Puig de Maria. You will walk through green nature with fantastic views over Pollença, Port de Pollença and Alcudia. You will pass the viewpoint ‘Mirador del Molí Vell’ with views towards Formentor. Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by ochre-coloured brickstone buildings overgrown by wild ivy and vine branches. The chapel was built in 1348 and the monastery 14 years later. Nuns from the region stayed inside the monastery until 1576, before leaving to the islands capital Palma de Mallorca.
You will still find the traditional decor inside the monastery with the typical tiled floors and a magnificent dining hall. The architecture of the building protects from the strong heat during the day, watch out for the small windows. They protect the rooms from too much sunlight and heat. Make a halt on the square in front of the building and enjoy the view of Mallorca’s bizarre landscape and a vista towards the Formentor peninsula. You can sit in the shade of a tree and savour the peace and tranquility this place radiates. It is also not yet frequented by too many tourists, so nobody will disturb you here.
Nowadays, the monastery houses a small restaurant with traditional Mallorcan cuisine. After the walk up, it is a nice place for a refreshment of a small snack before ascending down again.
Take the bus L340 to Pollença. The road up the hill is signed and easy to find.