On top of the 509 meter high mountain Puig de Sant Salvador emerges the monastery Santuari de Sant Salvador. The monastery is located in the South-East of Mallorca, on the mountain overlooking the small town of Felanix. It is a mystical spot and one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the island after the monastery of Lluc. The building itself is rather dry and resembles the one of a fortress. However, you will find stunning sculptures and monuments inside and outside the monastery and you will encounter one of the most splendid panoramic views on Mallorca.
The foundation and the construction of the monastery dates back to 1348. King Pere IV of Aragón had Sant Salvador built to commemorate the victims of the black death – killing half of Felanix’s population – and to thank for the salvation of this evil. Over the centuries, the building was remodeled several times, also to protect it from pirate attacks. The pilgrimage church as you see it now was built between 1707 and 1734. The only decoration are the statue of the Virgin Mary from the 13th century and the gothic altar screen made up of alabaster, showing ‘The Passion of the Picture’. Between 1885 and 1992, the monastery was ministered by the fraternity of San Pablo and San Antonio.
Nowadays, the monastery has become an important tourist attraction and is worth a day trip. Already the way up to the monastery comes up with m any beautiful landmarks and stunning views and over the island. First, the twisting road leads past a small chapel, before passing the huge stone cross ‘Es Picot’ built in 1957. From here you have a wonderful view over the east coast to Alcudia in the north and the Tramuntana mountain range in the west. It is an easy walk from the parking lot of the monastery to the stone cross. In front of the monastery you will be greeted by the 37 meter high tower which holds a 7 meter high Christ Pantocrator statue on top. This monument, called ‘Crist Rei’ dates back to the year 1934 and is one of the highlight of the monastery visit.
The monastery of Sant Salvador also counts with restaurants and a family run hotel. You will sleep in the old cloister rooms of the monks, which are all renovated to give you the best comfort. Spending a night in the monastery is an unique experience and also a good starting point for a hike to the legendary fortress ruins ‘Castell de Santueri’. These ruins are situated vis-à-vis of the monastery and are an approximately 3 hour walk away.
The mountain Puig de San Salvador lies on the road between Felanix and Portocolom, more or less half way. You will find road signs. Either you drive up the hill by car, there are parking facilities on top, or you hike up the hill and hence park your car at the bottom. A nice hike leads up to the monastery, so you do not have to walk along the road.