If you are on holiday in Majorca on the first Saturday of August and you like long walks, you should not miss "from Güell to Lluc on foot".
More than 40 years of tradition
The first march of the "Lluc a peu" dates from 1974 in which a group of friends, to thank the Virgin that a girl left unscathed of an accident, carried out the route from the bar Güell─ currently disappeared─ until the monastery of Lluc.
Since the first march, in which few dozens of people participated, its popularity has been surpassing, nowadays, the 40,000 people. The march turns into a spectacle worthy of being seen and makes it really worthy to move from your villa in Majorca, if only to contemplate the exit.
The tour: get ready to walk a lot
The tour starts at Plaza Güell in Palma at 23 h ─remember that you have to be registered before─ and ends, after walking some 48 km, in the Monastery of Lluc, located in the Sierra de Tramontana. Given the long distance to go, the walk lasts all night. The usual time fork to traverse is 8 to 12 hours. It is not surprising that every year there are participants who fail to complete the tour and leave before arriving.
However, the participants do not have to worry about their safety at all because they will find medical and victualling points during the course, as well as having ambulances for the most serious cases.
The route will be carried out in its entirety by paved roads, approximately half by flat surface and, as we approach the Serra de Tramontana, in slope.
For the return, in case of not having a particular vehicle, from 6 h to 11 h a special line of buses will be ready to communicate the monastery of Lluc with Palma de Mallorca.
Reasons not to miss it
As previously said, over the years, the march of "Lluc a peu" has become a more important tradition within Majorca. And not only in the islands, many people in Spain and abroad have decided to travel to Majorca during this time of the year in order to participate in the march.
In addition, you can enjoy the good atmosphere that originates during the march. For many, especially the youngest, this march is seen as a feast; for the youngest is the opportunity to spend the first night out with their friends.
And, if that is not enough, it will give you the opportunity to discover the beautiful monastery of Lluc and the wonder of nature that is the Sierra de Tramontana, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.