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The Stupendous Calvari in Pollença

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There is one big question concerning Mallorca: when is the best time to be on the island, the temporada alta or the Off-Season?

I don’t mind summer in Mallorca at all, but I must say that I prefer the off-season to the busy summer period when the island is teaming with the millions. Take for instance the stupendous Via Crucis up to El Calvari in the Villa de Pollença, lined with a phalanx of glorious cypress trees. There are said to be 365 steps in all, representing the days of the year (mind you, I did not count the steps on my way up). The climb is said to make amends for a year’s accumulation of sins, plus one is rewarded with a pretty decent view in the attempt.

You could have the same excursion on a Summer’s day, say in May or June but then you would have to share this joy with scores of other visitors, whilst now on a sunny day in January or February you will only be met by a mere handful of like-minded people, as you arrive on the plateau of the Oratorio del Calvari, dating from the 18th century.

Of course there are other wonderful calvarios on the island with equally wondrous views: the Calvario de Felanitx, the one in Artà, the Consolació in s’Alqueria Blanca, plus a few other more to boot, all worthy of your visit whatever may be your favourite time of the year.

The photo was taken in Pollença, Mallorca, Spain. The date: January 17th, 2009. The time was 13:56:30.

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