The Santuari del Puig de Maria just outside of Pollença, also known by the name of Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig, started out as a small oratorio in 1348. An adjoining monastery was built in 1362 and a fortification was constructed at the end of the 15th century, including a massive defense tower to protect against pirates and Saracens. In 1576, the nuns were instructed to move to Palma de Mallorca and the monastery was abandoned.
Today, the Puig is a popular place for outings and excursions, affording splendid panoramic views over Pollença and the Northeast coast of Mallorca. The sanctuary now offers accommodation as a refuge with modest comforts in the erstwhile nuns’ cells at inexpensive cost (22 € per night for a two bed accommodation plus 7 € each for a third or fourth person). There is no heating. Bathrooms are communal and only one shower comes with hot water. There is a kitchen and an outside barbecue facility. There is also one of the most impressive dining rooms in all of Mallorca (see photo below). A bar service offers beverages, bocadillos and some hot food. Telephone 971.184.132 for reservations (09h00 to 15h00 and 17h00 to 20h00).
The photos were taken near Pollença, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 17th, 2010. The time was 19:08:31 and 19:12:59, respectively.