Situated at the base of the picturesque Randa Hills in Mallorca, Llucmajor is a small town with an impressive history. With diverse heritage hiding around every corner, this is the perfect place for those looking to delve into the storied past of the island.
Located in a historically strategic position just a short distance inland from the beautiful south coast, the town has been an important site throughout the centuries. The Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians have all left their mark on Llucmajor, and today, it is a popular place for visitors with an interest in the island’s rich heritage.
Historical Sites Not to Miss on Mallorca Holidays
Many Prestige Holidays clients come to me looking for Mallorca holidays with a little more depth, and this town is always at the top of my list when it comes to recommendations.
The Parish Church of Sant Miquel
For architecture aficionados, a visit to this Gothic-style church is a must. The building is a fine example of the work of Isidro González Velázquez, a famed architect. Even if you know nothing about architecture, I guarantee you’ll be impressed by its Classic and Baroque influences – particularly evident in the soaring clock tower. Part of its most notable heritage is that the church was the original resting place of King Jaume III’s remains before they were removed to Palma Cathedral.
The Convent and Church of Sant Bonaventura
Constructed in the seventeenth century, this church and convent represents some of the last work the Franciscans carried out on the island. Built in the Renaissance style, with Baroque influences (particularly the portal), the buildings house some stunning murals and the interiors are adorned with intricately carved and painted tiles. This is one of my favourite religious sites on the island and is a truly wonderful place to while away a few hours.
Top Tip: One of the other most famous historical attractions is located right in front of the convent. The whimsical bronze statue, S’Espigolera, is an homage to Maria Antonia Salvá, a young woman from the town who was renowned as a poet. It was created in 1965 by sculptor Horacio de Eguía.
The Town Hall
Dating back to 1884, the Town Hall is not only an important municipal site, it’s also an impressive architectural one. Encompassing four levels, the building’s interior is decorated by the shield of the city, which dates back to 1626. Other notable features include the marble cladding on the façade and the carved portal.
The Statue of the King Jaumes
This evocative bronze statue features the future King Jaume IV holding the flag of the Kingdom of Mallorca and supporting the dead body of his father, King Jaume III. It represents the events of the mighty 1349 Battle of Llucmajor, in which Pedro IV of Aragon vanquished the King and the course of the island’s history was changed forever.
Where to Stay
For our clients who plan on exploring the historical sites of Llucmajor on Mallorca holidays, I highly recommend the excellent Hotel Sa Torre Mallorca, a charming establishment in the style of a traditional fourteenth-century Mallorcan house. Nestled into beautiful grounds, this sprawling hotel offers 5-star luxury in a stunning location.
Top Tip: Hotel Sa Torre Mallorca is just a 20-minute drive from the Mallorcan capital, Palma, so it makes a perfect base from which to explore the city’s cultural attractions.