Hermitage of Santa Magdalena in Inca, a place where you can see almost the whole island.
In the Municipality of Inca there is the “Puig D’Inca”, also known as “Puig de Santa Magdalena”, a place you should not miss to admire a view of most of the island from where you will see and understand why the Island of Mallorca is considered a natural paradise. To go there is a must if you are a lover of photography since you can take photos of an amazing landscape like few places in our island.
Located approximately about 7 km from Inca, can you access the “Puig de Santa Magdalena” flowing through the old Camino de Santa Magdalena, which is possible on foot or by car or you can also perfectly access from the motorway Palma-Alcudia and at the height of Inca take Ma-3051, which is ideally indicated.
With a height of 287 meters above sea level, the Puig de Santa Magdalena is a Natural Area of Special Interest and is mentioned in tourist routes in the Island of Mallorca, a former pilgrimage, especially by people of Inca, currently formed by the hermitage of Santa Magdalena, the Cruz (the cross) and a completely open to public recreational and rest area.
The present chapel of Puig de Santa Magdalena or Puig D’ Inca, was finished in the XVI century as it is today, but it was renovated many times before, surrounded by esplanade anteriorly was convent residence for pilgrims and school. Existed in the late thirteenth century and is documented the existence of a chapel shortly after the Catalan conquest in 1229. In 1308 it was governed by a single priest and continued until 1402 a female community was established that lasted a few years. By 1490 a community of Franciscan Sisters of Saint Clare or Poor Clares was later replaced in 1530 by nuns from The Order of Saint Jerome or Hieronymites but resided at the Hermitage just four years. Then the hermit’s house was exclusively for school function like it had in 1494 when residing in this part of the building the Poor Clares. The school was run by a priest who was both, priest and custodian of the chapel and had lay teachers who taught humanities. It worked until the early eighteenth century, a period in which the chapel was again been run under the care and control of directors and rectors of the city of Inca. Finally in 1931 a group of hermits of the diocesan congregation of San Pablo and San Antonio was established, being a place of ancestral devotion of the inhabitants of Inca, to the point that in 1434 the Bishop of Mallorca decreed holy day of obligation for Inca the Santa Magdalena day, day the Inca inhabitants flocked to the chapel.
The facade stands out for its simplicity and opens a portal arch, an upper rosette and belfry end, being of medieval origin, from the thirteenth century and built in early Gothic style which is a single room that is divided into four sections by diaphragm arches.
Must be one of the most spectacular spots on the Island for its wonderful view from the top as the “Serra de Tramuntana” (Tramuntana Mountains), most of the “Pla de Mallorca” (Plain Mallorca), South area of the island and the bays of Alcudia and Pollensa. If we move from the chapel to the area of the Cross, through an interesting walk along a paved road to Puig dels Minyons, located on a megalithic remains and part of Puig D’Inca, for a sure you will enjoy a great photo reportage, but better not to go the Sunday after Easter Sunday, called in Mallorca, “Diumenge de l’Angel”, since there in the hermitage a pilgrimage in which the majority of the citizens of Inca come in mass to celebrate the “Pancaritats” by long tradition on the island.
This chapel is located in a natural area of special interest for their ecological value. Wildlife gives this place a special character as the different species of bat we can find such as the horseshoe bat, the greater mouse bat, long-fingered bat and the common bent-wing bat, located in the cave on the north side of the mountain down the area of the Cross. The whole landscape is lined by Aleppo pine, oak, wild olive and mastic shrub. There is one recreational area open to the public located in emblematic or preserved natural sites, with car access and equipped to eat and rest providing a stove to make your barbecues, tables and benches, waste containers, non-potable water point and chemical toilets, some wheelchair accessible. Of note, the use of a stove is not permitted during the period of risk of forest fires, which should be checked on arrival at the recreational area.
The area of Puig D’Inca is not only a place to visit for its views or pilgrimages, is widely visited by all types of athletes to be a favorable area for it. Right next to the area of the Cross, there is a ramp for all those wishing parasailing on a vast, vast area, great on the time when the almond blossom.
It is within designated areas of “Hiking in Mallorca”. You can leave your car somewhere in or around Inca and made up the chapel of Santa Magdalena route, about an hour of low difficulty route with perfectly pointed way and, of course, is the point of many cyclists use their short hard climb and whether cyclists Island or cyclists come to the Island to enjoy our routes and climatic advantages.
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Have a look at Churches and Hermitages Guide in Mallorca.