Sanctuary of Saint Salvador, Mallorca
This photograph of a stone cross atop El Picot was taken from the Sanctuary of Saint Salvador in Felanitx, Mallorca, in the foothills of the Llevant Mountains. Constructed in the mid 20th century it was initially used for the surveillance of pirate ships. The Sanctuary itself, which sits at 510m, is worth a look around for the paintings of the Virgin and the beautiful alter, but you take the perilous road up here for the views.
The road is easy to find between Porto Colom and Felanitx and is only accessible via car, or by hiking or cycling if you are feeling as fit as a 20th century monk! The windy road is too narrow for tour coaches, and difficult enough in a small hire car. Whilst we were ascending the steep bends up the mountain we had to contend with dozens of high speed cyclists descending, which was slightly terrifying but certainly added to the sense of relief and satisfaction when you make it to the top! The views across the countryside, down to the resort towns and out across the Mediterranean are stunning, and from various vantage points you can almost get a 360 degree view across the countryside.
There is ample parking at the top in the shadow of a huge stone statue of JC built in 1934. Around its base are balcony tiers to take in the view from, and its a short walk up the sanctuary with views over to the cross on El Picot, which you can also walk up to if you fancy building up an appetite for your dinner. Sanctuary Saint Salvador was build in 1348 by order of King Pedro IV of Aragon, and still today conducts mass and also houses a hotel and restaurant (although it should be noted that the site is not commercialised at all).
Top tip for Sanctuary of Saint Salvador: Unless you are taking a meal in the restaurant, this stop will only take up around an hour of your day so plan to stop by on your way to or from another destination to break up the journey and take in some fresh air and fantastic views of Mallorca.