Ramon Llull or Mystic Route (Castellitx – Randa – Cura)
Cultural tour around Algaida.
The route begins in the district of Algaida, at the former parish church of Castellitx, also known as Mare de Déu de la Pau (Our Lady of Peace), located between Algaida and Puig de Randa. The church is in the primitive Gothic style and has one nave with three sections and a ceiling with diaphragm arches that support the beams. According to legend, the image of the Mare de Déu, a wooden sculpture from 1430, was found near the chapel.
Continue up to the top of Puig de Randa, where you will find, on the right, a turning to the Sanctuary of Gràcia. This sanctuary was originally in the Aresta cave, where, in the 15th century, Franciscan monks went to fulfil their vows of poverty and austerity. The first chapel became a centre of pilgrimage to Nostra Senyora de Gràcia (Our Lady of Grace). Of note inside the church, are the tiles in the chapel of Saint Anne, the first on the left, from the 18th century, and the image of the Mother of God.
Along the same path that leads to the Sanctuary of Cura, is the Sanctuary of Sant Honorat (Saint Honoratus). The Majorcan philosopher, blessed Ramon Llull, was the first to retire to this place. In the mid-14th century, others also chose Randa to commence their religious life and requested permission to build the hermitage. Currently, it belongs to the order of the Missioners dels Sagrats Cors (Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts) and also has accommodation.
At the top of Puig de Randa, a wonderful place for spectacular views of the entire island, is the Sanctuary of Nostra Senyora de Cura (Our Lady of Care). It was built in the 15th century and is where the first School of Latin Grammar was founded, occupying it until 1826. The original chapel, from the 15th century, was renovated and converted into a church in the 17th century. There are also rooms at the sanctuary. Ramon Llull retired to live in one of the nearby caves and according to legend this is where his mission was revealed to him, to write a book that debated all the false beliefs of the infidels.