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They don't call it Calvari (Calvary) for nothing. Some pilgrims do it on their knees, but even just walking up the 365 cypress-lined steps from the town centre to the lovely 18th-century hilltop chapel, the Església del Calvari, with its simple, spartan and serene interior, is penance enough. This may not be a stairway to heaven, but there are soul-stirring views to savour back over the town's mosaic of terracotta rooftops and church spires to the Tramuntana beyond.

There's a small cafe at the top next to the church, and you may find a guitarist playing for small change at the top of the steps.

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1. Museu Martí Vicenç

0.13 MILES

A short way up the Calvari steps is the Museu Martí Vicenç. The weaver and artist Martí Vicenç Alemany (1926–95) bought this property, once part of a…

2. Església de Monti-Sion

0.18 MILES

With its imposing façade, this very handsome baroque church is located east of the base of the steps up Calvari and was built by the Jesuits in the late…

3. Pont Romà

0.23 MILES

On the northern outskirts of town, this two-arched bridge originally dates to Roman days, although it was much restored in medieval times.

4. Casa-Museu Dionís Bennàssar

0.28 MILES

This museum, the former home of local artist Dionís Bennàssar (1904–67), hosts a permanent collection of his works. Downstairs are early etchings,…

6. Oratori de Sant Jordi

0.32 MILES

Dedicated to St George, this lovely church dates to 1532 and contains a fine interior with a baroque altarpiece.

7. Museu de Pollença

0.39 MILES

This museum's star feature is the 17th-century baroque cloister of the Convent de Sant Domingo – a picture of tranquillity and poise – in which the museum…

8. Església de la Mare de Déu del Roser

0.39 MILES

Part of the Museu de Pollença, the Església de la Mere de Déu del Roser is a marvellous old and now-empty church whose space is used for art exhibitions…