Since 1491 (when it was first documented) and until 1616, the blessing of the Mallorcan agricultural fields was performed on this mountain summit, a site locally known as “Cocó del Corb” (currently next to the telecommunication installations).
This ceremony was carried out in accordance with the Jurats de la Ciutat (Sworn Oaths of the City) and the Kingdom of Mallorca with the Capítol de la Seu, on the third Easter Sunday with the aim to assure that all the fruit and vegetable crops planted in Mallorca would have a good harvest.
The Beatified Ramon Llull cave is located nearby the Sanctuary doorway. According to tradition, Ramon Llull spent his spiritual retreats in this humble cave. This is how the “Mata Escrita” (Writing Bush) legend was created, according to which the Illuminated Doctor’s philosophical system was supernaturally revealed to him by means of a bush with written characters on its leaves. Another tradition has recorded the appearance of a crucified Jesus in this site. In 1275, Ramon Llull placed an altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary in this cave which was later named Nostra Senyora de Randa (Our Lady of Randa). The cave was partially destroyed in the 18th century. A stone marker and the image of Ramon Llull were placed here in 1933, but it was savagely mutilated a few years ago.
Get directions to Cocó del Corb on the Randa mountain
Algaida, Randa and Pina
Algaida is a typical rural area found in the most southern part of the region called “Pla de Mallorca”, a place where agricultural traditions are still commemorated in the local spirit. Algaida is, however, also a place of great diversity, both in its landscapes and when it comes to the things you can do here. There are a bunch of local points of interest to see such as the parish church of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, the old stone crosses in the streets, the famous Cura sanctuary, the Xina windmill and the medieval chapel of Castellitx built immediately after the Catalan conquest of the island. But there is also the famous Gordiola glass factory and the Modelmon interior design showroom. Algaida also celebrates its traditions several times a year with entertaining festivals in the town, absolutely worth attending for a cultural input.