You find Llucalcari perched on a hillside below the road between Deia and Soller. Its traditional houses seem shrouded in a deep sense of calm, but don’t be fooled. Llucalcari isn’t dead, it is just lazy in the most dreamy way.
In a sense, Llucalcari is like a quiet, thoughtful little brother to famous Deia. Believed to be Mallorca’s smallest village, it hides anonymously between Deia and Soller. From Deia it is located just after the settlements of Ca l’abat Ses Coves, just before Alconasser and below the dwellings of Son Coll.
You are likely to only encounter silence once you’ve taken that sharp left turn five minutes out of Deia. Because in Llucalcari it’s definitely not about being seen. It’s about gazing out over the sea, enjoying infinite tranquil moments whilst reading, painting or having a drink. Or whatever your favourite activity is – when doing nothing at all.
This beautiful hamlet has one 4-star hotel and restaurant. Otherwise it consists of a mix of modern villas with pools and a view and old traditional town houses just waiting to be refreshed to suit a contemporary lifestyle. You need to stay alert though as homes in Llucalcari are only rarely for sale and rent.
Some homes in the village centre lie rather close, yet many properties in this snoozing mountainside spot offer dazzling sea views. Common for all is the village’s unique proximity to the water. A little pathway on the sole street leads through olive groves and Mediterranean flora to a rocky private beach, Cala Llucalcari, in less than 10 minutes.
Llucalcari also offers a variety of things to explore by yourself or with friends. Walking routes are available towards both Cala Deia and Port de Soller, the latter with several calas and small villages along the way. In these calas, you carefully tread via huge rocks into a turquoise blue sea that offers a lot of snorkling experiences.
Another great thing about the beach of Llucalcari is the opportunity to cover yourself in magic marine mud. Head for the freshwater stream at the back of the beach. Look for the red mud and slap it on. It is believed to improve circulation and detoxify your body. Its high magnesium content eases aching muscles. Phosphates and sodium will help you hydrate as well as reduce inflammation.
Just leave the mud on your skin until it’s dry and then wash it off. Voilà!
According to our sources, the name Lluc Alcari comes from the Latin “lucus”, meaning sacred wood, mixed with the Arabic word for a group of houses. Llucalcari has long been a refuge for artists. Like Sebastià Junyer, a Catalan painter who accompanied Picasso on his first trip to Paris. Junyer is also source of the legend of how Picasso himself came to Deià. Another tale from the area is that a ruin of a house along the main road used to be the studio of a medieval cartographer – a mapmaker.
The locals can tell you many other stories of the past – some definitely true, others told through generations. That kind of enigma is part of the beauty of staying or living in a small and historical community.
Surely, Llucalcari offers that wonderful remoteness that isn’t too remote at all; the bus stops in Llucalcari and, if you head to Deia for dinner and feel like enjoying a drink or two, the walk back to Llucalcari is not as long as you’d think, just watch the traffic.
It is one of the spots in the area that enjoys peace even during the busy summer. An this without giving up the best features that Mallorca’s West Coast has to offer.
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