Walkers receive their diplomas on arrival at Lluc. | M. À. Borras

Around 8,000 people took part in last night's annual walk, or pilgrimage, from Palma to Lluc monastery. It started at 11pm yesterday evening, with the first walkers completing the 48-kilometre walk around 4am and mostly everyone else having finished by 7am. The walk, known as Güell to Lluc, dates from 1974, and the story behind it is that one night a siphon being held by the daughter of the owner, Tolo Güell, exploded at Bar Güell. Miraculously, no one was hurt, so it was suggested that everyone should go to Lluc to give thanks to the Virgin of Lluc, Majorca's patron.