King Sancho ruled Mallorca at the beginning of 14th century(1311-1324) and was the third son of King Jaume II(first ruler of Mallorca).Jaume II was the one that built the palace for his son in 1310 probably because Sancho was suffering for asthma and could take advantage of the fresh air.Later King Martin took the palace and in 1399 he donated to...more
Royal Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa(Real Cartuja de Valldemossa) is the main attraction of Valldemossa.Originally a royal residence (for king Jaime II) converted into a Carthusian Order’s monastery from 1399 to 1835. When its monks expelled it turned into rental accommodation when the buildings were sold to 9 different private owners! Some...more
In front of the monastery you can see a bust of Frederic Chopin(1810-1849) that is connected with the monastery and Valldemossa just because he came here for three months from December 1838 to February 1839.The famous polish composer of romantic music (most of his works are for solo piano) lived here so the visitors can see his room and some of his...more
Part of the monastery (included in the ticket) is the Municipal Museum of Valldemossa.It houses an old press and about 1500 xylographic plates! I also enjoyed the part of the museum that is dedicated to contemporary art with unexpected works from famous artists like Picasso, Miró etc Small enough the museum took me just some minutes to walk around...more
Next to the monastery you can see the nice gardens that are called Jardins Joan Carles I. I was expecting to see something more impressive because I have read about them in advance but they were just ok.Inside the gardens I noticed the bust of Archduke Ludwig Salvador of Austria, a rich duke (son of the 19th century Habsburg ruler of Tuscany...more
I’m not exactly sure what this cultural center is about (supposed to educate the visitor about the island so to conserve the environment and the patrimony value of the island …) but it seems like a tourist trap to me although the name is impressive as it is the Foundation Sustainable Baleares.Architect Dani Freixes created the whole complex with...more
When we started walking around Valdemossa we loved the picturesque alleys with the stout stone houses, the beautiful green windows and the flowers. Then we realized that every house had one small plaque hanging next to the front door. Every plaque has a colorful Christian motif, usually showing Santa Catalina a small girl praying somewhere in the...more
Santa Catalina Thomas (Saint Catherine in English) is the patron saint of Mallorca island.She was born in Valldemosa where we visited the house where she was born that is now a shrine although her (incorrupt as they say) body remains at Augustinian Canos of Saint Madgalene in Palma.She died at 43(1531-1574) joined an Augustian order since she was...more
Real Cartuja isn’t the only important religious related site to visit in Valldemosa, there’s also the church of St.Bartholomeu.It was built in 1245 in baroque style and it’s dedicated to the patron saint of Valldemosa. Although it was originally built a bit after Mallorca’s conquer by Jaume I it expanded during 18th century, much later (in 1863)...more
I would love Valldemosa even without a visit to the famous old monastery. Walking around its charming small alleys was so refreshing, picturesque corners, beautiful stone houses with green windows, nicely decorated doors, flowers…Ok, the main square with the cafes, the monastery of course or the church of Sant Bartolomeu or even the old pharmacy...more
...and again...take your time and walk, there is no rush, U're going late to anywhere. enjoy the buildings and follow my tips :)The old pharmacy and the church are the most outstanding buildings in this religious compound, whose vaults exhibit frescoes by Miguel Bayeu, Goya's brother in law. The Municipal Museum is also part of this compound. An...more
It was early in the morning and didn’t check their menu but we noticed later a Japanese group eating huge amounts of salads and mains, the staff was dedicated to serve them of course while we just enjoyed our café con leche (1,75e) and some simple croissants (1,5e).
Although some cafes in Valldmossa have expensive prices focusing on tourists this place was a bit better serving Café solo 1,4e, Capuchino/hot chocolate 2,5e, chocolate with cream 3e, iced coffee with ice cream and cream 3,5e, café irlandes 4,5e.
It’s a small town so you only have to walk. There’s a map (pic 1) at the parking area but also a bigger one at the near by (at Av.Palma 7) Tourist Info (pic 2) that is open Monday to Friday 9.00-13.30, 15.00-17.00 and on Saturday 10.00-13.00. Most of the sites are no more than 5-10’ away from there.It’s a hilly town and part of the village spreads...more
By carWe easily drove there using carretera de Valldemossa from Palma, actually a direct drive to the village, not much to worry along the way. On the entrance of the village there are two parkings. You can choose between 1h and 2h if you want to rush things but we preferred 5h to be on the safe side, leave time for the monastery but also some time...more
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"Toledo Gold Mallorca" are sellers of Chinese products that are advertised as locally made. The prices are marked up to ten times the amount of the actual retail prices. Refunds and complaints are not excepted, but this information is withheld until after transactions are made. I highly recommend that this store be avoided unless you enjoy...more
There are some nice art shops around but also typical souvenir shops.We checked one where they sell typical frige magnets for 1,75euro but also some guidebooks for Mallorca or especially for Valldemosa. Of course the most interesting book is “A winter In Mallorca” written by George Sand, describing their stay here with Chopin in 1838. Although the...more
Maybe U think I'm lying but this is the shortest and the smallest street I've ever found...I think so...