Between the Serra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Mediterranean Sea, Valldemossa rises up 435 metres above sea level. It has a large number of fountains and an abundance of vegetation in comparison with other municipalities on the island and it is a benchmark in terms of tourism, the environment and culture.
Below, we have made a list of the 5 historical monuments that you cannot miss out on during your visit to the town of Valldemossa.
Valldemossa is home to Mallorca´s most important historic-artistic complexes, the Royal Charterhouse of Jesus of Nazareth, a monastery that was home to Carthusian monks for centuries and a residence for illustrious figures such as the persecuted Jovellanos, Unamuno, Rubén Darío, Fréderic Chopin and George Sand.
The complex has a cloister —one of the oldest parts of the current buildings—, the old pharmacy of the Carthusians, a garden and the rooms of the Prior’s Cell —a chapel, library, a hearing room, bedroom… — which preserves the historic and artistic legacy of the Carthusians, thus showing how the monks lived. There is also an extremely important collection owned by the Ferrà Capllonch family about the musician Frederic Chopin and the writer George Sand. The Charterhouse holds documents and mementos relating to the stay of the romantic couple during the winter of 1838-1839. Chopin composed his Preludes Op. 28 here and Sand write “Winter in Mallorca”.
The complex is also home to the Municipal Museum, which houses a section dedicated to the old Guasp Printing Press, a collection owned by the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, and an art collection of artists from the Serra de Tramuntana and contemporary art, with paintings by Miró.
Crossing the Plaza de la Cartuja and going past the studio of the painter Coll Bardolet you will find the Palace of King Sancho, built in 1309 by King James II, the hunting residence of his son Sancho. The palace has maintained elements of the old Charterhouse, such as the access stairway, the cloister and the defence tower. The Palace´s music room holds daily Chopin piano concerts.
We also recommend visiting the “miranda des Lledoners”, located just behind the Palace; it is beautiful vantage point that offers lovely views over the parish of Sant Bartomeu.
The visit to the Charterhouse and the Palace is sold with a joint ticket and the visit to cell number 4 requires another ticket sold separately.
You go down Calle Uetam. At the end of the street, in an enormous country house, you will find a charming little hotel, Es Petit Hotel. Keep walking and the street changes name, now becoming Calle de la Rosa. At the end of the street, on the right hand side you can make out the bell tower of the parish church of Sant Bartomeu, located at no.1 Calle de la Rectoria.
Saint Catalina Thomàs was born in Valldemossa on 1 May 1531 and made a Saint in 1930, she is Mallorca´s only saint. The house she was born in is located in the same street as the rectory, very close to the Church of Sant Bartomeu. You can enter the house although access is limited to a single room and it contains a chapel with the image of the Saint.
If you pay close attention, you will see that houses in Valldemossa honour the Beateta with a tile on their entrances that depict a scene in the life of Mallorca´s only saint.
Miramar is an estate located right on the municipal border between Valldemossa and Deià.
In 1276 the King of Mallorca James II founded a monastery at the request of Ramón Llull, in order to hold a missionary college specialising in the teaching of oriental languages.
It was indeed Ramon Llull, who in 1273 had gone off for a season to live a contemplative life in Randa, who spent almost three years in Miramar, teaching 12 priests and writing some of his works.
In 1457 the first printing press in Mallorca was established, and it was here that the first book published on the island was printed.
The Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria purchased it in 1872, and fell in love with the landscapes of this area on the Mallorcan coast. The Archduke wrote in Die Balearen: “There is no doubt that no other place on earth could bear the name “Miramar” with more authority”.
In that era the estate also included the land and vineyards of s’Estaca, where in 1878 the Archduke built a unique Sicilian styled house that has belonged to the American actor Michael Douglas and his ex-wife Diandra.
When the Archduke died, he left the property of Miramar to his Mallorcan secretary, Antoni Vives.
You can visit a museum where there are some objects, documents and works of art linked to the world of Ramon Llull and the Archduke.