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WALK AROUND THE CHARERHOUSE

WALK AROUND THE CHARERHOUSE

If you travel to Valldemossa on public transport, the bus will leave you in Plaza Campdevànol and if you travel by private vehicle, there are two car parks next to the entrance to the town. You only need to cross the road in order to head into the centre of the town. However, beforehand you should come and visit our Visitvalldemossa tourism office in order to collect the necessary information in order to carry out your visit with information and precisely. There, they will give you the free Wi-Fi code, a map and all the necessary information. You will find it right next to the second car park.

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The walk begins on Via Blanquerna, the town´s main street, which bears this name as a tribute to Ramon Llull, an enlightened lay brother, philosopher and man of letters, who wrote, among others, a work with that title.

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This area around the church of the Charterhouse, with the continuous coming and going of people, is the nerve centre of the town; with the Town Hall, bars, restaurants, bakeries, souvenir shops, craft shops, banks, museums…an area that you can comfortably walk around in order to do a little shopping and enjoy a break at the terrace of a café.

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In the different shops available, you will find a large amount of original craft goods from the region, including the famous painted tiles with scenes from the life of our saint, Saint Catalina Thomàs, that you can observe as devout decorations in all of the entrances to our houses. The renowned pearls, the craft glassware of Lafiore and the famous siurells (ceramic pieces that are half man, half animal) are common purchases for people that come to visit us. Wooden kitchen utensils made from Mallorcan olive wood are typical, they are highly valued by chefs because of how they feel and their beautiful colour. You can purchase them as a good souvenir, or indeed as an effective utensil for your kitchen.

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In the same areas, gourmet visitors can enjoy the bakeries, patisseries and cafés. They offer savoury products such as coca de trempó (Mallorcan flatbread), coca de verdura (flat bread with vegetables), cocarrois (vegetable stuffed Mallorcan pastries) and the typical meat or vegetable empanadas. Those with a sweet tooth can undoubtedly enjoy varieties such as the exquisite cremadillos (custard cream filled pastries), Almond cake and of course, the universally known ensaimadas (spiral shaped pastries). A must-visit stop is the historic bakery Can Molinas, founded in 1920, and creators of the authentic coca de patata (potato bun) the emblematic sweet dish of Valldemossa, created with the authentic and exclusive recipe held by the family owners. Do not go home without trying it. In winter, we recommend trying it with hot chocolate and in summer with horchata de almendras (a sweet almond drink enjoyed cold). It is served in all of the town´s bars and restaurants.

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At the end of the main street, visitors will come to Plaza Ramon Llull, and turning right, you go up a slope. From there, you will be able to make out the impressive image of the church of the Charterhouse. Once there, head into the square-shaped plaza.

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Entering it, on the right hand side, you will cross through Avenida de Los Tilos. Visitors can enjoy a little rest of their route by taking a seat on the stone benches, under the shade of the lime trees next to the wishing fountain, where walkers can throw a coin and make a wish.

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Leaving the plaza heading towards the Town Hall, you will come to the public toilets, and further along, going down a small set of steps, you will reach the gardens of the Charterhouse (the gardens of King Juan Carlos I), open to the public since May 1960. From the route they chart, you can see the Council building or Town Hall. These rectangular shaped gardens are populated with a large amount of cypresses, yew trees and a wide range of rose bushes and shrubs. These paved paths that run through the gardens follow a beautiful geometric pattern.

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In its day, this space was used as the patio of the cloister in order to help the Carthusians find inner peace. Now, this is undoubtedly the best place to admire the Charterhouse from. Scattered throughout the gardens, you will come across small bronze pieces that represent and bear witness to the most famous residents that have passed through this area; a bust of the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, the medallion of the man of letters Rubén Darío, the bust of the modernist painter Santiago Rusiñol, a bust dedicated to universally renowned Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin, which was donated by the Polish sculptor Zofia Wolska to the town of Valldemossa.