Heritage | Tourist route H201

Valldemossa

What is it?

Valldemossa is a small village in the Sierra de Tramuntana, 17 kilometres from Palma and at an altitude of 435 metres. The richness of its natural springs and leafy vegetation give it a very special serenity and tranquillity.  The layout of its streets, which are narrow and steep, gives the village a special charm.  Its main attraction is the Cartoixa monastery where it is possible to see rooms where famous people from the 19th Century French romantic area stayed, such as the Polish composer Frederick Chopin and the writer Aurore Dupin (better known by her pseudonym, George Sand).  Other personalities who left their mark here were Rubén Darío and Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria.

Visit

Visiting hours:

Reial Cartoixa and Rei Sanç Palace

Monday to Saturday:

January and December: 9.30-15.00

February and November: 9.30-17.00

March and October: 9.30 -17.30

April to September: 9.30-18:30

Sundays: 10.00-13.00

Closed on 25 December and 1 January and on Sundays in December and January

Price:

General ticket: €8

Child ticket: €3.70

Student ticket: €5.60

Group ticket: 4 people for €24.80

*Includes entry to the church, the Chopin and George Sand Museum, the Main Museum, the Rei Sanç Palace, the prior's cell and the dispensary.

Valldemossa Tourist Information Office

Monday to Friday: 09.00-13.30 and 15.00-17.00

Saturdays: 10.00-13.00

Sundays: closed

Location and contact:

Reial Cartoixa

Avinguda de Palma, 7.  07170 Valldemossa

Telephone:+34 971 612 986

Web site: www.cartujadevalldemossa.com

E-mail: info@cartujadevalldemossa.com

Tourist Information Office

Avinguda de Palma, 7.  07170 Valldemossa

Telephone:+34 971 61 20 19

Web site: www.visitvalldemossa.com

E-mail: oficinaturisme@ajvalldemossa.net

 

 

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Detailed description

Valldemossa offers its visitors a wide range of options with its highly attractive architecture and culture.

Reial Cartoixa. The old monastery, originally a royal residence, was founded and lived in by Carthusian monks between 1399 and 1835.  It was home to the Polish pianist and composer Frederick Chopin and the French writer George Sand during the winter of 1838-1839.  The museums making up Reial Cartoixa house mementos of the romantic relationship between the two, along with artistic and cultural exhibits from the 15th to the 20th Century.

Rei Sanç Palace. This was built by King Jaume II for his son, Sanç, who ruled Majorca from 1311 until 1324.  Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (the famous minister to Carlos IV) was imprisoned in the tower of the palace between 1801 and 1802 until he was moved to Bellver Castle.  From 1906 to 1913 the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, who used to dress in a monk's habit to get inspiration, lived here.  Highlights are the staircase (with a drawbridge and San Bruno medallion), the guest tower and the Santa Maria cloister.

Santa Catalina Thomàs' birthplace.  The birthplace of the most venerated saint in Majorca, who was born in Valldemossa in 1531.  From very early on her religious fervour and wish to enter a convent were evident.  In 1553 she entered the Augustinian convent of Santa Magdalena in Palma, where her incorrupt body is now venerated.

Coll Bardolet Cultural Foundation. The main aims of the foundation are to preserve, exhibit and publicise the paintings of Josep Coll Bardolet, an illustrious son of the village, show his private collection (owned by the foundation) and promote fine art in general.

Costa Nord Cultural Centre. This centre is in the headquarters of the Fundació Balears Sostenible (Sustainable Balearics Foundation).  It was created on the initiative of the actor, Michael Douglas.  The project began due to Michael Douglas' great admiration for the Sierra de Tramuntana and the legacy of Archduke Ludwig Salvator.  The centre organises series of concerts, gastronomic days, exhibitions, plays and guided tours of the Sierra.

In addition to going round the main points of interest, we suggest wandering around the scenic little streets and losing yourself in the magic of this typical Sierra de Tramuntana village.

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