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Discover two of the most beautiful villages in Serra de Tramuntana.
Guided tour with an official tour guide of Tour Teatro.
Valldemossa is probably one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca.
The name “Valldemossa” comes from Wadi Musa (the Musa’s valley) who was the lord of this lands. In 902 the Muslims conquered the island and they organised it in 13 “juz” (districts). This one was known as Bunyula-Musu.
It was an “alquería” (farm, farmstead) and the mosque was built where nowadays there’s the parish church of Sant Bartomeu. That area was the beginning of Valldemossa. Around there, there were a lot of fountains that helped to the agriculture, the economy of the village.
It is currently considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2011. A village surrounded by olive, almond and carob trees where you can find the painted ceramics in all the houses that represent episodes in the life of Santa Catalina with the quote: “Pray for us”; or taste the delicious “coca de patata” made of flour, boiled potato, sugar, lard, eggs, oil and lukewarm water… A simple recipe passed down from generation to generation that, over time, has become one of Valldemossa’s great gastronomic features. A lot of the shops in the town sell this genuinely local sweet. Try it with hot chocolate in winter or an almond slush in summer.
It would be difficult to truly understand Valldemossa without realising the part played by La Cartoixa in its history.
The two properties that make this spectacular village are the Palace of King Sanç and the new Carthusian monastery. They have welcomed kings, writers, artists, politicians and, more simply, Carthusian monks, whose order was responsible for the buildings current appearance.
In 1229, King Jaume I of Aragon, known as the Conqueror, arrived in Mallorca. His son, Jaume II, was the first king of the kingdom of Mallorca. He ruled a realm that was not dependent on the Crown of Aragon, the dominant kingdom in the area during this time.
Jaume II had a son who suffered from asthma, Sanç I. In 1309, in an attempt to help his son, Jaume II ordered a palace to be built for Sanç in Valldemossa, it was believed the local climate could relieve his asthma. The manor built where probably was located the Muslim lord house.
The palace was enlarged in 1311 by Sanç I, who spent a long time here due to his asthma, since then it was known as the Palace of King Sanç I. For several years this palace was used as a royal residence; in other words, the home of the kings of Mallorca. However, the kingdom of Mallorca didn’t last long and, in 1349, it definitively joined the realm of the Crown of Aragon.
As there were no longer any Mallorcan kings, the palace built by Jaume II was never used again as a home for royals. So, in 1399 Martin I, the last King of the Jaume’s dynasty died childlessly, so he decided to donate the building to some monks
so they could use the old palace by converting it into a monastery.
These monks were Carthusians. After some time, during which the monks made changes to be able to live in the old palace, for instance: the prison became the refectory or dining room; the kitchen, the church; the weapons square, the cemetery, cloister and more.
Between the 16th and 17th Century, the new cloister of Santa Maria, some cells, the chapter hall and the rooms for relatives built.
The Carthusian Order had lived in the monastery for 400 years, until 1835. In 1835, due to the ecclesiastical confiscations, the Spanish government forcibly took the Charterhouse of Valldemossa from the Carthusian monks and sold it in public auctions to some people. The Cartuja was sold to a banker, Eliseu Canut, except the church, chapter hall, sacristy/vestry and apothecary which became bishop properties. Then the residential Cartuja was born and the cells were rented to visitors. That was the third transformation for the monastery as several people bought different parts to make them their home. Imagine the luxury of being able to live in such a beautiful place as the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa! During this time a lot of artists and writers stayed here: George Sand and Chopin, Rubén Darío,
Deià is one of the most charming corners of Mallorca thanks to its bohemian and picturesque image. The town is at the foot of a slope, with houses agglomerated and giving a stunning view of the Mediterranean.
This paradise combines its natural beauty and social harmony with other earthly pleasures. This beautiful town has not gone unnoticed by artists, writers and creatives who have decided to stay in Deià and look for its source of inspiration there. We suggest you discover the archaeological museum, the parish museum or the municipal cemetery that is behind the church.
His first mentions date from the 17th century. There are the tombs of the different personalities and artists who have died in Deià, such as those of the English writer and poet Robert Graves.
A visit to the Archaeological Museum of Deià is like travelling to the origins of modern archaeology in Mallorca and discovering the beginnings of the occupation of Mallorca. There are remains from the archaeological sites that William Waldren excavated from the late 1950s onwards when he came to the island from the USA.
Another option is to go to the Torre de Sa Pedrissa. It is an old watchtower built to defend the coastline against the attacks of Berber and Ottoman pirates. From the tower, we can see an unusual view of Na Foradada. To access the Tower we must deviate to the left before reaching the cove, later we arrive at urbanisation until you reach a barrier. On the right bank, there is a path that leads us in 10 minutes to the tower.
This full-day excursion starts in Palma from where we will head towards Valldemossa, where we will be able to contemplate the marvellous nature that the Serra de Tramuntana offers. Once there, we will take a pleasant stroll through its cobbled streets and alleys and visit the parish church of Sant Bartomeu and the birthplace of Santa Catalina Thomàs.
The entire village is dedicated to this Mallorcan saint and on the doorways of all the houses and businesses you can find ceramics with scenes from the life of Santa Catalina.
If you are interested, you can also visit the monastery of the Carthusian monastery of Valldemossa and enjoy a piano concert. This building, created in the 14th century as a royal palace, is one of the most emblematic buildings in the municipality of Valldemossa. In the 15th century, it was donated to the Carthusian monks and began to function as the Carthusian Monastery. Finally, in the 19th century, due to the confiscations of Mendizábal, part of the monastery was sold to private hands. It was at this time that the cells were opened to new guests: artists of all kinds from all over the world, including Fréderic Chopin, stayed in this building that was so important to the life of the people of Valldemossa.
We cannot leave Valldemossa without having tasted a delicious Coca de Patata.
Then we will continue to Sóller, however, during the tour, we will stop at one of the most stunning viewpoints of the island (and one of the most romantic places during the sunset): Na Foradada.
When we arrive in Sóller we will take a short walk around the village. Compared to the villages of Mallorca and those of the Serra de Tramuntana in particular, this municipality is totally different due to its great isolation until the 20th century. With many connections and influences from France, its architecture is unique in the area: modernist architecture with <em>art nouveau</em> influences.
The façade of the parish church of Sant Bartomeu and the Banc de Sóller are twins and the work of Joan Rubió i Bellver, one of Antoni Gaudí’s disciples.
We will also see the oldest train and tram in Mallorca. The Sóller train was inaugurated in 1912 and thanks to it the isolation of the people of Sóller came to an end.
Before heading towards the port, we can stroll along the main street, <em>Carrer Lluna</em>, and taste the juice, sorbet or ice cream made from the famous Sóller oranges.
Finally, we will go to the port of Sóller to finish the visit and have lunch in a cosy restaurant overlooking the sea.
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