Every year at the end of July a new edition of Artdemossa get underway in the streets of Valldemossa, it is a very special night where art takes centre stage. There is music, painting, crafts, dance and lots more.
This church of Gothic origins has gradually been transformed over time with different renovations. This church was erected thanks to the effort of all the local people in this valley, and for them it has always been and still is their second home, and the centre of all the social and worship activities. You can visit it during mass.
One day a week the streets of Valldemossa are filled with color and aromas with the sale of fruit and vegetable products and typical products of the Mallorcan gastronomy, as well as plants, flowers, clothes, jewelry and footwear. The market is celebrated on Sundays, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in different streets and squares of Valldemossa.
Lafiore is a family run business that design and produces ornamental blown artistic glassworking. Lafiore es a very prestigious both in Spain and internationally. For more than ten years, it has been exporting its collections to a wide variety of international markets.
The hermitage is found on a detour of the MA-10 road heading towards Deià and Sóller, 3km from the town. The detour is found opposite the restaurant Can Costa, it is a narrow and paved path that ascends, leading to the hermitage of the Holy Trinity, known as the hermitage of Valldemossa.
The hermetic and religious life of this side of the coast began in the 13th century, when Ramon Llull founded the monastery, and the school of oriental languages in Miramar, 1276-1293. Subsequently, hermit activity continued along this part of the coastline, as there is confirmation of hermits between 1395 and 1399, living in caves or in Miramar itself. Various small buildings were erected, named the old hermitages, and they now lie in ruins. That was until the arrival of the 17th century, as in 1648, Joan Mir de la Concepió, an old follower of Ramon Llull and creator of the congregation of Sant Pau and Sant Antoni, founded the hermitage of the Holy Trinity, with the current chapel that dates back to 1703. It is currently inhabited by hermits that lead a secluded and contemplative life.
The Festival of the Beata is held on 28 July and for a week there is a complete series of activities, especially the procession of the “Beateta”. It is the most eagerly awaited and beloved festival for residents. A large number of people from all over Mallorca come to the town. Parades take place and everyone sings the most traditional songs, especially “Sor Tomasseta”, in reference to Saint Catalina Thomàs.
In the town´s plazas, those participating in the festival dance “Mallorcan boleros”, a traditional dance. Those accompanying the procession dress as “payés (Mallorcan country peasants) and the children travelling in the floats through confetti and sweets at the public.
The Chopin Festival is held in the Cloister of the Charterhouse each year in summer. This is a series of concerts given by internationally renowned performers. A large number of people that love music and culture attend the festival.
It was created by the Mallorcan composer Joan Maria Thomàs in 1930, years later in 1983, visual artists, painting, ceramics, photographers and sculptors all got involved, to exhibit their selected work, based around the theme of the great Polish artist.
The program of this prestigious contest encompasses a big variety of concerts, with the participation of numerous interpreters, groups and composers, both national and international. The shows take place in different places located between Deià and Valldemossa such as the old estate of the archduke Luis from Habsburgo, the monastery of Miramar or the Deià’s church.
The Costa Nord Cultural Centre was opened by Michael Douglas in 2001, in 2003 it passed into the hands of the Regional Government of the Balearic Islands and since 2012 it has been privately owned. A documentary is shown on three screens and with Dolby Surround Sound, that was produced and presented by Michael Douglas. It narrates a short history of the Balearic Islands, the Serra de Tramuntana and the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847-1915). There is also a reproduction of the Nixe, the Archduke´s yacht. The centre also has a restaurant and terrace, and it located right at the entrance to the town opposite the tourism information office.
You can visit the Coll Bardolet Foundation (free entry) at no.4 Calle Blanquerna. The Foundation has two main aims: to preserve, exhibit and disseminate the pictures of the artist Josep Coll Bardolet, an illustrious son of Valldemossa, and his private collection held by the Foundation, and to promote Fine Arts. The first floor houses a permanent exhibition of Coll Bardolet´s paintings; above all it deals with landscapes of Mallorca, although you can also view still lives, floral arrangements and his well-known scenes of popular Mallorcan dances. The second floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitions and on the ground floor, different cultural activities, such as talks and concerts, are held. There is also an audio-visual room and a patio with an amphitheatre where outdoor activities take place.
Saint Catalina Thomàs was born in Valldemossa on 1 May 1531 and made a Saint in 1930. The house she was born in is located in the street of the Rectory, very close to the parish of Sant Bartomeu, in the lower part of the town. 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 each house in Valldemossa honours the Beateta with a tile on the entrance that depicts a scene in the life of Mallorca´s only saint.
King Jaime II ordered to build this palace at the beginning of the fourteenth century so that his son Sancho could find a relief to the asthma disease he suffered from.It is believed it was built on the old fortress of a Moorish wali called Mussa or Muça from where comes the name: Valldemossa.
Concluded the Majorcan dynasty, the palace fell into disuse. King Martin I de Aragón transfered the palace in the year 1399, in order to convert it into a charterhouse. The monks converted the parade-ground into a cloister and a cemetery; five big drawing-rooms became cells, the jail was converted into a refectory, the larder into a sacristy, the kitchen into a church.
For more than four centuries, the monks lived and built this Magnificent Monastery.
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, King Carlos IV’s Justice Minister, was exiled by Godoy in the year 1801 to the Valldemossa Charterhouse.
The expropriation of churchs assets ordered by Mendizabal took place in 1835 and the Carthusians were forced to leave the monastery. It went into private hands which explains the present decoration, typical of Majorcan manor houses, as a result of the change and adequacy due to the new residential use.
Since then, guests who have spent some time in the primitive charterhouse, have contributed to enrich its history: Chopin, George Sand, Rubén Darío, Azorín, Unamuno, Santiago Russinyol, Eugeni d’Ors…
Ca’n Molinas bakery was founded in the year 1920 by Don Miguel Cañellas Nadal and Doña María Estrades Estrades, and is located at 4 Rosa street, in the beautiful town of Valldemossa.
In 2007 the Ca’n Molinas Bakery was awarded one of the most prestigious recognitions of the region, the popular Ramon Llull prize, awarded to those individuals or entities that excel in any field, proving their excellence in it.
Leaving Valldemossa continue along the MA-1130 road heading towards Esporles and Andratx, going past the estate of Son Moragues and the detour to Deià, 500 metres along, you will find the road that leads to Port de Valldemossa.
Descend carefully along a secondary, and narrow road, MA-1131, which descends, winding and narrow, but with unbeatable views over the sea. Once at the bottom, drivers can park at the port´s esplanade. This is the summer holiday location par excellence of Valldemossa´s locals. Walkers will find themselves among fishing huts, with a relaxed and family environment where you can also enjoy the small and welcoming pebble beaches. If you want to, you can enjoy a relaxed swim in these open, transparent and crystalline waters. In the port´s restaurant, you can savour fresh fish, the area´s famous prawns and lobsters, as well as delicious paellas.
The patron saint festivals are held on 15 August, with the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin.