Four places in Valldemossa that should not be missed

In 2011 the Serra de Tramuntana was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the category of Cultural Landscape. Nestling in this landscape, the town of Valldemossa stands out not only for its natural beauty and history but also for a number of sites that have enthralled both visitors and locals over the centuries. They come highly recommended so make sure you don't miss out on these four important places that help to explain why, for many people, Valldemossa is one of the pearls of the Mediterranean.

  1. Parish church of Sant Bartomeu. Located in the heart of Valldemossa, the building work for this church started in 1235, just six years after Mallorca had been taken over by the troops of King James I of Aragon (Jaume I). Inherently Gothic in style, the church has altered substantially over the centuries and one of its most distinctive features today is the neoclassical bell tower built in 1925. Inside, the chapel of the Almighty (Capella de l'Altíssim) and the one to Saint Catalina Thomas, the island's main religious icon, are particularly worth a visit.
  2. La Cartoixa (The Charterhouse). It would be difficult to truly understand Valldemossa without realising the part played by La Cartoixa in its history. The two properties that make up this spectacular venue, the Palace of King Sanç and the new Carthusian monastery, have welcomed kings, writers, artists, politicians and, more simply, Carthusian monks, whose order was responsible for the building's current appearance.
  3. Miramar. Ramón Llull, the most universal of Mallorcans, set up this centre in 1278 as a monastery and school of oriental languages. After the Franciscans, it was used by different religious orders as well as having other curious purposes such as the installation of the island's first printing workshop. It was bought by Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria and was visited by a host of famous people, such as the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (also known as Sisi), Rubén Darío, Émile Cartailhac and Gaston Vuillier.
  4. Casa Natal de la Beata (Birthplace of Saint Catalina Thomas). Small but full of meaning, this humble dwelling on Calle de la Rectoría has been venerated for centuries as the place where Saint Catalina Thomas was born on the 1st of May 1531. Here, visitors are free to visit one room where a chapel has been set up with the image of the famous saint or Sor Tomasseta.

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