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Valldemossa

Municipality of the island of Mallorca and 17 km from the capital, Palma, and located 435 meters above sea level, is part of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range that stretches 80 km along the entire the northern coast of the island. The origin of the name (Mussa Valley) is explained by the influence of Islamic rule in Mallorca, for 300 years after the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula 711. Valldemossa is rich in sources and is surrounded by abundant and lush vegetation (olive trees, oaks and almond trees, etc.), So it offers the visitor the feeling of calm and quiet secular. They have a special charm of its narrow streets and steep. It remains in the town the birthplace of Mallorca's most revered saint, Catherine Thomas, who was born in 1531 and died on Valldemossa considered a saint in Palma 1574. He is also a parish church location, native to s. XIII, although extensively renovated in the s. XVIII. The main attraction of Valldemossa has been and is, without doubt, the Carthusian monastery. Here we visit the rooms where they stayed the champions of French Romanticism in mid-century XIX, the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin and his companion, the writer Aurore Dupin, better known by his alias of George Sand. The traces of his brief (December 1838 - February 1839), although intense, stay has led since then a ceaseless pilgrimage. 

Other famous people have left their indelible mark among valldemossins: The famous Ruben Dario Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Santiago Rusiñol, Archduke Louis Salvator of Austria. A 5 km of this town is Miramar, the former residence of the character. Here Bartomeu Caldentey, doctor of theology from the University of Paris, residential beneficiary Mallorca Cathedral, in collaboration with other beneficiaries in the field, Francesc Prats, called the watchmaker valldemossí Nicolau Calafat build a printing press (1485) to edit work spiritual character. Centuries before the eminent philosopher Ramon Llull was founded (1276) here a Franciscan monastery which developed the first school of Oriental languages in Europe, designed to educate the missionaries in Africa. 

Another place to visit is the chapel. Located between the sea and the mountains, at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana, just 2 km towards Deia, and integrated in a place of unparalleled beauty and from which a unique panorama view, beyond a small community of hermits Mallorca devote their lives to prayer and penance. Please respect the silence during the visit. On the other hand, the fabulous views over the Mediterranean appreciate a leisurely mood to enjoy the harmony of the environment. In short, a people urbanistically unchanged for centuries, inhabited by a warm loving people with visitor friendly.