Valldemossa has some famous names associated with it. Upon visiting you cannot escape noticing that Frederic Chopin, the famous Polish composer, once visited the town in 1838, staying in the Royal Carthusian Monastery of Jesus of Nazareth.
A famous daughter of the island is Santa Catalina Thomas, Majorca's own saint who was born in Valldemossa in 1531 and canonized in 1930.
Another famous name from more modern times is that of Micheal Douglas who has a house nearby and also help establish the cultural centre Costa Nord.
Valldemossa get's it's name from the Moors who knew it as 'Vall d'en Musa' which translates to 'valley of Musa' who was the owner of the original estate.
In the 14th century, the asthmatic King Sancho built a palace there to take full advantage of the clean air. This palace was given to the Carthusian monks in 1399 who established a monastery there know as La Cartuja, the monastery where Chopin and his lover George Sand spent a winter in 1838.
Siteseeing in Valldemossa
The Royal Carthusian Monastery of Jesus of Nazareth (La Cartuja) is perhaps the biggest attraction but there are other sites to see such as the Costa Nord centre which is a restaurant/bar which offers a audio visual peek into Majorca's history. Also worth a look is the church of Sant Bartomeu which is dedicated to Majorcas Saint Santa Catalina Thomas. Down from the town is the Port de Valldemossa with it's beach, restaurant and beach bars.
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