Island of Mallorca - Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa, Spain - Chopin & George Sand

Mallorca scenery between Palma & Valldemossa

Mallorcan scenery between Palma & Valldemossa
Mallorcan scenery between Palma & Valldemossa | Source

Island Tour of Mallorca

One day while on the Island of Mallorca, my husband and I decided to take another tour. We had already taken a City Tour of Palma but wanted to see more. One of the first stops was in the very scenic town of Valldemossa which is only 17 kilometers from the City of Palma where we were staying.

Riding there on the tour bus we saw not only forested areas amidst the rolling landscape of rocky shorelines and interior plains but also many olive and almond tree groves. The growing of those crops is a major industry on the Island in addition to tourism.

Hundred year old olive trees lend their gnarly forms to the landscape as well as the 7 to 8 million almond trees which make the Island look like its covered with snow in February when they bloom.

Beautifully shows portions of the town and seaport of Valldemossa

This beautiful Mediterranean Island has been inhabited by many different peoples including Romans, Carthaginians and Arabs throughout the centuries. All have left their marks on the Island which can easily be seen by some of the architectural remains.

Most of the buildings on the Island are constructed out of native stone.

Fishing villages and ports are located in different spots around the perimeter of Mallorca.

This has become an Island of choice for domiciles dating back to ancient royalty as well as modern day individuals wealthy enough to call Mallorca their home.

Artists choose to live here in great numbers and inspiration for their creativity is seemingly endless by the beauty seen everywhere in which an eye is cast.


Scenery from Valldemossa

First view of Valldemossa taken from the moving tour bus
First view of Valldemossa taken from the moving tour bus | Source
Valldemossa
Valldemossa | Source
Valldemossa from perspective of moving bus.
Valldemossa from perspective of moving bus. | Source
Street scene
Street scene | Source
Another street scene in Valldemossa
Another street scene in Valldemossa | Source

Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa

This former Moorish hamlet lies 425 meters above sea level and is the highest village on the Island.

Valldemossa dates back to prehistoric times.


King James ll of Mallorca had a palace built on this spot and in 1399 it was given by King Martin the Human of Aragon to the Carthusian Order of monks for a monastery to be constructed.


Many renovations took place during the years and it was later converted into a convent. This change dates back to the 18th century.


In 1835 the government "dis-entailed" the convent and with the exception of the church and vestry it was put up for public auction.


While the monks were in residence, they each had three cells (rooms) and these rooms looked out onto a garden plot which each monk tended. It overlooked a beautiful view of the town below as well as terraced hillsides.


An abundance of roses planted outside the monastery serve as markers in place of headstones in the cemetery for the monks who died here.


After the monks were gone, many people stayed there as guests.


Pleyel piano Chopin would have played inside Carthusian Monastery.

The Pleyel piano Chopin would have played.
The Pleyel piano Chopin would have played. | Source

Chopin and George Sand

One of the more famous guests was Frederic Chopin.

In December of 1838 Chopin arrived in Valldemossa with the intention of staying there through the winter and hoping to improve his precarious health. He suffered from chronic pulmonary pneumonia.


Chopin lived with George Sand (pseudonym for Armandine Aurore Lucie Dupin) the French writer who wrote the booklet A Winter in Mallorca.

Her staying there was very scandalous especially for that day and time.

She wore pants and smoked!

They were not married!

She was there with her two children!

Their several month long affair has now become part of a local tourist attraction.

A Pleyel piano that Chopin would have played while there during the winter of 1838-1839 remains inside the monastery.

Frederic Chopin Walzer Grande Valse in Eb

What do you think of George Sand?

  • Scandalous behavior!
  • She was simply more casual with her dress, habits and attitude towards the opposite sex
  • She was ahead of her time and would have led the modern woman's liberation movement
  • Poor misguided soul
  • Poor role model for her children
  • All of the above
  • She was simply a free spirit!
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Valldemossa - Traces of Chopin and Sand

Carthusian Monastery

Outside view of the monastery
Outside view of the monastery | Source

The very best of Chopin

Today the site of the Carthusian Monastery is the most symbolic of structures when people think of Valldemossa.

It certainly dominates the skyline of the small town. Now open as a museum, tourists can roam through the rooms seeing how the monks and priests would have lived. There is a music room where local concerts are conducted. An annual Chopin concert is also enjoyed in this location.

The town of Valldemossa is also known for its crafts which consist of forging, ceramics and lots of hand-crafted embroidery. Many shops offer their unique handicrafts for sale.


The great beauty of its location with all of the stone houses, terraced hillsides, pretty little seaport and historic Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and George Sand once had an affair makes for an interesting visit to Valldemossa on the Island of Mallorca. This author would recommend a visit to anyone who comes to the Island.


Carthusian Monastery photos from Valldemossa

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Each monk had 3 rooms with access to outsideCarthusian MonasteryRose bushes serve as markers for the monks in the cemeteryMore rosesStatue inside...Another statue...Viewing one of the garden plots + hillside sceneryTerraced hillside view from the monastery
Each monk had 3 rooms with access to outside
Each monk had 3 rooms with access to outside | Source
Carthusian Monastery
Carthusian Monastery | Source
Rose bushes serve as markers for the monks in the cemetery
Rose bushes serve as markers for the monks in the cemetery | Source
More roses
More roses | Source
Statue inside...
Statue inside... | Source
Another statue...
Another statue... | Source
Viewing one of the garden plots + hillside scenery
Viewing one of the garden plots + hillside scenery | Source
Terraced hillside view from the monastery
Terraced hillside view from the monastery | Source

Listen to Chopin while you look at photos of the Monastery and Valldemossa

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne op.9 no.2 in E flat Major

Fantasie Impression in GB (Frederic Chopin)

Chopin - Raindrop Prelude No. 15

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Mallorca Travel: Walking through Scenic Valldemossa

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello cherriquinn,

Perhaps the reason I was not stopped in taking photos of Chopin's piano is that I only took one. It was not posted that pictures were not allowed. I probably would have taken more also but it was hard to get a clear view with the group of people in the room. Nice that you also got to see Valldemossa and this Carthusian Monastery. It is truly beautiful! My photos on the moving bus hardly do it justice. Thanks for your comment.


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cherriquinn 4 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

Valdemossa is beautiful.I also visited Chopins'secret hideaway! I have fond and funny memories as I began to take photos of his piano before being stopped! Of course I did not realize I couldn't but by then I had so many photos on my camera! Your photos of the journey up the mountain show it as I remember, simply breathtaking. Love this hub!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello JKenny,

That monastery you mentioned on Mallorca sounds interesting. Have you written about it? Wish we had more time to see more of that gorgeous island, but we were also being shuttled back and forth to see Olympic games and also touring Barcelona. Great times! Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi John,

Glad that you liked this information regarding Chopin and where he stayed at the Carthusian monastery in Valldemossa for a time. Can't wait to read your hub and listen to you playing some Chopin. Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Brett,

There are LOTS of flowers on Mallorca since it is such a mild Mediterranean climate and many of them are lovingly tended by the residents who are lucky enough to be living on that scenic island. Glad that you liked learning about the history of Valldemossa. Thanks for your comment.


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