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One of Majorca's oldest and most atmospheric towns, founded under Muslim rule and home to a monastery that became a retreat for famous people.

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The village and monastery of Valldemossa

A picture-postcard village north of Palma, and its historic Carthusian monastery.

Nestled amidst ancient almond, olive and oak trees in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains north of Palma, the centuries-old village of Valldemossa presents one of Majorca's most beautiful images, its hoary stone façades adapted to the slopes. It's thought that it was founded under Muslim rule around the year 711 by a certain Mossa, hence its name, Catalan for "valley of Mossa". But its most important and impressive structure is the Cartuja, a 14th-century Carthusian monastery secularised in 1835 and used as a retreat by various artistic figures, most famously composer Frederic Chopin, during the winter of 1839. Here he wrote several of his best known works. Thanks, monastery!

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