Literary route from Valldemossa to Pollença
George Sand and Frédéric Chopin
The romantic couple stayed at the Carthusian monastery (Cartoixa) in Valldemossa, where the cells they occupied can be visited. After visiting the island Sand wrote A winter in Mallorca, the book which narrates her frustrating experiences with Mallorcans and the impression the landscape made on her.
The Miramar monastery was founded in 1276 by King Jaume II in response to Ramon Llull’s request to create an Oriental Language School to train monks devoted to converting infidels through the Word. Llull lived at Miramar for three years, and wrote some of his works there. Centuries later it was acquired by Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria.
Archduke Ludwig Salvator
In 1870 the archduke purchased the possessió, or rural estate, of Son Marroig, remodelled the house and had a small Neo-Classical temple built in the garden, from where one can see Sa Foradada. The Museum of Son Marroig is dedicated to the figure of the Archduke, the author of an exhaustive anthropological work on the islands he was so familiar with, The Balearics in words and images.
The British poet and writer Robert Graves lived in Deià from the year 1929 until his death. He is buried in the tiny cemetery next to the church, with views of the sea. His house, Ca n’Alluny, was acquired by the Robert Graves Foundation and can be visited.
Formentor Prize, Formentor Conversations
The Formentor peninsula is the site of the Hotel Formentor, formerly the venue for two important literary initiatives – the Formentor Prize, which has now been recovered, and the International Literature Prize. The Literary Conversations are still held in September, bringing together writers from all over the world to engage in debate on literature.