Convento de Santa Clara
Convento de Santa Clara
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nickythomas-davies
Sissinghurst, UK133 contributions
Family
A local friend recommended that we head over to the Convent of Santa Clara and buy some biscuits. We wandered the streets and arrived a little before the opening time of 4.15 (they have a lunch break). We had a quiet moment in the lovely chapel, a peaceful haven, then at some lunch in the courtyard sunshine. At 4.15 the door swung open and we were faced with a hatch in the wall with wooden shelves. We stared at it a little uncertainly and a voice came from the other side..."ola?" We placed our order for biscuits (there is a sign and prices next to the hatch" and after a little confusion and some nunnish laughter at our spanish attempts, the shelving swung round and a bag of biscuits appeared. We paid our money into the same hatch and watched it swing away. "Gracias" came the smiling voice of the hidden nun and out we walked. I'm happy to say that the biscuits were lovely and they make a great gift to take home! I feel that biscuits made by holy hands must contain less calories..... !
Written February 22, 2019
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Aperitif
Goettingen, Germany245 contributions
Family
Already last year we came here after we read about the Convento de Santa Clara in a guide book. The church is dark, with old paintings at the walls- peaceful and spiritually. As far as I read, the community of nuns is very small and they live from things that they plant in their gardens behind, which aren'topen for guests, from donations and the sweets that they sell. Sadly I've not been there around christmas, when they offer even more things. But all around the year, one can buy selfmade chocolate bars and cookies. Now in summertime, they also sold ice cream. It's just a nice experience the way how you buy the things, as the nuns don't show themselves. Who loves quiet special places should defenitely go there!
Written October 19, 2019
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sharmck
Harrogate, UK30 contributions
Family
We have come across a few of these convents that exchange biscuits or blessings in return for a donation or fixed fee via a turntable such that you never actually see the nun on the other side (although this time we did hear her singing!) and they are always magical. There is always something particularly special about the whole experience.

This is the first time we have encountered biscuits and ice cream though. The coquets were like little coconut macaroons (lovely if you like coconut), the others were harder biscuits. My daughter pronounced the lemon ice cream had too many lemon bits in though I would have thought that was good!

The convent was closed the first time we visited so it's worth knowing the opening hours are 9-12.30 then 4.15-5.30 (slightly different on sundays I think) and the bell is on the wall. The biscuits were around 4.50 euros in a printed cardboard box with a longish use by date on. Enjoy.
Written July 1, 2019
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LiverpoolVal_C
Stockport, UK71 contributions
We visited after reading in a guide book about the tradition of buying biscuits made by nuns by means of a sort of "lazy Susan" cupboard. We liked the small church, which had a holy atmosphere, and the process of buying the biscuits, but the ones we chose, the lemon flavour, were extremely hard and tasteless. The paper bag and paper box which the biscuits arrived in were nicely done.
Written February 29, 2020
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dedicatedtraveller
Bishop's Stortford, Herts, England5,855 contributions
Couples
We found the Convent fairly easily with our map but it wouldn't be hard to miss it! It's not that far from the Cathedral.

Small church to look at whilst there.

Loved talking 'to the wall' to order the biscuits, pay, then receive them!

They come in an attractive box and a bag and survived the flight home all without breaking.. glad we got them!
Written March 12, 2019
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Charlie Duncan
New York City, NY187 contributions
Solo
The chapel is beautiful but the unique thing about this place is that you can buy cookies that the nuns make. I had the lemon ones and the anise ones which were delicious. They're only open a few hours a day to sell their baked goods
Written September 12, 2017
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Fiona M
Penicuik, UK13 contributions
Couples
We experienced the Convent de Santa Clara while on a bike tour of Palma city.

We learned that in the past people about to get married would bring a dozen eggs to the convent in the hope of good weather on their wedding day and a long and happy marriage but the Nuns had so many eggs they didn't know what to do with them so decided to bake cookies and sweet treats.

This is a closed order and the Nuns have no direct contact with the outside world.

As you enter the courtyard through the old stone archway the chapel is directly ahead. A small building with an unimposing facade which you are free to enter and visit.
However to the right of the chapel is a stone wall with a door which has no signage on it and most people wouldn't give it a second look but go inside and you will find the revolving wooden hatch where you can purchase the Nuns cookies and sweet treats.

To the left of the hatch is a menu and price list of what can be bought with most of the cookies being drier and harder and would need to be accompnaied by a hot drink apart from the mini coconut macaroons which were 3.50 euros for a box.

To order you ring the door bell on the wall, the hatch will rotate and open and you place your order to the Nun on the other side who then sends the order round to you, then place your money in the hatch and the change will be returned.

The box is decorated with an image of the convent and the cookies are sealed in a plastic bag within.

This is something that has to be experienced.
Written April 1, 2016
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lynclarke
Saint Louis, MO2,147 contributions
Friends
We were on a free walking tour of Palma, in English. Our guide asked if anyone in the group was getting married. One girl said, "Yes". Our guide took us to the nearby Convent of Santa Clara. She warned us to be quiet as we crossed the inner courtyard to a door. We all trooped in and she rang a little bell. After a bit, a voice asked what she wanted. She asked for the treat of the day. A little "lazy susan" type door rotated and our guide put in her money. The door rotated again and there was a packet of biscuits. We went back outside to the courtyard and our guide explained that the tradition was in the past that a soon to be engaged girl would take eggs to the convent. The cloistered nuns make treats, either sweet or savory, and exchange the eggs for a treat. The treat packet is then taken back to the party which was held to announce the engagement and the treats were shared by all. In our little group, we all got a biscuit. These were like the hard biscuits I was eating at my friends' house with tapas every day. It was a lovely gesture that the guide did this for us.
Written July 13, 2019
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soulanna_BC
Bratislava, Slovakia362 contributions
Friends
Quant little church in hidden streets of Palma,
You have access only to the church, it’s nice , small and cozy, with lots of history (read up about it before you go) but unless you are strict catholic you really don’t come here for the prayer 😊 but for the amazing cookies 😊
This is the most amazing of places, and really cool experience!
You come to metal door on the wall, you yell your order in Spanish, be careful to say what you want, as you will probably get something you didn’t order, place money (have exact change on you) on a turning table, table is turned, money collected, and you wait a minute or two to get your cookies.
But what cookies these are – just amazing!
Seriously no matter what you get, it will be delicious with morning coffee or tea, makes great presents to take home
Just check the times when they are open as it is only a few hours during the week
Written April 30, 2018
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James S
Sitges, Spain7,806 contributions
Solo
What an amazing treat! A bit hard to find, this is worth a visit! An old convent with a beautiful chapel. Every day at noon, the nuns enter the chapel and sing - it's heavenly. Their voices are amazing.
They run a tiny bakery and sell the most amazing lemon cookies.
What a gem!
Written December 11, 2017
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