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Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja)
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Valldemossa
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Owner description: Famous composer Fredrick Chopin once stayed at this former medieval monastery with his then-lover, George Sand.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This place could be very good but because it has been cut up into little small private areas (,museums ?) it has taken the whole thing down to a commercial point of view and I think diluted the whole potential enjoyment of the experience .... who do I pay and what bit can I see ? Seems too greedy for me , just how much money can you get to see a piano ?

6  Thank john12345678
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

From the hype we were expecting great things of Valldemossa. We came away very disappointed. The little town is very ordinary, only enlivened by the Coll Bardolet Cultural Centre, which is a wonderfully restored building with some fine displays. The biggest disappointment, however, was the most hyped attraction, the Real Cartuja Monastery.
Frankly the whole monastery complex looked tired and neglected and - given the pricing policy already alluded to in previous reports - decidedly tacky. At 8 Euros - without the 3.50 Euros extra (collected elsewhere) for the 'Chopin Cell', which I refused to pay. Apparently most of the 'Cells' are privately owned and closed to the public anyhow. You could look into the first 'Chopin' room through the open door, so I don't think we missed much.
The church is very poor, compared to other local church buildings; the displays in the priors cells, the pharmacy and the library were fine and the views from the terrace lovely, though you can almost the same view free just outside. However the Municipal Museum, at the end of the 'tour', we thought very poor. At each section bits of your ticket are ripped off to ensure you don't visit anything twice, but by then we were so fed up of the many different 'souvenir counters' (of which there are quite a number), the geneal drabness and poor state of the place, we felt ripped off ourselves and just wanted to get out of there.
The one highlight was the 15 minute Chopin piano recital which happens at regular intervals during the day (though visitors don't appear to be told when) - apart from that I'd say don't bother with this place.

13  Thank Jeffrey F
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Quite expensive for what it is but the views from some of the rooms are fantastic and make it worth your while.

Full of history and has a great connection with Chopin and George Sands.

Thank Bob T
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

On visiting I was reminded of Polish Museums, a bit like the previous traveller , another 4 euros here another 4 euros there & you are being watched all the time . I am sure for the Chopin Fan it is well worth it , I left the town feeling as though that this was a tourist trap in most respectas.

Thank peterandjenny282
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

One thing irritates me was they tried to charge people twice for seeing Chopin's room, which is the main reason people are visiting this place. The overpriced entrance ticket only get you to several show rooms. Then the cellar Chopin and George Sand actually lived costs you another few euros to get in, which was not clearly marked out at the entrance. There are way too many staff working there and shops selling stuff than the actual Chopin experience. I was a little bit disappointed - they could have done much better.

1  Thank Schneetag S
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