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Along with the Ermita de Betlem, near Artà, the Ermita de sa Santíssima Trinitat in Valldemossa is the only hermitage in Mallorca still maintained by monks. It is a well-known tradition that the monks give olives or tomatoes in exchange for alms when passing the Santíssima Trinitat hermitage.
This place is particularly valued by local Mallorcans, as a sanctuary to which excursions, forest walks and pilgrimages lead.
Ermita de sa Santíssima Trinitat was built in 1648 on top of an earlier religious building. Part of Ermita de sa Santíssima Trinitat consists of a smaller oratory or chapel, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
A well-known legend in the local area of Valldemossa, is the story of Frederic Chopin and Georg Sand’s visit to the village in the winter of 1938/39. In 1941 she published the book ‘Un hiver À Majorque‘ – A Winter in Mallorca – where she described the trip to Ermita de sa Santíssima Trinitat, in which the two were initially accommodated. Chopin and Sand were never accepted by the locals due to their status as an unmarried couple.
An excerpt from Sand’s book “A Winter in Majorca” explains the journey to the Trinitat:
We arrived in Valldemossa, our destination was a small hermitage located by the sea. We followed the road to the right, we climbed one hill after another, along a narrow stone path whose hard surface destroyed our feet. At every turn of this path, we took in the spectacular views of the sea crashing into the deep but lush vegetated canyons of Mallorca’s northern coast. This was the first time in my life I have seen fertile shores, covered with trees, clothed in the most beautiful green color, right down to the very waves, without pale rocks, desolate or muddy beaches. At Port-Vendres, along the French coast, I thought I had seen the true beauty of the sea, without actually finding it alluring or beautiful. In Majorca, my eyes then saw for the first time what I had dreamed of finding by the sea – transparent and blue as the sky, gently undulating in the bay like a sapphire, framed in forests of the deepest green color. Each step we took offered us an even more impressive view of the sea than the last.
Ermita de sa Santíssima Trinitat is among the most popular places to visit in Valldemossa, particularly amongst hikers.