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Luxury Hotel near Mallorca Museums
July 23, 2021 | Blog
Sitting in the lap of luxury on Mallorca enjoying Hoposa hospitality, you’ll not only find yourself well-positioned to take advantage of this biggest Balearic island’s internationally renowned beaches and stunning mountain-to-surf scenery: You’ll also be within ready reach of Mallorca’s fine collection of museums.
These institutions cover a variety of scales and run the gamut from art to history to architecture. Sparing some time amid your beach-hopping, road-cycling, mountain-hiking, wine-tasting, and restaurant-touring schedule for a Mallorcan museum or two is well worth it!
Rather than run through a list of all of the local museums here, we’ll spotlight just a few to demonstrate the quality and diversity of focus. We’re happy to recommend others during your stay at a Hoposa hotel or vacation apartment!
Pollentia Monographic Museum
Dig deep into Puerto Pollensa’s deep, multilayered history at the Pollentia Monographic Museum, which displays and curates a variety of archaeological finds excavated in and around the city. These include a host of Roman sculptures, ceramics, and other artifacts from a fascinating bygone era in Mallorca. Don’t miss this amazing time-travel portal just a hop, skip, and a jump from our numerous Hoposa properties in Puerto Pollensa!
The Museum of Footwear & Industry (Museu del Calcat de la Industria)
Situated in Inca, the Museum of Footwear & Industry puts the spotlight on the Mallorcan shoemaking and related industries from the 13th century onward. Whether you’ve got a particular interest in fashion or history or not, there’s some surprisingly absorbing material presented at this well-known museum, including antique machinery, vintage advertisements, photographs, artwork, and (naturally) loads of shoes covering styles and categories across many decades. There’s also the rather delightful “Cabinet of Wonder of Footwear” and its more eccentric items. In addition to its extensive permanent collection, the Museum of Footwear & Industry also hosts regular temporary exhibitions.
El Museu del Fang
This pottery museum in the town of Marratxi showcases traditional craftsmanship and artistry with better than 900 clay/ceramic and other pieces, plus tools used in their manufacture. Marratxi’s known for its annual La Fira del Fang pottery festival, and you’ll find a number of active pottery workshops in the museum’s near vicinity.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
One of a number of excellent art museums on Mallorca—you can explore an overview of these in this previous Hoposa blogpost—Es Baluard in Palma features better than 700 modern and contemporary pieces. The artwork in its permanent galleries includes local artists from the Balearic Islands such as H. Anglada-Camarasa and J. Mir, plus such renowned names as Picasso, Santiago Calatrava, and Rebecca Horn. The temporary exhibitions are invariably fascinating as well. Besides the striking paintings and sculptures in the corridors, the Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art’s very building is noteworthy: It calls the Baluard de Sant Pere, a 16th-century fortress, home.
Museum de Robert Graves
The English poet, novelist, and mythologist Robert Graves spent the bulk of his life after 1929 in Deia on Mallorca’s northern coast, residing there until his death in 1985. Today, his lovely home here—Ca u’Alluny, the “Far House”—has been turned into a house-museum: a must-visit for any fans of this influential literary force, perhaps best known for his historical novel I, Claudius but also celebrated for such works as The White Goddess, which delves deep into poetic inspiration.
Another iconic artist who spent some time on Mallorca, albeit a much shorter spell than Graves, is honored at the Museum Chopin in Valldemossa. This town played host to the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known by her pen name George Sand, in the winter of 1838-1839. Though their stay here was not necessarily the happiest, it did see Chopin at work on such notable pieces as his Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 and his Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39. The Museum Chopin illuminates Chopin and Sand’s winter residency on Mallorca and includes much else on the great composer’s life.
Explore Mallorca’s Museums on a Mediterranean Getaway With Hoposa
Needless to say, we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to Mallorca’s wonderful museums. While this marvelous island may be better known for its sandy coves, its rugged mountains, its abundant sunshine, and its spectacular cuisine, it doesn’t skimp in the museum department, as you can discover firsthand while soaking up luxury Hoposa hospitality to the fullest!