La Real Monastery

This beautiful monastery was built shortly after the Catalan conquest of the island in 1229 with the approval of King Jaume I of Aragon. The monastery, of Mediterranean Gothic style, was one of the most beloved places of Blessed Ramon Llull. The area has always been crossed by canals or water fountains (Font d’en Baster and Font de la Vila), one of the main reasons for choosing this very spot, besides being the place where the troops of King Jaume settled shortly before the last battle with which they took the island from the Saracens. The first inhabitants of the monastery were monks of the Cistercian order, closely linked to the family of King James I.