Carlos Cerdà

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The origin of the house

La Cala de Sant Vicenç is a valley in the north of the island that is the last inhabited enclave of the Serra de Tramuntana. Circumventing the island in an anti-clockwise direction, you will not find any more population until La Calobra, and few natural shelters for boats along this entire route.

Inhabited since time immemorial, as witnessed by the caves of the necropolis of l’Alzinaret, from the Bronze Age, it was divided until the last century into two large estates or “Possessions”, that of Sant Vicenç, which reached Cala Barques and Cala Clara (and gave its name to the whole complex) and Can Botana, crossed by the stream of the same name and whose boundaries reached Cala Molins and Cala Carbó. At the end of the 19th century, there was only one fishermen’s hamlet in the place, installed in the current Cala Barques.

This open bay facing north is flanked by a huge stone wall, the Cavall Bernat. A singular and mysterious mountain, it was painted throughout the 20th century by countless painters due to the magical color it adopts at dawn and dusk (from intense purple to pure orange). The one who started this passion was Llorenç Cerdá.

Llorenç Cerdá i Bisbal, a painter born in Pollença, with an impressionist nature, liked to paint his works “plen air”, that is, in situ in the open air, although he often used these works as a starting point for larger works carried out in the study.

His love for Cala Sant Vicenç led him to buy several lots in this enclave, so he could stay and paint there. He made various constructions, of which the house that we call the painter’s house, installed on the stream, is the only one that remains standing today.

When Llorenç Cerdá settled in the Cala, there were only a few fishermen, so we can say that he was the first tourist, who settled there out of love for its landscape and its magic. The house was built according to plans that he himself drew.

The Pollença City Council includes this house in the catalog of protected buildings of the municipality for its architectural and historical value.