Vale of muses
Famous for the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a palace / monastery where King Sancho of Majorca resided prior to his death in 1324 and the musician Frédéric Chopin and the writer George Sand lived from 1838 to 1839, the village of Valldemossa is one of Mallorca’s most eye-catching sights.
Surrounded by the wooden slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, the village boasts tree-lined, cobbled lanes, stunning villas and ancient blonde stone houses and has been promoted internationally as a place of outstanding beauty, largely due to the affection of distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator, whose main residence of Son Marroig, near the village of Deià, is now a museum.
Quiet and picturesque streets
Crowned by the spire of its Carthusian Charterhouse, Valldemossa's quiet and picturesque streets are home to quaint cafes, restaurants, shops & art galleries. The allure of Valldemossa has resulted in most of the restaurants and bars serving average quality fare at tourist prices; however the indescribable charm and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding valley easily make up for this.
Many of the stone houses in Valldemossa feature a portrait of Saint Catalina Thomàs, the first saint to be born in Mallorca and doorways are decorated with plants and flowers adding to the charm of this beautiful village.
Hikers and nature lovers
Valldemossa is the highest village in Mallorca and is a popular place for hikers and nature lovers to base themselves. For experienced hikers, Puig des Teix is one of the most visited peaks in the Tramuntana mountain range.
Valldemossa was named after the area’s original Moorish landowner, Muza and the Moorish name for the town is Musa Valley. Ruling Mallorca for some 300 years, the Arabs introduced the often seen irrigated terracing to the hilly landscapes.
A popular tourist attraction in Valldemoosa is the Costa Nord Cultural Centre; which was an initiative of American actor Michael Douglas whose home S’Estaca is off the Valldemossa to Sóller coast road, near Deià. The Cultural Centre houses an exhibition on the flora and fauna of the Tramuntana.
If you are in the mood for a trip to the sea, there are a couple of options for beach visits a short distance from town. Follow the road in the direction of Andratx and you will find signposts for Port de Valldemossa. After a winding road of 6km you will find the harbour area, where a small pebble beach provides the ideal place for a swim.
For the more adventurous, a small hike will take you to Caló de s’Estaca (from the Miramar monastery).
Coco de Patata
Whilst you are in Valldemossa, we recommend that you try Coco de Patata, a sweet tasting potato pastry; which is sold in every bakery in the village. Filling yourself up with Coco de Patata will take away the hunger pangs and perhaps allow you to avoid the over-priced restaurants; however if you are looking to find a good place to eat, we recommend QuitaPenas Valldemossa (a much-loved tapas bar), Casa de Sa Miranda (fusion cuisine) or Es Port at the port; which provides traditional food.