Valdemossa is situated in the centre of the Tramuntana mountains, and is the
most famous and visited village of Mallorca. Thousands of tourists
come each summer to Valdemossa and itís a highly worthwhile trip. Original
16th century houses with picturesque churches and a monastery blend in
delightfully with the surrounding landscape. A trip to Valdemossa is an
Valdemossa has a claim to fame: the famous composer Frederic Chopin
spent the winter of 1838/9 here with his girlfriend, the writer George
Sand. Chopin had a serious lung disease and came to Valdemossa to escape
the cold Parisian winters. Later on, Sand wrote a book about their time
together, called A Winter in Mallorca. Inspired by the book, many tourists
started coming to Valdemossa in the 1960s and 70s. The residents quickly saw
their opportunity and renovated almost all the villageís houses. Today,
Valdemossa is car-free, and all the houses look beautifully old with floral
decorations. Itís like a giant open-air museum.
The Monastery of Valdemossa and the church: Chopin and Sand rented a
flat in the monastery. Today the monastery and its church are the most
visited buildings in Mallorca outside the capital Palma. You can see the old
pharmacy of the monastery and a room with the original furniture from the
time of Chopin and Sand. Inside lies the piano the composer used during his
Valdemossa sojourn. Those who like art must check out the world famous
paintings hanging in the monastery, from Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. The
monumental church is well worth a visit, even if the entrance fee grows
every year. In 2008 it was Ä8. I recommend reading George Sandís book before
you visit to get a feel for the time. You can buy it in almost any bookshop
in Mallorca in many languages.
Surprisingly, prices in cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops in
Valdemossa are not higher than in other towns on Mallorca. Most places
are around the big car park and wide pedestrian street from the car park to
the village square. I liked the souvenir shop Caín Gotxo which lies behind
the church Ė their spirits and liqueurs are very popular. You can try all 20
over them. Not entirely surprisingly, many visitors leave drunk, with or
without a bottle in their hand. If you donít want to try them all, make sure
not to miss the almond liqueur Ė Mallorca is famous for its almonds and
You should also try the famous local biscuits from Valdemossa, the Cocas
de Potatas. There are many confectionists in Valdemossa which sell
individual Cocas de Potatas for around Ä1.
The weekly market of Valdemossa (Sundays) is not so great Ė most
offerings are Made In China. There are a few vendors offering good cheese
and Spanish ham.
If you have the time, try to visit the lower portion of Valdemossa.
Here, the alleys have also been renovated. The advantage is less crowds.
Itís worth going to see the surrounding countryside, with its flowering
almond trees, olive trees, forests, mountains and mountain tracks.
Unfortunately Valdemossa is expensive when it comes to accommodation.
Even simple rooms are Ä70.
Buses to Valdemossa: Depending on the season, there are at least six
buses a day from Palma de Mallorca (20km away). There are also 3 buses daily
to the nearby villages of Deia (a village populated with artists) and
further on to Port de Soller.