Valldemossa

Illustrious visitors in the Sierra de Tramuntana. Chopin and George Sand staying at the Charterhouse. Michael Douglas looking out to sea and eating a Coca de Patata.

17km north of Palma we have the Mussa Valley, from when the Arabs dominated this farmhouse full of cultivation terraces. The village of Santa Catalina Thomás and where George Sand and her lover Chopin stayed for a winter, Valldemossa is a beautiful village with little streets that go up and down, viewpoints, flowers, restaurants and cake shops. Chestnut trees, palm trees and centenary pines twist and turn and give freshness and shade to this orchard.

What to see in Valldemossa

Apart from strolling through its mysterious streets with that characteristic shine of its stone, we recommend starting at La Cartuja de Valldemossa: a complex with a church with frescoes by Francisco Bayeu, and different rooms including an old pharmacy perfectly preserved with utensils from the period. One of the rooms is Cell nº4: The writer George Sand and her lover Frédérick Chopin stayed there for 56 days. There she wrote “A Winter in Majorca“, a work highly critical of the immobile society on the island in 1838. Chopin also composed his own mazurkas, polonaises and nocturnes.

Next to the Charterhouse is the Palace of King Sancho, built by Jaume II, the first king of Mallorca, for his son. The Cartuja complex is framed by the Jardines del Rey Juan Carlos, where you can see the busts of Valldemossa’s most famous guests: Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, Rubén Darío and the romantic musician Frédérick Chopin himself.

Things to do in Valldemossa

If we want to look out over the fertile valley, we will go to the Mirador de Miranda Lledoners, turning off Calle Jovellanos and crossing a large archway.

Once we have visited the village, we can continue on to the northern slopes of the Sierra de Tramuntana and go down the switchbacks that take us to Port de Valldemosa, 6 km away. The views along the route are impressive and the terrain is steep. There are several viewpoints where you can stop and enjoy the views. At the Port we recommend a break for an aperitif in the restaurant next to the cove overlooking the sea. 

You can also visit the Monastery of Miramar, founded by Blessed Ramon Llul in 1276 and which had the first printing press in Mallorca in 1487. It is at km 67.5 on the Ma-10 road to Deià.

How to get to Valldemossa

From Palma we take the Ma-1110 road for 17 km until we reach Valldemossa.

To go to Port de Valldemossa we continue along the road that brought us from Palma. Leave the turning to Deià on your right and take the Ma-1131 road down to the port.

Tips for electric cars

If you need to charge your car along the way, there are more than 300 chargers available for public use in the MELIB network.

Valldemossa has 6 chargers. We recommend using the charger located in the main car park of Valldemossa.

In Valldemossa electric cars are exempt from paying ORA, so you can park free of charge.

Best places to eat in Valldemossa

Es Taller Valldemossa: Located in an old mechanical garage and run by chef Nicolás Gago Aubert, it has its own vegetable garden and a menu centred on seasonal products.

Pizzeria Vesubio: If you want a home-made pizza in the old town of Valldemossa, the terrace of Vesubio is the place. Homemade desserts.

Ca’n Molinas: Centenary oven and cafeteria where you can taste the famous Cocas de Patata de Valldemosa, a delicious bun!

Restaurant Es Port de Valldemossa: Mediterranean food, fish and rice dishes just a few metres from the port and with sea views. 

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