Valldemossa could be described as one of Majorca’s most beautiful towns. Nestled away in the middle of Majorca and surrounded on all sides the town also goes by the name of ‘town of 4 valleys’. Valldemossa is a mix of tree lined cobbled streets, typical major can houses and impressive looking villas.
In the summer months the town comes alive with tourists in part thanks to the beauty of the town but also because this was where pianist Frederic Chopin and his lover George Sand spent their ‘winter of discontent’ in the 1838.
There are a number of ways to get to Valldemossa – the simplest is to take a tour but from Alcudia of which there are many to choose from. Head to one of the tourist information centres in Alcudia for details of current tour buses.
If you fancy getting there yourself then there are direct buses from Alcudia which run on a daily basis. You can also get the 210 from Palma which takes 30 minutes and costs around 1.50euros. At the time of writing this there are around 9 buses a day leaving from Palma – 4 of which head on to Port Soller and then onto Deia. This bus makes for great round trip is you wish to take the Victorian train from Soller back to Palma.
If you have a hire car then Valldemossa is 16km from Palma follow the Ma10 and take the turn off for Valldemossa.
The main draw to the town is the monastary that Chopin resided at. The Cartoixa de Valldemossa (www.valldemossa.com). The monastery was turned into rental accommodation in the summer months from 1835 onwards after the monks were expelled.
The monastery itself is an astonishing building surrounded by gardens and fantastic views of the Majorcan countryside.
Like any tourist destination prices are inflated, however there are a number of notable restaurants and cafes worth checking out.
La Miranda – Placa Miranda dels Lledoners -
Hostal Ca’n Mario – Carrer de Uetam 8
Hotel Valldemossa – www.valldemossa.hotel.com – Cami Antic de Palma