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Things to do in Valldemossa

Valldemossa is a wonderful and scenic area to discover, there is just so much to see and feel that time will easily fly by. On the other hand, some of the most beautiful places in Valldemossa will let you stop time and just be present. Whatever, or however, you prefer doing things, Valldemossa offer it all; beautiful places, interesting points and charming atmosphere.

visit the famous real cartuja monastery in Valldemossa

VISIT THE FAMOUS CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY OF REAL CARTUJA

Real Cartuja is the overall landmark of Valldemossa. This impressive old Carthusian monastery situated in the heart of charming mountain village has become synonymous with the area after famous composer, Frederic Chopin and his girlfriend, George Sand, stayed here in the winter of 1838/39. Today,  Real Cartuja no longer serves as a monastery, but houses several interesting museums, and the church of the monastery offers classical concerts. One of the museums found in Real Cartuja, is of course the flat where Chopin and Sand resided during their stay. Here, you will find all their personal items they didn’t take with them when they left, including Chopin’s piano. Another museum found in Real Cartuja, is the municipality museum of Valldemossa, where you can learn about the local area and how it has developed throughout the centuries. If you are interested in the monastery itself, you can also choose to explore this amazing building that has so many stories to tell. Real Cartuja is indeed a great attraction to visit, one of the things you must do when you are in Valldemossa.

The Miramar convent is an attraction in Valldemossa

VISIT THE MIRAMAR MONASTERY

Famous Mallorcan philosopher, Ramon Llull, asked the king of Aragon to have Miramar built back in 1248. The purpose of the construction, was to establish a school for teaching language and convert heathens into the Christian faith. The property has also been owned by another famous resident of Mallorca, the Austrian archduke Ludwig Salvatore. Today, Miramar serves as a museum exhibiting the long and rich history of this impressive monastery including interesting collections of personal items. One of the highlights of Miramar, is the garden area with incredible views of the coast.

Discover the old town core of Valldemossa

ROAM THE CHARMING OLD TOWN CORE OF VALLDEMOSSA

Here you are standing in the fork of Carrer des Canonge/Carrereta Vella, back turned to Carrer des Canonge. On your right-hand side, on the corner, you see the house with the big green shutters. This house belonged to Catalina Homar, secretary (maybe lover) of the famous Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria.

Moving forward on the street called Carrer de Catalina Homar, on your left-hand side you will see the old public washhouse of Valldemossa, a so-called lavoir. Imagine now, a group of women under the arches washing clothes while laughing and chit-chatting.

Next to the washing house, you see the old medieval village cross cut in stone. The cross was built in the early 18th century, and was meant to mark the borders of the village. However, Valldemossa grew dramatically and the cross was soon absorbed by the many houses.

BIRTHPLACE OF CATALINA TOMÀS I GALLARD

Catalina Tomàs i Gallard is the patron saint of Valldemossa, and born here in this house in the early 16th century. The story of Catalina Tomàs is, that she is said to have spoken to the devil himself and that her high dedication to her religion led her to the fine convent of Santa Magdalena in Palma where she is buried.

Parish church of Valldemossa Sant Bartomeu

PAROCHIAL CHURCH OF SANT BARTOMEU

The parochial church of Valldemossa represents the true heart and soul of the village and its inhabitants. The church has been part of the town since 1248, and inside you will find a treasury of arts and the amazing organ built to represent the courage of the local people who stayed and kept Valldemossa going in times of serious crisis.

walk to the Ermita de Trinitat outside Valldemossa

ENJOY A SCENIC WALK AND FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHOPIN AND SAND

Visit the old hermitage that Chopin and Sand stayed in before they found accommodation in the carthusian monastery. In her book, “Un hiver À Majorque”, she describes the tough yet beautiful journey to the Ermita de Trinitat. The hermitage is one of the only of its kind in Mallorca still maintained by monks who sell olives, fruits or flowers to raise money. This is an incredible trip to go for if you want to explore the most breathtaking views and the most scenic nature in the area.

walk to the prehistorical cave of Son Matge

GO FOR A TIME TRAVEL BACK TO PREHISTORIC TIMES

In the forests south of Valldemossa, you can explore the prehistoric caves of Son Matge. It is believed that the Son Matge caves are among the oldest inhabited places on the island. It was also in these caves that artist and archaeologist, William H. Waldren, found the skeleton of the Balearic dwarf goat, a unique species of the Balearic islands, which is now exhibited in the archaeological museum in Deià.

Son Marroig is an attraction in Deia

VISIT THE SON MARROIG ESTATE

Son Marroig features one of the most iconic monuments of Mallorca, the impressive marble pavilion overlooking the coastline from its position on the slopes. Son Marroig is a museum exhibiting the life of its former owner, the famous archduke of Austria, Ludwig Salvatore. Inside, you can explore the life of this noble explorer who fell in love Mallorca and was one of the first to write about his discoveries on the island. Outside, stroll the beautiful idyllic gardens while enjoying the breathtaking views of the coastline, and of course, the wonderful pavilion.

Beach of Valldemossa

ENJOY A DAY AT THE BEACH

Valldemossa is home to a natural beach of gravel and pebbles found just a few kilometers from the town itself. The beach is located in stunning settings at the bottom of the mountains, and, you will also find a great restaurant. There are no amenities, lifeguards, sun beds etc. at the beach, but it is beautiful, natural and clean

Valldemossa beach

Valldemossa beach, in local mouths known as sa Marina, is a small natural beach located some 6 kilometers from the village itself. The underlay of the beach consists of pebbles and gravel, and you have to bring your own bath towel, parasol etc. At the bottom of the water, there are rocks and various sea vegetation. It is not possible to drive all the way to the beach, but there is a parking lot close by, from where you will find access to the beach area via a steep stairway. If you are traveling with disabled companions, this is not a good choice of beach.

Beach of Valldemossa

Source: platgesdebalears.com

Length90 m
Width15 m
Blue flagNo
ShowersNo
ToiletsNo
LifeguardNo
ParkingNo
Wheelchair accessYes
Sun lounger rentalYes
Restaurant/cafeteriaYes

Weekly market

The weekly market in Valldemossa is held Sunday morning. At the market, you can browse through hundreds of stalls offering everything from leather goods to local delicacies.

 

Annual events and happenings

April

Easter

Easter is always a special time to visit Mallorca, because this holiday is deeply rooted in the local culture. In Valldemossa, you can experience the Easter procession along with several other religious events related to Easter.

Where: Valldemossa town

When: Easter

July

Festes de la Beata

If you want to see and feel the local culture of Valldemossa, there’s no better way than at the celebration of the patron saint, Catalina Tomàs. One of the most sought for happenings here, is the procession of “Beateta” where a sculpture of the beatified woman is carried through town accompanied by music and colorful decorations. During this festival, you will also have a chance to see some traditional folk dancing and hear the songs commemorating the saint. This is truly a unique time to visit Valldemossa, you will understand the local soul much better.

Where: Valldemossa

When: Around July 28th

Artdemossa

Artdemossa is a night art fair held in the old town. Come enjoy a wide range of creative artworks, exhibitions and roposals in the charming cobblestone streets and courtyards. In addition, there is also a craft market held here.

Where: Valldemossa old town

When: Second half of July

August

Festes de Sant Bartomeu

One of the most joyful times of the year, is the annual feast and celebration of Sant Bartomeu. For an entire week, the old town is decorated in colors, games and competitions are held, open-air dinners are served, markets, exhibitions and concerts make the streets come to life. The week is kicked of with an impressive procession from the church known as “Processó de ses Crestes”, named after the men wearing headdresses.

At the beach, you can enjoy a reenactment of how the Moors were defeated by Christians, an event happening in many coastal areas of the island every year.

Where: Valldemossa old town, Sa Marina

When: Second half of August

October

Valldemostra

Valldemostra, also known as the “Opportunities Fair”, is a great initiative by the local organization of merchants. Basically, it is a huge market where all the local stores empty their stocks and put everything up for sale at very reduced prices. If you are looking to do a good bargain on clothes, shoes, leather goods, delicacies, Christmas presents etc., this is the time to do it.

Where: Valldemossa old town

When: October

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The Tramuntana region

Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.

When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.

The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.

The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.

Andratx & Port d’Andratx

Andratx is a destination ideal for adults and romantic couples looking for a holiday base with a good selection of dining options, a feeling of luxury and/or authenticity, as well as a lot of activity offers like golf, cycling, walking, tennis and maritime activities. Andratx is located about half an hour from Palma airport by car and is the largest of the municipalities of the Tramuntana region. It includes the old medieval village itself, the flamboyant marina of Port d’Andratx, the small village of s’Arracco, Sant Elm and Camp de Mar.

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Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar is a picturesque and iconic area of the Tramuntana mountains located directly on the slopes facing the azure coastline. Banyalbufar is a great choice of holiday destination if you are looking for a tranquil and charming area with full of serenity and peace. Banyalbufar is an adult friendly destination, only families with infants should choose this area, as there are no child-friendly facilities or activities to go for. The village itself looks just like it did when it was built back during the Middle Ages, with cobblestone streets and rustic building facades, which makes it incredibly authentic to be in.Here are a handful of great restaurants serving traditional Mallorcan and Spanish dishes made from local produce. Staying in Banyalbufar requires a car, it takes more than an hour to get here from Palma because of the narrow curvy mountain roads.

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Bunyola

Bunyola is cosy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends traveling without children.

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Cala Sant Vicenç

Cala Sant Vicenc is found in a picturesque corner in the north-western part of Tramuntana, in the municipality of Pollenca. Cala Sant Vicenc is a more quiet holiday destination, mainly suited for romantic couples and friends looking for a holiday base that features both beaches, wild nature and cultural offers. If you are looking for a destination and hotel directly by the sea, Cala Sant Vicenc is an obvious choice as most of the hotels here are placed by the beach front.

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Camp de Mar

Camp de Mar is a rather small holiday destination located in a beautiful enclosed cove at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains in the south-west. Camp de Mar offers a nice selection of hotels in all classes, as well as holiday apartments perfect if you are looking for a bit more space or privacy. The area has two beaches, one sandy and one rocky, both with low shallow water and completely protected from winds by the rocks enclosing the cove. Camp de Mar is a great choice of destination if you want both beach and nature, and at the same time great access to other activities such as golfing, sightseeing and restaurants.

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Deià

Deià is perhaps one of the most romantic holiday destinations in all of Mallorca! It is no wonder that most honeymoons and weddings held on the island is held in Deià, the place has a natural beauty that can leave poets without words. Deià is found in a scenic valley opening to the azure coastline at the feet of Tramuntana’s west coast. From all over the area you can enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains and sea, two of the most beautiful features of Mallorca. Deià is home to some iconic places such as the Son Marroig estate, Robert Graves’ house, the hilltop church and cemetery and the many famous artists who has found inspiration here.

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Esporles

Esporles is famous for several things in Mallorca; the Granja finca, the Maristell monastery and the annual sweets & pastry festival. Esporles is an amazing area for cycling and walking in the Tramuntana, the infrastructure and walking paths are numerous up here, thus it is fairly easy to gain access to the valley. Accommodation in Esporles mainly consist of finca hotels and agroturismos, a unique way of escaping the mass tourism and enjoy some RnR in authentic and scenic surroundings.

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Estellencs

Estellencs is another picturesque area on the western coastline of Tramuntana. Estellencs is popular amongst walkers, the area enjoys a privileged location on the shoreline, with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature and passes some magical viewpoints. Estellencs is one the most authentic destinations in the Tramuntana region with only a few accommodation options to choose from, a perfect place if you are looking for peace and quiet.

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Formentor

Formentor is the perfect holiday base on Mallorca if you are looking for exclusivity, scenic nature and direct access to the most popular sports activities of Mallorca, namely beaching, cycling and walking. Formentor has only one hotel, the 5-star luxury resort “Formentor a Royal Hideaway” situated in the hills just behind the natural beach in the wide bay. Formentor is an obvious choice of holiday destination in the Tramuntana region if what you are looking for is exclusiveness and relaxation.

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Fornalutx

Awarded 3rd most beautiful village in all of Spain, Fornalutx is sure to seduce you with its natural charm and innocence set in the most fertile valley of orange and lemon trees. Fornalutx exemplifies the typical architecture of the Tramuntana mountains that has made the villages up here so unique and preserve-worthy. Fornalutx offers a handful of charming finca hotels situated on the green slopes with stunning views over the valley, made for relaxation and romance. The great infrastructure makes it easy to get around in the local area exploring other wonderful places such as Sóller and Deià. There are numerous walking paths in the area leading you about in the mountains to find the most breathtaking viewpoints and scenic Mediterranean flora.

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Magaluf

Magaluf is perhaps mostly (in)famous for its crazy nightlife with all the bars and clubs in the town attracting thousands of young people each year. But Magaluf also has an adult side to it represented by a handful of adults only hotels, lavish beach bars and probably the best beach of south-west Mallorca. Yes, Magaluf is definitely not just a place for youngsters coming here to party all day and night, and you you like loud and vibrant this might just be a perfect destination for you. The area is nicely close to the freeway allowing you to easily go on adventures or catch the bus to Palma for some shopping or sightseeing. Magaluf is also a great place for families traveling with children. The area has a huge water park, go-karts, crazy golf and an amusement park.

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Palmanova

Palmanova is by far one of the most versatile all-round holiday destinations on Mallorca. You may to choose Palmanova for romance, for party, for beaching, for family fun, for fun activities or for the food. There is something for everyone in Palmanova, regardless what you are looking for for the perfect holiday on Mallorca. The recent years, Palmanova has seen a transformation where brand new modern hotels has made their entrance offering luxury facilities and sea views from every balcony. But Palmanova also have a lot of flats and highly recommended 3-4 stars hotel to choose from.

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Peguera

Peguera is a lively and versatile beach resort at the feet of the mountains, allowing for many activity offers. Peguera offers a vibrant town life full of restaurants, bars and shopping options. Accommodation offers includes adults only hotels and apartments with stunning views over the sea. Peguera is an area with something for everyone, although adults are the main audience, moreover, Germans have really taken a liking to this specific area. Choose Peguera as your travel destination on Mallorca for the beaches, the many restaurants and bars and the fantastic location with access to both roads and natural areas.

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Pollença

Pollença old town, is an excellent choice of holiday base, if you appreciate good food, local culture and direct access to the mountains. Pollença has a lot of restaurants, bars and small cafeterias, located around in the narrow streets. All of these with an inspiring menu card, especially those located around the center of the town. Sitting in one of the restaurants on a warm spring day, eating tapas and doing some people watching on the main square, is like therapy to me. There’s a good collection of restaurants on the Plaça Major, where the church is. This is naturally where most tourists go for meals or snacks, but if you are here for more than a short break, do try to browse the streets of Pollença, I promise you that you will find something attractive!

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Port de Pollença

Port de Pollença is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca, especially amongst Brits. Port de Pollença has become famous for its lovely seafront promenade known as “The Pine Walk”, a beautiful place to walk and cycle under the many pine trees. The beach front is full of bars and restaurants which makes a lively scene every day, creating a jolly and vibrant atmosphere. Port de Pollença is beautifully nestled between the two peninsulas of Formentor and Alcanada protecting it from heavy winds but allows are cooling sea breezes.

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Port de Sóller

Port de Sóller is located in a protected and picturesque cove on the west coast of the Tramuntana mountains. This old trading port has it all; charm, heart and soul, thus, a location that makes it worth visiting all year round. Port de Sóller has a lot to offer to a broad audience, however, it is mainly adults traveling without children or teens that will get full yield for their money here. The town has a wide selection of great restaurants and bars serving international and Spanish dishes made from high quality local produce, also, hotels and accommodation options are slightly more expensive in the particular area. Port de Sóller has two small beaches next to the old harbor, but in general not a beaching destination. You will want to consider Port de Sóller as your holiday destination if you are looking for natural charm, many activity offers and great food.

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Portals Nous

Portals Nous, also known as Porto Portals, represents the most lavish side of Mallorca, and often times referred to as “Little Monaco”. This is a place to be seen, a place feel what real luxury is. The area is found at the foothills of Tramuntana in the municipality of Calviá bordering Palmanova and Bendinat. There is a lot of 5-star luxury hotels, among these the Portals Hills boutique and the Iberostar Grand Portals. Portals Nous is an excellent destination if you fancy this kind of holiday, and if you want to stay close to the vibrant life of Palma which is but a short drive from here.

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Puigpunyent

Puigpunyent is found in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana mountains, yet less than 30 minutes from Palma by car. Puigpunyent is known as a bicycler’s paradise, namely because the professional team Sky stays here every year during training season. Puigpunyent is a great place to find peace and serenity, a place to relax and re-charge your inner batteries. Puigpunyent is also home to one of Mallorcas most interesting animal and nature reserves.

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Sant Elm

Sant Elm is a small but very charming holiday destination located at the most south-western corner of Mallorca. Sant Elm is an old fishing village, but unlike many other of its kind, Sant Elm still partly relies on fishing as a source of income which makes it a more authentic destination to visit.

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Santa Ponça

Santa Ponça is a young and still growing holiday destination at the feet of Tramuntana in the south-west of Mallorca. Santa Ponça has a stunning main beach area awarded with the Blue Flag trademark for its cleanness, plus, there are two smaller beaches for you to enjoy a more private scene.

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Sóller

Sóller is the capital of “The Orange Valley” in the Tramuntana mountains, the most fertile area and famous for its production of oranges and lemons that grow all year round Sóller is a perfect destination for adults looking for quality and authenticity, thus a big palette of things to do in the local area. Beside oranges and scenic nature, Sóller is also known for its many cultural offers and stunning architectural examples only found a few places in Spain.

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About Valldemossa

The area of Valldemossa has been inhabited by humans since the Bronze Ages. The forests and terrain up here has been a perfect place for hunting and gathering, and later on, the cultivation of vegetables and fruits. The caves of Son Matge and Son Muleta are both excellent examples of human habitation in the area.

However, it was not until Moorish dominance of Mallorca from around year 902 that Valldemossa started to see agricultural development and farms. The Moors built the stone terraces you see everywhere in the Tramuntana range, a watering system that makes use of the water running from the top of the mountains to give water to fruit trees. These so called marjades, are now protected by UNESCO as part of the world heritage.

The Moors were the first to divide Mallorca into districts. The district here was called Bunyola-Musu, which included other areas such as Deià, Bunyola, Esporles, Banyalbufar, Estellencs and Puigpunyent. The area of Valldemossa was referred to as Wadi Muza or Wadi Muza, which is translated into Valley of Muza. Later on, post the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, the name was changed to Vall de Musuh, which later on turned into Valldemossa.

Post the Catalan conquest of Mallorca in the years between 1229  and 1234, the king divided the Bunyola-Musu district and sold land to people from the mainland in order to establish a healthy agriculture that could bring in taxes.

Important events in the history of Valldemossa

In 1248, Mallorcan philosopher Ramon Llull convinced the king to build the Miramar monastery with the purpose of teaching languages and converting heathens into the Christian faith.

In the beginning of the 14th century, king Jaume II constructs a royal palace for his son, Sançho, who suffered from asthma. The fresh air of the Tramuntana was supposed to help him breathe.

After the fall of the Mallorcan crown in the late 14th century, king of Aragon Martin the Humane, gave the palace to the religious order of the Carthusians who converted it to a monastery.

In the late 15th century, the first Mallorcan printing press was founded in the Miramar.

In 1531, Caterina Tomàs i Gallard is born in Valldemossa. Caterina Tomàs i Gallard came from a poor family, but she was highly religious already from a young age. She practiced her religion every day all day, and it was said that she had spoken to the devil. Therefore, she was granted education and acceptance in the Santa Magdalena convent in Palma. She became the patron saint of Mallorca and Valldemossa. 200 years after her death, in 1792, she was beatified by the pope for her dedication.

In 1801, the Spanish minister of justice, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, was sent in exile in the Carthusian monastery before being moved to the Bellver castle in Palma. From his time in Valldemossa, he wrote two works; Instrucción Pública and Historia de la Cartuja de Valldemossa.

In 1872, the famous archduke of Austria, Ludwig Salvatore, purchases the property on which Miramar is situated along with several other properties in Valldemossa.

In the 20th century, Valldemossa became connected to Palma via asphalted roads. This allowed for Valldemossa to enjoy the boom of the tourism during the 50’s and 60’s.

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