As you drive up and around the winding clifftop roads, set in an idyllic valley in the Tramuntana Mountains, in the north of the island, you’ll find a cluster of stone coloured buildings, Mallorca’s highest and quite possibly the most visited village, and certainly one of the prettiest villages, home to a population of 2,000, this is Valldemossa.
Simply stroll through the villages pretty cobblestone streets and alleyways which are lined with shops, boutiques and plenty of restaurants and cafés, with colourful flowers and many doors adorned with symbols with Mallorca’s patron saint Santa Catalina Thomas. You can visit inside the famous monastery, La Cartuja, which was first built as a palace in the 1300’s for King Sancho of Spain, it was made famous as the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover, the French writer George Sand who spent the winter of 1838/9 staying in rented rooms in the monastery.
Do not miss the courtyard to the right of the monastery, the gardens are overflowing with flowers and fruit. Be sure to wander out to the viewpoint which has stunning views over the surrounding valley and terraced terrain.
The natural beauty of the surrounding countryside makes Valldemossa a popular place for hikers also. Visit on a day trip or stay in one of the boutique hotels in the village.