Last Sunday we took a road trip up to Valldemossa to visit the Sunday marker and to explore this beautiful mountain village and it’s surroundings.
Local produce, especially fresh fruits and vegetables and traditional Mallorcan products, plants, flowers, shoes and clothing are sold at this market.
A great opportunity to try the local speciality, the “coca de patata”, a sweet potato bun usually served with hot chocolate in the winter or almond ice cream in the summer.
A village steeped in old-world charm, Valldemossa lies in an idyllic valley in the midst of the Tramuntana mountains. Its ancient blonde stone houses contrast vividly against the surrounding green forests of olive, oak and almond trees, and the blue sky above.
History & Culture
The highest town in Mallorca is probably best-known as the place where the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover, the French writer George Sand, spent the winter of 1838/9, staying in rented rooms in the monastery. And, as a result, it’s probably Mallorca’s most visited town.
In fact, Chopin and Sand didn’t have the best of stays and Sand’s book about their experiences didn’t pull any punches. Nevertheless, the book ‘A Winter in Majorca’ is a bestseller and is on sale in almost every shop in Valldemossa, in a variety of languages.
Valldemossa is also home to Costa Nord – a contemporary cultural centre, established by Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, whose home S’Estaca is off the Valldemossa to Sóller coast road, near Deià.
For the Mallorcans, Valldemossa has a more important claim to fame: it was the birthplace of the island’s only saint: Santa Catalina Thomas. Leave the busier part of the town, and head for the church of Sant Bartomeu; in the peaceful C/Rectoría behind it, you can visit her tiny birthplace and shrine
How to get to Valldemossa