Valdemossa, Palma de Mallorca
On the west coast of Majorca, this is a great town to visit.
You only need half a day, as its not very big, but the views are great. The drive there and back are also stunning as you can take the costal road.
There are some nice little tapas bars; and shops; and some great views.
Be sure to go to the area behind the Monastery and go to the tapas bar on the right !! simply delicious !
A visit to Valdemossa is quite worth it. The town is small and nice. The place is famous for two things: George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a winter of 1838-1839 here, and Santa Catalina Tomas was born and lived here in the 16th century.
Visit the rooms of the monastery, where Sand and Chopin lived. You'll see Chopin's piano, and other things to remind of that winter. You can buy Sand's book about this winter too.
Great views open from the monastery, so you can take some nice pictures.
The tour includes a 15-minute "concert" - a guy will play the piano - Chopin's works.
You can buy the tour from any agency, the price is about 25-30 euros.
Valldemossa is a town we highly recommend visiting while in Mallorca. By car, it's only a 20 minute drive from Palma (maybe an hour by public transport). It's very scenic, with quiet, cobble-stone streets, and flower filled lanes with antique lanterns hanging above the homes. It's famous for being the getaway of Chopin and his partner George Sand (who wrote 'A winter in Mallora' there). In later years, the region seems to have been adopted by Michael Douglas, who has helped create the Costa Nord cultural center (located in Valldemossa) to highlight the North Coast region and Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca. For those who like culture and history, the center is something to check out. There are also numerous churches, Chopin's old piano in the house who once occupied. We simply just walked around and explored the town. Very nice.
I definitely recommend coming later in the afternoon after the bus groups have left so you can enjoy the solitude and charm of the town without the swarm of tourists. Also, drive from Valldemossa to Deia and then to Soller/Pt. de Soller. Deia is smaller but just as beautiful and more directly on the coast so you have really nice views. Pt. de Soller is great because there are tons of cafes next to the marina and the prices aren't bad for the location.
Parking: all over Valdemossa, parking lot directly across main road (maybe 1 EUR/hour)
Pt. de Soller has free parking just behind center/marina (next to dive shop)
Some years ago on another trip, I took a rather terrifying, but most rewarding, bus journey back from Soller via Deia and Valdemossa to Palma.
I have to confess, I sat on the side of the bus that was nearer to the mountain rather than the big drop he he and was a little nervous, but the views were worth it.
The bohemian town of Deia is stunning - and has always attracted a large number of artists, writers and musicians over the years. English poet Robert Graves died here in 1985 and is buried in the hillside cemetery.
The main street is lined with artists workshops and there are plenty of relaxed bars & cafes from which to just sit and sketch or do nothing in particular.
The Cove of Deia-- situated down a dusty track, between the capes of Deia & Son Beltran is the most perfect place to take a dip in the sea, where you can also have a delicious meal in the one restaurant by the water. Tales of infamous beach parties are in abundance here!
This place is one of Mallorca's treasured places & I would love to to go back and spend more time there.
The monestary at Valdemossa sits high above the sea level, with amazing views. The origins of Valldemossa are said to be from prehistoric times and Valldemosa has always been a famous and favourite spot in Mallorca - Frederic Chopin and George Sand came to live in the town, their visit apparently lasting only 98 days.
There is much to see including museums, churches, plenty of places to have a cool drink or eat a meal or you can just amble around looking at the wonderful views.
I particularly enjoyed a walk through the Monastery Gardens before heading back to the bus stop for the rather less scarey ride back to Palma.
La residencia Hotel is where I am saving to go for my next visit!
The north end of the island is a lot more mountainous and rainy and full of beautiful towns built on steep hillsides. The most famous of these is the town of Valdemossa, where Chopin and George Sand lived for a winter to help Chopin with his health problems. Unfortunately they didn't count on unheated rooms, and George Sand kept a diary that chronicles a disastrous year. These little towns on the north are today more affluent and less trashy than the mass marketing tourist highrises on the south end of the island, but they are still overrun with tourists. Hanging out in Valdemossa is a pretty experience, and you can just have fun wandering down the twisty stone streets and having coffee in the small cafés full of German tourists. It would be nice to see the Spanish part of this town. But i'm not sure if Spanish people actually live here...
I found this place so charming. La cartoixa is an ancient monastery with the special history that George Sand and her lover Frédéric Chopin lived one winter in this place (it seems they weren't really happy there:-))
anyway it's worth to visit this monastery but the village as well is very beautiful with many tourist shops and restaurants...