Planning a trip to the stunning mountain village of Valldemossa Mallorca? Keep reading for our ultimate slow travel guide to Valldemossa, Mallorca’s most charming stone village.
In the heart of Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, you’ll find the charming village of Valldemossa. Known for its rich history and culture, stunning natural landscapes, and outdoor activities, Valldemossa has been a popular place to visit for quite some time.
From the impressive Monastery of Valldemossa to the picturesque cobblestone streets lined with cozy cafes and artisan shops, there’s something for everyone in this idyllic village.
Whether you’re just passing through for the day or using Valldemossa to base yourself to explore the surrounding area, Valldemossa is sure to capture your heart and leave you wanting to come back.
I couldn’t help but falling in love with Valldemossa during my recent trip to Mallorca and it’s definitely up there in my top three places on the Balearic island. In this post, I outline everything you need to know to plan your perfect slow visit to Valldemossa, Mallorca.
Keep reading for the ultimate guide to Valldemossa, Mallorca.
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The best way to get to Valldemossa Mallorca from anywhere on the island is to drive.
Palma to Valldemossa is about a 30-minute drive from the center and it’s a 25-minute drive from Mallorca Airport. From Sóller it’s also a 30-minute drive and from nearby Deià, it’s about 20 minutes.
There are many daily flights to Palma from various other Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona as well as from Ibiza and Menorca.
You’ll also find many direct flights to Palma from the majority of major European cities.
Getting Around Valldemossa, Mallorca
Renting a car in Mallorca is a great idea and I strongly recommend doing so. Renting a car will give you the most flexibility to get around and see more of the beauty Mallorca has to offer. You don’t need a car in Valldemossa itself as the town is very walkable but it helps for getting there and exploring the surrounding area too.
For Mallorca, we found the best car rental rates with Discover Cars. As we visited in October we snagged an exceptionally great deal and even got an upgrade. Check car rental availability and book with Discover Cars here.
Note that you can’t rent a car in Valldemossa Spain. You’ll need to rent a car at Mallorca airport or in Palma.
When it comes to driving in Valldemossa, note that roads here are narrow, parking spaces small and it’s pretty hilly. The smaller your rental car, the easier it will be for you to maneuver and park. If you don’t feel comfortable driving in narrow and hill conditions in a manual car then make sure to book an automatic car well in advance- especially in summer.
Public Transportation in Valldemossa
If you don’t want to drive, then bus routes also operate around Mallorca however services are limited so you’ll need to allocate more time for moving around. There is one bus line that connects Valldemossa with Palma, Deia, and Soller.
You can also take the train from Palma to Soller and from Soller catch a bus to Valldemossa.
It’s also possible to arrange a tour to Valldemossa from Palma if you’d like everything organized for you. The best tour to Valldemossa is this Valldemossa & Soller tour from Palma which also includes some time spent in Soller.
Best Time to Visit Valldemossa, Mallorca
The best time to visit Valldemossa and Mallorca in general is during the spring and early autumn months. The months of May and early June and then September, and early October are the best times to visit Mallorca.
These months are the shoulder season in Mallorca where you can expect to have a great balance of good weather but fewer crowds.
During the summer, so mid-June to August, crowds descend on Mallorca and Valldemossa. During this time everything is fully booked, car rental is difficult and you’ll need to fight the crowds for space almost everywhere. Given that Valldemossa is a very small town with narrow roads, as soon as it gets crowded, it feels overwhelmingly so.
For those that might want to visit during the low season, you’ll be pleased to know that Mallorca really is a year-round destination. If you’re not planning to bathe, then Valldemossa can really be visited all year round- just remember to pack a few more layers in winter.
Things to Do in Valldemossa, Mallorca
Valldemossa is one of the most charming small villages in Spain. Even for a small place, there are still many lovely things to do. There are plenty of lovely cafes, hiking trails, and a really buzzing atmosphere around town.
You’ll be able to experience Valldemossa in a day or even less but I highly recommend slowing down a little, savoring the scenery, the peace as well as each tiny moment.
Visit the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa
One of the largest draws for visitors to Valldemossa is the famous Carthusian Monastery (also known as La Cartuja de Valldemossa). Built in the 14th Century by the King of Mallorca, the building was later handed down to the Carthusian monks before becoming private.
It was here that its most famous residents found home for the winter season of 1838-39. Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and French writer George Sand famously stayed here in the 19th century where they both worked on some of their most famous pieces.
Today you can explore the historic monastery, its beautiful architecture, and its various rooms and chambers. Don’t miss all the wonderful views of Valldemossa from its beautiful gardens and the 19th Century pharmacy inside.
At the end of your visit, you’ll also be able to enjoy a 15-minute concert of music by Chopin.
To avoid waiting in line to buy a ticket you can purchase your entrance tickets to the Monastery online here.
Visit the Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum
Inside the Carthusian Monastery, you’ll find the Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum. While it is part of the Monastery, you’ll need to purchase a separate entrance ticket to visit.
The tiny museum is housed in the cell where the two lovers lived and worked. You’ll be able to see Chopin’s original piano, his personal documents, and his music sheets.
You can also step outside to visit the lovely gardens attached to the museum with stunning views of Valldemossa and the Tramuntana mountains.
Visit the Palace of King Sancho
Adjacent to the Carthusian Monastery you’ll find the former Palace of King Sancho which is another lovely historical must-visit in Valldemossa. Here you’ll be able to discover the history of the former royal palace and enjoy the views from the palace gardens.
Walking the stone corridors and through the adorned rooms immediately makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a completely different era in Mallorca’s history.
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Stroll through the Old Town
Apart from visiting Valldemossa’s most famous sights, the next best thing to do in Valldemossa is just to walk around the charming town and explore. Wander the cobbled streets of Valldemossa’s picturesque old town, with its charming houses and traditional shops.
On your way around you’ll see many lovely boutiques, charming, old-world cafes, stunning viewpoints, and atmospheric streets. The old town of Valldemossa is so pretty, I promise you’ll have your camera or phone out all the time to take pictures.
Try the local Mallorcan cuisine
Valldemossa has some great cafes and restaurants in which you can try some delicious Mediterranean food. Some of the best, local dishes and snacks to try are tumbet, a traditional vegetable dish, and ensaimadas, a sweet pastry.
The first place you’ll want to stop at is Pastisseria Ca’n Molinas, the place in Valldemossa for breakfast and pastries. Order a tasty, hot coffee and an ensaimada and relax on their beautiful outdoor patio. The pastries are so fresh here that you’ll want to get more than one and save it for later.
Another great place to visit for local food is Es Taller, a lovely little tapas bar in town and a great place to sample the local delicacies, all washed down with a cold glass of local wine or beer.
Take a Stroll Through Jardins Rei Joan Carles
This lovely garden, that’s open and free to enter is another must-visit spot in Valldemossa. The garden is small but very pretty and there isn’t much to do here but just stroll through and take in the nature.
If you feel like you need a rest after exploring on your feet all day, taking a seat on one of the benches here is the perfect spot for it.
Hike in the Tramuntana Mountains
Take in the stunning natural scenery with a hike in the nearby Tramuntana Mountains, which offer breathtaking views of the sea and countryside. There are many different hikes for all levels and abilities that can be started from Valldemossa. Here are some of the best:
- Port de Valldemossa – A hike going down to the tiny little cove and harbor of Valldemossa. The trail starts in Son Olesa (here on Google Maps) and it’s about 4.5km out and back. It’s a beautiful trail that leads through a forest.
- Cami de sa Volta des General – A 7.5-kilometer coastal hike that takes you through the beautiful Valldemossa countryside, featuring traditional Mallorcan stone terraces and olive groves. The trailhead is located at Volta des General car park, here, above the village of Banyalbufar.
- Cami de s’Arxiduc – A challenging 12-kilometer hike that takes you along the ridge of the Tramuntana Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Find the trailhead here.
- Puig de Teix – This 4.5-kilometer hike takes you to the top of Puig de Teix, a mountain that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Barranc de Biniaraix – A 6.5-kilometer hike near Soller that takes you through the scenic Barranc de Biniaraix gorge, featuring lush vegetation and a beautiful waterfall.
Attend a festival
Time your visit to Valldemossa during one of the many festivals and you’ll be greeted by color, local charm, and cultural celebration. You’ll be able to experience the vibrant local culture at one of Valldemossa’s many festivals.
Some of the best annual festivals in Valldemossa include the Patron Saint’s Day in July which honors Santa Catalina Thomàs, the patron saint of Mallorca. The Chopin Piano Festival in August sees many piano recitals, artistic installations, exhibitions, and performances.
There’s also the Artdemossa Fair in July which sees many different performances, exhibitions, and concerts which is a must if you’re in the area.
Relax at a Café
Enjoy a leisurely coffee or glass of wine at one of Valldemossa’s cozy cafes, which offer a perfect spot to unwind and people-watch. Choose one of the many cafes in town on the main thoroughfare or on one of the atmospheric plazas, rest your feet, and relax and take in the town.
Shop for local crafts
When it comes to boutique shopping, Valldemossa is one of the best spots in Mallorca. One of the best things to do in Valldemossa is to just wander around and browse the artisan shops or unique souvenirs, including pottery, jewelry, and textiles.
One of my favorite stores is Obsolete Valldemossa, for incredibly gorgeous home decor and furniture. Pons Menorca is also worth stopping at for locally-made sandals and espadrilles.
Pop in to Església Sant Bartomeu
Right into the midst of Valldemossa’s lovely narrow stone streets, you’ll find this gorgeous little church. On the off chance it’s open go in and observe the traditional architecture and style.
Where to Stay in Valldemossa, Mallorca
Valldemossa has some beautiful boutique and luxury hotels as well as local guesthouses to base yourself when exploring the town. While most visit just for the day, I highly recommend basing yourself here.
That’s what we did I have to tell you, the real charm of Valldemossa comes out in the early morning and later in the evening once the day trippers and crowds have left.
Mirabó de Valldemossa – A charming boutique hotel offering stunning views of the Tramuntana Mountains and Valldemossa, and an outdoor pool. Candle-lit dinners here are magical and so are evenings in the communal living room by the fire. This is where I stayed and can’t recommend it more.
It’s worth noting that this hotel is located up a serpentine road in the hills adjacent to Valldemossa. A car and good driving skills are essential to get up here. Check rates and availability here.
Hotel Valldemossa – Located in a historic 19th-century building, this boutique hotel features beautifully decorated, old-world rooms, a garden, and a restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine with fabulous views of Valldemossa. There’s also a lovely outdoor pool and spa with a hot tub and sauna. Hotel Valldemossa Mallorca is one of the best hotels in town. Check rates and availability here.
Hotel Sa Vall – A charming boutique hotel located in a beautifully restored 16th-century farmhouse, Hotel Sa Vall offers comfortable rooms, a garden, and a restaurant serving traditional Mallorcan cuisine. Located right in Valldemossa. Check rates and availability here.
Agroturismo Son Viscos– a gorgeous, traditional farm stay just outside Valldemossa with beautiful bright rooms, views, and gardens. Check rates and info here.
Ca’s Xorc Luxury Retreat – A luxurious, adults-only retreat hotel set in a beautifully restored 18th-century mansion, Ca’s Xorc features elegant rooms, an outdoor pool, and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
This is a place to really slow down and enjoy for a few nights. It’s located between Soller and Deia but is a great base for exploring the area nonetheless. Check rates and availability here.
Best Restaurants in Valldemossa, Mallorca
Es Taller Valldemossa – a beautiful restaurant with a lovely atmosphere in a converted garage. Delicious farm-to-table food focusing on local, simple, and seasonal ingredients. Don’t miss their tapas and small dishes. A must when in Valldemossa.
Ca’n Mario – This restaurant inside the hostal of the same name serves delicious traditional Mallorcan cuisine, including fresh seafood and meat dishes, in a cozy and traditional atmosphere. A lovely option for dinner.
Es Roquissar Bar – A charming restaurant located in Valldemossa’s old town, Es Roquissar serves creative Mediterranean cuisine made with local ingredients. Grab a table outside for an amazing lunch al fresco.
La Posada – A lovely restaurant with delicious Mediterranean food like grilled fish and warm salads. Make sure to grab a table on their fantastic terrace with superb views of Valldemossa.
Tips for Visiting Valldemossa
Arrive early – Valldemossa is one of the most popular villages in Mallorca. That means it gets crowded, in the summer but even in spring. The best advice I can give is to arrive and start exploring as early as possible.
Parking is difficult to find so again come early. There are a couple of parking lots in Valldemossa but they fill up fast so come early to avoid the dilemma of not having anywhere to park. If you’re saying overnight it also helps to go with a hotel that offers parking so you won’t need to deal with having to find public parking.
Make reservations ahead for the best restaurants. The best restaurants will fill up fast, especially in summer. Make sure to call ahead and book a table or reserve one online to avoid disappointment.
Do you have any questions or comments about your stay in Valldemossa Mallorca? Let me know below, I’d love to hear from you.
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