After calling Mallorca home for over a month, it was time I’d share my guide to visiting Valldemossa. It’s a must-see on any trip to Mallorca. The famed hilltop village set in the Tramuntana Mountains feels like a scene from a movie and is well worth a visit.
It’s not a secret that Mallorca is full of picturesque villages. The western side in particular is my personal favorite, feeling worlds’ away from the flatter, eastern side of the island. As you pass over the mountains, little towns start to appear in the distance.
I’ve been to Mallorca twice now, the second time on a more extended stay with my family. And on each of those trips, I’ve been at least twice to visit Valldemossa. It’s one of those *pinch me* kinds of villages, transporting you into what almost feels like a “Tuscany meets the Luberon” (if I could compare it).
Why Visit Valldemossa
On the latest trip, I was staying in the neighboring village of Deià, another personal favorite of mine on the island. It’s such an easy village to visit from there, or even if you’re staying in Palma de Mallorca. In my opinion, Valldemossa is the perfect day trip stop from anywhere on the western side of the island.
In the village, winding cobblestone alleyways and streets climb to the center plaza. Lined with local shops, restaurants, and nooks and crannies to explore, it’s the best spot to go for a meandering stroll. There are a few famous spots you can take or leave depending on your interests as well.
Whether you’re visiting Valldemossa on a day trip or considering it as a base for Mallorca, read on for my curated guide to plan your time there.
Short on Time? Here Are My Top Picks for the Best Hotels in Valldemossa:
- Hotel Valldemossa, for the best countryside hotel
- Mirabó de Valldemossa, for the best luxury hotel
- Ca’s Papà, for the best design for dollar hotel
The Ultimate Travel Guide to Valldemossa, Mallorca
What to Know Before You Visit Valldemossa
Getting to Valldemossa
To reach Valldemossa in Mallorca, you can start by flying into Palma de Mallorca Airport, which is the nearest major airport on the island. From there, you have several transportation options.
The Most Convenient Way is By Rental Car
The most convenient and scenic way is to hire a car for a picturesque drive through the scenic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which leads directly to Valldemossa. Having a rental car is in my opinion a must for visiting this side of an island. It will give you total freedom to do day trips, visiting several locations in the area. When driving in Mallorca, try to opt for a small car — the roads are tight, parking spots tend to be small, and the hills are steep. I recommend Discover Cars for finding the best rental car deals.
Alternatively, you can also use public buses that operate from Palma to Valldemossa, providing an affordable and eco-friendly mode of transportation to this charming village.
Getting Around Valldemossa
If you’ve driven into Valldemossa, you’ll likely park at this parking lot if space is available (plan on arriving early to beat the crowds and tour buses!). I’d suggest keeping a few Euro coins with you as we found the parking machine credit card reader is often offline. From there, you can walk right into the heart of town and do everything on foot.
The Best Time to Visit Valldemossa
The best time to visit Valldemossa in Mallorca is during the spring and early summer, from April to June, and the early autumn months of September and October. During these periods, the weather is pleasantly warm, making it ideal for exploring the village’s cobblestone streets and enjoying outdoor activities without the scorching heat of summer. Additionally, you’ll find fewer crowds compared to the peak summer season, allowing for a more relaxed and authentic experience of this picturesque mountain village.
Where to Stay in Valldemossa
Opting to stay in Valldemossa can make for a wonderful home base to explore western Mallorca and beaches in Mallorca. There are amazing luxury hotels in Mallorca and a few to choose from in Valldemossa and the surrounding area. If you’re wondering if this is a good spot to do day trips from, it absolutely is!
Travel Tip: One thing to consider is most of these hotels are boutique and only have a few rooms — you’ll want to book far in advance especially if you have one in mind.
Hotel Valldemossa is a charming boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the historic village of Valldemossa, Mallorca. With its rustic Mediterranean architecture and cozy atmosphere, it offers a peaceful retreat for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the island’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Book the best rates here.
Mirabó de Valldemossa is an exquisite boutique hotel located in the picturesque village of Valldemossa, Mallorca. Perched high in the Tramuntana Mountains, this luxurious retreat offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, providing guests with a serene and secluded getaway. With its elegant design, gourmet dining, and tranquil atmosphere, Mirabó de Valldemossa is an idyllic destination for those seeking a blend of relaxation and natural beauty in Mallorca. Book the best rates here.
Nestled within a meticulously restored 16th-century farmhouse, Hotel Sa Vall is a delightful boutique hotel that boasts comfortable guest rooms, a lush garden, and a restaurant specializing in authentic Mallorcan dishes. Situated in Valldemossa, it provides a perfect retreat for guests seeking a blend of historic charm and culinary delights. Book the best rates here.
Agroturismo Son Viscos is a serene rural retreat located in the idyllic countryside near Valldemossa, Mallorca. This charming agrotourism establishment offers guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the island’s natural beauty. With comfortable accommodations, agricultural activities, and a tranquil ambiance it promotes relaxation and a connection with nature. Book the best rates here.
Ca’s Papà is a 13-room hotel full of character and right in the city center. It’s one of the newer locations in town and is meant to be a great-designed stay. Many of the rooms come with views of the mountains or village. Book the best rates here.
Other Hotels Nearby
Belmond La Residencia (My Personal Favorite, Deià)
Belmond La Residencia is a luxurious and iconic hotel nestled in the heart of Deià, a picturesque village in Mallorca. This renowned boutique hotel is known for its exquisite accommodations and world-class amenities. If I had to pick one bucket list hotel stay on the island, this would be it. Book the best rates here.
Es Moli (Deià)
Es Moli is a well-regarded hotel located in Deià, a charming village in Mallorca. This boutique hotel offers guests a delightful stay with its comfortable rooms. The beautiful gardens and serene ambiance complement the scenic beauty of the surrounding Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to unwind in a tranquil and picturesque setting. Book the best rates here.
Ca’s Xorc Luxury Retreat (Adults Only, Sóller)
Ca’s Xorc Luxury Retreat, exclusively for adults, is a splendid boutique hotel perched on the mountainside overlooking Sóller and the Mediterranean Sea in Mallorca. This luxurious retreat offers guests an intimate and elegant escape. With well-appointed accommodations, gourmet dining, and a serene ambiance, it caters to a relaxing and romantic getaway. Book the best rates here.
The Best Things to Do in Valldemossa
Eat Pastries at Forn i Pastisseria Ca’n Molinas
This charming pastry shop is renowned for its artisanal treats, offering a selection of traditional Mallorcan pastries and sweets. You’ll find ensaimadas, the famous coiled pastries dusted with powdered sugar, and coca de patata, sweet potato pastries. You can even create your own platter here. When you go, order at the counter and then get a table.
Stroll the Old Town
Taking a walk around Valldemossa town is an experience in itself. You’ll love wandering along the narrow, cobblestone streets with their charming buildings with pretty flowers, cute shops, and cozy cafes. It’s a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for soaking up the village’s history and culture. I personally spend most of my time here just doing this.
Stop by the Palace of King Sancho
I had to mention the Palace of King Sancho as it is a popular stop in Valldemossa. I can’t say it was my favorite but still worth mentioning as it’s a notable one. This historical palace gives you a look into Mallorca’s history and architecture, with several artifacts housed here.
Visit the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa
One of Valldemossa’s biggest attractions is the famous Carthusian Monastery, also known as La Cartuja de Valldemossa. This historic building, constructed in the 14th century by the King of Mallorca, later became the residence of Carthusian monks before transitioning into private ownership. In the winter of 1838-39, it was home to two notable guests: Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and French writer George Sand. Both found inspiration for some of their most famous works here.
Today, visitors can explore the monastery’s rich history, admire its beautiful architecture, and wander through its various rooms and chambers. Don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views of Valldemossa from its lush gardens and explore the 19th-century pharmacy inside. To cap off your visit, you can enjoy a 15-minute concert featuring music by Chopin.
After, Stop at Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum
While you’re at the Carthusian Monastery, you’ll want to visit the Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum. Another ticket is required to gain entrance, but it’s worth it as you’re right there. The museum showcases their personal artifacts, memorabilia, and the rooms they occupied during their stay. Visitors can gain insight into their creative processes, and appreciate the lasting impact of their artistic contributions.
Take a Day Trip to Deiá
This is arguably my favorite village on the island. It’s about 20-30 minutes from Valldemossa and easily done in the afternoon since it is so small. You can stroll the village, peruse boutiques, and eat many top restaurants in Mallorca. My guide to Deiá covers all of my favorite things to do and places to eat.
Where to Eat in Valldemossa
There are a handful of places in Valldemossa to eat at. The more formal restaurants most certainly need a reservation, so be sure to plan in advance.
Es Taller Valldemossa is a creative tapas eatery just a short stroll from the village center. Once an auto repair shop, it is now home to a fun and vibrant restaurant. Chef Nicolás Gago Aubert curates a menu featuring a blend of regional and globally-inspired dishes. Prepare for a leisurely dining experience in true Mallorcan fashion.
Set up on the top plaza, this is the one I pop into for a good coffee and homemade pastries. They’re known as well for all-day dining, so you can’t go wrong whenever you stop in.
I’ve stopped in here a few times now and it’s my favorite local spot to grab a bite. You’ll have a range of food here, from small bites to larger plates.
For those looking for paired-back Mallorcan cuisine, Can Costa is a wonderful choice. It’s just outside of town, so you will need a car, but nonetheless it has easy parking.
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