Looking for a less touristic place to visit in Mallorca? The town of Valldemossa and the surrounding Serra de Tramuntana may be the best choice.
La Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range on the northwest coast of Mallorca.
Since 2011 it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to its unique landscape characterized by terracing, mills, dry stone constructions, olive trees, orange trees and vineyards.
The origin of its landscape goes back to the past Arab control over the island. Facing the scarcity of water they had to built a canalization system that changed the territory.
The best way to enjoy this wild region is by car.
The Ma10 road runs through the entire Serra, from Andratx to Pollença, showing you breathtaking views of the sea.
Valldemossa is a small mountain village, with only 2000 inhabitants, perfect for those who wants to discover the true spirit of the island.
Located just 17 km from Palma de Mallorca, it has plenty of shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Moreover, the surrounding forest of olives, oak and almond trees hides paths and trails for great hiking experiences.
The Real Cartuja is the main attraction of Valldemossa.
It was built in the 14th century as a royal residence, then abandoned since the Carthurian order transformed it into a monastery. Eventually the monks were expelled in 1835.
This former monastery is particularly known for having been the temporary residence of Chopin and his lover George Sand. In 1838 they spent three months in the Real Cartuja, trying to live their love in peace.
The link between Valldemossa and Chopin is still strong nowadays. Tourists come to town to visit the room in which he lived – which is in his original state, with his music and piano on display. And every august since 1930 Valldemossa is home to the Chopin Festival, during which many famous musicians perform.
The charm of Serra de Tramuntana can be fully admired from some panoramic spots located in the surroundings of Valldemossa.
Among these, two are really unmissable.
The first one is the Mirador del Puig de Sa Moneda, built by Archduke Lluis Salvador. It’s at about 3.5km from the town center and offers great views on the coast and Valldemossa.
The second one is the Mirador de Miranda des Lladoner, near the Real Cartuja. From here visitors can see Valldemossa, the surrounding valley and, in the distance, the city of Palma de Mallorca.