Its beautiful Royal Charterhouse – La Cartoixa – which was originally a Carthusian monastery, has played host over the years to luminaries such as the composer Frederic Chopin and writer George Sand. In fact the couple fled here to escape the scandal surrounding their scandalous affair.
La Cartoixa nowadays also functions as a cultural centre and apart from the annual Chopin Festival in summer, there are also performances of traditional dances by the Parado group of Valldemossa.
We visited while taking the scenic route back to Palma after a walking holiday in Mallorca’s Sierra Tramuntana and were fortunate enough to catch a folk dancing event in October.
There was a traditional “orchestra” set in the cobbled square near the monastery and dancers of varying ages bowed, curtsied and whirled to the delight of daytrippers.
The performers were clearly enjoying themselves and there was a real sense of how important it is to the local people to keep their Mallorquina customs and art forms alive.
By Natasha von Geldern