Destination Mallorca: Folk dancing in Valldemossa
Valldemossa is a picturesque village in the mountains inland from Deia and Soller in the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Its beautiful Royal Charterhouse, originally a Carthusian monastery, has played host over the years to luminaries such as the composer Frederic Chopin and writer George Sand.
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 Valldemossa 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