Food, Folk and shopping this weekend
Mallorca's highest village, Valldemossa, nestling in the Tramuntana mountains is putting itself on show this weekend. Not that it needs to do much to attract visitors to its picturesque streets and
squares, bedecked all year round with baskets and pots of flowers, and all wrapped up in a stunning setting atop a long valley with views down to Palma.
But this weekend, as well as its well known attractions – the monastery where Chopin and Sand spent a winter in Mallorca, the royal palace next door and the birthplace of Santa Catalina (photo) –
visitors can shop 'til they drop, take in some folk dancing and get a taste of the village in a two day gastrofest.
Saturday and Sunday, 25th and 26th October are the dates for your diary when the shops of the town take to the streets and put their stock on sale at low, low prices in an outlet fair. There are
some really nice shops in Valldemossa – and I know because I've spent hours waiting outside them – and they'll have jewellery, clothes, accessories, straw sandals, Mallorcan crafts and artisan
products for sale; great for gifts or souvenirs.
In addition, no less than 14 restaurants and patisseries will be serving up a special ValldeMostra (mostra means show) menu consisting of typical dishes and sweets of the town or the 'mountain
cuisine' of the Tramuntana, and all at easily affordable prices!
Throughout the weekend the local folk dancing troupe El Parado de Valldemossa will be performing in the main squares and (here's the bit I like best) there will be olive oil tasting courtesy of the
Es Roquissar finca which produces its own oil in Valldemossa itself!
I'm up for that and if you'd care to join me, VDM is really easy to reach by car, or if you intend imbibing a few vinos, get the "http://www.tib.org/portal/documents/10286/50147/L210%2C%20des%20de%202013.11.01.pdf">number L210 bus from Palma, Soller or Deia and enjoy the ride through the spectacular scenery.