As idyllic as when Frederic Chopin called it the most beautiful place in the world, Valldemossa on the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish Balearic Islands, is a sight to see.
Where I’d wake up
On a hilltop with stunning views and every room has a balcony. Very close to Tramuntana mountain range, the 19th-century complex used to belong to the Monastery. The hotel has a spa, indoor/outdoor pool, biking and hiking. Double room and dinner for two from $459.
Spend the morning
The Royal Monastery (La Cartuja)
In 1717, an extension to the 14th-century building was started with a new Baroque church and cloister, but it was never finished. It’s possible to visit the church, apothecary. The municipal museum shows works from Miró, Picasso, Tàpies, etc.
Where I’d lunch
In the village, “Can Pedro” offers traditional and local food. No big deal but honest food like fried cod with onion, fried calamares, lamb ribs, Majorca soups, rices, fig cakes. The restaurant atmosphere is nice and loud at meal hours and prices are around $30.
Spend the afternoon
Deià and Deià Cove
A beautiful hike, from the village of Deià to Deià Cove. It takes about the hours to do the six-kilometre trail. The landscape is amazing approaching the cove. To the right of the cove, is the Alconasser trail, also called the painters’ trail, because of its panoramic views.
Where I’d have dinner
The restaurant in the Valldemossa Hotel gains a special atmosphere at night with views to the illuminated Monastery. Have a romantic candlelight dinner after sipping a pre-dinner horchata (made from almonds) or a cocktail on the terrace.
How I’d spend the night
Costa Nord Cultural Centre
In the village where Chopin felt so inspired, music can be heard in the streets or in the halls. The Centre, created by actor Michael Douglas (who owns an estate nearby), is open to artists and holds concerts and exhibitions.