One might be forgiven, in the middle of winter, for thinking that this place where Chopin became increasingly depressed gains its name from "Valley of moss", as stuck on the north side of the mountains it doesn't get a lot of sun . . . but the real translation of Mossa is "beautiful girl". A "beautiful girl" caused the town to gain holy associations, bringing thereby the Carthusian monastery which was to provide refuge to Chopin and the Sand family.
A pilgrimmage to Valldemossa in remembrance of Chopin is not the only reason for visiting. Despite George Sands' and the webmaster's disparaging remarks about the temperature and humidity, it's a beautiful place and young people enjoy living here!
Even the communal mediterranean laundry - house is preserved, so reminiscent of Provence in the South of France