Best Villages in Mallorca / 17.12.2021
Whichever way you look at it, Deia is enchanting. Famous for its atmosphere, nature and peace, this idyllic village at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range is one of the most inspiring and magical places on the island. In this small guide we explain why and reveal the best spots in Deia.
Set in a valley between the Tramuntana mountains, Deia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. However, the most significant period for this beautiful village was the Muslim period between the 10th and 13th centuries. In this period, Deia received the name "daia", meaning village. It also developed a thriving horticulture, which allowed the construction of numerous plots for cultivation on steep slopes, and the irrigation and drainage system that is still in use today. Finally, Deia gained independence from neighbouring Valldemossa in the 16th century.
Even so, Deia stands out for its artistic culture. For many years it has been a magnet for artists and celebrities of the stature of Julio Cortázar, Paul Hogarth, Mike Oldfield, Arturo Rhodes, Richard Branson... One of the most outstanding, due to his great sense of belonging, was the English poet and writer Robert Graves. He came to Deia in the 1930s with his love Laura Riding and, after an escape to England, he returned and settled in his family home, Ca n'Alluny, until he died in 1985. Today, this house is one of the most visited museums in the village.
This great influx of artists and celebrities of all times is what has given Deia this inspiring and bohemian spirit.
The atmosphere in Deia is very different from the rest of the island, even before you get to the village! As you drive along the road, you can already breathe charm, tranquillity and a special peace... Don't miss its main magical spots.
Natural beauty, iconic monuments, incredible sunsets... The most beautiful moments remain in your memory forever. And, without a doubt, the moments you experience in the following places will become eternal memories.
You can't go to Deia without visiting its beautiful cove, one of the prettiest in the Tramuntana mountain range for its idyllic location and attractive landscape.
Just three kilometres from the "artists' village", you will find this small cove of about 70 metres of pebbles, rocks, boulders and spectacular turquoise-green crystalline waters. Due to its nature and small size, it does not have many services, but it does have two restaurants. Ca'n Lluc, at one end of the cove, offering typical Mallorcan dishes. And Ca's Patro March, a few metres further up and more exclusive, where you can taste good fresh fish and seafood.
You can get to Cala Deia in different ways. You can go by car, although the car park is small and has to be paid for. You can go by boat, taking care with the north wind. And you can go on foot from Deia while enjoying a 30-minute walk through nature.
The inspiring and artistic charm of Deia is also reflected in its gastronomy. In the following restaurants you can taste the local produce in different menus while enjoying the spectacular views of the Tramuntana and the Mediterranean.
Es Raco d'es Teix. It belongs to the German chef Josef Sauerschell and has been awarded a Michelin star. In the heart of Deia you can enjoy excellent Mallorcan-Mediterranean cuisine prepared with km0 ingredients and a wide variety of wines. The views accompany this fantastic experience.
Béns d'Avall. Also with a Michelin star, Béns d'Avall is run by chef Benet Vicens and focuses on the uniqueness of Balearic gastronomy. Moreover, being located on the road from Soller to Deia, its rural setting and views are unforgettable.
El Olivo. Located in the 5-star Belmond La Residencia hotel and headed by executive chef Guillermo Méndez, El Olivo offers the best of Mediterranean and Mallorcan cuisine. Most of the ingredients are sourced from the hotel's own garden and year after year it wins the Award of Excellence for its wine list.
Sa Fonda. If you want to live a totally different experience, you must visit Sa Fonda. It is a bar-restaurant on an idyllic terrace in Deia that is also used as a "concert hall". It is located on the main street of the village and is internationally renowned.
Although Deia is an idyllic place of calm and inspiration, it is located only 30 kilometres from Palma. Find out how to get there.
The dream of many is to live in a unique, inspiring and peaceful retreat, but one that also has a lot to offer its residents. In other words, the dream of many is to live in Deia.
However, its undeniable natural beauty and traditional rustic architecture have attracted many celebrities and business people. This makes Deia one of the most exclusive places to live in Mallorca.
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