Deia: inspiration and peace in its purest form

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.

History and culture

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.

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Main attractions in Deia Mallorca

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.

  • Streets and panoramic views. There is no better way to discover the bohemian charm of Deia than to stroll through its narrow streets while enjoying its rural architecture and picturesque stone houses. You can also take a stroll along the footbridges that surround the village - the views from here are breathtaking!
  • Parish church of Juan Bautista and cemetery. The parish church is located in the upper part of the village and honours the patron saint of Deia. It is open every day and admission is free. Visiting it is a treat for the senses. At the back of the church we find the cemetery where the tombs of great artists such as Robert Graves can be found. The views from the cemetery are also memorable.
  • Deia Archaeological Museum. It is housed in an old 17th century mill and among the museum's most outstanding pieces are the remains of the Myotragus Balearicus, a species of native goat that became extinct some 5,000 years ago.
  • Robert Graves' house. To get a closer look at Graves' life in Deia, you should visit his house museum, Ca n'Alluny. Here the original appearance of the main rooms has been preserved and the study where the illustrious writer wrote stands out. To visit it, however, we recommend that you book your appointment here.

Its surroundings

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.

  • Son Marroig. It was formerly the property of Archduke Ludwig Salvator. Nowadays, it is an emblematic spot full of peace and beauty that offers one of the best views and sunsets on the island.
  • Sa Foradada. You can observe it and enjoy its beautiful scenery from the viewpoint or go on a hike to see this natural wonder up close. If you choose to hike, it is a very easy route of just 7km round trip. Either way, you'll remember these views forever.
  • Hiking routes. Deia offers beautiful natural landscapes, ideal for enjoying while hiking. The most outstanding routes in the area are: Ascent to Puig del Teix (1064m), the Deia-Soller path and the Deia-Valldemossa route, along the spectacular Cami d'Arxiduc.

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Cove of Deja

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.

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Restaurants in Deia Mallorca

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.

How to get there

Although Deia is an idyllic place of calm and inspiration, it is located only 30 kilometres from Palma. Find out how to get there.

  • By car. You can reach Deia from Palma and the airport in just 40 minutes on the Valldemossa - Deia road. And from Valldemossa, in just 15 minutes! However, parking in Deia is no easy task, especially in high season.
  • Bus. This is the cheapest way, but also the slowest. You can take line 203 which goes from the Intermodal Station to Deia and continues to Port de Soller. The journey from Palma to Deia takes about 45 minutes and the estimated cost is between €3 and €5.
  • Taxi. Getting to Deia by taxi is convenient and quick, as you can enjoy the scenery and you don't have to look for parking. However, the journey from Palma takes about 30 minutes and can cost between 40 and 50€.

Living in Deia Mallorca

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.

At Living Blue Mallorca we work to help you realise your dreams. We are experts in buying and selling properties and we have a personalised search service to find the home you have always wanted. So, no matter if you are looking for a village house in the centre of Deia or a rustic house in the mountains, contact us and we will help you find it!

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