Deia Majorca Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

The beautiful village of Deia manages to squeeze into a small gap on Majorca's north west coast between the Puig des Teix mountain and the sea. From a high setting, surrounded by terraced fields, the village looks out across the Mediterranean, a world away from the noise and confusion of the Palma Bay area.

The village is famed as the home of English poet and novelist Robert Graves, who was buried in the hillside graveyard after his death in 1985. Anais Nin, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have all followed Graves in spending time in Deia. Something about it clearly suits the artistic temperament, although there is a danger that these connections are making the village rather self consciously artsy.

The peace of this part of the island has made Deia popular with some of the long term expatriate community. And although the main street, which is also the coast road, can get busy in high season, you can get away from the hubbub by just leaving the car and wandering on foot.

There are lots of steep alleys to explore, many overlooked by the reddish stone buildings of traditional Majorca. And you should head to the parish church, dating back to the 15th century, which stands in the higher part of the village with the cemetery behind it.

For culture, go three kilometres from Deia to the Son Marroig estate, former home of Archduke Ludwig Salvator, which has classical music recitals on Saturday evenings in the summer.

For beach activities, don't hold your breath. The local terrain is too steep to allow miles of golden sand. The village beach is the shingle cove at Cala Deia, a 30 minute walk from the village (10 minutes by car), where you go to sunbathe and snorkel in clear waters, or eat at the beach café. It gets busy in summer.

There is a wide range of eating and drinking options in Deia, particularly up and down the main street. Restaurant Es Raco d'es Teix has a Michelin star, or you can try El Olivo at hyper posh Hotel La Residencia. La Residencia also provides the area's smartest accommodation, although if you have your own transport, there are some wonderful, untouristy villas around.