Deia lies between Soller and Valldemossa on the rugged north west coast of Mallorca. It has a well established reputation as being a magnet for artists, poets and other creative types. Its most famous resident was the English writer Robert Graves, author of ‘I, Claudius’ amongst others. After his death here in 1985 he was buried in the small cemetery behind the village church.
On arrival by car, park in one of the pay and display car parks and head up to the village Church of Sant Joan Baptista via the town hall (Ajuntament) building which has a map and some Deia tourist information available for visitors. Admire the beautiful mountain views all around including the peak of the Puig de Teix which climbs from the sea to reach a height of 1064m where it looks down on the village of Deia and and its quaint shingle beach at Cala de Deia. This can be reached on foot from the village or by car following the sign on the road heading out to the north.
For budget accommodation in the village take a look at the very pleasant Hostal Villaverde. In contrast you can stay at one of Mallorca’s finest hotels which is on the main road through Deia. La Residencia has been built within what was formerly a 16th century manor house. Some of its private suites have their own swimming pool. Another of the island’s most prestigious properties is the nearby Es Moli Hotel.
The main road through the village is lined with restaurants. Sa Vinya is set back from the main road and has a nice terrace looking over the buildings. Restaurante Jaime on the opposite side of the road serves fine Mallorcan dishes on its beautiful terrace with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.
If you’re heading south look out for the blue parking sign about half way to Valldemossa (5km). The views of this coastline from the Bar/Restaurant Miradors de Na Foradada are simply stunning.
Whilst in Deia you may want to pay a visit to Ca n’Alluny the house and gardens of the English poet and writer Robert Graves.