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Explore Deia, Spain
Deia is an idyllic village on the island of Majorca. Its sits on the rocky coast overlooking the Mediterranean ocean. Behind it tower the Mountains of Tramuntana. Deia nestles amongst the groves of olives and oranges on the rocky hillside above the sea. It is a beautiful village in a stunning setting and can't be recommended enough. Deia has a cove where fishermen still go out at dawn for the day's catch.
The village itself is built of local stone and is topped by its church, from here the views are superb. Open irrigation channels dating back to Moorish times can still be seen.
Deia has attracted artists, writers and poets for many years. One of the first to settle here was Richard Graves who moved here after the war and stayed until his death in 1985. His house is now a museum. Deia is also very popular with musicians. More recently Deia provided the setting for Helen Walsh's best selling "The Lemon Grove'.
Richard Branson has a hotel here, 'La Residencia', and musicians from his Virgin record label have been frequent guests here. Richard Branson sold the hotel but it is still a 5 star luxury hotel with beautiful gardens and a stunning view. This is part of the luxury Belmond Hotel group.
For a small village Deia has some very nice restaurants and bars and is a popular tourist village.
As well as its beaches, scenery and restaurants Deia is a good base for a walking holiday and there are lots of lovely walks in the area. Indeed the walk from Cala Deia (the cove at Deia) to the Port of Soller via Llucalcari is thought to be the loveliest walk in the whole of Europe! Cyclists can find lots of mountain bike paths or for road bikers ride the same roads that 'Tour de France' participants use for training! The coves around Deia also offer great diving and snorkling.
The mountain scenery of the Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this northern part of Mallorca really is fabulous for a peaceful holiday.
Ca n’Alluny, former house of Richard Graves, has been preserved just as it was when Graves lived there.
Places to Visit Nearby
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.