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Visit Deia

Deia sits on the coast in the north of Mallorca (Majorca) in the Balearic Islands. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Deia is on the north-west coast of Mallorca a half hour drive from Palma.

Explore Deia

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. Graves used Deia as a setting for a number of his stories including 'Hercules my shipmate'. 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. There is also a lovely palace and garden to visit, the Palace of San Marroig. This belonged to the Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria in the 19th century and he renovated the palace.

The palace is full of momentos and furniture of the Archduke and the gardens have pavilions, pagodas, caves and greenhouses as well as beautiful gardens. It is private but open for visits and has stunning views over the Mediterranean. The Deia International Music Festival takes place here every year in the form of a series of classical concerts between May and September. 

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.

Deia Museums

Ca n’Alluny, former house of Richard Graves, has been preserved just as it was when Graves lived there. The house and garden are open to visits. Graves is buried in the churchyard at Deia.

Places to visit nearby

Valdemossa with its famous monastery is only 4km to the south-west of Deia and Soller with its lovely main square and winding lanes is another highlight of Mallorca.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.

See also: 

Map of Deia and places to visit


Deia places to visit



Valldemossa is a hill town with a monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin once stayed.

Valldemossa guide


Soller is one of Mallorca's nicest towns and the Port de Soller is set in a beautiful bay.

Soller guide


Palma is a beautiful city with a Moorish past. Visit the Cathedral, the Palau de l'Aludaina, the Castell de Bellver, Joan Miro's studio and much more.

Palma guide


Lluc is a remote village in the mountains of the sierra Tramuntana and Mallorca's most important place of pilgrimage.

Lluc guide


Andratx is a pretty town clustered on a hill above the sea and now an exclusive holiday resort

Andratx guide


Pollenca is an attractive and ancient small town. It is one of the most popular towns on Majorca.

Pollenca guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Balearic Islands

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