Flocked by bohemians and artists for centuries, this gorgeous village and municipality is situated inland on the northwest coast. Attracting visitors with a maze of cobblestone streets and traditions; honey-hued houses with verdant trees and matching shutters, Deià is one of the most gorgeous villages of Mallorca. Many believe that this enchanting spot even has magical powers, thanks to the Sierra de Tramuntana surrounds that allegedly radiates healing energy.
There has been proof of a settlement on this site in prehistoric times, yet it was the Moors who set up an irrigation system and gave Deia a simple name - “ad deia”, which translates to “the village”.
Thanks to the cultivation of citrus fruits, olives and fishing, the place has become quite wealthy after Christian conquests, but it was when the famous poet Robert Graves moved here in the 1930s that Deià rose to its iconic status.
The poet and novelist came here first with his mistress Laura Riding in 1932, only to return with his second wife in 1945. The news of the scenic surroundings and lush nature soon spread and gave the village a cult status amongst artists, poets and musicians. Today Deià is a hub for the glitterati looking to escape the city and fame even for just a few days. Princess Diana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Stephen Fry, Noel Gallagher, and Sting are just some of the celebrities spotted enjoying the enchanting village, while The Clash's bassist Paul Simonon even has an impressive property in the area.
Awarded with the World Heritage Site status, this village has an astonishing surrounding popular among cyclists and hikers. When you find yourself in the mood for a relaxing swim, you can walk to the Cala Deià, where artists continue the Graves tradition and enjoy skinny dipping and partying until dawn.
The most exclusive hideaway of Mallorca has an array of spectacular restaurants where you can book a table to explore the best of Spanish cuisine.
Situated on the outskirts of the village Can Quet, is not only a hedonists paradise, but a cultural hub, too. The vertiginous terrace that overlooks the Tramuntana mountains is home to numerous events that you can partake in while savoring your black angus carpaccio. To enjoy some sea views, head to the CA's Patro March, located just at the beach and famous for mouth watering fresh seafood.
Between May and September you can enjoy open-air concerts that take place as part of the Deià International Music Festival. As for the culture vultures, a visit to the Robert Graves house-turned-museum is an absolute must, although the Archaeological Museum is an interesting activity, too especially if you’re traveling with children.
To marvel at the art of works of Joan Miró, David Templeton and Arturo Rhodes, make time to visit the luxury Hotel Belmond La Residencia, where you’ll find a chic gallery that has different exhibitions throughout the year.