A day out in Deià is a must . This beautiful mountain village is hidden in the folds of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains a UNESCO world heritage site, and offers breathtaking views from its hillside position out to the Mediterranean sea.
Green-shuttered honey-hued stone houses typical of Mallorca hug the hillside and cobbled narrow streets with bougainvillea in bloom complete the picture. A photographer´s dream.
Poet and writer Robert Graves put the village of Deià on the map by making his home here in 1932, and thereafter the village became a magnet for artists and creatives with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Douglas and Bob Geldof owning houses in the area and it continues to attract bohemian residents to this day.
Spend the morning wandering around and perhaps pay a visit to the home of Robert Graves now a museum. You can chat to his son William Graves who runs La Casa de Robert Graves and learn more about his life and works, perhaps most poignant are his First World War poems.
Leave the main street, meander up the steep winding lane to the church and take in the views. On the way up you will pass numerous small art galleries as well as Ceramics by Joanna, located on Es Porxo. Inside her tiny shop you can purchase a wonderful array of plates and every size of bowl all hand painted with lemons, oranges, olives or figs, each celebrating the vibrant local fruits of the island.
Feeling hungry ? Eating out is a pleasure in Deià and there is a good choice . From Michelin-star dining to rustic seasonal waterside restaurants, there is something for everyone. If you have made your way down to the rocky beach of Cala Deià, then head for your table at Ca´s Patro March ( you need to book in advance ) made famous by the BBC´s The Night Manager thriller.
Here, the menu is all about the “catch of the day” . You’ll find a selection of fresh fish, alongside seafood favourites like lobster, served simply with fries or salad enjoyed with the sound of waves lapping and a chilled glass of rosé.
When the day is coming to a close why not make your way to Belmond La Residencia hotel, opened in 1984 and first owned by Richard Branson. Offering traditional Mallorcan chic, it remains one of the world´s great destination hotels. There is a beautiful art gallery you can wander around and a stunning garden where you can enjoy tapas, afternoon tea or a cocktail before you wend your back to your hotel. Or perhaps you are lucky enough to be staying there ?
Deià with its wild landscape paired with art, culture, eateries and trendy watering holes has become one of the coolest holiday hotspots in Mallorca.
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