The beautiful mountain village of Deià hidden in the folds of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains a UNESCO world heritage site, 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.
Poet and author Robert Graves made 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.
Wander around the village, pay a visit to the home of Robert Graves now a museum and can chat to his son William Graves who runs La Casa de Robert Graves where you can learn more about his life and poignant First World War poems.
Meander up the steep winding lane to the church and take in the panoramic views. There are many small art galleries and Ceramics by Joanna, located on Es Porxo, where you can purchase an array of plates and bowls all hand painted with lemons, oranges, olives or figs, each celebrating the vibrant local fruits of the island.
Deià offers plenty of choice for diners with a good selection of cafes and restaurants off the main street. Made your way down to the rocky beach of Cala Deià, and eat at the rustic Ca´s Patro March ( you need to book in advance ) made famous by the BBC´s The Night Manager thriller.
Drop into Belmond La Residencia hotel, opened in 1984 and first owned by Richard Branson for a drink or book ahead for lunch at what has become one of the world’s iconic hotels. Wander around the stunning gardens and drop into to see Alan Hydes their resident artist. Or perhaps choose to stay here ?
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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