Deya Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View by far the prettiest village in all of Majorca

Deya is by far the prettiest village in all of Majorca and is very popular among artists and writers due to the scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

The village is a great place for a stroll, to take in the many sights including the little church at the top of the hill.

There are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants to suit every taste. The airport is a 30 minute drive away.


Insider's View

 by Anna Nicholas

Majorca Insider ...it is impossible not to marvel at the sheer magnificence of the dense olive groves, woodland, and craggy cliffs sweeping down...

There can be few settings more breathtakingly beautiful than Deya village with its backdrop of the Tramuntanas and imposing Puig de Teix mountain. Driving up the winding hill from Soller with the glistening azure sea, a constant companion on one 's right, it is impossible not to marvel at the sheer magnificence of the dense olive groves, woodland, and craggy cliffs sweeping down to the waves below. I drive up to Deya every Saturday morning for a pilates class with a group of resident expats. Afterwards we creep off to Sa Font Sa Fresca bar or the Village Cafe for coffee and home made plum cake thus undoing all the good work!

Deya with its honey stone terraced houses and cobbled courtyards, was made famous by the British poet Robert Graves who arrived in 1929, left in 1936 at the start of the Spanish Civil War, and returned a decade later. He lived in a traditional and modest house just out of the village where he remained until his death in 1985. At the height of flower power in the sixties, the literati and arty brigade flocked here because of Graves's presence and it fast developed a hippy-artisan reputation. Sadly, most of the high profile writers and artists have moved on and been replaced by the affluent expat set who have created plush homes in the surrounding hills. Not surprisingly Deya had been renamed Chelsea-on-Sea by some wags because of the sheer number of high profile celebrity visitors. Parking in the summer can be a nightmare so visit ultra early.

Culturally Deya has much to offer. Can N'Alluny, Robert Graves's home cum museum is a must-see for visitors. Robert's eldest son, William, is a friend and has worked tirelessly to maintain his father's home just as it was. The poet's simple grave can also be found at the top of the village in the cemetery belonging to the village's 14th century church. This is a beautiful and tranquil spot with magnificent views over the village and valley, so well worth the slog up the hill. The famous La Residencia hotel has created an international sculpture garden which anyone can visit. It features the works of well known and up and coming artists.

The village boasts a tiny archaeological museum, an annual music festival and some of the island's best restaurants. Give Sebastian's and Restaurant Jaume a try, and Bens d'Avall with its unsurpassable views, along the road to Soller. Finally if you want to soak up the sun, Cala Deya is a 30 minute walk away and has a pleasant, though shingly beach. Avoid the beachside restaurants unless you've got a fat wallet-even though the fish served is jolly good!
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