For some visiting Deia is described as a feeling of 'coming home'.
With a bohemian vibe that stems from attracting artists, musicians and writers from all over the world to settle here, the feel is relaxed, friendly, inspirational and a little eccentric!
The village of Deia is encapsulated by the stunning Tramuntana mountains that give way the the crystal Mediterranean sea.
The architecture consists of traditional 'fincas' built of stone creating a breathtaking sight against the bright blue sky- or at sunset the red hue that floods the mountains with an explosion of reds, pinks and oranges.
Deià is a small town located on the northwest flank of the Serra de Tramuntana between Valldemossa, Sóller and Bunyola. It covers 5 km of coastline, and includes the points of Sa Foradada and Deià, the Cala de Deià and the small Cala de Llucalcari.
The town is built on a hill set in a valley in the Sierra de Tramuntana. The Teix, the second highest mountain in Majorca, rises above the valley.
The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains are covered by an extensive network of trails used by the charcoal makers when working in the forests, making it the ideal holiday location for hikers outside the summer months.
Despite the area being inhabited much earlier, Deia's shape, as we know it today, dates back to the Muslim occupation, between the X – XIII centuries, when their inhabitants began building terraced fields and irrigation systems that led to a successful agricultural development in the area. After the Muslims were defeated by the Christians in the XIII century, the village was given to count Rossell, as a portion of the neighbouring Valldemossa, from which did not become independent until the XVI century.
The English poet, novelist, and scholar, Robert Graves, was one of the first foreigners to settle in the village, where he collaborated with Laura Riding in setting up the Seizin Press. Graves returned after the war and remained in Deià until his death. He used the town as the setting for many of his stories, including the historical novel Hercules my Shipmate. His house is now a museum.
In the 70's, Deia began being very famous as tourism was booming, but always preserving its peaceful and charming atmosphere. For this reason, it has become a destination of many people and celebrities attracted by its charm.
Apart from its outstanding surroundings Deià has several very interesting museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the museum dedicated to the painter Norman Yanikun, the Parish Museum, the Robert Graves House Museum and the Son Marroig Museum, the enormous estate of the Archduke Luis Salvador. Every year, classical music lovers can enjoy the award-winning Deià International Festival.
Artists choose to a live a life full of beauty and inspiration, Deia has fulfilled this lifestyle for many exceptionally talented artists. Artists have been flocking to Deia since the 60's and 70's and since then incredible artwork and legends have been created.
A glance around any restaurant, hotel or Finca in Deia and your sure to spot them. Visit an artist in action, wonder at the beauty of their work- even take a little piece of Deia home with you!