Approaching Deià by road from Palma one rounds the headland at Sa Pedrissa to be greeted by the first view of the village.
With the towering mountains of the 'Serra de Tramuntana' as its backdrop, the village, topped by its ancient church, sits on its hill then extends to the valley below with its system of open irrigation channels that date back to moorish times.
Built long before the days of town-planning the people just got it right, limited to local materials they built houses that fit perfectly into the landscape.
Down a dusty track through the olive groves lies the 'cala', the cove, where the few remaining fishermen still go out at dawn to cast their nets. The cala can be reached by car, but it is a long way round, and the walk is delightful.
The village people are well used to having 'estrangers' around, and the distinction between locals and foreigners is being constantly eroded. Deià has been a haven for artists, musicians and writers since the early 20th century, many of them making their permanent homes in and around the Village.
There is a selection of good hotels and rental properties available to the visitor, along with a variety of restaurants and bars, if the village is full the lovely town of Sóller is just 10Km. (6 miles) up the coast. Visit sollernet.com for more information