A trip to Deià is all about getting some downtime in a peaceful setting, sitting on terraces, soaking up the Mediterranean sun and enjoying spectacular views across the mountains. At the same time, being located in Mallorca’s legendary Serra de Tramuntana mountain range means Deià is also a wonderful base for the outdoorsy type who enjoy hiking, cycling and more.
There are plenty of hiking trails in the hills above Deià, thanks to the ancient paths that linked many of the quaint mountain villages in the Serra de Tramuntana. Check at the tourist office for maps and trail information but the most famous is the GR221 Stage 3A (the dry stone route) from Valldemossa to Deià. We recommend catching the TIB bus 210 from Deià down to Valldemossa to start the route, then return to Deia on foot along the ancient paths. Starting from the centre of Valldemossa, head uphill through the woods along stony old mule tracks and make sure you take time to stop and soak up the scenery at the viewing points out over Valldemossa and through to the bay of Palma. For part of this trail, you will join the Archduke's bridleway, an old cobbled path built by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator in the 1860s to 70s along Mallorca’s stunning coastline. It’s a 5-hour walk, so not for the faint-hearted but well worth it.
Many of the most popular cycling trails on the island travel straight through the village of Deià which means cyclists donning their best lycra are a common sight in the cooler months on the island. The twisting ups and downs provide thigh-busting workouts and, whether you fancy the coastal route or exploring some of the inland beauty spots, there are dozens of routes to choose from.
Robert Graves Tour
A visit to Robert Graves old house should be on your to-do list if you are visiting Deià. The house will transport you back in time to when he was living there as it retains the atmosphere it had when Graves was at the height of his creativity. It is filled with his personal belongings including a jam-packed guestbook. The gardens are also worth a trip, filled with orange, olive, lemon and almond trees. If you are a Robert Graves fan then walk the Carrer es Puig, Deià's only real street, passing the ceramic Stations of the Cross, to reach the 15th-century Parish Church of San Juan Bautista and you will find the small cemetery where Graves is buried. His headstone, like many others, is inscribed in simple handwriting set into the drying concrete - "Robert Graves, Poeta, 1895-1985". If you want to know more, read "Wild Olives - Life in Majorca with Robert Graves" by his son William Graves.
There is an Archaeological Museum, Es Clot, which was founded by Dr. William H Waldren and is set in an old mill. The exhibitions contain examples of findings from important local sites on the island such as the Son Mullet Caves, including the remains of 'myotragus' (mountain goat, now extinct).
Arts & crafts
The luxury Hotel Belmond La Residencia welcomes visitors to its intimate gallery space called Sa Tafona. Here you can admire works from cherished artists Joan Miró, David Templeton and Arturo Rhodes who have spent time in Mallorca. Exhibitions change monthly and opening nights are a great social occasion. If you are looking for a gift to take home from Deià, Ceramics by Joanna is a popular gift shop selling ceramics, from bowls and plates through to tiles.