Deia, is an idyllic village of green-shuttered, ochre-coloured houses that has become a millionaires' hideaway in the shadow of the Teix mountain, a part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Although it could have been just another pretty Mallorcan village in the west of Mallorca had Robert Graves not decided to make it his home.
The English poet and novelist first moved here in 1932 with his mistress Laura Riding and returned in 1946 with his second wife. Muses followed, friends came to stay and, before long, Deia had established a reputation as a foreign artists' colony. However, Graves was hardly the first to discover Deià, an 1878 guidebook noted its "collection of strange and eccentric foreigners" and it has stayed that way ever since.
Today the village is still very much an artist’s town and there are a number of art galleries and gift shops, along with a good selection of restaurants. Controlled urban expansion has meant that this little village has maintained its traditional beauty and charm. Now it is on every tourist itinerary as a prime example of 'the other Mallorca' and it has even become a popular haunt for the rich and famous, including visitors like Richard Branson, Princess Diana, Bob Geldof and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Foreign residents, which make up half of its population, are certainly of the affluent type, evident in the average house price for the municipality. These expats not only respect but immerse themselves in the traditional Mallorcan life created and preserved by locals from the area.
Being a part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, awarded World Heritage Site status, means that Deia is surrounded by some of Mallorca’s finest landscapes. There is a relaxed vibe here but, at the same time, it is a popular place for cycling and hiking enthusiasts to base themselves.
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