Deià is one of the most romantic places and holiday destinations in the Tramuntana and in Mallorca
WHERE TO STAY IN DEIÀ
Deià, is an obvious choice when you want to indulge yourself in luxury. Several amazing hotels are ready to accommodate your every wish for a perfect stay!
Hotel Des Puig
Hotel Des Puig offers a beautiful location directly on the hillsides with unparalleled views of the green lush valley. Housed in a rustic finca, decorated in Mallorcan traditions and equipped with modern amenities, it offers a perfect blend of authenticity and luxurious relaxation.
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Hotel Es Molí
Es Molí offers a truly unique and romantic location with panoramic views of the breathtaking coastline of Deià. Es Molí’s restaurant on the large terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a nice dinner while taking in the enchanting views. The hotel is equipped with every conceivable facility to complete a romantic stay.
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Belmond La Residencia
Experience the ultimate sense of luxury with a stay here at Richard Branson’s former mansion, now transformed into Deià’s largest luxury hotel. A stay at La Residencia is for those who want self-indulgence and relaxation in a romantic setting.
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PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND NEAR DEIÀ
Deià has a great location, when it comes to sights and tourist attractions in the mountains! Deià itself, is home to the Casa de Robert Graves, home of the famous writer, and the archaeological museum, founded by Sir William Henry Warden. At the highest point in Deià, the church and graveyard is located, do go and visit. The graveyard is the resting place of many famous people, and the church has been center of a lot of celebrity events, such as the wedding of Caroline Corr.
Close by, you will find the estate of Son Marroig and Sa Na Foradada offering breathtaking views over the coastal line of Deià.
Exhibitions, vantage points, monuments
The estate of Son Marroig is iconic to Deià, namely because of the famous marble pavilion overlooking the azure coastline standing in front of the mansion. Son Marroig used to belong to the famous archduke, Ludwig Salvator of Austria, who is one of the most significant figures in exploring and reporting about Mallorca throughout history. Salvator turned every rock on the island to understand the unique nature of this place and wrote his renown work called “Die Balearen“, but was especially taken by the Tramuntana, which is why he bought several properties here. Son Marroig offers a unique exhibition of the archduke’s personal items, furniture and works, as well as the beautiful gardens and views over the coast.
VISIT THE HOUSE OF ROBERT GRAVES
Exhibitions, buildings, famous people
Deià is often referred to as “village of the artists”, namely because so many famous artists have lived ore visited. One of those who lived here, was famous author, Robert Graves, who wrote several epic pieces such as I, Claudius and The White Goddess among others here in Deià. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the home of one of the most influential authors of modern times, and explore his personal life and work station in depth. The house and museum of Robert Graves is a great attraction in Deià, and we are lucky that the foundation has made it possible to visit.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF JUAN BAPTISTA AND THE CEMETERY
Chruches vantage points, monuments
In the heart of Deià rises a hill on which the church and cemetery is situated on top of. Climbing the hill via the cobblestone path will get you to one of the most peaceful places in the area of Deià offering divine views of the valley and coastline. Stroll about on the cemetery and visit the beautiful church that has been scene to several celebrity wedding ceremonies, for example Caroline Corr.
SEE THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF DEIÀ
The charismatic American painter and amateur archaeologist, William Henre Waldren, was another artist to fall in love with Deià and Mallorca. Waldren was so occupied by the Mallorcan prehistory that he built and created this small museum where he could exhibit his findings for others to enjoy.
ENJOY A SCENIC WALK TO THE OLD WATCHTOWER OF PEDRISSA
Watchtowers, vantage points, monuments
Torre de sa Pedrissa enjoys one of the most privileged and beautiful locations in the Deià area, 270 m above sea level. The tower was built back in the 17th century as a part of a network of watchtowers that communicated via smoke signals when enemy ships were spotted in the sea. The trip to the Pedrissa tower is challenging yet very rewarding, you’ll get a chance to explore the most scenic and beautiful places of the area.
Beaches in Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar offers three wonderful beaches, each with their own special appeal. In total, the beaches of Camp de Mar extends to 364 metres in length, all with low crystal clear water.
Cala Deià is a small beach of stones and gravel. It measures about 70 m in length and features a small pier. Cala Deià is beautiful and very popular, which is why you might encounter large crowds of beachers here during summertime.
Info about Deià
The name of Deia (or Deya) comes from the Moorish conquest of Mallorca, back in the 10th-13th. century. The Muslims called the area “Ad-Daya”, which simply means “village”.
It was the Moors who created the terraced irrigation systems, called ‘Majades’, which allowed the cultivation of the land on the steep hillsides. Olive trees flourished at altitudes of 600 meters and to this day, they still cover much of the hillsides of Deià, which gives the city a special characteristic and charm.
The English poet and novelist, Robert Graves, was one of the first foreigners to settle in the village with Laura Riding, from which they co-operated the printing and publishing company, Seizin Press in the 1930s. Graves returned after the war and remained in Deià until his death in 1985. He used the city as the setting for many of his stories, including the historical novel Hercules my Shipmate. His house is now a museum, open to the public.
Anaïs Nin visited the village in the 1920s, where she wrote several short stories based on Cala Deià. Spanish author Carme Riera recently wrote a short story about Nine’s short stories. The city is also the unnamed destination for Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi’s The Ship of Fools.
Over the past 20 years, the number of writers has been overshadowed by musicians and people in this industry who have broken their folds in Deiá. Richard Branson has bought luxury property in town and several stars have often played at the local bar, Sa Fonda. These include Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, David Allen. Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, Mike Oldfield and Caroline Corr. Much of Fionn Regan’s third studio album, “100 Acres by Sycamore” was inspired by his time in Deia.
There is no doubt why Deiá is called the City of Artists – maybe you are the new name in Deiá?
The Tramuntana region
Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.
When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.
The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.
The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.
Andratx & Port d’Andratx
Andratx is a destination ideal for adults and romantic couples looking for a holiday base with a good selection of dining options, a feeling of luxury and/or authenticity, as well as a lot of activity offers like golf, cycling, walking, tennis and maritime activities. Andratx is located about half an hour from Palma airport by car and is the largest of the municipalities of the Tramuntana region. It includes the old medieval village itself, the flamboyant marina of Port d’Andratx, the small village of s’Arracco, Sant Elm and Camp de Mar.
Banyalbufar is a picturesque and iconic area of the Tramuntana mountains located directly on the slopes facing the azure coastline. Banyalbufar is a great choice of holiday destination if you are looking for a tranquil and charming area with full of serenity and peace. Banyalbufar is an adult friendly destination, only families with infants should choose this area, as there are no child-friendly facilities or activities to go for. The village itself looks just like it did when it was built back during the Middle Ages, with cobblestone streets and rustic building facades, which makes it incredibly authentic to be in.Here are a handful of great restaurants serving traditional Mallorcan and Spanish dishes made from local produce. Staying in Banyalbufar requires a car, it takes more than an hour to get here from Palma because of the narrow curvy mountain roads.
Bunyola is cosy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends travelling without children.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Cala Sant Vicenc is found in a picturesque corner in the north-western part of Tramuntana, in the municipality of Pollenca. Cala Sant Vicenc is a more quiet holiday destination, mainly suited for romantic couples and friends looking for a holiday base that features both beaches, wild nature and cultural offers. If you are looking for a destination and hotel directly by the sea, Cala Sant Vicenc is an obvious choice as most of the hotels here are placed by the beach front.
Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar is a rather small holiday destination located in a beautiful enclosed cove at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains in the south-west. Camp de Mar offers a nice selection of hotels in all classes, as well as holiday apartments perfect if you are looking for a bit more space or privacy. The area has two beaches, one sandy and one rocky, both with low shallow water and completely protected from winds by the rocks enclosing the cove. Camp de Mar is a great choice of destination if you want both beach and nature, and at the same time great access to other activities such as golfing, sightseeing and restaurants.
Esporles is famous for several things in Mallorca; the Granja finca, the Maristell monastery and the annual sweets & pastry festival. Esporles is an amazing area for cycling and walking in the Tramuntana, the infrastructure and walking paths are numerous up here, thus it is fairly easy to gain access to the valley. Accommodation in Esporles mainly consist of finca hotels and agroturismos, a unique way of escaping the mass tourism and enjoy some RnR in authentic and scenic surroundings.
Estellencs is another picturesque area on the western coastline of Tramuntana. Estellencs is popular amongst walkers, the area enjoys a privileged location on the shoreline, with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature and passes some magical viewpoints. Estellencs is one the most authentic destinations in the Tramuntana region with only a few accommodation options to choose from, a perfect place if you are looking for peace and quiet.
Formentor is the perfect holiday base on Mallorca if you are looking for exclusivity, scenic nature and direct access to the most popular sports activities of Mallorca, namely beaching, cycling and walking. Formentor has only one hotel, the 5-star luxury resort “Formentor a Royal Hideaway” situated in the hills just behind the natural beach in the wide bay. Formentor is an obvious choice of holiday destination in the Tramuntana region if what you are looking for is exclusiveness and relaxation.
Awarded 3rd most beautiful village in all of Spain, Fornalutx is sure to seduce you with its natural charm and innocence set in the most fertile valley of orange and lemon trees. Fornalutx exemplifies the typical architecture of the Tramuntana mountains that has made the villages up here so unique and preserve-worthy. Fornalutx offers a handful of charming finca hotels situated on the green slopes with stunning views over the valley, made for relaxation and romance. The great infrastructure makes it easy to get around in the local area exploring other wonderful places such as Sóller and Deià. There are numerous walking paths in the area leading you about in the mountains to find the most breathtaking viewpoints and scenic Mediterranean flora.
Magaluf is perhaps mostly (in)famous for its crazy nightlife with all the bars and clubs in the town attracting thousands of young people each year. But Magaluf also has an adult side to it represented by a handful of adults only hotels, lavish beach bars and probably the best beach of south-west Mallorca. Yes, Magaluf is definitely not just a place for youngsters coming here to party all day and night, and you you like loud and vibrant this might just be a perfect destination for you. The area is nicely close to the freeway allowing you to easily go on adventures or catch the bus to Palma for some shopping or sightseeing. Magaluf is also a great place for families travelling with children. The area has a huge water park, go-karts, crazy golf and an amusement park.
Palmanova is by far one of the most versatile all-round holiday destinations on Mallorca. You may to choose Palmanova for romance, for party, for beaching, for family fun, for fun activities or for the food. There is something for everyone in Palmanova, regardless what you are looking for for the perfect holiday on Mallorca. The recent years, Palmanova has seen a transformation where brand new modern hotels has made their entrance offering luxury facilities and sea views from every balcony. But Palmanova also have a lot of flats and highly recommended 3-4 stars hotel to choose from.
Peguera is a lively and versatile beach resort at the feet of the mountains, allowing for many activity offers. Peguera offers a vibrant town life full of restaurants, bars and shopping options. Accommodation offers includes adults only hotels and apartments with stunning views over the sea. Peguera is an area with something for everyone, although adults are the main audience, moreover, Germans have really taken a liking to this specific area. Choose Peguera as your travel destination on Mallorca for the beaches, the many restaurants and bars and the fantastic location with access to both roads and natural areas.
Pollença old town, is an excellent choice of holiday base, if you appreciate good food, local culture and direct access to the mountains. Pollença has a lot of restaurants, bars and small cafeterias, located around in the narrow streets. All of these with an inspiring menu card, especially those located around the centre of the town. Sitting in one of the restaurants on a warm spring day, eating tapas and doing some people watching on the main square, is like therapy to me. There’s a good collection of restaurants on the Plaça Major, where the church is. This is naturally where most tourists go for meals or snacks, but if you are here for more than a short break, do try to browse the streets of Pollença, I promise you that you will find something attractive!
Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca, especially amongst Brits. Port de Pollença has become famous for its lovely seafront promenade known as “The Pine Walk”, a beautiful place to walk and cycle under the many pine trees. The beach front is full of bars and restaurants which makes a lively scene every day, creating a jolly and vibrant atmosphere. Port de Pollença is beautifully nestled between the two peninsulas of Formentor and Alcanada protecting it from heavy winds but allows are cooling sea breezes.
Port de Sóller
Port de Sóller is located in a protected and picturesque cove on the west coast of the Tramuntana mountains. This old trading port has it all; charm, heart and soul, thus, a location that makes it worth visiting all year round. Port de Sóller has a lot to offer to a broad audience, however, it is mainly adults travelling without children or teens that will get full yield for their money here. The town has a wide selection of great restaurants and bars serving international and Spanish dishes made from high quality local produce, also, hotels and accommodation options are slightly more expensive in the particular area. Port de Sóller has two small beaches next to the old harbour, but in general not a beaching destination. You will want to consider Port de Sóller as your holiday destination if you are looking for natural charm, many activity offers and great food.
Portals Nous, also known as Porto Portals, represents the most lavish side of Mallorca, and often times referred to as “Little Monaco”. This is a place to be seen, a place feel what real luxury is. The area is found at the foothills of Tramuntana in the municipality of Calviá bordering Palmanova and Bendinat. There is a lot of 5-star luxury hotels, among these the Portals Hills boutique and the Iberostar Grand Portals. Portals Nous is an excellent destination if you fancy this kind of holiday, and if you want to stay close to the vibrant life of Palma which is but a short drive from here.
Puigpunyent is found in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana mountains, yet less than 30 minutes from Palma by car. Puigpunyent is known as a bicycler’s paradise, namely because the professional team Sky stays here every year during training season. Puigpunyent is a great place to find peace and serenity, a place to relax and re-charge your inner batteries. Puigpunyent is also home to one of Mallorcas most interesting animal and nature reserves.
Sant Elm is a small but very charming holiday destination located at the most south-western corner of Mallorca. Sant Elm is an old fishing village, but unlike many other of its kind, Sant Elm still partly relies on fishing as a source of income which makes it a more authentic destination to visit.
Santa Ponça is a young and still growing holiday destination at the feet of Tramuntana in the south-west of Mallorca. Santa Ponça has a stunning main beach area awarded with the Blue Flag trademark for its cleanness, plus, there are two smaller beaches for you to enjoy a more private scene.
Sóller is the capital of “The Orange Valley” in the Tramuntana mountains, the most fertile area and famous for its production of oranges and lemons that grow all year round Sóller is a perfect destination for adults looking for quality and authenticity, thus a big palette of things to do in the local area. Beside oranges and scenic nature, Sóller is also known for its many cultural offers and stunning architectural examples only found a few places in Spain.
Valldemossa is known as one of the most charming and picturesque villages in the Tramuntana. Visiting Valldemossa at least once is a must when travelling to Mallorca, the area has so many stories to tell. Among these, the story of Chopin and George Sand’s winter in Mallorca, the story of the beautiful royal palace and the story of the birth of Mallorca’s patron saint. Valldemossa is located in a green valley deep in the mountains and you can look forward to accommodation in rustic fincas and on agroturismos, authenticity and charm guaranteed.
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