Deya is a beautiful, old, quiet, stone village perched on steep slopes, surrounded by land cultivated on narrow terraces. An attractive church presides over the houses, which are connected by narrow lanes. It was the home of the poet Robert Graves and is still popular with artists and writers. It also has a small expatriate population and is a favourite of more mature Europeans, wanting the quiet life. Not much happens here and that’s the way they like it. The village’s few amenities are situated along a ¼-mile stretch of the main road running between Soller and Valldemossa.
Locality: Deya is situated halfway along the NW coast, 18½ mls N of Palma, 6¼ mls W of Soller and NE of Valldemossa. It is 23½ mls from the airport. It is positioned on a vast, natural amphitheatre in the mountainside and above the sea. Magnificent country of intense blues and greens, with mountain peaks looming behind.
Deya is popular for quiet, relaxation and appreciation of the scenery holidays. It tends to be popular with predominantly middle-aged couples, with many British and German visitors. Not suitable for those with walking difficulties, as slopes and steps are unavoidable. Children will be hopelessly bored.
Accommodation consists of two upmarket hotels and one or two pensions and a limited selection of privately owned villa’s. A small cove ½ mile downhill provides the main beach in the area. However, tiny but nevertheless appealing beaches can be found at Lluc Alcari and Son Marroig (2 and 3 mls respectively).
Shopping is limited to a couple of boutiques, some galleries for upmarket souvenirs and artists’ studios. One or two shops for basics.
Daytime activities include: museum, artists’ studios. Exhibition gallery in one hotel. By night everything is failry quiet, though hotels arrange the occasional diversion. There are a limited number of restaurants and bars, from tapas and pizza to a la carte in Deya.
Getting around is fairly easy with regular bus service along the Palma/Valldemossa/Deya/Soller/Puerto de Soller route. Car is practically essential to explore outlying areas.
Local excursions include: drive to Valldemosa, with its monastery (briefly home of Chopin); Soller (market on Saturday); Palma. Scenic mountain drive to Lluc Monastery.