Deia Majorca

Deia Village - Mallorca (Majorca)

One of the jewels of the Mediterranean and a must go when visiting Mallorca (Majorca), Deià (also misspelled as Deya) is located in a valley in the shadow of the Serra de Tramuntana, between Soller and Valldemossa.

Deia Facts

Deià has a population of 850 inhabitants and a economy based on agriculture, hand crafts, fine arts and tourism. Located less than one hours driving from Palma's Airport -at roughly 25 kilometers by road- by the Valldemossa way, it is made of small rock mallorcan houses built on the valley and up to the hill. Urban construction is highly controlled here in order to preserve its natural charming and protect the landscape environment, not as unfortunately happens in other areas of Mallorca .

The village dates back to the prehistoric era and takes it names from the Arabic word "ad daia" (hamlet), which the Arabic used to name this place during the Islamic occupation of Mallorca in the X-XIII centuries.

Deia History

The history of Deia begins with some remains of the prehistoric era and continues with the Islamic occupation during the X and XIII Centuries. During this period the Islamics initiated a prosperous agricultural system mainly based on the construction of terraces (areas gained to the mountain which look as big stairs going up and down the mountain) which turned the terrain in to myriad of cultivable fields. Also, the Islamic constructed a sophisticated irrigation system which is still used by the locals.

After that, the Christian conquered the island in the XIII Century and Deia became part of the Valldemossa municipality. Some monasteries were built during this period, such as "Ca l’Abat", "Son Rullan" and "Miramar".

On 1526 Deià gained its independence after the building of a church up in the hill which was occupied by a priest sent by the Bishop. This was an important fact on an era where the Catholic church had a very important paper on politics and the inhabitants took profit of this to demand the independence from Valldemossa, which they got.

During the next centuries it remained a relaxed place which basically based its economy on the olive trees the oil produced and some fishing.

From Then To Now

Deia was just a small village lost in the north of a small Mediterranean island, but since Robert Graves discovered its charming in 1946 and made it his home it became an artist meeting point and inspiration place. Now, while it keeps its mallorcan character, it is also the place to luxurious hotels and a millionaires home, but also the perfect spot to spent a relaxed holidays and chill out.

Now Deia is a must visit for those coming to Mallorca (Majorca) and found in every tourist itinerary, the perfect example of the other mallorca, the one which mass tourism hasn't discovered yet.

Event such as the Tertulia Deia Festival artist meeting organized by the Wallpaper* group were use to be celebrated every year here, but they're no longer.

Where To Go

There are many places you should visit, but some must go are the Parish Museum, the Son Marroig Museum (founded by the Archduke Luis Salvador) or the *Monastery of Miramar *, founded upon request of Ramon Llull to the King Jaume II.