Things To Do
- Beaches - with over 70 around the island, you have the choice of both rocky, shingle coves or sandy beaches. Our favourites are:
- Cala Deia is the local shingle cove popular with local Mallorquins, artists and writers. It can be reached in 5 minutes from the villa (by car) down a winding road through pretty olive groves. There’s a pay and display car park at the bottom. An alternative is to take the donkey-trail down which is about 20 minutes walk down (and 30 minutes back up!) and is a much more beautiful way to approach the Cala. There’s a fantastic fish restaurant at Cala Deia called Ca’s Patro March (+34 971 93 91 37), serving the fish caught that morning by local fishermen.
- Puerto de Soller is a 20 minute drive and has a sandy beach with sun loungers and parasols for hire. There is also a boat club where you can hire motor boats to take you along the coast. There are plenty of places to eat - one of our favourites is C’an Ribes (+34 971 63 84 93).
- Puerto Valldemossa is a 15 minute drive and has a small, shingle beach for sunbathing or swimming. There’s a car park and a bar and restaurant Es Port (+34 971 61 61 94).
- Boat hire - The perfect way to see the coastline of North West Mallorca is from the sea. MezzoMagic can tailor trips to your needs whether its a few hours along the coast or a tour of the coves with snorkelling and then lunch at a hidden gem of a restaurant. Contact Mark on +34 677 87 46 79.
- Walking - Deia is a superb place for walking as there are a number of paths and tracks to follow around the hillside. Paths are, on the whole, clearly marked with red dots and cairns. Mallorca Hiking specialise in tailormade, guided walking tours (+44 7979 656 332)
- Cycling - For the super fit Deia offers excellent mountain biking territory and if you’re a road cyclist join the Tour de France teams who use the mountain roads as training practice! Tramuntana Tours offer guided cycling tours and cycle hire from their shop in Soller, approx 15 mins drive (+34 971 63 24 23).
- Tennis - there are public tennis courts in the centre of the village about 5 minutes walk from the villa. Tennis coaching can be arranged. Shayne Tabb is the tennis coach in Deia and his contact number is +34 650 664 943, he coaches at La Residencia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Golf - There are no golf courses in Deia but there is a fantastic course 25 minutes drive away Golf de Son Termens (+34 971 61 78 62) it is regarded as one of the most ecological courses in Mallorca.
- Horseriding - Club Hípico (+34 971 61 36 93) This equestrian centre opened in 2005 and is recognized as one of the best in Spain thanks to it’s excellent facilities and services offered. Open Mon - Fri 9am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm, Sat 9am - 1pm. Approx 25 minutes drive.
- Aqua-parks - In addition to the variety of beaches, there are a number of aqua-parks around the island. The pick of the bunch are on the edge of Magaluf. Western Park (+34 971 13 08 11) Open May - Oct. Approx 40 minutes drive.
- Go-Karting - Open all year and karts for children and adults. Karting Magaluf (+34 971 13 17 34) Approx 40 minutes drive.
- Palma Aquarium - opened in 2007 and well worth a visit (+34 971 82 09 71) Approx 30 minutes drive.
- Shopping - If you don’t want to travel too far, Deia has a few art galleries and small boutiques. However, for more extensive shopping, head to Palma (approx 30 minutes drive). The market in Soller on a Saturday also offers excellent shopping (approx 15 minutes drive).
Places to visit in Deia
Deia has many places of interest for guests who want to soak up some of Mallorca’s culture and history.
- The Archaeological Museum and Research Centre is well worth a visit. Situated in the middle of the village, the centre was founded in 1962 by famous former resident Dr William Waldren, the American painter and archaeologist.Open 5pm - 7pm every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. (+34 971 63 90 01).
- Ca’n Alluny was the former home of the famous poet and author Robert Graves. It is now a museum and offers an insight into life in Deia during his lifetime. (+34 971 63 61 85) Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Closed Sundays.
- Another historical building is the beautiful Monastery of Miramar, which was founded in 1276 by King Jaime II. In 1872 the monastery was purchased by the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria, and upon his death he bequeathed it to the local Vives family. It is now open to the public every Tuesday to Sunday.
- The Archduke also owned the impressive nearby manor house of Son Marroig, which now houses a museum dedicated to the great man. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am - 6pm (winter) Mon-Sat 9.30am - 8pm (summer). The views from the gardens are spectacular and during the annual Deia International Music Festival many concerts are held here (+34 971 63 91 78).
- After wandering up the cobbled lanes to visit the romantic 13th century Church of St John the Baptist with its spectacular village and sea views, it is also well worth a look in the Deia Parish Museum, next to the church. It offers a permanent exhibition of local art works and other historic artefacts. Open Saturdays only 9am-7pm.
- Deia holds its annual fiesta in recognition of the community’s Patron Saint, St John the Baptist, at the end of June. The official date is June 24th, but in true Mallorcan style, the celebrations usually start about three nights before!
Places to eat in Deia
- Sebastians (+34 971 63 94 17) - Housed in a former stable which is over 250 years old, Sebastian and his wife Patricia have a simple philosophy of unusually good food with friendly, efficient service. They create an environment where you can totally relax and enjoy one of the best restaurants on the island.
- Es Raco des Teix (Josef’s as it’s known locally) (+34 971 63 95 01) - Enjoy Michelin-star awarded cuisine by Josef Sauerschell and perfect, personal service by his wife Leonor Payeras. Definitely a ‘must’ while in Deia and ideal for a special occasion.
- The Village Cafe (+34 971 63 91 99) - Excellent Mediterranean cuisine for lunch or casual dinner with beautiful views from the terrace.
- Sa Cova (Chinese) (+34 971 63 64 22) - Ondine and her mother create the most amazing dishes in their little restaurant and combined with the lovely homely relaxed atmosphere, it has become a great addition to the restaurant scene in Deia.
- Xelini (Tapas) (+34 971 63 91 39) - Best for tapas in Deia, an outside terrace for warm summer evenings and cosy inside with open fire in colder months.