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Deia is situated between Valldemossa and Soller on the North West coat of Mallorca. It is a very old town dating back to prehistoric times..

The area has many natural springs, and during the Muslim area, (10th to 13th century) the land was terraced and irrigation system built, many which are still in use today. 
Since the end of the 19th century, many famous artists found their home in Deia. Among others Luis Salvador, Robert Graves and Laura Riding. The council has understood to preserve this special place, and it is a real pleasure to make a visit.
From the town there is a half hour walk down to the "Cala". Here there is a restaurant (open summer only) and crystal clear water to swim. 

History:
Remains have been found showing Deia has been inhabited from pre historic times. In the cave of Betlen and in the caves of Son Gallard. During the Muslim area Deia had the name Ad-daia". After King Jaume I conquered Mallorca, Count de Roussilon acquired the land. In 1239 a Cistercian monastery was founded. This monastery bought in the 17 the century several large estates, and became a major land owner. A new law in 1821 about property restitution ended the influence from the monastery
Olive and wine production was the main income over hundreds of years. A thriving smuggling business added to the income in the first half of 20th century.

 

 

This is the first sighting of Deia, coming from Valldemossa. The road is winding along the coast. High up you see the church.

 

There are many interesting things to study. Houses, old as new are built the same way-rock walls and tile roofs.

 

One of the small hotels you find in the area. This picture was taken in end of February 2001. Some guests were sitting around the pool enjoying the sun. Not all days in February are like that.

 

Narrow street in the center of Deia. Best for walking only. It can be a problem to find parking space on the public parking. So if you plan a visit, avoid week ends and high season. Keep in mind that you can get to Deia by bus from Plz. Espana, or take the train to Soller and then a bus back to Palma, using Soler-Deia-Valldemosa bus.

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We are visiting the cemetery. From here there is a great view over the landscape and the nearby Mediterranean. Try to study the grave stones, there are many foreign names. Already over 100 years ago Deia was a place artists from all over the world came to visit. Some stayed. This has changed. Now with the tunnel through the mountain range, separating the NW coast from the rest of the island, Palma is only a short drive away.
However, if you are visiting outside the main tourist season, then you will find this place very quiet and pleasant. 

  

 

This small bar could make up some Pam B'Oli This is brown bread into which you rub a tomato. Then on top, salami or cheese, often with a Chilli pepper as well. The final touch is a good deal of olive oil . Typical country lunch.  The jacket and the sweater is due to the fact that we arrived on motorcycle. The locals were in shorts and T-shirt. (for the time being).

Deia county

 

CA L'ABAT: Estate once belonging to the monastery.

LLUCALCARI: Small group of houses on mountain side, together with chapel from 16th century.

MOLINS DE BAIX DE SA PENYA: Two mills fed from the stream es Moli.

SA FORADADA A walk path leads to this very special rock formation. Look under tour descriptions for details
SA MARINETTA: Group of houses.
SA PEDRISSA: Group of houses.
SON BAUCA DE SA TORRE: Houses, tower from 16th century.
SON MARROIG:  Estate once owned by Ludwig Salvador. In the garden a small marble temple is build.
SON BUJOSA:  Group of houses, where olive press and watch tower are still intact.
SON GALLARD:  Estate dating back to 16th century. Special facade with crowned window.
TEIX: A walk to the mountain of Teix
TORRE DE SA PEDRISSA:  Watch tower.
Orange road:  Main road - Green road:  Very narrow local road - Red: For walking only.
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