Deià is a municipality located on the north-east coast of Mallorca, in the mountain range of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is a small, charming village which climbs up a hill, from where visitors can observe how the sky and sea meet on the horizon, providing landscapes full of light and colour that have attracted artists from around the world, with some settling here from the end of the 19th century onwards. Tourism in Deià draws in a select brand of visitor to its hotels, with additional visitors coming to stay in numerous holiday homes. It is one of the most-visited spots on Mallorca, and it is due to this that it has a good range of restaurants and an interesting selection of craft shops.
To get to know Deià you have to wander round its narrow streets, the layout of which was established from the Middle Ages onwards, during the period of Moorish rule on the island. The Parish Church of Deià, which is situated at the top of the hill on which the town lies, stands out above the rest of the buildings; it has a single nave covered be a half barrel vault and a square layout, with a defence tower next to it, which has functioned as a bell tower since 1525. The church dates from the 14th century, though it was rebuilt in the 18th century following damage caused by a fire. Inside the church is the Parish Museum, which contains religious works of art and objects of worship. The Municipal Cemetery is located near the church and can be reached via a stone path along which there are cypress trees and small chapels with scenes from the Stations of the Cross; from here it is possible to take in one of the most beautiful landscapes on Mallorca, with the sea and the mountains providing breathtaking views. Amongst the gravestones here are the names of some of the famous people who have lived in Deià, such as the English writer and poet Robert Graves.
The Es Clot Archaeological Museum was founded in 1962 by the North-American archaeologist, painter and sculptor William Waldren and contains prehistoric discoveries from different deposits in the area. Various international conferences on Western Mediterranean prehistory have been held here.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 3 pm until 6 pm. (Juni-Septembre, from 4 pm until 7 pm.)
Especial visits and groups call at the number +34 971 639 001.
The Yanikun – Sa Font Fresca Museum houses part of the pictorial work of the painter Norman Yanikun, who formed part of the artistic group of Es Deu des Teix. Yanikun lived in Deià until 1988, the year in which he died.
Open Sundays, from 4 pm until 7:30 pm.
Cala Deià, which is a pebbly beach situated at the point where the Torrent Major flows out to sea, is 70 m long and 15 m wide. It is a fine spot for swimming and is located at the end of a turn-off marked on the left as you leave Deià in the direction of Sóller. It was traditionally where fishermen kept their boats and it has two restaurants.