Good to know about Deia
Deia is a small coastal village on the northern ridge of the Spanish island of Majorca. It is located about ten miles north of Valldemossa, and it is known for its literary and musical residents. Its idyllic landscape, orange and olive groves on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, served as a draw for German, English, and American expatriates after the first World War.
The English poet, novelist, and scholar, Robert Graves, was one of the first foreigners to settle in the village, where he collaborated with Laura Riding in setting up the Seizin Press. His house is now a museum.
In recent decades, the stars of literature have been eclipsed by the stars of rock and roll. The Virgin Records mogul, Richard Branson, has a luxury residence in the town, and his label’s stars have often visited the village and sometimes jammed at the local bar, ‘Sa Fonda’. Deià was home to several Canterbury-scene musicians over the years, including Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, and Daevid Allen. Mick Jagger, guitarist Mark Knopfler, and European-music icon Mike Oldfield played there often in the late 1980s.
The small village has around twenty restaurants and bars that are popular with visitors from all over the world.