Deià | Mallorca

Deià | Pretty coastal village on the west coast of Mallorca.

An idyllic village of green-shuttered, ochre-coloured houses that has become a millionaires’ hideaway in the shadow of the Teix mountain on the west coast of Mallorca. Deia could have been just another pretty Mallorcan village had Robert Graves not decided to make it his home.

The English poet and novelist first moved here in 1932 with his mistress Laura Riding and returned in 1946 with his second wife. Muses followed, friends came to stay, and before long Deia had established a reputation as a foreign artists’ colony. Now it is on every tourist itinerary as the prime example of ‘the other Mallorca’ and this small village contains two luxury hotels.

Rich foreign residents are apt to bemoan the arrival of tour buses; the few locals who remain are philosophical about outsiders. Graves was hardly the first to discover Deia. An 1878 guidebook noted its “collection of strange and eccentric foreigners” and it has stayed that way ever since.