“You know how it is when one talks of liberty. Everything seems beautifully simple. One expects every gate to open and every wall to fall flat.” ― Robert Graves, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina
Caption: Deia, Mallorca, 2018
Do you know 'the other Mallorca’? Like the tiny village Deia, the artist’s town?
The name of Deià (or 'Deya') comes from the time of the Moorish conquest of Mallorca, back between the 10th and 13th centuries. The Muslims called the area 'Ad-Daya' which means 'village' and, during their domination of the island, they created the terraced irrigation systems that allowed the steep hillsides to be cultivated for farming. Olive trees flourished up to an altitude of 600 metres, and today cover much of the hillsides above the town.
Being a part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, awarded World Heritage Site status, means that Deia is surrounded by some of Mallorca’s finest landscapes. There is a relaxed vibe here but, at the same time, it is a popular place for cycling and hiking enthusiasts to base themselves
Deia became an individual town in 1583. On this date, its inhabitants began building a church on a nearby hill. In the centuries that followed, the village flourished due to its olive cultivation, along with fishing and farming of citrus fruits, and the population grew to 1500.
Since the 19th century, Deià has famously attracted artists, musicians and those in search of a bohemian lifestyle.
The village became home of the English poet and novelist Robert Graves, but also the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria was so captivated by the area that he purchased several estates.
The luxury Hotel Belmond La Residencia welcomes visitors to its intimate gallery space called Sa Tafona. Here you can admire works from cherished artists Joan Miró, David Templeton and Arturo Rhodes who have spent time in Mallorca.
If you come along between May and September, you can have a great chance to visit the Deia International Music Festival, which takes place every summer across some of the village’s most iconic buildings.
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