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Deià

Deià 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. Graves returned after the war and remained in Deià until his death. He used the town as the setting for many of his stories, including the historical novel Hercules my Shipmate. His house is now a museum.[1]

Anaïs Nin visited the village in the 1920s, and she wrote a short story set on the village's beach. The Spanish writer, Carmen Naranjo, recently wrote a short story about Nin's. The town is also the unnamed setting of the Uruguayan novelist, Cristina Peri Rossi's "The Ship of Fools" (La nave de los locos). The Nicaraguan poet and novelist, Claribel Alegría, lives in Deià today.

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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, as did Caroline Corr.

The small village has around twenty restaurants and bars that are popular with visitors from all over the world.

References

  1. ^ http://www.lacasaderobertgraves.com

External links

Coordinates: 39°44′48″N 2°38′46″E / 39.74667°N 2.64611°E / 39.74667; 2.64611

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Deià is a pretty village in Serra de Tramuntana, on the west coast of the mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Get in

All major airlines fly into Palma. Deia is a pproximately one hour by car from palma airport.

See

The famous house of Robert Graves.

Do

Walk down to the sea and visit the beuatiful cove.

Sleep

The finest hotel in Deia has to be La Residencia, a hotel belonging to the Orient Express group. It is built into the mountain slope on terraced steppes and includes an award winnig spa, two outdoor pools and one indoor pool. As you can imagine, none of this comes cheap but it really is top notch for quality.

  • Hotel Es Moli, Carret. de Valldemossa, Deia, +34 971 63 90 00 (, fax: +34 971 63 93 33), [1]. An idyllic luxury 4 star hotel with sea-bathing cove facing the picturesque village of Deia, in sublime gardens and with spectacular views. Euro: 196-473.  edit
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