The cosmopolitan city of Palma is one of Europe's most exciting and appealing cities, with a magnificent gently curving broad sheltered bay and the most stunning marina filled with exotic yachts, boats and ships.
Palma has something for everyone, the beautiful architecture of the cathedral "La Seu" and many historic buildings, museums and art galleries, fashionable stores and boutiques, together with an endless selection of restaurants, cafes and bars in which to enjoy a coffee or a leisurely lunch and watch the world go by.
Outside of Palma on the way to Deia is the village of Valldemossa, where some say Frederic Chopin and George Sand were the first Mallorcan tourists. The journey from Palma to the mountain village of Valldemossa, passes through olive and almond trees as the elevation increases from the coast. The village is quite charming, and the ancient monastery is well kept. In addition to the cells occupied by Chopin and Sand, the church and pharmacy are both interesting. Some of the drugs and potions in the pharmacy look much like they did a hundred or more years ago. You will find numerous gift shops along side cafes and restaurants.
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have a beautiful Mallorcan home tucked away in a secluded spot here, overlooking the sea.
Visit Michael Douglas’ museum ‘Costa Nord’ whilst you are there.
A wander around the town can be a fascinating experience, with houses dating back to the 14th century and earlier, and a large number of modernist buildings. Of note are the parish church of Saint Bartholomew in the main square, together with the bank next door, Ca'n Prunera in the 'Carrer de Sa Lluna', and a large number of the houses in the 'Gran Via'.
The town square has many cafes and bars where you can take a seat outside and enjoy the ambience. A quaint tram runs through the town down to the port where there is a safe sandy beach and more cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from.
There is a train station in Soller with a direct line to Palma. The vintage train ride takes about an hour and you can enjoy fantastic views of the countryside and mountains on the way.
Hotel La Residencia: 0034 971 63 90 11.
El Olivo, Hotel La Residencia: 971 63 93 92.
Es Raco d’es Teix, aka Josef’s: 971 63 95 01.
Sebastian’s: 971 63 94 17.
El Barrigón Xelini, aka The Tapas Bar: 971 63 91 39.
Sa Vinya: 971 63 95 00.
Trattoria Italiana: 971 63 64 50
The Village Café: 971 63 91 99
C'as Patro March at the Cala: 971 63 91 37
Can Lluc at the Cala: +34 649 198 618
Bens D’Avall: 971 63 23 81.
Restaurant Nama:+34 661 59 30 38 (Asian food new for 2016)
Deia is an enchanting village on Mallorca's North West coast, a precious jewel in the mediterranean, one of those places that the visitor will never forget... the colours, smells, sights and sounds.
There are a number of small individual shops in Deia, together with two mini markets, a chemist and a bank.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, with a selection of first class restaurants, including ‘El Olivo’ at the famous La Residencia Hotel, among many others.* See our list of restaurants with telephone numbers bottom left.
There are currently 23 golf courses on the island.
Cala Deia is a beautiful sheltered cove, within walking distance of ‘Son Jazmin’, by car it will take you about five minutes. We supply a parking permit which can be used here and in the village where you see residence only parking bays outlined in green. Fishermen still set out from the Cala in their boats at night. It is completely unspoilt with a cafe and bar at sea level, and a superb rustic sea food restaurant (Ca's Patro March) now famous for a scene filmed here in The Night Manager, it's perched on the cliff overlooking the crystal clear Mediterranean. Enjoy the catch of the day here, perfect for a relaxed lunch.
The whole of the Serra de Tramuntana is covered by a network of paths and ancient mule tracks, making the area around Deia an ideal place for walkers, hikers and cyclist with fantastic sea and mountain scenery. Visit http://www.deiaactivity.com for guided walks, bike tours and bike hire.