When it comes to visiting Mallorca, Deiá is one of the dreamiest hilltop villages to visit. And it’s for good reason. Nestled in the Tramuntana Mountains, near the coast, and lined with olive trees, it feels a world away from the rest of the island.
After our first visit to Mallorca in 2018, we spent a day in Deiá. Strolling the village and soaking in its historic charm, I told myself I would return. There is a certain energy to this part of Mallorca, one that has always tugged at me since we visited that day. So when my husband and I with our baby made our month-long return to the island, I knew we needed to come for a few nights to truly get a feel of life in Deiá.
We checked in to the La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, an intimate stay on the hillside with unparalleled views of the town. Mornings were spent dipping our traveled bodies into the crystal clear waters of the local cala, an unmatched respite. And as the afternoons turned into early evenings, we soaked in the magic glow that sets across this half of the island. The only word I can use to describe our time in Deiá is magic.
And if you do visit this part of Mallorca, that truly feels like you could be in Tuscany, I hope you’ll find the magic too. It’s a destination that beckons a slower pace to experience it all. I recommend taking your time, rising early, and never missing a sunset here.
The Travel Guide to Deiá, Mallorca
What to Know Before Traveling
When is the best time to visit?
Ultimately Mallorca can be a year-round destination with its average temperatures and warm water. My recommendation is to go in shoulder season primarily due to the summer crowds that flock to the island come mid-June through August.
How many nights in Deiá do you recommend?
The magic of Deiá can certainly be experienced in two nights, my recommendation would be to stay for three to four which would allow you to enjoy the hotel and nearby destinations.
Do I need a car?
I highly recommend it as it gives a lot of flexibility. There are bus routes that operate throughout Mallorca but will be at a slower pace and more limited.
Are there other destinations nearby?
There are plenty of destinations near to Deiá, I would recommend checking out this Mallorca guide for a few ideas.
Where to Stay in Deiá
La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel
The prized gem of Deiá is certainly La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel. Nestled against the hillside, it overlooks the hilltop village with unsurpassed views of the Tramuntana mountain range. I checked in with my husband and baby for two nights with Kiwi Collection to experience just how magical this hotel is. Booking with Kiwi Collection has its perks that were available at the hotel, like an automatic upgrade, daily breakfast, and resort credit for dining.
To say the least, the stay at the La Residencia, A Belmond Hotelwas pure magic. Something out of a fairytale, the perfectly terraced gardens and rooms that were nestled into the hillside boasted breathtaking views. Set with three pools, one adults-only, the primary, and an indoor, it was well situated for a restful stay. Throughout the property there are beautiful gardens to stroll through, terraces to look out from, and even resident donkeys should you go for a longer stroll.
The atmosphere at the La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel is luxurious yet relaxed. It felt effortless, the team on property both welcoming and helpful. Mornings were peacefully spent at restaurant Son Fony overlooking the main pool with a fresh a la carte breakfast and buffet available. The rest of the day lent itself between sunbathing by the pool, walks to the town of Deiá, and sunset cocktails at Café Miró.
By night, we found ourselves at El Olivo, Belmond’s fine dining experience with a view. Offering both a pre-fixe and a la carte menu, you could dine through favorite Mallorcan dishes and even try the hotel’s very own olive oil. It’s a meal to not miss when in Mallorca, and recommend snagging a reservation in advance.
It’s a stay I will certainly not forget, and a true highlight of any trip to Mallorca.
Where to Eat in Deiá
What may be the most stunning location on the entire island of Mallorca, El Olivo at the Belmond la Residencia is the spot to reserve. Set up on the hillside with village views, this fine dining restaurant serves incredible Mallorcan cuisine that is elevated. One dish not to miss is the suckling pig as well as the Mallorcan dessert tray — trust me!
One of my favorite meals we had in Deiá was at Nama, Beautiful location, the food here is Asian-inspired with local ingredients. The duck and mango salad was a favorite, as were the dumplings.
Ca’s Patro March
There is not a truly more magical seaside meal than at Ca’s Patro March. Overlooking Cala Deiá, the restaurant serves fresh and local seafood, mostly grilled. I highly recommend making a reservation in advance, rarely do they have walk-ins available. I would order the grilled squid, boquerones either fresh or in vinegar, and whatever fish of the day they have.
Known for its wide variety of tapas, this is the spot to taste through a menu that showcases just how varied the local cuisine is.
A very cute and charming cafe that focuses on vegetarian food.
Good spot to pop into for a coffee or bite of food.
The Best Things to Do in Deiá
Take a swim in Cala Deiá
If you’re looking to take a dip in turquoise waters, make your way down to the local Cala Deià. You could make the hike down but prepared for a very tough walk back out. My suggestion is to wake up early, drive down and snag one of the few car parks, just don’t forget to pay to park. The cala is beautiful, the water normally calm, and crystal clear It’s a favorite for a dip and there are two restaurants as well, Ca’s Patro March being one of them.
Stroll through the town of Deiá
The entire town of Deiá feels like a postcard and worth just going for a stroll. You’ll find several great views, local boutiques, and plenty to see. Make your way all the up to the Plaza de Iglesia for the best views around. I would recommend good walking shoes as the roads are quite steep.
A favorite for a day trip would be to the small village of Valldemossa. Chances are that you will pass through on the way to Deiá, so you could pop in for a stroll then. There are restaurants and shops and has all of the old-world charms you could ask for.
Dance the night away at Sa Fonda
What is very much an understated cafe by day, Sa Fonda turns it on come night time. Go for a drink and you may even end up dancing the night away.