Deià is an absolute jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. Near the northwest coast of Mallorca this idyllic village is situated on a hill amidst the Tramuntana Mountains. Deià impresses with its romantic and picturesque centre of the village. Especially the Baroque parish church of Sant Joan Bautista, creates an inspiring atmosphere. Nearby you can find a small museum of sacred and secular artefacts from different centuries. Additionally a second, archeological museum is situated below Deià.
Since the beginning of last century many painters, authors, musicians and film actors hace settled in Deià, a fact which created Deià’s nickname of the “artists’ village of Majorca”. You can find exquisite boutiques, hidden galleries, two luxury accommodations and excellent restaurants and bars, where even the crowned heads of Spain eat once in a while. With its beaches and bays, like the lovely bay La Cala, where a few remaining fishermen still go out at dawn to cast their nets, Deià has still preserved its traditional charm.
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Valldemossa is one of Majorca’s most picturesque and historical villages located in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains surrounded by beautiful scenery. The village is dominated by its famous monastery the “Cartuja” where the composer Frederic Chopin spent a winter with his lover, George Sand, in 1838 to escape the cold weather in Paris, Although Chopin composed some of his best loved music during his winter in Majorca, including the Raindrop preludes, his poor health forced him to leave the island. Valldemossa continues to celebrate his memory and in August a Chopin Festival is held each year in the monastery.
The beautiful village features traditional stone faced houses dating back to the 16th century, many of which have been carefully restored and each house proudly displays pots of flowers around the entrances. The centre of the village is closed to traffic so a walk around the winding streets is the best way to take in the authentic atmosphere. Nearby the Port of Valldemossa can be reached by a steep, winding road opening out to a dramatic stretch of coastline where famous neighbours Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have a holiday residence.
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