Sa Llupia – Location & Map
Sa Llupia is located just 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Deià, a beautiful village in Mallorca nestled between the sea and the Tramuntana mountain range, flanked by pine and cedar forests and protected by olive groves, lemon orchards and gently swaying vanilla trees. Deià is around 40 km or approximately 35 minutes’ drive from Palma International Airport, with frequent flights from many UK airports. Taxis are readily available at the airport (approx 50€ cost but ask before setting off) or there are a variety of car hire companies located within the airport terminal. Hiring a car can be a good option if you want to explore the island.
With just 600 residents, Deià remains a small village untouched by time but has a distinctly cosmopolitan and exclusive feel whilst remaining friendly and low key. Robert Graves was among the first in a long line of artists, poets and writers who found inspiration in this stunning setting, and Deià now attracts a host of artists and celebrities who enjoy this vibrant and tranquil village.
The pretty stone houses give way to a lush stream-fed valley, snaking down to the coast. Here you will find Cala Deià, a small shingle beach with fantastically clear water, with rocky cliffs enveloping the bay making you feel as if you are in a secret paradise. There are two great restaurants here and the snorkelling is fantastic in the crystal clear turquoise waters. Cars can be driven down to a small pay and display parking area 600 feet from the beach, or the Cala is 20 minutes’ walk down a beautiful path (but do note the rather steep incline to come back up!).
There are a variety of other beaches and things to do in the vicinity:
- Beaches – with over 70 around the island, you have the choice of both shingle coves and sandy beaches. Our favourites are:
- Cala Deià (please see above).
- Puerto de Soller is a 20 minute drive and has a sandy beach with sun loungers and parasols for hire. There is also a boat club where you can hire motor boats to take you along the coast. There are many of places to eat and drink here and parking is plentiful.
- Sa Calobra is one of the most spectacular natural formations on the island, around a 45 minute drive from Deià. Here you’ll find 3-400 metre vertical rock formations, a small (and sublime) beach and crystal clear waters. But the journey to Sa Calobra is as memorable as the bay itself. A twisting road around Puig Major will land you at the sandy, pebbly mix beach. Just listen out for the church bells and you’re nearly there.
- Es Trenc is an hour’s drive from Deià. This stunning stretch of coastline hugs the sea for over two kilometres, and is one of the best unspoilt beaches in Mallorca, with a wild and natural feel. The gently sloping crystal clear Mediterranean waters lap the soft white sands with a beautiful woodland backdrop, with just one restaurant half way along and no hotels or shops. Es Trenc can be popular with naturists as it does have a nudist section.
- Portals Vells is a truly beautiful hidden gem, usually only frequented by locals who have discovered its magical charm off the beaten track. It is around 45 minutes south of Deià, located down long winding road through woodland leading to spectacular views of the turquoise water. A tiny triangle of soft white sand with a great restaurant perched to one side is lapped by the calm azure waters. A favourite spot for yachts to moor, they appear as if they are floating over the crystal clear water. Well worth the effort to find and rarely busy except at weekends.
- Boat hire – The perfect way to see the coastline of North West Mallorca is from the sea. We can tailor trips to your needs whether it’s a few hours along the coast or a tour of the coves with snorkelling and then lunch at a hidden gem of a restaurant.
- Walking – Deià is a superb place for walking as there are a number of paths and tracks to follow around the hillside. Paths are, on the whole, clearly marked with red dots and cairns. We can organise tailor-made, guided walking tours.
- Cycling – For the super fit Deià offers excellent mountain biking territory and if you’re a road cyclist join the Tour de France teams who use the mountain roads as training practice! Tramuntana Tours offer guided cycling tours and cycle hire from their shop in Soller, approx 15 minutes’ drive (+34 971 63 24 23).
- Tennis – There are public tennis courts in the centre of the village about a 5 minute walk from the villa, or for a fee you can use the tennis facilities at La Residencia. Tennis coaching can also be arranged with Shayne Tabb, the tennis coach at La Residencia.
- Golf – There are no golf courses in Deià but there is a fantastic course 25 minutes’ drive away at the Son Termens Golf Course. It is regarded as one of the most ecological courses in Mallorca, in excellent condition and offering stunning views. Alternatively, the Arabella Gold resort offers three classic courses, Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint, 35 minutes’ drive away.
- Horseriding – Club Hípico opened in 2005 and is recognized as one of the best equestrian centres in Mallorca thanks to its excellent facilities and services offered. Open Mon – Fri 9am – 1pm and 4pm – 7pm, Sat 9am – 1pm. Approx 25 minutes drive.
- Rock Climbing – There are plenty of routes on mainly bolted limestone, single pitch routes to explore. There are slabs, overhangs, roofs and cracks, mostly in the Tramuntana Mountains on your doorstep. There are also a number of places for deep water soloing in the south west of the island.
- Aqua-parks – In addition to the variety of beaches, there are a number of aqua-parks around the island. The best are located on the edge of Magaluf, such as the Western Park open May – Oct. Approx 40 minutes’ drive.
- Go-Karting – Karting Magaluf is located around 40 minutes’ drive from Deià, and is open all year with karts for both children and adults.
- Shopping – Deià has a few art galleries and small boutiques to peruse, however for more extensive shopping, head to Avenida Jaime III in Palma with beautiful boutiques and larger stores (approx 30 minutes’ drive). The market in Soller on a Saturday also offers excellent shopping (approx 15 minutes’ drive).
Places to visit:
- Deià has many places of interest for guests who want to soak up some of Mallorca’s culture and history.
- The Archaeological Museum and Research Centre is well worth a visit. Situated in the middle of the village, the centre was founded in 1962 by famous former resident Dr William Waldren, the American painter and archaeologist.Open 5pm – 7pm every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
- Ca’n Alluny was the former home of the famous poet and author Robert Graves. It is now a museum and offers an insight into life in Deià during his lifetime. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Closed Sundays.
- Another historical building is the beautiful Monastery of Miramar, which was founded in 1276 by King Jaime II. In 1872 the monastery was purchased by the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria, and upon his death he bequeathed it to the local Vives family. It is now open to the public every Tuesday to Sunday.
- The Archduke also owned the impressive nearby manor house of Son Marroig, which now houses a museum dedicated to the great man. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am – 6pm (winter) Mon-Sat 9.30am – 8pm (summer). The views from the gardens are spectacular and during the annual Deià International Music Festival many concerts are held here (+34 971 63 91 78).
- After wandering up the cobbled lanes to visit the romantic 13th century Church of St John the Baptist with its spectacular village and sea views, it is also well worth a look in the Deià Parish Museum, next to the church. It offers a permanent exhibition of local art works and other historic artefacts. Open Saturdays only 9am-7pm.
- Deià holds its annual fiesta in recognition of the community’s Patron Saint, St John the Baptist, at the end of June. The official date is June 24th, but in true Mallorcan style, the celebrations usually start about three nights before! This is a great time of the year to be in Deià as I’m sure you can imagine!
- Palma is the island’s capital. Compact enough to explore on foot it offers a wealth of attractions, from the bustling marina with its array of super yachts, seafood restaurants and night spots; to the majestic gothic cathedral and Parc de la Mer, host to many concerts and fiestas. The old town is traffic free and the tourist office arranges guided tours throughout the summer, and there are many fabulous museums and art galleries in Palma.
- Palma Aquarium – Opened in 2007 and well worth a visit, located approximately 30 minutes’ drive. It has been created by a world renowned team to recreate the habitats of the world’s oceans. There is also a large garden with kid’s play area and a huge jungle roof garden.
- Palma to Soller Vintage Train Ride – A traditional narrow gauge railway built in 1912, through spectacular scenery in vintage carriages.
- Lluc Sanctuary – A former monastery in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains and widely regarded as Mallorca’s most sacred site. Since the 13th century Lluc has been a centre of pilgrimage to “La Moreneta” a sacred statue of the Virgin. There is also a botanical garden and museum here.
- Capdepara Castle in the small town of Arta is the largest fortress on the island, dating from the 14th century.
- La Granja country house is located just west of Esporles, built in 1239. A guided tour highlights the drawing rooms, theatre, chapel and dungeon with torture chamber, but the real highlights are the workshops, cellars and kitchens displaying rural Mallorcan traditions with demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. There are also large botanical gardens with waterfalls and a 1000 year old yew tree, together with a restaurant serving traditional Mallorcan cuisine.
- Caves d’Arta are located near Arta and offer a fascinating network of underground caverns with stunning stalactites and stalagmites and a sound and light display.
Restaurants and Pubs
Places to eat in Deià:
- Sebastians (+34 971 63 94 17) – Housed in a former stable which is over 250 years old, Sebastian and his wife Patricia have a simple philosophy of unusually good food with friendly, efficient service. They create an environment where you can totally relax and enjoy one of the best restaurants on the island.
- Es Raco des Teix (Josef’s as it’s known locally) (+34 971 63 95 01) – Enjoy Michelin-star awarded cuisine by Josef Sauerschell and perfect, personal service by his wife Leonor Payeras. Definitely a ‘must’ while in Deià and ideal for a special occasion.
- The Village Cafe (+34 971 63 91 99) – Excellent Mediterranean cuisine for lunch or casual dinner with beautiful views from the terrace.
- Sa Cova (Chinese) (+34 971 63 64 22) – Ondine and her mother create the most amazing dishes in their little restaurant and combined with the lovely homely relaxed atmosphere, it has become a great addition to the restaurant scene in Deià.
- Xelini (Tapas) (+34 971 63 91 39) – Best for tapas in Deià, an outside terrace for warm summer evenings and cosy inside with open fire in colder months.