Deià or Deya lies on the north-west coast of Mallorca, about half an hour drive from Palma and the international airport. The municipality covers an area of about 15 square kilometres (six square miles). The permanent population is of some 650 people.
The village is built on a hill in the middle of an idyllic valley of orange oand olive groves overlooking the Mediterranean in the 'Serra de Tramuntana' mountain range. Rising above the valley is the Teix, at 1062 M (3484 ft) the second highest mountain on Mallorca. The whole of the Serra de Tramuntana is covered by a network of paths and ancient mule tracks making the area an ideal place for a walking holiday.
Because of its inherent beauty it has become a sanctuary for artists, writers, poets and musicians. English poet, novelist and scholar Robert Graves was one of the first foreigners to settle in the village. Anaïs Nin visited the village in the 1920s, and wrote a short story set on the village's beach, and the Spanish writer Carmen Naranjo recently wrote a short story about that one. The town is also the unnamed setting of Uruguayan novelist Cristina Peri Rossi's "The Ship of Fools" (La nave de los locos). Nicaraguan poet and novelist Claribel Alegría is also one of the current residents of the town.
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