The Deià countryside combines to form a privileged backdrop, with a superb mix of natural and historical heritage. Sa Foradada, Llucalcari, Deià cove, Son Marroig, Sa Pedrissa, Son Gallard, and Deià church and cemetery are known throughout the world, thanks to numerous different artists who managed to capture the feelings that the local landscape and man’s hallmark on it all evoke. Archduke Ludwig Salvator, painter Santiago Rusiñol and writer Robert Graves are some of the best-known figures to have immortalized some aspect of Deià in their work, infusing each place they brought to life with added value.
Iglesia (Vicenç Sastre)
Deià and Camí des Ribassos
Can Boi (1), a mountain refuge with a fascinating olive oil press owned by the Consell de Mallorca, stands on the Dry Stone Route (GR 221) at a place called Es Clot. If you walk up Costa d’en Topa hill, amid the traditional architecture, you will pass scenes from the Stations of the Cross. Crowning the hill is the church (2) and its famous cemetery, where the graves of some of Deià’s illustrious residents can be found, like Robert Graves or painters Antoni Ribes and Antoni Gelabert. The Camí des Ribassos hike starts at Can Boi mountain refuge. Soon you will see the millrace of Can Jordi water mill (3) and a public washing place. As you go down the terraced olive groves toward the bridge to the cove, you cross a track known as Camí de sa Pesta, which leads up to Sa Pedrissa, followed by the GR 221 hiking route which goes past Son Bujosa house to Sóller. When you get close to the cove, a track branches off to Sa Pedrissa tower (4) on Deià headland. If you return along the Ma-10 road, you reach Ca n’Alluny (5), where Robert Graves lived.
Es Clot (M. A. Escanelles)
Son Marroig and Sa Foradada vantage points
Archduke Ludwig Salvator bought Son Marroig estate, where Sa Foradada can be found, from the Masroig family in the late 19th century. He restored the building and Renaissance tower and made it his home. Around it, he had numerous stone benches, vantage points and a romantic garden made, presided over by a small white marble temple. Son Marroig (1), which is open to the public, forms part of an area made up of several of the archduke’s former estates, now declared a historical heritage site in his memory.
To the west lies Sa Foradada vantage point (2). From it, a cart-track zigzags down the cliffs to Sa Trona and S’Ull vantage points. Even further down is yet another one, Rotllo Gros (3).
Templete de Son Marroig (Vicenç Sastre)