Deià, Mallorca – The Essential Guide from Local Residents…

Enjoy our quick guide to Deià, a small coastal village in the Spanish island of Mallorca known for its residents who have a penchant for music and literature. Featuring a stunning scenery every day of the year, it has been attracting American, English and German expats since the end of the First World War.

Below we feature an expat interview with Meila Alzamora Good of LUXE PROPERTIES who covers Deià and the surrounding areas.

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Deià – Photo by Enric, Wikimedia Commons

Specifically, we asked Meila on the advantages of choosing Deià as a place to live and the value for money that you can get if you decide to stay permanently in the area.

Meila, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Deià compared to other Mallorca towns?

It is a beautiful small village in the mountains near the sea. Perfect place to relax, sit and enjoy the exquisite views. During the season there are great restaurants that serve a simple meal or fine dining experience. There are also a number of small art and cultural events.

Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?

Folks with mobility issues as the terrain is quite mountainous.

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What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

I would say approximately half of the population is Mallorquin or Spanish. The rest are international.

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

Hiking and cycling is great, as well as one can join the tennis club or participate in local yoga classes. Dining out, swimming and boating during the summer.

Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?

Sebastian’s, Es Raco des Teix, Bens D’Avall, Ca’s Patro March at Cala Deia.

Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?

There is a small medical center open limited hours, no dentist. The nearest hospitals and other facilities are located in Palma 30 minutes away, or even closer in Soller just 20 minutes away.

There are two local grocery stores, one bank, a few bars, several restaurants and a couple of clothing stores.

Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?

Valldemossa, Soller, Port of Soller, Fornalutx, Banyalbufar

What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?

The majority of the international schools follow the British curriculum, offering a high quality education. Most of them are in the Palma area. Some of the highly recommended are Queens College, Agora, The Academy, and many more. There is also a French school and a joint German and Scandinavian School.

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Is crime an issue for expats?

Not at all. There is very little crime rate on the island. Very safe in the village, except for the odd robbery at a home or vehicle in summer during high season.

Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?

The market is quite stable, though prices suddenly can rise a bit due to the increase in demand for properties.

Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?

Everything is very expensive in Deià as property is limited and it is a special place.

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What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?

Deià is not really a place for urbanizations. There are a few areas such as S’empaltada, Ca L’Abat and Llucalcari which are conglomerates of homes where most properties have sea views and exquisite sunsets. Usually the price for a home in that area is much higher.

How much are the typical property prices in Deià for apartments, villas etc?

The cheapest property currently on the market is at 295,000 euros. It is a small 2-bedroom apartment with no terrace. One can purchase an apartment, plot of land or townhouse for anywhere in the range of 500,000 to 1,000,000 euros. However any property with a pool or sea views usually starts at 1,000,000 euros and over. Also, the larger the property is, the price can range all the way up to 20,000,000 euros for a finca or estate.

Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Deià or surrounding area?

It is a wonderful picturesque village and surroundings, not at all a bad place to choose to come and live, or have your holiday home. It is located in the Serra de Tramuntana which has been awarded world heritage status by UNESCO as an area of great physical and cultural significance.

Meila, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.

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Total Property Solutions
Archiduque Lluis Salvador 4
Deia, Mallorca
07179, Spain
Mobile: +34 676 810 796 / 607 795 552
Email: meila@deialuxe.com
Website: www.deialuxe.com


Here is an interesting tourist video on Deia.


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