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Pa amb oli and the real Mallorca – learning from Tomás Graves

Mallorca’s favourite food, a rock and roll band and a powerful symbol of enduring island…

Paseo de Poetas opens at Belmond La Residencia

On 23 May the new Paseo de Poetas, or poet’s walk, was officially opened at…

Robert Bohné: Painting the magnetic attraction of Deia

I first spotted the work of American artist Robert Bohné when my friend Deia artist…

Inspirational Posidonia Mallorca Festival grows for third year

The third annual Posidonia Mallorca Festival will take place in Palma on 19 and 20…

Hidden Gems # 17 Sailing in Soller with Mezzo Magic

  Of all the possibilities of all the things to do on the island of…

Refugees helped by a night of performance, celebration and hope in Palma

Passage of Hope, a performance to benefit Dignity360 and Proemaid, two organisations working to help…

Support marine conservation with Asociación Ondine

This Friday 12th May you can help to support the brilliant Asociación Ondine at an…

Mallorquin olive oil: Celebrating our liquid gold

One of the great joys of living in Mallorca is the never-ending flow of delicious,…

Appreciating Mallorca interior design with Arianna Lucarella

Arianna Lucarella is a highly successful interior designer based in Mallorca who combines a truly…

May in Mallorca – book your dream holiday

With less than a week until May arrives, now is the perfect time to book…

Property Photography interview with Alex Amengual

They say that first impressions can last a lifetime so it is very important to…

Secret surrealist Desmond Morris and Deia

Ever since I first saw it, I’ve been intrigued by a dreamlike surrealist painting by Desmond…

Celebrating Easter in Mallorca

Easter in Mallorca is the time when I’m most aware I’m living a country that…

Welcoming in Spring with Charlie’s Corner

Hello and welcome to Spring in Deia. If you have not been to the island…

Finding a truly trustworthy real estate lawyer in Mallorca

So you’ve found your dream home in Mallorca. How do you go about finding a…

Embracing the timeless hippy way of life in Mallorca

Fifty years since the first Summer of Love in 1967, the spirit of hippy is…

A literary year at Belmond La Residencia begins

Belmond La Residencia has been an integral part of the cultural life of Deia since…

Holiday Rental in Mallorca

Top 5 considerations before choosing a holiday rental in Mallorca

A must read if thinking about a holiday rental in Mallorca this year. Now we…

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and its connection to Deia

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam has long been one of the most popular poems in…

Luxury villas by the sea – top 5 recommendations

Yearning to be close to the waters edge – read more on our recommendations of luxury villas…

Building an eco-friendly home in Mallorca

  Quality of life is a major reason why people live in Mallorca and visit…

Len Lye and Robert Graves: two ‘old myth men’ in Deia

Artist and filmmaker Len Lye and writer Robert Graves were both maverick visionaries. Despite their…

Book your dream Deia villa – Q&A Villa Cas Fideve

Lauren Day (35) is a Partner at Ellis Jones Solicitors and lives and works between…

Spring in Deia and a time to prepare your home

Seasons change subtly in Mallorca. When I first came to live on the island it…

Three poetic lives touched by Robert Graves

Robert Graves touched the lives of many of us and his influence as a poet…

Kevin Ayers and Deia – all that crazy gift of time

  Legendary British singer-songwriter Kevin Ayers lived in Deia off and on from the 1960s…

Romantic Deia and the worship of love

Like you perhaps I have many intensely romantic Deia memories. But is the village inherently…

Interview with Andrew Maclear on living in Fornalutx & Mallorca

Mallorca is full of interesting people and Andrew Maclear is certainly one of them. A…

Interview with ceramicist Maria De Haan on relocating to Deiá

Deiá resident and ceramicist Maria De Haan, grew up in the Kent English countryside in…

Why American author Luke Rhinehart is necessary now more than ever

American author Luke Rhinehart was inspired to finish his great cult novel ‘The Dice Man’…

Luke Rhinehart on being Naked Before the World in Deià

In which The Dice Man author Luke Rhinehart  talks about Naked Before the World, his…

Luke Rhinehart’s Invasion: keeping you warm in these chilly times

Invasion by Luke Rhinehart is the latest book by the cult American author who lived…

Want to book a holiday in Mallorca? Enjoy Nikol’s top tips

Want to book a holiday in Mallorca? With five years experience of living on the…

Recharging in the Mallorca January calms

The warm, sunny and still days of the Mallorca January calms offer the perfect opportunity…

Charlie’s Corner and the importance of transparency in the property business

It is the start of a New Year and an opportunity to set new intentions.…

A portmanteau post to usher in 2017

Los Reis arrived last night to hand out gifts but the fiesta celebrating the first time…

Happy New Year Deià

This is the time of year when writers everywhere look back on what they’ve written…

A Christmas Fairytale of Deià

I close my eyes behind my sunglasses and hear their voices drifting across the years. Luke…

An Angry Young Man in Deià: simply look sideways

By the time he arrived in Deià in September 1968* the writer Colin Wilson was…

Watch ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Palma this season, 15-18 December

Feeling festive or dare I say Scrooge-esque!? We all have our feelings and emotions about Christmas…

Disorderly facts: celebrating Robert Graves again

Robert Graves was born on 7 December 1895. This is the second year in which…

Artist Carrie Jean Goldsmith’s love letter to Deià

  One of my favourite things about Deià is the way I’m constantly discovering new…

Mallorca’s first jazz club: The Indigo Jazz Club

Today the area known as El Terreno in Palma is a ghost town. It’s hard…

Voyaging in musical time and Spain with Ramón Farrán

Speaking to Ramón about the making of the El Olivo album I realised I had…

The making of Ramón Farrán’s El Olivo

Listening to El Olivo, music by Ramón Farrán for poems by Robert Graves, is one of…

The mystery of El Olivo

It began in the treasure trove front room of Deià artist and musician David Templeton.…

Latin American writers in Deià

In Tuning up at Dawn, Tomás Graves’s splendid book about his life in music in…

Of pilgrims and podcasts: Deià conversation

One of the great pleasures of a day spent drifting through Deià is the way each…

Is Bob Dylan laying low in Deià?

Earlier this week, a couple strolling up to Belmond La Residencia heard what sounded very…

Mariana Alzamora: A journey of hope in art

The exhibition by Mariana Alzamora which opens at the wonderful Sa Tafona gallery space in…

On being thankful for Deià

I’ve been away for a while and just arrived back on the island. While I…

Ruthven Todd: rescuing a reputation and a set of dentures

Ruthven Todd is a fascinating British writer who first visited Robert Graves in Deià in…

Experience a Mystical Mountain Retreat on our north-west coast

On her first visit to England, a Spanish friend of mine said ‘England is a…

Miró, Miró on the café wall

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893. His mother was Mallorquin, as was his…

Uncut Magazine features Deià’s musical history

The latest edition of Uncut magazine, ‘the spiritual home of good rock music’, includes a…

Santana, Miles Davis, Earth Wind and Fire & Deià

In late April almost twenty years ago I took my first ever swim down at…

Flamenco night in Palma

Now that the delicious madness of August in Deià is over, it might be time…

Celebrating Gilli’s myth

Gilli Smyth, co-founder of Gong with Daevid Allen, left her body on August 22. She…

The Rebirth of Robert Graves Part Four: The Last Post

When I picture Robert Graves he’s a broken-nosed hero poet, boxer, emperor, eyes sharply focused…

Print the legend: Orson Welles in Deià

It started when I read this on a blog: “Graves was Orson Welles’ favourite poet.…

Discover “Fragile Gifts” by Jay Ansill and Anne Hills

Whenever he’s in Deià, American musician Jay Ansill slots comfortably into the village music scene,…

“Llull – Tàpies Suite complète” exhibition in Deià

On 15 August an exhibition of work by internationally-acclaimed Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies inspired by…

Erotic Deià and Anais Nin

A few weeks ago when I was talking to Tille del Negro about her amazing…

The Rebirth of Robert Graves Part Three: Enter the White Goddess followed by Muses

If only Robert Graves’s The White Goddess had appeared in July. It would have fit…

Hidden Gems # 15 Cream Crew in Santa Catalina

Cream Crew is a vegan ice cream parlour in Santa Catalina, a hip foodie area of Palma.…

Hidden Gems #14 Maricel Hotel serves ‘the best breakfast in the World’

Who doesn’t love a delicious fresh breakfast?  If you´re a breakfast lover like me then…

The Rebirth of Robert Graves Part Two: O Life! O Sun! O Deià!

In July 1926, ninety years ago this month, Robert Graves and Laura Riding consummated a…

SkinSins: born in Deià to journey beyond tattoo

  At the end of June, Deià’s own Tille del Negro launched SkinSins, her remarkable…

A perfectly inspiring Deiá day

Now that high summer is upon us, the casual visitor to Deià could be forgiven…

Hidden Gems #13 Restaurante Embat in Ses Covetes

If you know Mallorca well, or you have read about Mallorca, you will have heard…

Hidden Gems #12 Es Mal Pas caves and 5 Oceanos bar

I was taken to Es Mal Pas by a local friend who was working in…

Hidden Gems #16 The Village Cafe

For those of you who are already familiar with Deia, I am sure you will…

Hidden Gems #11 Se te va la tapa Bar

Just a short walk away from the Avenidas, hidden in a maze of small streets, is…

Robert Graves: reborn in July

July is the month in which life in Deià begins both to slow down and…

Hidden Gems # 10 Claxon

Claxon. Now they make a punchy noise and this restaurant certainly does too! It has…

Hidden Gems # 9 Es Roquissar Bar, Valldemossa

I first visited Es Roquissar in Valldemossa in early March on a cool crisp evening.…

Hidden Gems #8: Restaurant El Bungalow

Another piece for our hidden gems collection is a paella restaurant in Palma. The terrace…

Hidden Gems #7 Ca’n Joan de s’aigo

If you are looking for a true Mallorquin tea time experience then you must not leave…

Hidden Gems #6: Restaurant La Botana del Olivar

Shabby chic style interior, crystal chandeliers, great variety of reasonably priced and delicious tapas and…

Hidden Gems #5: Restaurant: Sa Foradada

This is a true island beauty and one experience that is not to be missed.…

Celebrate ten years of La Casa de Robert Graves in Deià on 26 June

On Sunday 26 June at 7PM, a performance of Gnaeus Robertulus Gravesa at the amphitheatre…

Pat Meadows, Son Marroig and the endless Deià tertulia

On my first visit to Deià twenty years ago I was lucky enough to meet…

Brad who? Deià shrugs

One fine summer morning many years ago a friend of mine strolled into the cool…

Hidden Gems #4 Ombu

I can’t remember who tipped me off to this place but I owe them a big…

David Templeton and Lincoln Townley: the fine art of friendship

When highly respected Deià artist David Templeton’s latest show at La Belmond Residencia opens on…

An author in Mallorca called Anna

Five years ago I was sitting in my favourite Chinese restaurant in London, the Jade…

Discover Deià with Jackie Waldren

No-one I know who lives here ever takes Deià for granted. But it’s easy to…

Hidden Gems #3 Restaurant: Es Recó, Soller

Every Friday night from 7-11.30pm and in summer even longer until 1am, an Argentinian musical duo…

Celebrating Lady June Campbell Cramer

The story and mythology of Deià has always been shaped by larger than life characters.…

2016 Belmond La Residencia arts programme springs into life

On Thursday 5 May the duo of Pedro y Julio will give a performance in…

Hidden Gems #2 Restaurant: Tierra de Gracia

I stumbled upon this Venezuelan restaurant by chance yesterday with two friends, it’s not usually…

Set of Robert Graves books donated to new Deiá library

On Thursday 28 April the team from Charles Marlow delivered a set of all the…

Hidden Gems #1: Restaurant: Bon Lloc

The first vegetarian restaurant in Mallorca, Bon Lloc opened their doors in 1978. You will find…

What happens in Deiá…

As we teeter on the brink of another long hot Deiá summer, I thought it…

That first April swim at Cala Deiá

Nineteen years ago this month I took my first ever swim down at Cala Deiá.…

Encountering the Robert Graves legend in Hungary

When you have a connection with Deià you’re likely to discover all sorts of other…

Tea with Manuella Holló

    Manuella Holló is someone I’ve been intrigued to interview since first meeting her…

Down to Earth in Mallorca

On Saturday 2 April, the remarkable, inspiring documentary movie Down to Earth will receive its…

New Mythology Park to open in Deia

An ambitious new Mythology Park set to open in just outside Deia in spring 2017…

Leroy Pooh, Deia’s founding father of periodismo fantástico

Since the arrival of Robert Graves in Deia in 1929, the village has been associated…

Deia’s unsung guitar hero

They had no money for a tomb but the Deia Ayuntamiento let his friends bury…

The Night Manager and Deia

A friend of mine in England who’s been watching the BBC miniseries The Night Manager…

Deia artist is secret rock and roll Svengali

I thought I’d long ago got used to uncovering strange and mysterious connections between Deia…

Miranda Seymour on Robert Graves: Life on the Edge

If you want to know about Robert Graves, the best place to start is with…

Jimi Hendrix in Deia

There was once a faded, peeling sticker on the bathroom window of the men’s bathroom…

Robert Graves and Ava Gardner: a toast

The Robert Graves story I really wanted to read was ‘She Landed Yesterday’. Worth the…

A very Deia Valentine’s story

Lorna awoke knowing that someone was standing behind her. She had no idea how many…

Joan Graves Biblioteca is a fitting Deia tribute

    On 12 February the new Joan Graves Biblioteca will open its doors in…

A tale of Deia, plastic and madness

In the past few days posts about the amount of plastic in our oceans have…

Robert Graves and the Mystery of Alston Anderson

I first became intrigued by Alston Anderson and his connection to Robert Graves when I…

Deia on a January afternoon

I know I’m on my way to Deia when the road starts to curl up…

We Are Starlight: A Very Deia Christmas Tale

It was Christmas Eve and the beams of the pub were lined with twinkling fairy…

George Sand and Winter in Mallorca

If you live in Mallorca or you’ve visited Valldemossa, chances are you own a copy…

Remembering Robert Graves

Monday 7 December was the 30th anniversary of the death of the poet Robert Graves…

December in Deia: on with the lights!

As we tap dance closer to Christmas, I always think that Deia takes on some…

Mountain Radio: on air in Deia very soon

  Mountain Radio, which goes live very soon, will offer listeners a mix of music,…

Creativity thrives in the Clot with Sunna Wathen

On Monday and Tuesday, after her kids have gone to school and the remnants of…

Deia’s Soul Shepherdess

When Deia resident and dream worker Monika Evans discovered that Robert Graves had written a…

10 reasons why Mallorca’s better in the autumn

  The joys of autumn in Deia are encapsulated for me by the smell of…

David Holzer

The Deia Olive Press is written and edited by David Holzer. David, who lives in…

A very Deia ghost story

The Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, happens on October 31st. If…

Battling (nicely) for compassion in Deia

The Battle for Compassion, a film by Jonathan Leighton, was enthusiastically received when it was…

Remembering Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Pioneering British television journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts who died this week was one of those remarkable…

Remembering Patti Smith in Deia

One hot night in July 2010 Patti Smith and her band gave a concert at…

5Rhythms dancing with Jessica Howie in Mallorca

Try 5Rhythms just once and, like me, you could become hooked on this uniquely liberating…

Wake up Dance in Deia!

It’s been a great summer for music in Deia and it’s not over yet.  Mind…

Mason Hoffenberg and Candy: the Deia connection

When I discovered that the writer Mason Hoffenberg lived in Deia for a time I…

Part IV: The Book of AM today

Part of the pleasure of listening to the Book of AM was trying to identify…

Walking time in Deia: converted to mountains

I never thought I’d love mountains the way I do now. I was raised in…

The Book of AM Part III: An astonishing afterlife

When I first pulled Dave Templeton’s copy of the Book of AM out of his…

The Deia Playlist: September

Over the years, many musicians – some famous, others rather more obscure – have visited…

A place in the community – talking to Patrick of Charles Marlow

Charles Marlow is determined to become Deia’s most trusted and highly regarded real estate agency.…

The extraordinary story of Deia-born cult album Book of AM Part II: Making timeless music

  The Book of AM musicians March 1978 The Book of AM was recorded on…

Sunna Wathen: Deia artist inspired by life

Sunna Wathen’s show at the La Ruina Exhibition Space at the old bakery in Deia’s…

Mallorca’s ten best hidden beaches and calas

Mallorca, quite rightly, has earned the reputation of being one of Europe’s favourite destinations when…

Magical, mythical, impossible – writer Helen Walsh and Deia

  Deia is the setting for The Lemon Grove, Helen Walsh’s fourth novel. Her first,…

Summer Cala Reads

Deia Cala may be one of the most literary spots on earth in which to…

The extraordinary story of Deia-born cult album Book of AM

Part I: A Strange Discovery I first heard about the Book of AM from Lali,…

Open mic night at S’Hortet Saturday 8th August

Deia tea room, S’Hortet is fast becoming one of the most pleasant places in which…

The Deia Playlist: August

Over the years, many musicians – some famous, others rather more obscure – have visited…

Jackie Waldren – the outsider who became an insider

When I want to know something about Deia, I ask Jackie Waldren. She first arrived…

Jay Ansill, Deia, Laura Riding and Cheese

Ever since he came to Deia for the first time in 2002, American musician Jay…

The Resi hosts Conversations with Lynne Franks

This summer, Lynne Franks will be having Conversations With Inspiring Women at the Resi in…

Deia artist David Templeton at The Resi

Deia artist David Templeton has an exhibition at The Resi opening Saturday 25 July. The…

La Casa Dos in Fornalutx – a little piece of paradise

Lorraine Elkins and her husband Stu took their first ever trip to Mallorca hoping to…

Brendan McCann’s synaesthetic Deia

Synaesthesia is usually described as a union of two or more senses. For Brendan McCann,…

A conversation with Tomás Graves

I meant to talk to Tomás Graves about his book Tuning Up at Dawn. But,…

Help preserve Deia’s posidonia prairies

If, like me a couple of days ago, you don’t know what posidonia is, you’re…

Missing Deia

I was looking forward to taking my girlfriend to Deia for the first time. She’s…

The Deia Playlist: July

Over the years, many musicians – some famous, others rather more obscure – have visited…

Remembering an unearthly paradise with Simon Gough

Simon Gough’s The White Goddess: An Encounter is the book I’d recommend to anyone curious…

A night walk with Juan

Back in my drinking days I never knew when I was going to fall over…

Diceliving in Deia: An interview with Luke Rhinehart

Luke Rhinehart completed The Dice Man when he was living in Deia in 1970.  Luke…

The Resi and the art of supporting art

Stroll through Deia, heading out towards Soller, and you won’t be able to miss Belmond…

Shaking hands with poetry: when Roger McGough met Robert Graves in Deia

English poet, children’s author and broadcaster Roger McGough has been coming to Deia every year…

Pa Amb Oli band returns Saturday 20th June

Saturday 20 June and the last night of the Festes de San Joan in Deia…

The Balearic sound of Joan Bibiloni

Joan Bibiloni, the award-winning Mallorquin composer, guitarist, percussion addict and producer with a Deia connection…

Ceramics by Joanna

Based in Deia for over thirty five years, local ceramicist and passionate conservationist Joanna has…

The Deia Playlist: June

Over the years, many musicians – some famous, others rather more obscure – have visited…

The literary house of Robert Graves

I visit La Casa de Robert Graves at least once a year and always come…

MORE design dedicated to positive change in Deia

  When Deia native Oro del Negro set up architecture, design and landscaping company MORE…

A Taste of Deia Art

Charles Marlow has teamed up with Deia’s The Village Café and local artists Stephanie Moog,…

We’re going to IBIZA

Let us please introduce: Charles Marlow IBIZA. Open for business from May 1st 2015, taking…

It was written – maybe

All I knew about Deia when I first came to the village almost 20 years…

The Deia Playlist

Over the years, many musicians – some famous, others rather more obscure – have visited…

Wake up Dance in Deia

Every Saturday from 11.30 to 14.30, a growing number of people gather in Deia to…

Introducing the Centre Holistic Deia

Seeing things differently has long been part of the Deia spirit. Jane Winterbottom, founder of…

Daevid Allen Obituary

Now is the happiest time of your life – remembering Daevid Allen in Deia When…

Charlie chatting about Deia property…

Charles Marlow is fast becoming the most trusted and highly regarded agency in Deia. Charlie…

Introducing The Deia Olive Press – A blog with a view

The Deia Olive Press is the creation of Charles Marlow & Bros, the independent estate agency…

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