A spring holiday in Deia and north-west Mallorca is the perfect way to start summer early and recharge after the winter months. From the beginning of April onwards, the temperature begins to rise and by the end of the month, it’s warm enough to spend plenty of time outside. Perfect for walking, cycling and climbing and even swimming. These are some of our favourite spring things to do in Deia and on the north-west coast – and further down we recommend some of our best homes for sale a.
The walk from Valldemossa to Deia is a wonderful, slightly challenging, way to discover the rugged beauty of the north-west coast of Mallorca and the Tramuntana mountains. It takes around five hours, so it’s a good idea to start mid-morning in Valldemossa. The 10.15 bus to Palma from Deia will get you to Valldemossa for 10.45.
Be prepared for a steep climb out of the village to begin with, followed by a long descent into Deia. This will give you plenty of time to soak up the breathtaking views.
If you prefer something shorter and less challenging, we love the walk from Deia to Soller. This is not the one that takes you close to the sea, past Llucalcari, which is pretty hair-raising. We suggest you take the route that runs high above the coast and meanders gently down into Soller.
The walk is only a couple of hours, so you might like to leave Deia late morning and stop at the fantastic Finca Son Mico café, nestled in the mountains roughly halfway. On a sunny day, you can enjoy your vegetarian lunch and delicious cake washed down with freshly-squeezed orange juice outside. If the weather’s not so great, it’s warm and cosy inside Son Mico.
Whether you love all day hiking or shorter, more meditative rambles, walking should definitely be part of your spring holiday in Deia.
For some of us, spring is the best time to swim in the Mediterranean. The sea is cold, for sure. But the water’s so clear it’s like swimming in air and a short dip is wonderfully invigorating. And, no matter how cold the sea is, you can always bask in the sun afterwards.
Or you can warm up by walking back to the village, which takes around 40 minutes.
If you have smaller children, you’ll know that they want to spend as much time on the beach as possible. Cala Deia is gorgeous and ideal for a bit of wild swimming. The sandy beach at Port de Soller on the other hand is perfect for children and offers the ideal opportunity to explore this charming, ancient little town.
A spring holiday in Deia is perhaps the best time to experience the village at its most beautiful and tranquil.
Stroll up to the exquisite church with its marvellous views of the mountain bowl in which Deia sits. Spend time at La Casa de Robert Graves, the writer’s house and now a museum, and imagine the extraordinary life of this remarkable man who adored Mallorca. Wander a little off the beaten track and discover the tiny, intriguing Museu Arqueològic de Deià.
Deia’s restaurants and bars will all be open by the beginning of April, so you’ll be able to dine in style as well as rub shoulders with the locals in one of the local cafés.
We appreciate that you’ll be wanting to spend as much of your spring holiday in Deia outside in the sunshine. Especially if you live in northern Europe and have been waking up to the beast from the east – freezing temperatures and snow from Siberia. But, if you can tear yourself away from Deia, spring is also a great time to explore Mallorca.
If you visit just one other part of the island, head for Palma.
Aim to be in Palma by mid-morning. Plan your day over coffee and a croissant or ensaïmada at one of the many excellent cafes in the city. We love trendy, bustling Santa Catalina – a few minutes’ walk away from the glamorous shopping street of Jaime III. You might also like to pop into the traditional Santa Catalina market and wander among the aromatic displays of island produce.
From Santa Catalina, walk along the seafront back towards the city centre. Feel free to head up into La Lonja and admire the atmospheric Catalan Gothic architecture. Cross over La Rambla and visit the Cathedral or simply wander through the narrow, ancient streets of the Old Town.
For lunch, we’d suggest strolling back to Apuntadores which runs from the roundabout at the bottom of La Ramblas and is lined with tapas bars. One of our favourites is Bar Dia, a funky institution that serves reasonably priced, hearty Mallorquin tapas.
Head up La Ramblas to Casa Solleric if you’d like to take in some art while you’re in Palma. From there, you could explore the area behind Bar Bosch which is full of quirky boutiques.
If you’re staying for the evening, we recommend calling in to Jazz Voyeur on Apuntadores for some jazz or blues in a friendly, intimate setting.
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