Charles Marlow specialises in Mallorca’s West Coast. We moved to this part of the island because we fell love with the quality of life here. Our mission is to enable other people to make their home in the part of the island we appreciate the most.
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Deia is like nowhere else in the world. The village clusters around a church on a mount in the middle of an enormous natural amphitheatre created by the UNESCO protected Tramuntana mountains. Below the village, about 20 minutes’ walk away, is a tiny beach nestling between two dramatic rocky headlands.
In summer, the two fish restaurants on the beach offer the ideal location in which to while away a pleasant afternoon with convivial company.
Deia has a remarkable cultural heritage. The poet Robert Graves settled here in 1929 and over the years many famous writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians visited him, were captivated by the village and made their own home here.
Today, internationally famous artists of all kinds still come to Deia and rub shoulders with the locals in the restaurants and bars. This creates a uniquely unforced air of bohemian glamour grounded in an appreciation of the simple Mallorquin lifestyle.
If you only ever do one touristic thing in Mallorca, it has to be riding the Orange Train to Soller from Palma. You travel on an ancient train along a route built in the 19th century so the orange-growers of Soller could transport their fruit to Palma and cash in on the discovery of vitamin C.
Soller is today the largest town on the West Coast of the island and it has a refreshing, bustling atmosphere. Especially on Saturday, market day. You’ll also find a beautiful church in the main square and many unexpected pleasures tucked along the side streets.
Approach Valldemossa from either the direction of Palma or Deia and you’ll be struck by the extraordinary variety of shades of green that colour the landscape.
The village itself is most famous for its association with Chopin and George Sand. This fame by association means that Valldemossa is busy with tourists all year round. The best time to appreciate the village is early morning when you can stroll its narrow, twisting streets and take coffee and an ensaimada outside a café filled with locals.
Es Teix, the peak that towers over Valldemossa is a favourite with hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. Apparently, it has also been designated a sacred mountain by a Tibetan Rinpoche who visited Mallorca’s West Coast.
Visit tiny Fornalutx and you’ll understand why, in 2017, this was chosen as one of the most beautiful villages of Spain.
Fornalutx is a place to be in rather than explore. Perched high up the Soller Valley, its deliciously fresh air is relaxing and invigorating. The tiny village square is lined with traditional cafes and there are also excellent restaurants and boutique hotels in the village.
One of our favourite times to be in Fornalutx is late afternoon, after a gentle hike through the orange and lemon groves surrounding the village.
The village of Banyalbufar is really just a single road that runs above olive terraces falling dramatically down to the sea. Its beach is quiet and, as a result, the water is usually crystal clear.
Banyalbufar is an excellent spot to walk to or from, especially if your route includes the fishing village of Port des Canonge.
There’s no doubt that travelling down the snaking road to the tiny settlement and beach of Sa Calobra for the first time is hair-raising. It’s also something you never quite get used to.
But, trust us, the journey is worth making at least once. Walk along the tunnel carved through the rocks to Sa Calobra beach, at the foot of a gorge carved out by the Torrent de Pareis, and you’re in another world.