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There is plenty to see and do in Deya and the Archaeological Museum and Research Centre is well worth a visit. Situated in the middle of the town, the centre was founded in 1962 by famous former resident Dr William H Waldren, the American painter and archaeologist.
The centre’s collection of archaeological finds are housed in a converted mill, which is believed to be one of the oldest
buildings in the village, and the museum is open from 5pm to 7pm every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Contact details
Deià Archaeological Museum and Research Centre
Telephone: +34 971 639 001
Fax: +34 971 639 152
Nearby is another historic building, the beautiful Monastery of Miramar, which was founded in 1276 by King Jaime II. Its original purpose was to train missionary monks in Arabic and other languages, but in 1872 the monastery was purchased by the Archduke Luís Salvador of Austria, and upon his death in 1915 he bequeathed it to the local Vives family. The monastery and museum is now open to the public every Tuesday to Sunday.
The Archduke also owned the impressive nearby manor house of Son Marroig, which now houses the museum dedicated to the great man. During his period of ownership the Archduke completely refurbished the house, and restored a 16th Century fortified tower to its former glory.
At one end of the gardens he even had built a small neo-classical temple constructed out of Carrara marble, which offers spectacular views over the coast. The museum contains many of the Archdukes possessions, along with paintings by Joan Bauçà and Joaquim Mir, as well as a small collection of pottery and artefacts from the Phoenician, Greek and Roman periods.
Also worth a look is the Deya Parish Museum, which is located next to the church in the town. It offers a permanent exhibition of local art works and other historic artefacts that have been donated to the museum over the years. The museum is only open on a Saturday from 9am to 7pm.
Many visitors to Deya may be unaware that the town also has it own small beach known as the Cove Deià, or as it is sometimes called "Cala de Deia", where traditional Majorcan fishing is still carried out. From the centre of Deya, it’s a steep but very worthwhile walk for about a mile or so downhill to the cove.
Once there, you'll find moorings for around half a dozen small boats, a small shingle beach, and a bar and restaurant where you can sample the catch of the day, fresh out of the sea. Walking all the way back up may prove something of a strain but is a small price to pay for visiting the pretty and secluded little spot and enjoying some superb seafood.
Deya is also beloved of classical music fans, who flock to the village each year for the world famous series of concerts that form the annual Deya International Music Festival, with many of the concerts taking place in the beautiful grounds of the Son Marroig manor house. Details and information on the upcoming concerts are published on their web site at www.dimf.com. and ticket reservations can be made by telephone on either +34 971 639 178 or +34 678 989 536
Also, despite being one of the smaller villages on the island, the inhabitants of Deya are still inordinately proud of their annual fiesta in recognition of the community’s Patron Saint, St John the Baptist. The actual date of the fiesta is June 24th, but in true Majorcan style the celebrations usually start about three nights before and continue right up until the 24th.
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