3. Deia (Deya), Spain

Deia (Deya), Spain

When you visit Deia on the Spanish island of Majorca you will not just be stepping back a short way in time, but will be stepping back to the Middle Ages. The buildings sit overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean and you will be made to feel welcome by the fishermen and farmers who make up the most of the 650 inhabitants.

There is a 15th Century church and you will not have been there long before you understand why it has become home to artists and musicians who have been beguiled by the olive groves. Evidence of the previous occupation by the Moors is everywhere and the museum should not be missed. You can swim in the beautiful cove before dining on delicious fare overlooking the sea. Unusually, the buildings in this village are not whitewashed like so many Mediterranean coastal settlements.

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