The Pirates and Princes of Son Marroig

Mallorca certainly has its fair share of famous visitors, many of them purchasing homes here, drawn by the islands natural beauty and tranquillity. Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria was no different when he arrived on the island in the late 1860´s, captivated, in particular, by the area between the villages of Valldemossa and Deià.

Of his much loved estates in this area, he felt the most at home at Son Marroig near Deià. Situated in a dramatic position some three hundred metres above the sea, the panoramic views of the rugged coastline, from the house and gardens, are simply stunning. The sixteenth–century defence tower is one of the most architecturally characterising features of this property. It was originally built to prevent frequent attacks which used to occur during that time by pirates who used to take advantage of the sheltered coastline to disembark.

Although the Archduke purchased the property in the late 1860´s, he did not move in until 1880 when he refurbished much of the main house, preserving the tower. After restoration, the Archduke dedicated much of his time to the creation of the beautiful gardens that surround the property, adding unique features such as the famous classic style temple, constructed entirely from Italian Carrara marble, brought from Seravezza. From this temple, it is possible to see the striking peninsular below with a large orifice at the end, some eighteen metres in diameter, known as Sa Foradada, which is best viewed at sunset. The scenery from this viewpoint makes this, which is possibly the best known of the Mallorcan stately homes, worth the visit.