Visiting Son Marroig: A Nobleman's Retreat on the Island of Mallorca

Updated on August 12, 2019
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

Island of Mallorca Tour

The spectacular setting of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca in Spain gives one a glimpse into the lifestyle of a person that not only lived there but ultimately made these islands better known to the rest of the world.

My husband and I took a tour of the Island of Mallorca when we were in Spain for the summer Olympics back in 1992. We had already toured the village of Valldemossa and the Carthusian Monastery where Frederic Chopin and George Sand spent time together. Our next stop was Son Marroig. This site deserves individual attention due to its rich history.

Location

Son Marroig sits between Valldemossa and Deia. It is about three kilometers to the west of Deia, and we enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful scenery on the island as we were going there.

A rolling landscape with terraced hillsides, prolific groves of almond and olive trees, stone houses and occasional views of the Mediterranean ocean and seaports greeted our curious eyes as we traversed the island.

Son Marroig sits on a steep hillside with a spectacular view of the ocean lying at its feet some distance below.

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Distant view of Son Marroig
Distant view of Son Marroig | Source
Son Marroig
Son Marroig | Source
Panoramic view of Son Marroig
Panoramic view of Son Marroig | Source
Exterior of Son Marroig
Exterior of Son Marroig | Source
Son Marroig
Son Marroig | Source

Archduke Ludwig Salvator

So why (you might ask) is Son Marroig historic and have importance? What made this particular mansion worthy of a special visit? The answer is this: The Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria once owned it. He purchased this land and inhabited the residence (Son Marroig) in the late 1800s and lived there for long periods totaling over forty years.

The archduke not only purchased the land where Son Marroig is situated but other land and residences on the island as well. These other residences include Son Moragues, which is now a restaurant. Michael Douglas now owns Miramar which was one of his favorite summer places and S'Estaca, a Moorish Mansion.

Ludwig Salvator of Habsburg was considered to be an eccentric person. For much of his life, he was able to do what he pleased. Among other things the archduke was known for some of the following:

  • He was a globetrotter.
  • He was a writer who authored many books.
  • He was an adventurer.
  • The archduke was a lover of nature.
  • He was a seaman.
  • He was interested in science.
  • And above all, because of these broad and varied interests, he was responsible for publicizing the Balearic Islands, and specifically, Mallorca, resulting in other people becoming much more familiar with the islands. Statues have been erected on the island of Mallorca in the archduke's honor.

Today Son Marroig has been turned into a museum and also a concert hall.

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Painting of the Archduke in Son MarroigInside Son Marroig on the Island of MallorcaDining room inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca Back of Son Marroig on the Island of MallorcaMy hubby inside Son Marroig on the Island of MallorcaInside Son Marroig on the Island of MallorcaInterior at Son MarroigBedroom in Son MarroigFurniture inside of Son Marroig
Painting of the Archduke in Son Marroig
Painting of the Archduke in Son Marroig | Source
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Dining room inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Dining room inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Back of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Back of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
My hubby inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
My hubby inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Interior at Son Marroig
Interior at Son Marroig | Source
Bedroom in Son Marroig
Bedroom in Son Marroig | Source
Furniture inside of Son Marroig
Furniture inside of Son Marroig | Source

The Allure of Son Marroig

The Island of Mallorca offers vistas to satisfy the most discerning of travelers. Those seeking stunning scenery in which to become inspired can come here for various purposes.

Some visitors may want to do some of the following: vacation, rest, relax, meditate, or recover as was the case with Chopin when he stayed on the island. Others may become inspired to do some of this: write, compose, paint, draw, do photography, or create other art forms. Our tour guide told us that over 2,000 fine art painters live on the island of Mallorca.

This account, of course, does not take into consideration the additional people that live on the island, making a living or who are retired or have vacation homes here. Per capita income here is the highest in all of Spain according to our tour guide. People like Michael Douglas live here.

Eye-Catching Temple at Son Marroig

The Ionic temple made out of Carrara marble was put on this location after the Archduke no longer owned Son Marroig. This beautiful temple certainly adds a focal point to the back part of the mansion as it draws one's eyes towards the sea.

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Ionic temple at Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Ionic temple at Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
View of temple at Son Marroig from balcony
View of temple at Son Marroig from balcony | Source
View of temple at Son Marroig
View of temple at Son Marroig | Source

Na Foradada

A spit of land juts out into the sea below Son Marroig and is titled Na Foradada which means the perforated rock. Notice the hole in the stone formation? Erosive actions caused it over time. This impressive rock formation was down below the pristine white temple and Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca.

Na Foradada means the perforated rock - This was down below the Ionic temple and Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Na Foradada means the perforated rock - This was down below the Ionic temple and Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

Scenery, Hours and Pricing

My husband and I were happy that we got to spend a little time at Son Marroig. We saw both inside the building and also got to roam the beautiful grounds at our own pace. We were on an island tour out of Palma de Mallorca and admission to each of our stops was included.

As of 2019, an individual admission fee to Son Marroig is €4. Closed on Sundays, every other day of the week the hours are 9:30 AM to 6 PM. Tours are self-guided from what we experienced. If a person has the extra time, a hike down and back up from Na Foradada would be fun. My husband and I could not do that as we only had so much time to get back aboard our tour bus to see more of the island.

It became easily understandable to us why Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria claimed this for one of his abodes on the Island of Mallorca, Spain. Spectacular scenery with the Mediterranean ocean waves crashing below as well as the privacy offered by this location must have significantly pleased his nature-loving sensibilities. The gardens are splendid.

I would highly recommend visiting this picturesque location if you are ever spending time on the island of Mallorca (also spelled Majorca). Many weddings take place at this beautiful location.

Would you have liked the freedom afforded the Archduke and how he was able to live his life while on Mallorca?

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi beingwell,

        The entire island (what we got to see of it) of Mallorca is well worth visiting. Hope that you and your hubby get to vacation there someday. Son Marroig is just one of the beautiful sites. Thanks for the vote up.

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        beingwell 

        6 years ago from Bangkok

        Wow! What a place! I sure hope the hubby and I can be tourists here one day. Voted up!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Stacy,

        We were so fortunate that my husband won that trip which took us to Spain. Mallorca is a gorgeous island and we enjoyed a city tour and another tour which took us out into the countryside showing us sites like this Son Marroig. Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading about it and seeing our photos, etc. Thanks for your comment + the tweet.

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        Stacy Harris 

        6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

        Well, I have always wanted to travel overseas so I must say that I am living through your travels. Beautiful pictures and it looks like a great place to relax and find inspiration!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello getgoingcanada,

        I'm certain that there are numerous islands around the world of which the names would also be new to me. Glad that I could introduce you to Mallorca just off the coast of Spain. Thanks for your comment.

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        getgoingcanada 

        7 years ago

        I've never heard of this island. Thanks for the excellent info!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Maralexa,

        If the Island of Mallorca is one of your intended destinations...check out the other hubs related to the same subject. We had a fabulous time on the island and would love to return someday. Thanks for your comment.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Coolmon2007,

        The Island of Mallorca is a spectacular place to visit. The people that call it home are fortunate indeed. Thanks for your comment.

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        Marilyn Alexander 

        7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

        This is one of my favourite destinations! Have never been there but would just love to visit. Thanks for sharing your excellent hub and beautiful visuals. It was delightful!

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        Coolmon2009 

        7 years ago from Texas, USA

        I enjoyed your article on the Island of Mallorca very informative and well written. Seems like a nice place to visit. Good Article

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi billaustindillon,

        Thanks for visiting Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca via this hub. Yes, it would appear that the Archduke had quite a life! I know what you mean about a travel "wish list" constantly expanding. So many places in this world that would be lovely to see! :-)

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        billyaustindillon 

        9 years ago

        I have Mallorca on my places I want to go list - it keeps building - this is a great document on Son Marroig - what a life that Archduke must have lived.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Kiran,

        We were fortunate to have been able to go on this trip. Not exactly an everyday occurance for us! Now I am happily reliving these trips through my hubs.

        Nice to know that you are finding them enjoyable as well. Thanks for your comment.

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        kiran8 

        10 years ago from Mangalore, India

        You do lead an interesting life Peggy visiting all those fabulous places :)thanks a lot ...

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Journey,

        Glad you liked this and thanks for leaving a comment.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi James,

        Happy that I could introduce you to Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca. If you ever decide to visit your friend there, you will have some idea of what there is to see. Have one final hub regarding that last day tour and our spectacular finale dinner.

        Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        10 years ago from USA

        Peggy, the photos are great. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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        James A Watkins 

        10 years ago from Chicago

        Cool! I enjoyed this travelogue, too. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pete,

        If you clicked on the link regarding the Archduke you can see an arial photo of the mansion owned now by Michael Douglas. Very impressive. That Archduke Luis Salvador must have had deep pockets to own so many mansions. Son Marroig was certainly impressive.

        Happy that you liked this hub and thanks for the comment.

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        Pete Maida 

        10 years ago

        So Michael Douglas owns a Moorish Mansion; that's pretty cool. There is a lot of good information here. Well done.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mardi,

        We were having fun...guess it shows! LOL

        Thanks for the quick comment.

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        Mardi Winder-Adams 

        10 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

        Another great hub Peggy. You, your family members and husband in your photos make it very authentic plus everyone always looks so happy!

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