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

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Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca

Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2013:

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.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 18, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2012:

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.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 18, 2012:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2011:

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.

getgoingcanada on October 01, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

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.

Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on September 30, 2011:

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!

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on September 30, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2010:

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! :-)

billyaustindillon on July 02, 2010:

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 Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2009:

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.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on August 05, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2009:

Hello Journey,

Glad you liked this and thanks for leaving a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2009:

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.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on August 04, 2009:

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

James A Watkins from Chicago on August 04, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2009:

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.

Pete Maida on August 03, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2009:

Hi Mardi,

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

Thanks for the quick comment.

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on August 03, 2009:

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